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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    A great set up and interesting first two acts lead to a slightly dreary finale despite excellent work from all involved.
    Mystique/Raven, so pivotal to proceedings becomes the X Men equivalent of the masks in Mission Impossible.
    Not as much fun as First Class, not as exciting and thoughtful as X2, but still good entertainment.

  • X-Men: The Last Stand 2006

    ★★ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2014

    First time I've watched this since release, and it was slightly more watchable than I remember, but it shows the damage that a hack like Brett Ratner can bring to a thoughtful and nuanced superhero franchise, a fact made clearer by the fact those that have followed have not only been better but have sought to undo so much of the damage caused.

  • Night of the Demon 1957

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 Nov, 2014

    Been years since I'd seen this and if it was my first viewing I'd wonder what all the fuss was about.

    Of course, it's still a fine piece of spooky cinema, but it's also got some dreadful acting, some scenes play like 1920's filmed plays, a horrific 'blacked-up' actor playing an Indian, and, of course, the monster.
    Luckily a director as skilled as Tournier manages to still make a great movie, but I found it lacked a lot of the impact it had on me years ago.

  • Trick 'r Treat 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2014

    Finally watched this after hearing a lot of good things and was not disappointed. A kind of Halloween Pulp Fiction it intertwines a few grisly tales straight out of the Tales From the Crypt playbook.
    Rather than the conventional horror anthology standby of a group of unfortunates sharing unrelated tales, the stories here are (loosely) linked with characters reappearing throughout. It makes a refreshing change and nicely ties things together.

    And 'Sam' is without a doubt the creepiest horror creation since the 1980s.

  • Dark Places 1973

    ★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    A good cast helps aleviate the boredom a bit in this forgotten 70s Brit ghost story. Various horrible sorts are conspiring against each other to find £200 grand buried in the walls of a dilapidated mansion, whilst a previous deceased owner tries to posses Robert Hardy, who manages to bed both Joan Collins and Jane Birkin.
    Christopher Lee and Herbert Lom offer little more than skulking cameos, and there's little in the way of shocks, scares or gore.

  • Halloween 1978

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 31 Oct, 2014

    Another re-watch, this time with the Red Letter Media commentary which added a nice layer of snarky humour to a film far too familiar to me.

  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane 2006

    ★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    Had wanted to see this for a while as it seemed to be very highly regarded within the horror community. God knows why.

    It's a very dull, very standard slasher with the only interesting thing being you know whodunnit halfway through, though it's not that much of a surprise anyway.

    I did wander if, judging by its heavily stylised look, it was trying to ride the coat tails of Grindhouse (the closing credits certainly seem to be aping that style) but it was actually made earlier.

    Utterly worthless and bafflingly popular.

  • White House Down 2013

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    2nd viewing and upped it half a star. It's still a tad smug about its own ridiculousness, allowing it to be cliched and silly by constantly saying "isn't this cliched and silly". I still prefer the full R-rated 80s mayhem of Olympus has Fallen.

  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    Well made, well acted but I did find myself chuckling at just was going to happen to poor Robert Redford next. It turned out to be setting fire to his own lifeboat which had me in stitches which was probably NOT the reaction the director intended.

  • Hanna 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    For years I got this confused with Haywire. Both share similarities, mainly as a result of both being action films directed by 'arty' directors and I remember them being released around the same time.
    This is probably better made, but I found Haywire more fun.

  • About Time 2013

    ★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Unbearably smug, twee, upper-middle class England version of Groundhog Day with added heart wrenching and about a hundreth of the warmth and joy of Ramis' classic.

    Slightly more watchable than Love Actually. But only just.

  • The Harry Hill Movie 2013

    ★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Not as dreadful as I'd been led to believe. At least not if your a fan of Hill's particular brand of humour.
    A rambling series of very silly sketches stitched together by a plot involving a hamster voiced by Johnny Vegas.
    Some genuinely brilliant moments include Julie Walters rapping, a B & B run by the Magic Numbers and a brilliant piss take of Les Miserables.
    Lots of seriously unfunny stuff happens as well.