Film Reviews by PB

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Tequila Sunrise

Surprisingly slow and devoid of action and interest

(Edit) 21/10/2018

Given that this is an 80s movie staring Mel Gibson and Kurt Russel about a drug dealer and a cop, I expected this to be somewhere along the lines of Lethal Weapon or Tango and Cash. Not so. This is in fact a movie which is almost completely devoid of action. That wouldn't be a bad thing if the dialogue was snappy and the plot interesting, but Tequila Sunrise is in reality very slow and takes a long time to do anything vaguely captivating.

The cast is excellent of course, especially Michelle Pfeiffer. but as a movie I found this rather dull. The most memorable aspect, in all honesty, was the Dave Grusin score.

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Phantom Thread

Impressive return to form for PTA

(Edit) 14/10/2018

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of modern cinema's great auteurs, however I felt that his last few movies (The Master, and Inherent Vice) were rambling, directionless and frankly pretentious, and had lost the charm and flair of his earlier films. Phantom Thread fortunately represents a return to form for PTA, and an impressive final performance from Daniel Day Lewis.

The storyline is essentially a sort of twisted romance set amongst the world of 1950s fashion, and this is a world away from the sort of light, fluffy romances Hollywood produces. This is PTA playing with the genre and creating something dark and wonderful.

The score is very much worth mentioning too. Modern film score is largely just noise these days, but Jonny Greenwood manages to bring an old fashioned beauty and charm to the music. The film has a surprising amount of score in it, which adds a lot to the feel and atmosphere.

This isn't up there with PTA's greats - There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia, but it's still a cut well above most other movies and well worth a watch.

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Mom and Dad

Interesting idea turns into a generic, forgettable slasher

(Edit) 25/08/2018

The central premise of this - parents turn on their children - could have been interesting, but the opportunity is wasted here. All we get is an hour or so of very generic slasher type stuff. There are no shocks, there is no originality, and to be frank, there's nothing here to hold the interest. Not even Cage can rescue this one.

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Early Man

Disappointing

(Edit) 23/06/2018

With such a strong track record I expected a lot from this, but it's sadly rather lacking. The animation is as wonderful as you would expect, and there are some good jokes here and there. The problem lies with the plot, which can be summed up with one word - football. That's really all this movie is about, and the stone age setting is entirely superfluous and wasted. If you're not into football (I'm not), then there's little to hold the interest unfortunately.

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Brimstone

A gripping, brutal Western

(Edit) 20/05/2018

This is unlike any Western I've ever seen, and it's all the better for it. Told non chronologically the story follows the life of a young woman (Elle Fanning) and a sadistic preacher (Guy Pearce) and is split into four distinct chapters. The structure works wonderfully and builds the suspense masterfully, earning entirely the two and a half hour running time.

Both Fanning and Pearce are truly superb, making this an absolute must watch for fans of the genre. Be warned though, it earns is 18 rating.

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Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brutal, gripping genre movie

(Edit) 24/03/2018

This is a prison movie unlike any other! Vaughn is excellent and really holds his own in what is at times an extremely hard hitting, brutally violent movie. The story takes interesting twists and turns too and never slows down. This is easy one to recommend for fans of the genre.

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