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  • The Shining 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2015

    Good points: Weber's Jack is a hell of a lot more sympathetic than Nicholson's. De Mornay was quite good as Wendy. Van Peebles was excellent as Hallorann. As for the rest of the cast, if I can't say anything nice, I'll keep my mouth shut.

    It was satisfying, as a fan of the book, to see the story fleshed out. Kubrick's Shining is a masterpiece, but this has a storyteller's touch. Although it lacks memorable shots and lines, it feels…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    Pleasantly surprised to say it lived up to the hype.

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  • The Exorcist 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Oct, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I've watched this film every Halloween for ten years. But I've probably seen it closer to 20 times, give or take.

    This viewing was strange for me. Ten years ago, I was Regan's age. Ten years ago, Regan and I were equals. After all this time, she has finally become a child to me, which made her actions even more shocking.

    Though I knew what foul thing she would spew next, vulgarities I've all but memorised from years of being…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974

    ★★★★ Rewatched 09 Dec, 2014

    Still one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen. So much of it hinges of the credibility of the late Marilyn Burns' fear. Her fear is contagious.

    The terror is unrelenting. It's tactless in the best possible way; it doesn't let up. You might expect a break, an exterior shot of the house or moon to counterbalance the rawness of the dinner scene, but there's no respite. You're trapped in the scene with Sally.

    And yet it's watchable. I…