Sort by
Listing Movies
Display Movies
Kate (2021)
There's no time for mercy.
Filmmaker(s): Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

A ruthless criminal operative has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

Western Appropriation What a mess. Looks like the Wick movies are dragging a huge part of the industry behind tough guys and modern gunfight choreography. Here and in ‘Nobody’ the formula is three big set pieces strung together by trusted tropes. This one is more offensive —...


Published September 19, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Ones |
Tagged: , ,
Zero Effect (1998)
The world's most private detective.
Filmmaker(s): Jake Kasdan

Daryl Zero is a private investigator and—along with his assistant, Steve Arlo—he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Although Daryl's a master investigator, he doesn't know what to do with himself when he's not working; he has no social skills, writes bad music and drives Steve crazy.

Son of What There are only a few ways into a story. One of these is to embrace the narrator and carry the viewer through their eyes and the engagement of the world that gives us love. Here, Kasdan does this while referencing Holmes, where this...


Published September 19, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Threes |
Tagged: , ,
Moonfall (2022)
Humanity will face the dark side of the Moon.
Filmmaker(s): Roland Emmerich

A mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it.

Cluelessness I like what Emmerich does with the camera; he is closer to dePalma than Bay, so I’ll watch his stuff. But he is clearly in the Bay character universe where manly heroes work on cars, scientists are always baffled, the military is feckless, and even...


Published September 17, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Ones |
Tagged: , ,
Rain Man (1988)
A journey through understanding and fellowship.
Filmmaker(s): Barry Levinson

When car dealer Charlie Babbitt learns that his estranged father has died, he returns home to Cincinnati, where he discovers that he has a savant older brother named Raymond and that his father's $3 million fortune is being left to the mental institution in which Raymond lives. Motivated by his father's money, Charlie checks Raymond out of the facility in order to return with him to Los Angeles. The brothers' cross-country trip ends up changing both their lives.

Drizzle When this was new, few of us knew of neurodiverse folks. So the setup as a road movie where our bad soul gets redeemed worked. If you allow the genre. We were all amazed as Hoffman’s portrayal. Neither is unusual now, which I suppose is...


Published September 11, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Twos |
Tagged: , ,
Sparkling Cyanide (2003)
Filmmaker(s): Tristram Powell

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.

Useless Cushions I could have put up with the silly detectives and their dated witticisms. The similarly dated use of technology… I could have overlooked the cheapness throughout, if they had only preserved the core element of a Christie mystery: we have to be surprised in...


Published September 11, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Ones |
Tagged: , ,
Ten Little Indians (1989)
Filmmaker(s): Alan Birkinshaw

An unknown judge invites a guilty governess and others to a 1930s safari, for justice one by one.

Camp I think making a Christie film must be hard, because so seldom does it work. For me, the metric is very simple. We need to be allowed to speculate against multiple impossibilities. Many folks will be exposed for hidden, possibly relevant qualities. What makes Christie work...


Published September 11, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Ones |
Tagged: , ,
Lightyear (2022)
Infinity awaits.
Filmmaker(s): Angus MacLane

Legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion Sox.

Andy’s World The first thing — and the most important thing — a film does is establish where it will sit between your mind and the worlds you know. Often there is some clever interplay between what it is directly, and what games it will...


Published August 14, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Threes |
Tagged: , ,
Inside the Room (1935)
Filmmaker(s): Leslie S. Hiscott

A French sleuth in England helps the police solve a series of murders linked by the diary pages of a dead woman.

Clean on Top, Dirty on Bottom There are several events in US history that damaged the nation. We will not recover from the Civil War for generations if current politics remain, as they surely will. Prohibition and abortion. Wars. Book burnings. Among these is the Hayes act....


Published August 14, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Ones |
Tagged: , ,
Top Gun Maverick (2022)
Feel the need... The need for speed.
Filmmaker(s): Joseph Kosinski

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell finds himself training a detachment of TOP GUN graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen.

Practical Performance Gosh, there is so much not to like here, on top of the fact that this reinforces a positive trend in film; the effects are largely practical, pitting Cruise against Cameron for the future of film. We could probably stand the competition for our...


Published July 1, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Twos |
Tagged: , ,
The Fifth Wave (2016)
Protect Your Own
Filmmaker(s): J Blakeson

16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.

Water Films made for kids, by kids. It seems safe enough: use a best seller from the YA bookshelf. Have some reasonable action scenes. Hire a known kid actor. Insert a romance and a twist, and take the money. It should not be fair for me to...


Published July 1, 2022
| Categorised as New Comments, Ones |
Tagged: , ,
preloader image