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  • Deadly Prey 1987

    ★★ Rewatched 09 Jan, 2015

    It's got zero budget. The acting is awful. The script is dire. The direction amateurish.
    But it's certainly not dull and by god is it funny.

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    What an absolute treat.

    Fans of 80s slashers or those with a slightly black sense of humour will probably get more out of it than your standard thriller fan.
    Luckily that is me.

  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 Jan, 2015

    Underrated and under appreciated fun 80s action flick. In hindsight it's easy to see why it didn't click with audiences as the makers deliberately went out of their way to avoid the Arnie/Sly cliches of big guns, bigger muscles and the biggest explosions in favour of a blue collar hero in the portly shape of Fred Ward, trained in a made up martial art by Joel Grey in astonishing make up to make him look like an 80 year old…

  • Batman Returns 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Dec, 2014

    Still perhaps my favourite big screen outing for Batman. It is an unholy mess story-wise but it looks simply amazing and reminds you what a brilliant visual director Burton can be, even if he still struggles with the action set pieces or a coherent plot.

  • Silent Night 2012

    ★★½ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    More of a remake of Christmas Evil than Silent Night Deadly Night, as a vengeful santa rampages through a town dishing out justice to the naughty (including, wonderfully, a child). More attention is paid to the investigating cops than to the killer himself, but his exploits are suitably gory and grotty to make the enterprise at least watchable.
    The acting is uniformily poor, with Malcolm McDowell on fine "what is this shit?" form, though Donal Logue is good as a grumpy travelling Santa who delivers a wonderful "What is Christmas anyway?" monologue.

  • Reindeer Games 2000

    ★★ Rewatched 14 Dec, 2014

    There's the germ of a good idea here, but sadly Frankenheimer's last major film is a massive disappointment.
    Affleck is not too bright as the prisoner who adopts the persona of his dead cell mate to hook up with his pen pal Charlize Theron, but her brother has sights on him too to help him rob a rather ropey looking casino on Christmas Eve.
    Various twists abound and characters act in stupid ways merely to advance the plot.
    A good…

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Dec, 2014

    Just gets more perfect everytime I watch it. Introduced some friends to it this time, who loved it too. My work here is done.

  • Carry on Christmas 1969

    ★★★ Watched 05 Dec, 2014

    The Carry On team tackle Dickens' A Christmas Carol in their own inimitable way in this TV special.
    The Past/Present/Future sections feature sketches with the most tenuous of links to the story (Frankenstein, Robert Browning and Cinderella) but it's all good fun. It's great to see the team reacting to a live audience for a change, with Charles Hawtery particularly playing the crowd.
    But the highlight is undoubtedly Carry On semi-regular Frankie Howerd who steals the whole thing from under…

  • Christmas Evil 1980

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Dec, 2014 1

    For too many years I've promised to watch John Waters' favourite christmas movie and I finally got round to it this year. And what a lovely surprise it was.

    It's NOT a horror film. There is one scene (which appears a little tacked on) where the blood flows a bit freely, but it's quick and does not represent the film as a whole, which is the story of a Christmas obsessed man who determines he wants to be a real…

  • The Silent Partner 1978

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2014

    Little gem of a movie, managing to combine standard 70s tropes of light hearted caper movie, grotty exploitation and Elliot Gould being amazing into an absorbing and very watchable whole.
    Gould is a frustrated (in more ways than one) bank teller who works out that a particularly nasty Christopher Plummer is going to rob his bank window dressed as Santa. He foils him and takes the cash himself leading to a cat-and-mouse game between the two. Throw in a sadly…

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987

    ★★★ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2014

    A great film for an hour before it runs out of steam and slips into holiday sentimentality for the final 20 minutes, in which there are literally no jokes.
    Martin is really on autopilot (testing out the stressed middle-aged family man character he would portray throughout the 90s), so this is really Candy's show, and he demonstrates a surprising depth for such an OTT character as Dell. It also shows what a good actor he could be with the right material, which he so poorly had.

  • Olympus Has Fallen 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Nov, 2014

    2nd watch and enjoyed it even more than the first time, probably because this time I watched it in its natural environment of a Friday night at home with a beer.
    The DVD box screams "It's Die Hard in the White House", but it's not... it's Die Hard TWO in the White House, because it's ridiculous, violent, profane and entertaining despite itself, not because of itself.

    This movie should be embraced as my generation embraced the likes of Commando and should have ushered in a whole new raft of proper R Rated action movies, but that seems unlikely, even with a promised sequel set in London.