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  • Death Ship

    Death Ship 1980

    ★★★ Rewatched 28 Mar, 2015

    It's not everday you see a Nazi possessed george Kennedy hurling a blood splattered naked lady off the side of an old concentration camp ship. Unless you watch Death Ship everyday.

  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Little Shop of Horrors 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Mar, 2015

    Haven't seen this for years and this time around I watched the newly restored director's cut, featuring the 'Everybody Dies' ending.

    It's easy to see why test audiences rejected it, but it's a brilliant sequence featuring some astonishing special effects work, so it's brilliant to finally see it in context.

    The rest of the film, if anything, is even better than I remember, with brilliant songs, wonderful production design and game spirited performances.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    As with all Anderson's films since Tenenbaums I can't escape feeling they are brilliantly made, gorgeous to look at, but ultimately empty, soulless intricately constructed trifles.

    This time around Ralph Fiennes keeps it watchable with a brilliant comedic performance which should have garnered more plaudits and gongs.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    Truly diabolical.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 15 Mar, 2015

    Probably my favourite Nolan film, and even more rewarding on a second viewing.

  • The Horror of Frankenstein

    The Horror of Frankenstein 1970

    ★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    Is this the first example of a studio 'rebooting' one its own franchises?

    If so it wasn't very successful as Peter Cushing was soon back, replacing Ralph Bates who plays a particularly smarmy Doc who seems more interested in nookie than surgery, at least to begin with.

    A lot more sex and Carry On-style humour than horror in this one, to the film's detriment, as it comes off as a not-at-all-successful bawdy romp.
    Disappointing.

  • Twins of Evil

    Twins of Evil 1971

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Feb, 2015

    Entertaining late period Hammer from the same team that brought you all those lesbian vampire affairs so beloved of boys my age.
    It's a bizarre blend, adding a Witchfinder General knock-off storyline to the standard vampire fare as Cushing's ruthless hag hunter finds himself butting heads with local Count Karnstein, unaware the Count is a vampire who has set his sights on Cushing's pure and chaste (and pretty damn sexy) twin neices.

    The Whitchfinder vibe continues with an underwritten hero…

  • Nine to Five

    Nine to Five 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2015

    Much, much funnier than I remember from seeing this as a teenager. Maybe those years as a worker drone are required to fully appreciate this well made farce, which has some themes that still resonate today.

  • The Keeper

    The Keeper 2009

    ★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    Seagal is a retired cop who's asked by an old buddy to bodyguard his daughter who has been pegged for a kidnapping due to her boyfriend being a boxer who needs persuading to take a dive.

    Much standard, low-budget thumping and window breaking ensues.

    More engaging than the standard 'Fat Seagal'-period straight to DVD thrillers, but that's not saying much.

  • Satan's Slave

    Satan's Slave 1976

    ★½ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2015

    The 'continental version' with the additional scissors unpleasantness which Warren never wanted included so strictly this isn't the uncut version.

    Anyway... i really enjoyed this when I saw it a few years back. Now I found it all little tedious despite tons of gore and gratuitous nudity.

  • The Concorde... Airport '79

    The Concorde... Airport '79 1979

    Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    Everything you've heard is right. Utterly terrible but still gloriously entertaining and probably the most watchable of the series.

    1 star or four stars depending on your mood.

  • Deadly Prey

    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.