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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon 2016

    ★★½ Watched 11 Jul, 2016

    Stunning cinematography, some arresting imagery and a handful of provocative ideas but precious little happens and it does so at a glacial pace to people it's very hard to be interested in.

  • Green Room

    Green Room 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 May, 2016

    Unbearably tense. I realised at the end that I had thought about nothing else during the film other than what was unfolding on screen. A masterful piece of genre filmmaking.

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  • Prometheus

    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

    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.