Movies reviews

  • The Mitchells vs the Machines

    Watched on

    9

    A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.

    The Mitchells vs the Machines

    Review

    What a super fun movie. I had a blast watching this.

    The story is driven by a family of interesting characters each with their own backstory which adds emotional impact as the movie progresses. The story is effective and very much a contempary tale. It is action packed from the start and rarely misses a beat.

    The animation was beautiful with a lot cool and quirky touches. The hand-drawn flourishes throughout reflected the main characters inventiveness as a wannabe film-maker and introduces a lovely sense of playfulness.

    There are references and easter-eggs galour but they don't detract from the story and emotional moments. For me, the standout was the two broken robots and the dog saviour!

  • Wild Bill

    Watched on

    8

    A street-toughened parolee finds his two boys abandoned by their mum and fending for themselves. Time to step up, or not.

    Review

    Top bill British drama. Heartfelt and gritty, grimy sets and the story of getting out of the circle of crime with the help of family. Good acting, interesting characters, lots going on.

  • The Final Girls

    Watched on

    6

    A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

    Review

    This movie reminds me a lot of “Tucker and Tales vs Evil” crossed with “Last Action Hero” with a bit of “Jumanji” thrown in. The horror movie spoof is more serious that “Scary Movie”, but not full-on like “Cabin in the Woods”

    There is some unusual cinematography in this low-budget comedy / slasher throw-back. It never takes itself seriously and knows exactly what it’s going for. There are even some interesting emotional and heartfelt moments.

  • Run

    Watched on

    7

    A homeschooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.

    Run

    Review

    First act was interesting – a decent setup to the story. The second act was good – the reveal and tension. But the final act was great – really intense. A decent psychological thriller.

  • Happy Old Year

    Watched on

    9

    A woman wants to reorganize her house and convert it into a home office. She will throw away anything that has been lying around unused. However, she faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to her ex-boyfriend.

    Happy Old Year

    Review

    A melancholy minimalist movie about memories and moving on.

    This is an intimate portrait of family, full of painful memories. Trying to let go of the past by letting go of the cluttered they have gathered. There are small moments of joy in an otherwise depressing look on life.

    There is minimal use of camera movement and beautiful framing composition. The sound design is impressive, even though there is not much music, especially prominent in the emotional moments. Technically it’s really very good.

    It often feels like a watered down Michael Haneke movie and I mean that in a positive way.