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  • Strays 1991

    ★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Cheap and dreadful tale of 'city folk' moving into a house previously occupied by a bunch of murderous cats. It's very reminiscent of Arachnophobia, but with cats.

    Kathleen Quinlan adds a bit of class to proceedings, but is sidelined for the finale, which is admittedly quite entertaining as it invokes memories of both Jaws 2 and hale and Pace. Honest.

  • Next of Kin 1982

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    Very low key but very creepy New Zealand horror about goings-on in a recently inherited nursing home.

    Very slow-burning, it builds to a wonderfully sustained 40 odd minute climax which is very unsettling.

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  • Live and Let Die 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012

    Another year, another actor playing James Bond. For the third film in a row, Eon presented us with a different face. Luckily this one stuck.

    Roger Moore was a huge international star, thanks to his appearances on TV in Ivanhoe, The Saint and The Persuaders, and had been on Saltzman and Broccoli’s list for a while before the premature cancellation of The Persuaders allowed him to step into the famous tux for the first time.

    LALD was, in some ways,…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012

    It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.

    Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.

    On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…