Movie reviews of Simon Storey

These are all the movies and series that Simon has reviewed. Read more at: Film Blerg.

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Poster for The Aftermath

The Aftermath

6

Not a bad film, but rather one for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy it with a cup of tea, then forget about it immediately afterwards.

11 april

11 apr

Poster for The Hole in the Ground

The Hole in the Ground

6

The Hole in the Ground is worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a horror film that explores real themes with aplomb, and it will leave you working it out for days to come.

9 april

9 apr

Poster for The Pretend One

The Pretend One

8

The Pretend One is a brilliantly realised piece of homegrown cinema that soars on the strength of the photography and Hakewill’s performance.

26 march

26 mar

Poster for Destroyer

Destroyer

7

Although it can’t quite overcome some of the uneven groundwork, Destroyer succeeds on the strength of Kidman’s performance and the direction.

22 march

22 mar

Poster for Hotel Mumbai

Hotel Mumbai

8

It’s a stunning debut that that will leave audiences everywhere flocking to the nearest bar for a stiff drink and a quiet cry when it’s over.

17 march

17 mar

Wine Calling

9

Wine Calling is one of the most delicious food films to come along recently. It’s great fun from start to finish, an experience that will make you leave the theatre and go to the nearest wine store. There are few things in the world better than an evening spent with interesting people and good wine, but documentaries about them come in a close second.

17 march

17 mar

Poster for Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family

7

It’s an unexpected masterclass in simple but effective screenwriting, proving that even the least convincing of premises can be transformed into a delightful film.

16 march

16 mar

Poster for The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

7

For fans of Lars von Trier this will be his magnum opus but the uninitiated should stay far away; some things can’t be unseen.

15 march

15 mar

Poster for An Impossible Love

An Impossible Love

7

An Impossible Love is Catherine Corsini returning to our screens and delivering the thoughtful, barbed and beautifully made love stories she excels at.

14 march

14 mar

Poster for Revenge

Revenge

7

As a genre, rape-revenge films bring their own set of ethical questions. Yet in terms of a filmmaker cutting through all nuance and giving us a film that delivers like a sucker punch, Revenge is both wickedly entertaining and visually creative.

11 march

11 mar

Poster for Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie

8

Stan & Ollie stands head and shoulders above other Hollywood biopics because it finds the human faces underneath the legends.

20 february

20 feb

Poster for Maria by Callas

Maria by Callas

8

Esoteric but for opera lovers it’s a gift.

13 february

13 feb

Poster for On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex

6

Despite Leder’s formulaic direction and habit of slipping into cliches this is still an important film...

10 february

10 feb

Poster for The Mule

The Mule

7

Has little new to offer but that isn’t meant as a negative. The themes it explores are ones that every generation goes through yet every one has a unique relationship to.

28 january

28 jan

Poster for Green Book

Green Book

6

What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in the fantastic leading performances that manage to save this from being a tedious lesson in 60s bad-old-days nostalgia. This is exactly the kind of well meaning but thin film that opens around Oscar season with good intentions but not a lot of staying power.

24 january

24 jan

Poster for Storm Boy

Storm Boy

6

While this version of Storm Boy doesn’t do anything particularly new or engaging, it has its heart in the right place.

17 january

17 jan

Poster for Loro

Loro

7

A loud, brash and frequently scatterbrained film about… a loud, brash and frequently scatterbrained man.

14 january

14 jan

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite

7

Won’t be for everyone but those looking for a weird yet compelling experience should seek this out. It’s impossible to forget and that’s always a good thing.

23 december

23 dec

Poster for Cold War

Cold War

9

Not a moment is wasted and every single frame is extraordinary. For those that like their cinema finely cut and quietly passionate this is unmissable. Nothing burns like the cold.

23 december

23 dec

Poster for Bumblebee

Bumblebee

7

A pitch-perfect, crowd pleasing triumph that shows Hollywood still knows how to make engaging and thoroughly entertaining summer popcorn spectacle given the right people.

20 december

20 dec

Poster for Peppermint

Peppermint

2

Isn’t the worst film of 2018 but it’s undoubtably the most culturally and politically despicable.

13 december

13 dec

Poster for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

8

Where the Lord and Miller influence shines is through humour and the pitch-perfect balance of tone, taking itself seriously enough to be compelling without falling into the depressing self-seriousness that has sunk other films of this genre.

12 december

12 dec

Poster for The Grinch

The Grinch

5

While this is easily the most dull and forgettable version of the Dr Seuss classic, the most important aspect hits the mark: children will likely have fun with it and with the school holidays coming up that’s reason to be happy.

1 december

1 dec

Poster for You Might Be the Killer

You Might Be the Killer

6

It’s not scary in the slightest but there’s enough love of the genre to more than compensate, especially since some of the gore is so schlocky and over-the-top that it would make Tarantino titter with glee.

28 november

28 nov

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