24 Hour Party People (2002)

Steve Coogan is a delight in this enjoyable chronicling of Tony Wilson and the music scene in Manchester over the decades. There’s plenty to enjoy for fans of the bands featured in the film (I particularly enjoyed the excellent and underappreciated actor Sean Harris as Ian Curtis of Joy Division, for example), but the film…

Control (2007)

Control is one of the few music biopics that transcends the often dull genre. I don’t think it transcends it far enough to become something great, but it does rise above the generally poor pickings of the genre to be something compelling enough in its own right. Filmed in stark black and white (well, apparently…

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)

This game knocked me off my feet. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been as surprised with it as I was – I thought Metal Gear Solid was an intelligent game far more ambitious and interesting than most of its peers, and I was vaguely aware that this game had a reputation for being intellectually fascinating. But when…

Sully (2016)

I had a pleasant time at the movies with this one. It’s not the most exciting or compelling of films, but it’s very well-made, well-acted, and covers an interesting man and interesting event. Eastwood is as competent ever (more actually, considering some of his recent output), and the cast is as brilliant as you’d expect.…

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)

I’ve loved this film since I first saw it years ago, although for reasons I doubt the filmmakers intended – I find it tremendously funny. It reminds me of my favourite comedy film, This is Spinal Tap, in how much it mines the juxtaposition between the ultra-cool, masculine, glorified rock-star mythos, with the bizarre, mundane, and…

Keanu (2016)

I loved Key and Peele’s sketch comedy show, I love cats, I love Keanu Reeves, so I was primed to love this film. And I did! It’s not a five-bagger of a film, but still plenty of fun. There’s the usual growing pains of television shows/actors/dynamics turned to film – the plot feels overlong, the…