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  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★½

    I really, really liked The Mule. I think maybe even loved it, although I’m going to let it settle for a while.

    The Mule is bizarre, meandering, and tonally awkward. Its racial politics are, at best, deeply complicated. However, it’s also very much engaged with Eastwood’s long-standing exploration and deconstruction of masculinity.


    It might be reductive, but The Mule is maybe Clint Eastwood’s take on Breaking Bad. Eh, Breaking Granddad? It’s a narrative about masculine identity, and how that’s rooted…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    I thought you were on our side.
    I’m on my side. Alone.

    The Favourite is perhaps the best of the most likely Oscar nominees, and on rewatch remains a joyously nihilistic reflection on the human condition. It is also riotously funny.

    Review: the m0vie blog

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  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

    Maniac is Inception meets Cloud Atlas, filtered through the lens of eighties retrofuturism.

    In other words, it feels like it was grown in a lab just for me.

    Full review: the m0vie blog

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★★

    I can see why Warners sold Mowgli on to Netflix, after a long-delayed postproduction cycle.

    To be clear, Mowgli is not bad. I quite enjoyed it. At the same time, it’s a deeply weird film, surprisingly dark and earnest in how it tells its story. It is utterly unlike either of the Disney versions, but in a way that showcases how carefully those versions were calibrated to appeal to a mass audience.

    The Disney versions of The Jungle Book offered…