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  • Amer 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2014

    Is it a giallo? Is it not a giallo? And so the cycle goes...

    First off, rewatching Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani's AMER I was completely overwhelmed once again at how utterly spellbinding the opening segment of their debut feature is. The sound, image and symbolism offer a master class in creating mood, allure and fear. Admittedly, the second segment begun to lose me, as it had on my first viewing, but this sexy and sleazy vignette of the blossom of…

  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2014

    Watched the longer 'alternative cut' of the film to be found on the US Blu-ray release.

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2013 8

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2012

    Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.

    The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…