RSS feed for Matthew

Favorite films

Recent activity

All films

Recent reviews

  • My Darling Clementine 1946

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    The legendary gunfight at the OK Corral is the inevitable conclusion of John Ford's 1946 masterpiece, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE. But unlike in other such Westerns that build to an unavoidable showdown, like Fred Zinnemann's HIGH NOON or Howard Hawks' RIO BRAVO, Ford takes his sweet time getting there. Therein lies the unique beauty of MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, it's almost as laid back as Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp lounging on the porch, chair cocked back on two legs, feet propped up…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Oct, 2014

    Absolute pleasure from start to finish, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW never ceases to be an utter delight. Every time I watch it I discover some new detail, and it's one of those films whose pleasures never seem to age. Maybe it's because of my love for the old B-movie horror and science fiction films that it's paying tribute to (and has ultimately become), but it has more than earned its place as the quintessential camp classic. It may start…

Popular reviews

  • Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Oct, 2014

    The thing that stood out to me the most during my most recent revisit with Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi horror classic was the silence. Everything about it, even Jerry Goldsmith's eerie score, echoes the silence of deep space, highlighting the utter isolation of the characters. It's what makes the creeping terror of ALIEN so effective - they are alone. Like the immortal tagline said - "in space, no one can hear you scream." The film delivers on that promise still today - proving that true terror lies in the silence.

  • ParaNorman 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Absolutely fantastic animated film about a little boy who can talk to ghosts, yet finds himself the source of ridicule for everyone in town. But when an ancient curse is unleashed, he may be the only one who is able to stop it. Paying homage to classic horror, this gleefully macabre fable spins a surprisingly rich tale about warping history and the consequences of bullying. Beautifully animated & endlessly clever.