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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Grindhouse Presents: Death Proof (2007) PJ Nabarro All Tarantino's faux grindhouse tics that he evidently thinks are so amusing are present, but it's not a particularly rewarding conceit to frame a movie around. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Miami Vice (2006) PJ Nabarro One of the great American movies of the new millenium, and, quite simply, the most sensuous action movie I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 Indecent Proposal (1993) PJ Nabarro Indecent Proposal's seeming certainty over the profundity of its conceit winds up becoming its fatal flaw. Quite simply, it doesn't present that much of a dilemma. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 Ill Manors (2012) PJ Nabarro Ill Manors seems a little too in thrall to its hokum, 'gritty' narrative and the street affectations of its characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Chloe (2009) PJ Nabarro The film seems content to wind itself up in a contrived 'thriller' climax, when a more cerebral exploration of its theme of emotional blindness might have been more engrossing EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
1/5 Last Night (2010) PJ Nabarro A dull and unilluminating enterprise on the world of relationships - probably not helped by the fact that the world created around its players feels so flimsy. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 The Queen (2006) PJ Nabarro It's surprising how tame and incurious Stephen Frears' documentation of the aftermath of Diana's death on the Royal Family (and the Queen in particular) actually is. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 American Pie (1999) PJ Nabarro Seann William Scott's great boorish creation, Stifler, provides nice flashes of idiosyncrasy away from the more stereotypical characterisations of the four main friends. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 The Letter (1940) PJ Nabarro Though fully within her repertoire, Bette Davis makes her character's lurid arc absolutely gripping. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) PJ Nabarro The problem with the film's fablistic flooziness is that it also asks for investment in the harsh realities of its prison arena to buy the later Andy and Red push for freedom. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Sympathy for the Devil (1968) PJ Nabarro Godard casts a much more subversive and wry eye on proceedings than might initially be apparent. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Casablanca (1942) PJ Nabarro The film is at its best in its opening moments as the chaos of Casablanca, the city, is conveyed. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) PJ Nabarro A metaphorical transference of Tarantino himself to his inspirations of yesteryear. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Pulp Fiction (1994) PJ Nabarro Tarantino has fashioned the film as an ironic commentary on the themes of contingency and redemption - bedrocks of more conventionally prototypical Hollywood fare. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Shadow Dancer (2012) PJ Nabarro The story itself seems to seep out of its own dank air of repression, and the claustrophobic atmosphere makes tangible how dangerous the lives are for all the participants. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) PJ Nabarro Abrams seems to be able to bounce a surprisingly dense and unwieldy sci-fi narrative around a bunch of well-realised and colourful characters (a feat for pulpy material). EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) PJ Nabarro The irreverent bawdiness of the film is its greatest strength, and Robert Downey's zany, cross-dressing performance shouldn't be as funny as it is. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 The Great Gatsby (2013) PJ Nabarro Where the movie is less successful is in homing in on the inherent melancholic darkness and the subtle allusiveness of Gatsby's central journey. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Margin Call (2011) PJ Nabarro Though perhaps trying a little too hard at times to project a macro-profundity on its banks imploding thesis, Margin Call gets most of its tactics just right. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man (2002) PJ Nabarro It's all lightly done, and Raimi never forgets his family-friendly, crowd-pleasing remit by making everything visually breezy and morally comprehensible. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man 2 (2004) PJ Nabarro Not compelled to spend time sketching in the origin of Spider-Man, Raimi can flesh out his villain of the piece, Dr Octopus, and it's a lovely performance by Alfred Molina. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) PJ Nabarro Tarantino's attempt to inject a more solemn tone as the narrative reaches its climax creates an awkward mesh with the proceeding pulpiness. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) PJ Nabarro The better of the two Kill Bill films, and perhaps the last film where Tarantino created a tight, tense and disciplined exercise in film narrative. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 To Catch a Thief (1955) PJ Nabarro Mainly a star vehicle for Grant and Kelly, and one of those glamorous studio capers you occasionally get now that put a leading man and lady together in some hokum genre fare. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 Inglourious Basterds (2009) PJ Nabarro It's clever, riotously amusing in parts, and does have some salient points to make about the relativity of the acceptance of violence. