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  • Up Pompeii 1971

    ★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    Of all the camp, of their time 60's & 70's sitcoms that were re-aired for my generation in the 80's & 90's, Up Pompeii was probably my personal favourite. The key was that it broke the fourth wall and operated much like a play almost, with Frankie Howerd addressing the audience as Lurcio, the double-entendre spewing, exasperated slave in ancient Pompeii, and indeed reacting *to* said audience noises & laughs themselves at scripts often written by Talbot Rothwell, not well known enough as…

  • Devil's Pass 2013

    ★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2014 4

    It's always quite fun when horror, 'found footage' horror especially, finds a way to blend historical fact & mystery with fiction, and that's exactly what Renny Harlin does with Devil's Pass, formerly The Dyatlov Pass Incident (presumably the studio thought throwing 'Devil' in the title would be sexier, despite the fact there's nary any sign of him here!). For those of you who know your conspiracy theories, Dyatlov Pass is indeed a true story, the mysterious death of nine hikers in…

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  • 12 Angry Men 1957

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2014 13

    Wow. Simply wow. There is no other way to articulate the feeling you get after watching 12 Angry Men, perhaps the zenith of Sidney Lumet's remarkably talented directorial career, even more amazing considering this was his debut feature. It's just one of those rare golden gems of a film that gets everything, literally everything, absolutely right. Script, direction, performances, tone, setting, story, the lot. It's perfect. It's exciting. It's gripping. It's meaningful. It's moving. And it may be close to…

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012 6

    Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's…