What I’ve been watching – 3 sentence reviews


Without having read the novel, this film is pointless.

Having read the novel, this film is disappointing.

A building’s inhabitants privately devolving modern civility into primal skyward resource-driven territorialism was what I hoped for, this was merely a sexy, confusing take on The Raid.


End of the Tour

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest demanded more of me than any book I’d ever read.

Interviewed during his book tour by Rolling Stone Magazine, Wallace was his usual self; eclectic, downbeat, mysterious.

A wonderfully acted accompaniment to the few inspiring recordings of a man who saw through America’s many veils.


The Magnificent Seven

Star-studded classic.

Worthy adaptation of a film that inspired countless others.

Firepower, wit and teamwork was enough for these Superheroes.


All The President’s Men

The Panama Papers, the Wall Street Crash, fraudulence in supposedly democratic elections – without the determination and curiosity of honest people in the press to report all this, where would we be today?

Clever techniques like split field diopters being used to separate one man’s working world from the pack’s and a powerful, concise script accurately represent the rush of being a reporter on the cusp of a big story.

One of the defining political texts in cinematic history.


The Bridge over the River Kwai

Alec Guinness’ mind-blowing portrayal of a man maintaining order to keep his sanity is second to none.

A patriotic testament to British power of will encompassed in the building of a bridge – for the enemy – that meets a fate not unlike the General in Keaton’s classic comedy.

My personal favourite PoW film Rescue Dawn shares the same dry, dour camp setting but Guinness’ manly performance takes the film to the top tiers of acclaim.


Son of Saul

Brutal, shocking, disorientating, horrifying; and hundreds more adjectives to describe a portrayal of Nazi Deathcamps like no other through the story of a Sonderkommando.

Tactical shallow depth of field cinema and the cramped aspect ratio focus our attention away from the unbearable atrocities in the background and onto the affairs of fledgling escapists and a man’s attempt to properly respect the dead.

It may be too much for some, but it won at Cannes for a reason.







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