Movies reviews

  • Cold in July

    Watched on

    7

    When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

    Cold in July

    Review

    This movie has three different tones, starting off as a low-key psychological drama, then a strange investigative crime thriller and finally concluding with a full-on revenge bloodbath.

    Impeccably shot and acted.

  • The Body

    Watched on

    8

    A detective searches for the body of a femme fatale which has gone missing from a morgue.

    The Body

    Review

    This is a murder-mystery thriller by Spanish director Oriol Paulo. Set mostly in a morgue as a husband finds out his wife is dead, but her body is missing. As the story progresses, we find out that he could have murdered her because of his affair with a younger woman. While he is being interviewed and the detective investigates the case, strange things start happening - things only he knows start appearing.

    This is a taut thriller that keeps you on the edge throughout. You double guess what is happening over-and-over again; is she dead or not? The story starts to become a little complicated, but the direction makes it relatively easy to follow.

    The feel is grey but it is atmospheric. Everyone plays their role with a certain edge. And the ending, wow, that was unexpected but ties the whole story up nicely.

    Overall, it's not quite on the same level of the director's other movies; The Invisible Guest which has a similar murder-mystery story nor Mirage. But it is a well-crafted movie with a great story, one that you should watch.

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Watched on

    4

    A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Review

    I enjoyed the music and the cinematography was striking. I appreciate the creativity and the two leads, but the overall concept didn't resonate with me at all. Also skateboarding.

  • Anon

    Watched on

    7

    In a world without anonymity or crime, a detective meets a woman who threatens their security.

    Anon

    Review

    Andrew Niccol returns with another really interesting high-concept sci-fi movie. A futuristic society, where all your visual memories are accessible to law-enforcement.

    Whilst investigating unusual murders, the detectives’ world is shattered as their reality is changed right in front of them. Now, if you can’t believe your eyes, what can you believe.

    There is really good framing and cinematography throughout. From distinctive three-quarters to heavy use of Dutch-angles, both really ramp up the unusual nature on the movie. There are cool concrete buildings and electrified classic cars which give an aesthetic that adds to the overall world and futuristic concept.

    It’s a little dense at first, as the concept of accessing memories is expanded upon, but half-way through I was fully engaged. The ending is a little shallow with a few scenes that lead absolutely nowhere. But there are so many scenes which hold your attention.

    If you like smart idea-lead sci-fi thrillers then check this out.

  • Red Notice

    Watched on

    6

    An Interpol agent tracks the world's most wanted art thief.

    Red Notice

    Review

    Plenty of funny quips, I chuckled. Yeah, it’s generic and “paint-by-numbers” with unnecessary CGI and the three stars don’t really jell that well, but it was entertaining enough.