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  • Starry Eyes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Dec, 2014

    Runs out of ideas towards the end which is a shame because a lot of the build up is great and the lead performance is extraordinary.

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2014

    Very silly but also totally brilliant at times. No Dracula film I've seen has come even remotely close to capturing the brilliance of the novel but there's a sly sense of humour at play here and a general fever dream delirium which is immensely pleasing.

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  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Jun, 2012

    The marketing campaign, with its beautifully realised virals, didn't set a foot wrong but it turns out all the filmmakers' artistry was employed in getting us to buy a ticket with very little left over for the main event. It's not all dreadful - the initial set-up has a certain something, Fassbender is terrific fun as a fey robot and Noomi Rapace is a remarkably sturdy heroine given how little she has to work with. But there's no story here to speak of and the tension generated as a result is negligible. What a missed opportunity.

  • The Believers 1987

    ★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2012 15

    Director John Schlesinger slices the ham extra thick for this nonsensical, justly forgotten schlockfest about a Voodoo-ish religion taking over New York's cognoscenti. Written by Mark Frost, who went on to co-create Twin Peaks, and adapted from a novel called The Religion, you can imagine throughout the sort of turgid prose this began life as. Keen not to appear racist the film indiscriminately demonises all religions, various ethnic minorities, rich people, bleeding heart liberals, middle-aged single females and, most hilariously, milk.