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 Intersection (1994) PJ Nabarro Sharon Stone and Lolita Davidovich's characters are essentially just nauseating ciphers built around Richard Gere's incredibly narcissistic and leniently portrayed architect. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 W.E. (2011) PJ Nabarro The film is perhaps an ironic exposé of how personal Madonna's interest is in the very sort of privileged, monied and transnational lives of the two lead women. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 The Iron Lady (2011) PJ Nabarro Too much gorging on its female protagonist's poignant late failures of the flesh rather than showing what made her such a colossus in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 The Snowtown Murders (2011) PJ Nabarro If you liked William Friedkin's Killer Joe, then this film is loosely similar, revealing how an economically and morally deprived area can fall prey to a Faustian figure. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Thirteen Days (2000) PJ Nabarro It really is the Cuban Missile Crisis played out on a grand scale, and, in some respects, this grandiosity is permissible. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009) PJ Nabarro It's perhaps appropriate that an affair between two people famed for their art, should be represented more through décor, music and mood than simple words and dramaturgy. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 Honeydripper (2007) PJ Nabarro An endearing and heartfelt elegy to the subtle changes taking place to a small Alabama community in the early 1950s. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) PJ Nabarro The film purveys faux interiority, and though there is some merit to it, Ramsay's just a touch too smart, distanced and cinephilic to capture true authenticity. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
1/5 Murder Mystery (2019) PJ Nabarro It's almost as if the creators couldn't be bothered to develop the scenario beyond a slapdash first draft. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 GoodFellas (1990) PJ Nabarro It's probably the manic air and the sense that what we're really watching is a black comedy that transmits the most. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) PJ Nabarro One of the problems with Far from Home is its visual mundanity, and it betrays this genre of films' (especially the much vaunted MCU's) slavish obsession with technology. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) PJ Nabarro The usual Curtis bourgeois fantasia, but perhaps its bigger crime is that it doesn't do justice to The Beatles legacy. Largely opportunistic and an exercise in cheap nostalgia EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2019
4/5 Into the Wild (2007) PJ Nabarro Penn's direction intuitively acts as a spiritual proxy for McCandless' own rapturous way that he processes his journey. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 Avicii: True Stories (2017) PJ Nabarro As an Icarus style portrait of a sensitive young man who was thrust too readily into the hedonistic world of the international music scene, it's a valuable piece of work. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 Batman Returns (1992) PJ Nabarro The film is unbelievably kitsch, and to those who associate Batman's camp period as starting with Schumacher, you really need to look at this film again. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 In the White City (1983) PJ Nabarro A compelling study of the stimulating and alienating dichotomy of the city. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 The Kid with a Bike (2011) PJ Nabarro A whir of energy that documents, as its elemental Dardennian title would suggest, the story of a boy using a bike as a conduit to find some parental care and affection. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 Under the Sand (2000) PJ Nabarro François Ozon finds exactly the right tone for telling the story, particularly in a subtly atmospheric opening stretch - played out elliptically, almost like a silent movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/5 127 Hours (2010) PJ Nabarro Danny Boyle's hyper-kinetic cinematic vision for 127 Hours feels more than a little inappropriate and shallow. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/5 Gangs of New York (2002) PJ Nabarro You simply have to applaud the magnitude and ambition of Scorsese's vision - it really is New York conceived of on a grand scale. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/5 Calendar Girls (2003) PJ Nabarro It's hard not to feel that the section where the women go to Hollywood and have the clichéd conflict wasn't pandering to potential audiences across the pond a little too much. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/5 Before Midnight (2013) PJ Nabarro Linklater tries almost too hard and pre-determinedly to create a supposedly bathetic and neurotic fortysomething counterpoint to the "what if" musings of the earlier two films EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
4/5 Out of Sight (1998) PJ Nabarro Soderbergh transcends the pulpy genre through trusting in the great performances that Leonard's meaty characterisations allow and with his own sleek and clever direction. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
2/5 Alive (1993) PJ Nabarro It's that age-old question of many worthy movies: whether the mere documentation of an important event (à la Gandhi or Schindler's List) automatically makes it a great film? EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/5 Behind the Candelabra (2013) PJ Nabarro With Liberace, Michael Douglas straddles the fine line between honouring the obvious effete persona of the famous pianist, without caricaturing him. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019