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  • Ju-on: The Curse

    Ju-on: The Curse 2000

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    (NOTE: This review is for both Ju-on: The Curse AND Ju-on: The Curse 2)

    These are NOT the Japanese cinematic releases Ju-on: The Grudge or Ju-on: The Grudge 2 from 2002 and 2003 respectively, the first of which was remade by Takashi Shimizu for Hollywood as simply The Grudge (2004) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. These are the first full-length entries in the Ju-on franchise, released straight to video at the start of the millennium, and they're f*cking excellent.

    Told as…

  • Monsters: Dark Continent

    Monsters: Dark Continent 2014

    ★½ Watched 18 Mar, 2015 3

    Monsters: Dark Continent (Green, 2014): No big wordy review, it was rubbish. The monsters - when you actually get to see them - are absolutely spectacular, like something out of a Lovecraftian nightmare. Unfortunately, they're almost always WAY off in the background, superfluous in their own movie. This was largely true of the first feature too but front and centre that time was an interesting piece of intimate human drama. This time it's a cliche-ridden, barely-comprehensible and frankly boring tale…

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  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2013 9

    About a million years ago (1980-85ish), when I was a boy, I bought a comic each and every week called 2000AD. And I loved it. I mean, properly LOVED it. The flagship strip in this publication was (and all these years later, remains) Judge Dredd. The titular lead character (his name, a play on that of novelty UK ska/reggae artist Judge Dread - who himself lifted the moniker from a Prince Buster tune - although there any similarity ends, absolutely)…

  • Chronicle

    Chronicle 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 06 May, 2013 3

    Awkward loner Andrew (Dane DeHaan, soon to appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) is invited by his more affable cousin Matt (Alex Russell, Bait, Carrie) to go to a party, to help cheer him up. Andrew has problems at home; his mother is dying of cancer, the cost of her medication has become prohibitive, and his dad is an abusive drunk. Andrew brings with him the bulky old video camera he's been using of late to document...…