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 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

Poster for Wolfman's Got Nards

Wolfman's Got Nards

6

For any fan of The Monster Squad this documentary will be a dream come true, for everyone else this is a lovely journey into one of the forgotten corners of the cinematic landscape.

18 november

18 nov

Poster for National Theatre Live: King Lear

National Theatre Live: King Lear

7

Mundy’s adaptation lets itself down on some stylistic choices but it’s worth seeing this for McKellen alone. No man may ever write a better tragedy but it’s unclear whether any man will ever play the role as confidently and as nuanced as McKellen.

11 november

11 nov

Poster for Fahrenheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9

8

The range of topics is the documentary’s strength yet also its weakness. But the message is important; if it inspires even the slightest bit of change it would have been worth it.

29 october

29 oct

Poster for Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

6

An unoriginal jump-scare fest constantly walking the middle of the road between decent horror schlock and cattle prod cinema.

24 october

24 oct

Poster for Donbass

Donbass

6

Like a lot of films from the East the audience has to do a lot of the work; reflection and research is key to finding the depths of this unique film.

22 october

22 oct

Poster for Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

6

Dedicated followers of fashion should rush to it.

14 october

14 oct

Poster for 1%

1%

6

It’s brutal, repellent and a no-holds-barred depiction of one of the most revolting collections of people imaginable.

8 october

8 oct

Poster for Custody

Custody

8

In terms of pure filmmaking this is an extraordinary display of new talent.

1 october

1 oct

Poster for Jirga

Jirga

7

A compelling and ultimately rewarding slice of audacious Australian filmmaking that shouldn’t be overlooked.

24 september

24 sep

Poster for Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

7

A wonderful film celebrating the life of a unique man and his stellar legacy.

12 september

12 sep

Poster for Beast

Beast

8

Those who like their horror films psychological, dripping with atmosphere, and held together with a script that deals with substance will find a new genre favourite.

10 september

10 sep

Poster for McQueen

McQueen

6

Existing fans will get all they wanted and more, but those who stumble into this man and his tale will likely find it esoteric...

3 september

3 sep

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