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  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes 1998

    ★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2016

    Few people could bugger up an idea as terrific as "Nicolas Cage in Brian De Palma's Rashōmon" as comprehensively as Nicolas Cage and Brian De Palma.

  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain 1992

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2016

    "You're gonna kill somebody with that sundial!"

    OK, this is more like it. I can imagine warming to De Palma's late '70s / early '80s schlockfests in time, but this had me hooked in its first ten minutes. Lithgow at his most deliciously hammy, a ridiculous surprise in every other scene and a couple of inspired twists on the now-familiar Hitchcock nods (the clunky expository scene done in a single, lengthy, flawless Steadicam shot is BdP in microcosm) are just a fraction of Cain's delights. And the ending nearly killed me.

    Plus several million points for Die Hard 2's janitor Marvin as a seen-it-all cop.

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  • Oblivion

    Oblivion 2013

    ★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2013 4

    If you're the kind of person who liked Moon but a) needed every single piece of information explained to you at length and b) didn't think it had enough explosions or Tom Cruise in it, then Oblivion is for you.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2013 1

    Like Krypton itself, Man Of Steel collapses under the weight of its own excesses, its hollow core the cause of its doom. It's beyond saving.

    That said, fat Laurence Fishburne outjogging a collapsing skyscraper is proper lolz.