#624 – The Master


It’s Paul Thomas Anderson, which usually means staggeringly powerful and beautiful cinema. The Master is exactly that. Direction, script and performance soar to create a stratospheric level of accomplishment in the dealing of a tragic story. You don’t know alcoholic until you’ve seen Joaquin’s Freddie Quell in action. This film is the master! Fantastic!

The Master Joaquin Phoenix


#623 – Everything Must Go


Another quiet film of tremendous impact staring Will Ferrell. Everything Must Go is a really good film. Simple, but strong. A significant amount of this is due to Ferrell’s ability to convey a character in turmoil without ever going over the top. Quality and full of genuinely funny moments that never undercut the morse serious side of what’s going on.

Everything Must Go Will Ferrell

#622 – Batman And Robin


A film more famous for the indelicate treatment of Alicia Silverstone by the studio regarding her weight goes some way to giving you a clue about how good Batman And Robin is. I’d actually rather look at Silverstone’s ‘fat’ for ninety minutes, which doesn’t really explain quite how bad this film is because at no point throughout her career has she been anything less than a fox… but you get the point, right? And how the hell did Clooney and Thurman get out of this careers unscathed? That’s really impressive.

Batman And Robin Alicia Silverstone George Clooney Chris O'Donnell

#621 – Sound Of My Voice


There is a rare quality to the indie gem that is Sound Of My Voice and that is brought almost entirely by the performance of Brit Marling. Enigmatic doesn’t really do it justice, such are the subtleties of her work. She also wrote the film in conjunction with Zal Batmanglij, quite the talent. Support for her skills is of the highest order too. Bash all this into a subject matter that hasn’t really been dealt with in the way this film does before and you have hell of a mix. Get your cult on and enjoy the mystery of it all.

Sound Of My Voice Christopher Denham Brit Marling

#619 – Grabbers


In the wake of Simon Pegg there have been many small time horror flicks set in the quaint rural setting of various parts of the UK. Thankfully Grabbers is one of the really good ones. An appreciation of the sub-genre in which it places itself goes a long way to helping this Aliens scuppered by booze romp! Any movie where the way of dealing with the nasties is to have a lock-in was always going to be a winner. Actually that’s not true at all, which makes this treat all the more excellent!


#618 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


I have a problem with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it’s not really anything to do with the movie itself. You see it’s really quite good. Yes, there’s too much CGI and the run time is excessive, but this is all fine. My problem is, unlike the LOTR trilogy which feels very much like a labour of love, this does not, well not first and foremost. It feels like, LOTR went down well, let’s do it again.

Of course, I’m not naive enough to think LOTR was purely about bringing to the screen a much lauded tale, but no-one really knew how it was going to be received. See my point? All that aside though THAUJ is as entertaining as you expect, Jackson knows his Middle Earth, and why can’t we have Martin Freeman as a leading man more often!?

I once knew a Martin Freeman…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

#615 – Rounders


Rounders is a brilliant movie. It’s about poker and it does it justice, it’s smart and doesn’t dumb anything down. It is also about following your own path and rolling with the punches. I absolutely love it, smart ass movie tightly scripted, “Did you have it?”, “Sorry, John. I don’t remember.” What a line!

Damon’s great as the man trying to keep everyone happy and do the right thing before realising he actually needs to think about himself a little more. Norton as Worm is almost too annoying, which is kind of the point of his character. Just watch it right now, and revel in Malkovich’s Russian accent work, it’s the best!

Rounders Matt Damon