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  • Phantasm

    Phantasm

    ★★★

    Mad and maddening in equal measure, Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM doesn't make a bit of sense but that's all part of its crazy charm.

    Set in a small, rural town in Oregon, the film plays on the same basic fears that dominated American horror cinema in the 1970s - namely the slow, miserable death of backwater USA - but does so in a manner that sets it apart from its contemporaries, even if it never quite surpasses them.

    Incoherent and incomprehensible…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★★

    A thesis on hyperreality and alienation, funnelled through the anti-tech hysteria that dominated the majority of all media in the late 20th Century. Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh do what they can as they muddle their way through a screenplay that finds itself running on empty before long, though those glorious Cronenbergian touches make it all (just about) worthwhile.

    Embrace the utter preposterousness of what unfolds before you and you might just enjoy this one, albeit in spite of both itself and your better judgement.

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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★★

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    There are few things more awkward in this World than watching the opening credits of Carrie in the presence of your parents. Any teenage boy who has had to endure such a scenario will know just how uncomfortable it is. You just don’t know where to look! Worse still, if you’re in the boat that I was in when I first sat down to watch it, you’ve got the added dilemma of pretending that you’re enjoying it – but…

  • Taken 2

    Taken 2

    ★★

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    Six Things I Learned from Taken 2:

    1. Randomly chucking grenades around in a crowded city is the best way of gauging someone’s location.
    2. American citizens are free to kill random, innocent police officers provided one of their mates has contacts at the American Embassy.
    3. Typing “US Embassy” into the GPS works every time.
    4. Slamming the gearstick of a taxi down will make it go faster.
    5. Albanians speak English in their own country but speak…