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  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Gloria

    Gloria 1980

    ★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2016

    Rowlands is the bomb. Bill Conti's score is a belter. The location shooting serves up NYC as a sweaty stink-hole. The kid is kinda creepy.

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Feb, 2016

    A Hollywood screwball comedy with shades of Joyce and a political subtext straight from the Dialectics of Enlightenment. The studio pastiche is spot on and endearing, but there is meat on the bone too.

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist 1970

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2016

    Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1970) is a marvel of psychological cinema. It's also impeccably shot by Vittorio Storaro, with barqoue camera work, film noir lighting and the use of fascist-era modern architecture crafting an at times expressionist experience. Jean-Louis Trintignant is also excellent as a guy entombed in his own sense of inferiority, searching for something to believe in and finding that he can't muster the enthusiasm.

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Jan, 2016

    The best film ever made.

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2015

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on bath salts.

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise 2015

    ★★ Watched 08 Oct, 2015

    I'll stick with Shivers, ta.

    Also: a review of High-Rise over on me blog:

  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf 1971

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Fried gold.

  • Scream

    Scream 1996

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    Wes Craven's Sistine Chapel.

  • Sleepwalkers

    Sleepwalkers 1992

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2015

    More films should have Alice Krige killing dudes with corn on the cobs. Just stunning.

  • Van Helsing

    Van Helsing 2004

    ★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2015

    Richard Roxburgh's depiction of Dracula is worse than Hitler.

  • Vampire in Brooklyn

    Vampire in Brooklyn 1995

    ★★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    It's not as bad as I remember. Craven's blending of Blaxploitation, vampire tropes, a sort of James Whale camp, 1930s Universal horror visual tone and Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast make for a rich mix of influences. The big problem is Eddie Murphy's rubbish performance as the lead. Apparently, he only made the film to get out of a contract with Paramount. Saying that, the Preacher Pauley scene is Murphy gold. "Evil is good." It's the only scene where he shines.