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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2015

    Genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed this given I despise found footage, Skype and teenagers. But it was that rare thing where a director of a 'techno' thriller not only understands the technology, but how it's used and also how to make a good movie!

    It's essentially a low key slasher played out over a computer screen, and while that premise sounds awful, it's so cleverly constructed that you can forgive the occassional logical slips when a film can generate…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Blockbuster-by-numbers. Easily my least favourite MCU movie so far and I fear it's going to be downhill all the way from here, as they now know even lazy crap like this will make billions without even trying.

  • Mad Foxes

    Mad Foxes 1981

    Watched 01 Jul, 2015

    1 star or 5 depending on your state of mind. Completely indefensible trash with all the bad stuff you expect (rape, murder, nudity, castration, grenades in toilet, unsanitary public urination) but it's so utterly inept it's impossible to be offended by it.
    It's also very short at a tad over an hour and a quarter and that feels perfect because after a while it becomes a bit numbing. But the last scene truly made my jaw hit the floor in a way it hasn't done for a very long time.

  • 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.