Title Year Seen Rating
A Field in England 2013 16 Jan 22 Rated 8
Psychotropic and bewildering yet strangely enticing. You won't find a standard narrative structure here but the trip is intense and well worth it.
France 2021 16 Jan 22 Rated 5
Dumont doesn't seem to know what he wants to say here. Despite Lea Seydoux's commitment to the role, you tend to remain indifferent to all the drama being thrown at you
France Is a Gas 2015 15 Jan 22 Rated 3
There are some good ideas in here but Benoît Forgeard is much better at shorts than full-length films. Difficult to get through.
Dallas Buyers Club 2013 14 Jan 22 Rated 4
A by-the-numbers script that's only elevated by some impressive performances. And yet it's still problematic. Queer characters are mostly ornementation or caricature, as is the impact of AIDS on the community. All in the service of a homophobic "saviour" peddling pseudoscience. A missed opportunity.
Police Story 1985 13 Jan 22 Re-watched Rated 6
Jackie Chan is the Buster Keaton of martial arts. You don't watch this for the story, you come for the stunts, and they're definitely worth it.
Réussir sa vie 2012 12 Jan 22 Rated 6
Absurdist compilation of 3 shorts with a vague common thread. Going from best to worst. Not on par with Dupieux as far as French absurdism goes but still my kind of humour.
Kraftidioten 2014 12 Jan 22 Rated 6
A step above Cold Pursuit, the US remake with Liam Neeson by the same director. The dark comedy works much better with the Scandinavian setting and actors.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 9 Jan 22 Rated 9
What a punch to the gut. An unforgiving critique of exploitation that captures the desperation of poverty better than anything I've ever seen. Fantastic acting and camera work, those derby scenes are incredible.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2021 4 Jan 22 Rated 5
As a throwback to 80s family cinema, it’s quite good. As a sequel to Ghostbusters, not so much. It lacks the charm and witty banter of the original films, counting on nostalgia rather than story.
The Green Knight 2021 2 Jan 22 Rated 8
I read this tale many times as a kid, as it was included in an Arthurian Legends book I loved and practically destroyed from use. It's interesting to see with adult eyes, even if the story has been slightly adapted. It's spellbindingly beautiful, all about the journey and not the destination. Definitely one for a rewatch.


Title Author Read Rating
Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life. Oliver Burkeman 17 Jan 22 Rated 10
This Is Your Mind on Plants Michael Pollan 2 Jan 22 Rated 8
The Every Dave Eggers 1 Jan 22 Rated 4
The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't Julia Galef 30 Dec 21 Rated 8
The Circle Dave Eggers 19 Dec 21 Rated 6
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking Oliver Burkeman 2 Dec 21 Rated 10
What If We Stopped Pretending? Jonathan Franzen 1 Nov 21 Rated 8
An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination Sheera Frenkel 30 Oct 21 Rated 6
Light Chaser Peter F. Hamilton 27 Oct 21 Rated 6
Factotum Charles Bukowski 19 Oct 21 Rated 8