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  • Late Chrysanthemums

    Late Chrysanthemums 1954

    ★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2015

    Much like the disappointments faced by the three leads, i too couldn't help but be left disappointed with my first Naruse watch. Though its clear from the cinematography and composition of the picture that this is the work of one of the Japanese masters, the three bleak stories just don't particularly entice or engage.

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Sep, 2015

    Though the gore levels are reduced and its perhaps not as accomplished as II, its ramped up humour quotient with obvious Harryhausen homage tickled my funny bone(s) on numerous occasions!

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 Sep, 2015

    Enhanced by Campbell's expressive, memorable, powerhouse performance and its bigger budget, enabling Raimi to get closer to his vision; this sequel / remake is nothing other than a minor masterpiece.

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead 1981

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Sep, 2015

    With Halloween approaching and the Ash Vs Evil Dead tv show on the horizon, it seems the perfect time to revisit the trilogy.

    Admittedly, my original watch in reverse order may have prejudiced me a little regards numero uno. Its more like a first take on what the series would eventually become and its missing the Campbell from six years later, at the peak of his powers. However, its campy, b-movie horror with lots of gore and wonderful practical effects on a limited budget is still riotous fun.

  • My Best Fiend

    My Best Fiend 1999

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2015

    This utterly fascinating documentary, with insights into the volatile Kinski and the now legendary tales of the Herzog / Kinski collaborations, is an engaging portrait of both men and their symbiotic relationship. An essential watch, even if you've never seen a Herzog production!

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2015

    Despite Nyqvist's limp villain and the ridiculous plot, which amounts to little more than a bunch of set pieces; Bird's direction, with clear, concise action, ensures this is entertaining nonsense.

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street 1953

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2015

    Wow, what an opening! The tense, sexually charged start to Fuller's hard-boiled, Cold War noir has to be one of the best i've ever witnessed. Yet, while the romance between Widmark and Peters most certainly doesn't convince, its superb leading performances (with Ritter at the top of the pyramid), cinematography and direction (with wonderful close-ups) most certainly do.

  • Burden of Dreams

    Burden of Dreams 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2015

    While i already knew a good portion of the story beforehand; this thematically mirrored documentary, with insights on Herzog, is a mandatory watch alongside Fitzcarraldo.

    "I shouldn't make movies anymore. I should go to a lunatic asylum right away."

    Yes, Werner, i'm thinking maybe you should!

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps 1935

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2015

    An enjoyable wrong-man romp with witty repartee and screwball comedy elements ensure this plot hole aplenty thriller is a rather light affair. While its by no means the best Hitchcock, the use of his signature elements sets the template for his future successes.

  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Aug, 2015

    The old unsubstantiated adage of "if the boat can't go down the river, then the boat must go over the mountain" is most relevant here.

    The more languid companion piece to Aguirre, of which it shares many commonalities. Most notably, Kinski's forceful, obsessed and eccentric (like Fitzcarraldo himself) performance and the fact that, "f'in hell, Herzog actually made them do that!" (as quoted from my Aguirre review)

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Much the like the blood of the Count's victims, Herzog's cinematography is literally dripping with atmosphere (soundtracked with a suitably eerie Popol Vuh score), which it concentrates on moreso than its scares. Kinski's portrayal of Dracula is the definition of creepy and steeped in sadness (longing for death and an end to his monotony) and he's ably supported by the impressive Ganz playing the naive, Jonathan Harker and the utterly beguiling, porcelain-skinned Adjani as Lucy Harker.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Four things that make Whiplash :

    1) Chazelle's direction - drums, scrunched up faces, sweat and blood

    2) i'm not the biggest jazz fan, but, the music, mannnn

    3) the convincing performance of Miles Teller as Andrew Neimann. Who is less interested in artistry and creativity than technical proficiency, hero worship and gaining his mentor's approval. While hes not really a likeable character per se, due to dispatching his humanity for ambition, we do certainly feel for him and his…