A collection of short reviews from James Porter.
I have written 326 reviews.
Here are my latest reviews.
Extraordinary. Utterly compelling, absorbing film; which plays around with time as it builds tension. Sparse dialogue, astonishing production values. Visually and auditorily incredible. A must experience.
Disappointing. The original was a fresh comic book twist on space opera, this while genuinely funny on a handful of occasions is generally poor. Reminded me of the also weak Age of Ultron: lacking in tension or interest.
Tedious, though lavishly realised in places and with a few somewhat interesting scenes. But fails to be anything more than a period recreation.
Painfully bad and obviously historically inaccurate. An unsympathetic portrayal of Churchill but implausibly as a sentimental, sidelined leader worried about the regular soldiers. Netflix's The Crown has a much more interesting and plausible take on Churchill in decline (when he is back in government); this is just bad. Avoid.
Anime where a rural girl and city boy swap bodies on random days. That alone sounds like an interesting premise, but this film twists in extraordinary ways... one of the best films I've seen this year. It also happens to have beautiful visuals. A must watch.
Incredible puzzle game; innovative use of multitouch, beautiful graphics with an amazingly tactile experience and genuinely interesting, 3D spatial manipulation puzzles.
While there are quite a few scenes where my reaction was roughly "sigh, Daredevil is again clearly going to non-lethally beat the shit out a bunch of interchangeable bad guys"; the major new characters and interesting stories keep it moving. Perhaps would have been better as 10 episodes, but still great stuff. The sustained intensity of this season is incredible and definitely one to watch.
Dark thriller following freelance crime cameraman chasing 'newsworthy' crime footage in LA, a cynical news editor and a hapless assistant. Really impressive.
Interesting game in a beautiful, remote US National park. You are part of "Firewatch", left almost entirely alone for summer. Strange things happen and a powerful story is uncovered. (I'm trying not to ruin things.) Definitely one to experience.
Difficult to review: on the one hand this is an incredible, beautiful audiovisual experience; on the other hand there is no real game, just a (very) slow paced walk around an almost entirely un-interactive village where glowing lights reveal what has happened (everyone is missing). On balance one to avoid, which is a pity as there are some interesting ideas and incredible aesthetics here.
Powerful TV series following exonerated rape convict as, as he looks to be winning a civil case against those who arrested him, is arrested for murder. The series paints a convincing picture of corrupt police and manipulation of a child. (though apparently it leaves out some key evidence). Definitely one to watch.
Dark, clever western film, with clueless Scottish boy searching for his lost love, guided by mysterious bounty hunter (whose target is actually the love's father). Definitely worth watching.
I set up this little website to track the books I've read, films I've seen, music I've listened to and so on. Uses Google App Engine and Bootstrap.
This project is available on Github. In just 200 or so lines of Python it has a review editing system, bulk data export, homepage, category views and secure accounts. Thanks to using App Engine it should be free or cheap to deploy (and even caches lots of stuff).
If you wanted to make a simple blog it would be straightforward to adapt this. There is a guide on the Github repo page. It is available under the MIT license so you can pretty much do anything you like with it.