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  • The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

    The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975

    ★★½ Watched 30 May, 2015

    A film I've wanted to watch ever since I heard Jerry Goldsmith's truly unsettling theme tune a few years back.

    The intriguing, if ultimately flat, tale of a college professor who is experiencing bad dreams about someone else's murder back in the 1940s and goes on a quest to find out if he really is the reincarnation of the deceased.

    The central conceit is just enough to retain the interest in what is really just a steamy TV movie with…

  • Dead Again

    Dead Again 1991

    ★★★ Rewatched 10 Apr, 2015

    Melodramatic, over-acted, over-directed, but very watchable.

  • The To Do List

    The To Do List 2013

    ★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2015

    My expectations were set suitably low for what was billed as 'the female American Pie' but I was pleasantly surprised by how funny I found it, probably because it's so rare to see a female-centred horny teenager comedy.

    Audrey Plaza helps enormously in the lead, and the support is pretty strong, though I've probably seen enough of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's schtick to last a lifetime now. Thankfully he's barely in it.

  • The Gathering

    The Gathering 2003

    ★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    A nice idea is hamstrung by a relentlessly boring and badly edited first hour, but the final act provides some fun as car crash victim Christina Ricci tries to work out why everyone who she thinks is really familiar keeps staring at her, and what on earth it has to do with some religious themed relief which has been exhumed in a nearby cave.

    Plenty of nods to other much better films, and a surprisingly good cast hold the attention but ultimately it's a frustrating experience.

  • 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 27 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.