Bio: My rankings reflect how much I personally enjoy a film and how likely I will want to re-watch them. This is why some films that I can admit as being 'classics' will get low scores as I just didn't enjoy them and I don't feel a need to try and critique them objectively here.
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|70 56%||Phoenix Nights (2001) - Jun 22, 2021
"Frequently laugh out loud funny even if a lot of the best bits have been memed to death in recent years. First season works brilliantly with a number of clever gags set up and paid off in later episodes. Second season definitely weaker but still has its moments and ends more like a season finale rather than a series one."
|55 25%||Time (2021) - Jun 22, 2021
"Pretty tame and clichéd prison drama where every story beat is unsurprising if you've ever seen anything set in a prison previously. I never think that Bean can convince as a weak character and bar a few impressive moments it's largely the same here. Graham on the other hand does a great job and it's his arc that is most worth watching though seems to be trying to set up for a second season perhaps?"
|60 35%||Spiral (2021) - Jun 07, 2021
"Quite an odd one in that it's not a true sequel, not a reboot, not a retread and not a glorious new direction for the Saw franchise. Rock is unsurprisingly terrible in the dramatic moments, the main twist might as well have had flashing lights pointing to it it was so obvious, but Rock and Jackson's comedic chops are frequently used to good effect, there's a fun first film callback moment, and the climax is so cheesy it's laughable. So Spiral does entertain though probably not quite as intended"
|81 81%||Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Jun 07, 2021
"An absolute joy in places with truly top level performances. Sellers give multiple classic performances in a single film but his delivery while breaking the news to Russian Premier 'Dmitri' in the manner of talking to an angry spouse is a truly flawless moment in cinematic comedy history."
|74 66%||12 Angry Men (1957) - Jun 07, 2021
"Just watched this for the first time and it's fantastic apart from maybe two or three scenes that were a little contrived to my modern cynicism, including the turn of the last holdout. However prior to that that the characters and their social arguments were amazingly still highly reflective of modern society, maybe even more so than the majority of current cinema. Performances were mostly excellent though I found Fonda a touch too perfectly self righteous in places. "
|58 30%||Wrath of Man (2021) - Jun 07, 2021
"Watchable but fairly tame crime thriller and notably below the standards Ritchie is capable of. The biggest problem is that Wrath of Man doesn't quite know what it wants to be. It starts being a clear Statham action man vehicle, then tries to be a revenge thriller, then a subpar Heat style heist drama wannabe, before deciding at the last minute it's a Statham revenge thriller after pretty much ignoring that part for the prior 30 mins. "
|60 35%||The Island (2005) - May 26, 2021
"Despite the high sci fi concept this devolves into a fairly bland actioner by Bay's own standards. Still manages to be far longer than it should be, which of course is typical of Bay's own standards."
|58 30%||Intolerable Cruelty (2003) - May 26, 2021
"Had low expectations going into this and it barely exceeded them. While Clooney is great and Zeta Jones is a capable adversary I just never bought their supposed Romantic interest. The twisty plot is largely predictable so we're left to the Coen Bros humour to save the film and it does ... just ... It took me nearly 20 years to bring myself to watch this and it'll probably be just as long before I watch it again."
|20 1%||Frankenstein (1994) - May 26, 2021
"Disliked this on initial release and tried and failed to rewatch it recently abandoning it half way through. "
|26 3%||Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) - May 26, 2021
"Fairly disastrous to be honest. The FX frequently pathetic and distracting and a tediously boring, uninteresting plot with terrible acting, poorly written characters over a much too long runtime. Sadly Gadot has never been as unimpressive as WW."