Midway

Having just listened to Dan Carlin’s EXCELLENT Hardcore History podcast on the battle of Midway, I was very interested to see how it would go with the modern Hollywood treatment.  Short answer: skip the film, listen to the podcast.  Admittedly the film’s half as long, but the podcast fared for …

The Jesus Rolls

The Jesus Bombs, rather.  So I’ve been anticipating this character spinoff from The Big Lebowski for AGES now, and Liz being out one night provided the perfect opportunity – and, casting the film’s 4.3 IMDB stars to one side, in I went.  If there was ONE takeaway from Pirates Of …

Crash

36 hour timeframe and 4 or 5 overlapping stories/lives/interactions set in LA, hinging around racism and frustration. Strong performances and quite a confronting series of issues, really.  And fascinating to look at this film made in 2005 through the lens of BLM.  I guess we’re not making quite the progress …

Promising Young Woman

What would you call her – an anti-daterape vigilante?  Quite a well-assembled if somewhat confronting film centring around the notion that even the niceguys behave like total dicks when they think they can get away with it.  Important points to talk/think about? Yeah. Depressing comment on the state of humanity? …

The Way Back

Ben Affleck as former-basketball-superstar turned coach of church high school team. Felt a bit like a by-the-numbers underdog-comes-good tale with a mixture of tragic father figure. I don’t think I’m ever gonna think of this other than “a film I saw”.  Made me think a lot more highly of The …

Moxie

I love a good “girls strike back” film, only it genuinely pisses me off that this kind of female empowerment has to come as a result of guys being complete dicks. Why can’t we have a story where the alpha-jock types are supportive and respectful of women from the get-go? …

Tag

Based on a true story, about a group of lads who started playing a game of tag as young’uns, and for one month a year continued it into their later years.  I suspect the actual game/true story was a lot more fun than this film – but it was fine.

Bombshell

Rewatch for us of the Megyn Kelly/Gretchen Carlson/Roger Ailes story; chilling stuff, expertly assembled.  Makes me feel even worse about Rupert Murdoch having started his empire in Adelaide. O, for a time machine.

1917

Atmospheric World War 1 drama seemingly captured in a single shot (it wasn’t, but it seemed to have been), with a cast that was either great actors or less-great actors whose presence made you think “I bet they were thinking they’d prefer to have [great actor’s name] there”.  Co-starred King …

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