Tom's film reviews


GREFest film reviews via BoB

All of these films can be accessed via BoB  - Box of Broadcasts - which you have access to via your university login and password.

Juggernaut ( 1974 )

A textbook example of how to write a thriller – Richard Harris delights as bomb disposal expert Anthony Fallon, trying to dispose bombs on a British cruise liner. The supporting cast is a who's who of 1970's talent, with Anthony Hopkins also tearing up the screen as the detective trying to locate the bomber while his family are in danger on the ship.

Central Station ( 1998 )

A beautiful story swimming in pathos, Central Station tells the story of Dora, a jaded letter writer who writes and mails letters for people in Rio de Janeiro central station. She meets Josué, a young boy who changes her life.

Withnail and I ( 1987 )

One of the most quotable films of all time, and hilarious. Two out of work actors at the end of the 1960's take a trip to the countryside. It is hilarious, but also very much of its time – the stereotypical depiction of characters who aren't white straight men can be jarring.

Point Break ( 1991 )
Clearly the greatest film ever made – accept no remakes or substitutes. An action-thriller with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves playing cops and robbers, and just as importantly, surfers. Keanu is perfectly cast here, which is lucky, because his acting is so wooden he may as well be reading the script for the first time. Somehow this makes the film even better, available to the viewer for ironic and unironic purposes simultaneously.

2046 (2004)

Possibly Wong Kar Wai's greatest film, sumptuously and stylishly shot, epic in ambition.
"2046 is the apartment number from that film, a place where lost memories can be recaptured."

Double Indemnity (1944)The film noir that makes all other film noirs look like the Teletubbies on a smiley day, Double Indemnity tells the story of Walter Neff, an insurance agent who falls for Phyllis Dietrichson, and into her plan to kill her husband. The dialogue is whip smart, and the film itself peels away the façade of 1940's surburban life to show the blackened, murderous heart underneath.