Finishing off March with these… April will probably see me really drop back the view count as I should be going back to work soon.
Gods Own Country (Film 4) 3/5
Admirable with some tender moments and gently touches on xenophobia, but thought the script over-egged it a bit too much to try add authenticity. Could’ve done with it turned down a notch or two.
Long Shot (Netflix) 2.5/5
Mostly falls short in nailing the Veep / Succession vibe, but still has some good lines and self referential nods. Theron is great as ever and Rogan is himself as ever. The soundtrack was a bit all over the place and could easily do with a 20+ min trim.
What Did Jack Do? (Netflix) 1/5
True Lies (Film 4) 3.5/5
Somehow never seen a second of this over the years. Nothing majorly revolutionary and in no galaxy does this need to be 2h 24m, but really fun half tongue in cheek stuff overall. You’ve got a pure 90’s Arnie plonked into such chunky and bombastic action shot by Cameron with goons getting absolutely rinsed in the loudest way possible.
Scream (5 Star) 3.5/5
Super schlocky, self referential and only aged in a few harmless ways. I know it’s the usp, but I could do with a few lines in the script not involving a reference to a movie. I’d imagine it would’ve been a great ride to watch at the cinema back in the day, gutted I was underage.
Love And Mercy (BBC 2) 2.5/5
Have no real history to Brian / Beach Boys so maybe not the most ideal audience, but though this did a solid job trying to pin him down. Hits the usual tried and tested biopic beats (especially in the script) and the camera is pointlessly wobbly and leering at times. It really shines in the hubbub scenes in the studio and although I didn’t gel with the split timeline it’s probably necessary to give a full spectrum of the artist.
John Robins: The Darkness Of Robins (Netflix) 3/5
I relate to ol’ JR in lots of ways and see eye to eye with him in lots of this. An interesting premise and zips around from laughter to moments of honesty.