Title Year Seen Rating
The Covenant 2023 29 May 23 Rated 5
Starts with some thrilling combat scenes and giving the impression it might be heading towards a critique of the endless war waged in Afghanistan. But, no, this is just more jingoism bordering on superhero fiction. Hats off to Dar Salim though, who expresses more in silence than most of his co-stars manage with dialogue.
Fighting with My Family 2019 28 May 23 Rated 7
Despite being a glorified and predictable advert for WWE, this film has a lot of heart. And the cast, particularly Florence Pugh, are excellent at portraying this (surprisingly) real-life family.
This Space Available 2011 27 May 23 Rated 6
An interesting, if overlong, exploration of outdoor advertising's monopoly of urban perspectives and how it forces itself onto our eyeballs whether we want it or not. Their comparison with the perception both authorities and the public have of street art was eye-opening.
Le Parfum Vert 2022 25 May 23 Rated 5
A very forgettable Tintin-like investigation story that's enjoyable enough while it lasts.
I... Comme Icare 1979 24 May 23 Rated 8
Solid conspiracy thriller set in a fictional French-speaking country filled with modernist architecture. Clinical yet beautiful. It all works really well despite the obvious destination.
John Wick: Chapter 4 2023 23 May 23 Rated 7
It's starting to get repetitive, but still entertains in that relentless, brainless, John Wick style. You know, going in, it's going to be style over substance, and the style is even more bombastic this time round. I was in awe at some of the sets and lighting. Extra thumbs up for Scott Adkins. I hadn't even recognised him beneath the makeup.
Three O'Clock High 1987 23 May 23 Rated 6
I discovered this via Tangerine Dream's discography. It's surprisingly good compared to many teen films of the eighties, with a darker side than most. The ending is a bit of a U-turn compared to everything that leads up to it. Despite that, it's entertaining and sharp.
Targets 1968 22 May 23 Rated 9
Wow. Incredibly powerful and still relevant critique on gun control. The classic movie monster being replaced by the clean-shaven boy next door.
Rye Lane 2023 18 May 23 Rated 5
A charming cast in a film that I probably would have appreciated a lot more when I was younger, with less films watched. As it is, there were too many clich├ęs for even the capable cast to outshine. Despite all that, it was entertaining enough.
S.W.A.T. 2003 15 May 23 Rated 4
Standard copaganda. Does the job if you need to put your brain on low-power mode. As generic as they come.


Title Author Read Rating
Ravenous: How to get ourselves and our planet into shape Henry Dimbleby 28 May 23 Rated 8
The Terraformers Annalee Newitz 20 May 23 Rated 6
Privacy Is Hard and Seven Other Myths: Achieving Privacy through Careful Design Jaap-Henk Hoepman 4 May 23 Rated 6
The Guest Lecture Martin Riker 2 May 23 Rated 4
Dead Sea Tim Curran 5 Apr 23 Rated 6
Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency Andy Greenberg 17 Mar 23 Rated 8
Haven Emma Donoghue 2 Mar 23 Rated 8
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy Cathy O'Neil 12 Feb 23 Rated 8
The Heart's Invisible Furies John Boyne 4 Feb 23 Rated 8
Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back Rebecca Giblin 30 Jan 23 Rated 10