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  • Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    Note to self: Still haven't watched the additional 'bonus disc' of extended interviews. Rating may change when I have.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010

    Watched 26 Oct, 2014

    A lifeless husk of a remake, redundant and inferior to Wes Craven's inventive 80s slasher in every single department. The numerous moments in which the film directly lifts from the original only serve to further reinforce the gulf in class: cast, directorial execution, visual effects, make-up, cinematography, score are all shown to be sorely lacking in this Platinum Dunes 'updated and rebooted for a new mainstream youth audience' version of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

    Most disappointing to me was…

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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…