Movie Review: Nomadland

by @edent | | 350 words

Poster for Nomadland. A woman sits outside her van with her underwear drying on a line.

I loved this movie but, the more I reflect on it, the less I like it. There's no doubt that Frances McDormand deserves every accolade - she's one of those rare actors who can completely inhabit a character and makes the screen light up. Chloé Zhao's direction is subtle and sublime, giving us a tender…

Movie Review: The Matrix Ⅳ - The Recursive Matrification

by @edent | | 450 words

Poster for The Matrix movie with lots of falling green symbols.

I remember being blown away by the original Matrix. I was an impressionable teenager and it absolutely melted my mind. The story was recycled from a hundred different sci-fi tropes that I was already familiar with - but the direction and effects were outstanding. Nowadays, of course, CGI is par for the course. Literally any…

Movie Review: Eternals

by @edent | | 1 comment | 250 words

Film poster for Eternals.

What a dull and plodding movie. It is utterly devoid of joy, wonder, and excitement. Instead, we get obviously bored actors reciting tediously incomprehensible exposition for two hours. It's Captain Planet for the modern age. Only with their powers combined can our calculatedly-diverse cast defeat the baddies! So just like every other MCU story. The…

Movie Review: The Green Knight

by @edent | | 1 comment | 300 words

I wish I was clever enough to get all the symbolism of this movie! Dev Patel is consistently one of the best British actors of the modern age. He doesn't just carry this film - he elevates it. Usually I'd tire of an actor being in every single shot, but he has this gift of…

Movie Review: Don't Look Up

by @edent | | 250 words

Cast of the movie of Don't Look Up are all looking up.

If you enjoyed this, I would thoroughly recommend that you watch シン・ゴジラ (Shin Godzilla) - a brilliant Japanese film about the bureaucracy involved in the Japanese state's reaction to a Godzilla attack. It's a biting satire - expertly showcasing the number of photocopiers it would take to organise the response. Brilliant film! Don't Look Up…

Movie Review: Ammonite

by @edent | | 200 words

Movie poster, two women's faces overlayed on each other.

What a treat of a movie! Kate Winslet shows, once again, how great acting isn't about who can shout the loudest, but who can convey the most meaning through a single glance. It is a movie of delightful contrasts - the sound design is overpoweringly loud, until it suddenly disappears. The silence is rarely punctuated…

Movie Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

by @edent | | 250 words

Chinese actor on a movie poster.

I'm not a big fan of superhero movies - and the Marvel ones are particularly bad - but this is… pretty good! It's nice to see a modern / westernised "Kung Fu" movie. All the budget of a blockbuster, all the cheese of cheap Wuxia. It's refreshing that so much of it is subtitled -…

Movie Review: Nina Forever

by @edent | | 250 words

Movie poster showing a threesome between two women and a man. One of the women is a bloody corpse.

I like my comedies dark but… Fucking hell! I don't think I've ever seen anything so bitter, twisted, and hilarious. What if your dead girlfriend was haunting you and your one-night stand? It is an idea which has been done a few times. Think "So Haunt Me!" but with a lot more blood and sex.…

Movie Review: No Time To Die

by @edent | | 350 words

James Bond movie poster.

James Bond Will Return! OK, but why though? Action movies these days are little more than non-interactive video games. You're not watching an actor perform feats of daring-do, subtly enhanced with cinema trickery; you're watching stunt doubles and cartoony CGI. So you're left to enjoy "witty" dialogue (patchy), nifty gadgets (lacking), and plot tension (mostly…

Movie Review: How I Won The War

by @edent | | 1 comment | 250 words

Movie poster for How I Won The War.

I don't understand British movies from the 1960s. They often seem to be completely devoid of coherent plot. Things just happen with little regard for whether they make narrative sense. Much like The Magic Christian, this is a loose series of anarchic sketches strung together on a flimsy pretence. The audience, I think, is either…