I rated a good day in the neighbourhood 8/10


I saw this as yet another Cineworld Unlimited preview.

It’s slow. It’s cautious. It’s really good.

How come the USA got Fred Rogers and the UK got Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris?

The premise of an investigational journalist doing an interview with USA nice guy Mr Rogers is excellent. That it is based on a true story is even better.

This has to be one of the best films I’ve seen Tom Hanks in since Big. He is amazing as the calm and delightful Mr Rogers.

The misanthropic nature of the journalist fits the zeitgeist and works very well.

This is a delightful, slow, film that is well worth seeing.

I rated Jo Jo Rabbit 8/10 on IMDB


Hilarious and harrowing. This is a brilliant movie with some excellent acting and writing.

The NAZI terror is almost tangible in the early part of the movie. And apparent part way through.

The emergent friendship between NAZI-enthusiast youth and the Jewish girl hidden in his eaves is telling: understand that we have more in common than we have in difference and we do more together than apart.

The characters illustrate the many beliefs that fuel war and are notable by the excellent acting and portrayal.

The imaginary Hitler friend is a surprisingly effective metaphor for maturity. As Hitler’s divisive nonsense fades in influence we see Jo Jo grow as a boy to a man. I’d worried that this movie might show Hitler as some sort of strong man. Thankfully it paints him as the ludicrous character he really was and modern-day ideologues appear to be.

This is a remarkable film that is well worth seeing.

I rated Le Mans ‘66 7/10 on IMDB


Solid movie about a successful American and an understated Brit trying to give Ford Motors the innovation they asked for.

As an example of how firms beg for innovation and then resist it at nearly all costs this should be cut down to about 30 minutes and used to replace numerous ‘innovation’ and other training courses. Far more fun and possibly far more effective.

As a story, it is well told and engaging. Even better, it ends as it should.

Some terrifying racing scenes and vicious competition make for some very tense viewing.

I saw it in ScreenX. The extended scenes created immersion in the racing.

Well worth seeing.

I rated Charlie’s Angels (2019) 5/10 on IMDB


5 is perhaps too generous. But 4 seemed too mean.

I saw this at a Cineworld Unlimited preview.

Sadly, this film is a bit of a sprawling mess. It has lots of good film ingredients: a good cast; locations, locations, locations; easily identifiable villains and heroes; a light sprinkling of subterfuge; humour; and some glamour. Those things are spread all over the place though. And the characters are a bit…superficial. A shame, as the characters and their interaction made the TV series and the earlier movies.

There are some good touches of the TV series in the visit to the ‘stone quarry’. Unsure why ‘quarry’ is qualified, but it’s likely another idiom I’m missing. Great fun and pretty dirty fighting offset by some barely credible tension.

I won’t mention Patrick Stewart. No idea where his character was meant to be from.

Things are a bit grislier than the old TV show: impaling, some pretty rough fights, and some death.

It felt very long. Too long.

Go see frozen 2 instead. More credible story and stronger, more well-formed characters.

I rated Ad Astra 5/10


Slightly guilty at giving this 5/10. It has some really good high-concept sci-fi stuff, a sterling performance from Brad Pitt, and some persuasive effects. Why 5/10? Well, the backstory: dad’s missing/out of touch on Neptune; 16 years ago; drones haven’t found him but sending his son on a jaunt out there will? Mmm. Plus, moon-pirates in moon-buggies? Really? And a variety of nonsense scattered about. Brad’s dad is played hilariously by tommy lee Jones. Maybe being out at the edge has broken him, but his character doesn’t really work for me. The ending is also a bit of a non-event. Resolution, but not very…dramatic.

My enjoyment was also marred by a man-child in the front row who kept checking his huge, super-bright iPhone every few minutes, taking time to read and update his social circle. Well, that was when he wasn’t checking his super-bright Apple Watch. 🙄

Yesterday. Less drama than going to the shops


ugh. Tedious. I confess, I went to a preview showing and could tolerate no more than about 30 minutes.

The premise is suitably preposterous. But the characters? The writing? There’s NO DRAMA.

Maybe it’s the story, but the main character is a-charismatic. Now he does identify this as a reason he is not an instant star, but it got no better in what I could bear.

I wanted to find out what happened at the end. I feared ‘it was all a dream’ but I could not tolerate more undramatic drivel after Ed Sheeran turns up and there’s an unamusing T-shirt moment and ‘oh, come in’. Dire.

Maybe go and see it and find it amazing. I wanted to enjoy it despite ‘feel good movie of the summer’. The same director’s Slumdog Millionaire was ‘feel good movie of the year’ but I found it different: gratuitous and disturbing. This is different again, boring.