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  • Predestination 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2014

    Just left to its own devices of little hints and clues here and there, this would be an experience I'd cherish for a long time.
    Unfortunately, the makers do not trust its audience to the extent that they are capable of piecing together the mystery on their own. It's really not terribly hard, and therefore it is doubly disappointing to get to the end and receive that "fuck you" all tied up in a nice little bow.

    The plot lends…

  • The Station Agent 2003

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2014 4

    Thomas McCarthy wrote and directed what surely must be one of the all time debuts, about a motley crew of strangers that bond in an unusually tranquil way.
    Loved it when it came out, loved it even more on rewatch.
    Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson and most of all Peter Dinklage shine and bring that little extra to an otherwise very fine film, set in rural New Jersey. Of course, few things warm my heart more than a quiet story of…

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2014 3

    Is Adam Wingard capable of realising a thoroughly great film? I think so, even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I will continue to seek out his output, but the days of getting excited are, for now at least, gone.
    The Guest in question is admirably brought to fruition by new acquaintance Dan Stevens. A bone chilling psychopath manipulating his way into the life of a grieving family, for reasons unknown, and never revealed. I can live with walking away…

  • Two Night Stand 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2014 2

    -"I don't know who first taught you guys to do that ABC-thing with your tongue, but for me it feels like I'm Helen Keller getting fucked by my teacher."
    - And that's NOT a fantasy of yours....?

    Most of the reasoning behind my 3.5/5 star rating comes from my already established fondness for the two leads. Make no mistake about it, that disposition makes this film. Like them and you'll have a good time. Indifference or a sceptical, I've seen…

  • The Innocents 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    Hoop-Tober nr8

    I had pretty high hopes going into this Victorian gothic, and this is truly one of the most unsettling films I've seen, especially when considering genre.
    Jack Clayton's ship is a steady one, classy and of high quality in just about every department, be that cinematography, script, acting or anything else, the highlight might just be the way it is framed.

    I did have some reservations towards Deborah Kerr's theatrical performance, but it is probably spot on for…

  • Dracula 1958

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    Hoop-Tober nr7

    Yes, indeed! This is where Hammer studios kicks into gear, and I can clearly see why. Again it's Cushing v Lee, but it's much more of a fair fight than the first Frankenstein was. Here Lee cements his place among the top3 to ever adorn a cape and draw blood under the cover of darkness.

    I guess working in Hammer films didn't automatically mean your career took off, as lots of the supporting cast just made a few…

  • Short Night of Glass Dolls 1971

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    Hoop-Tober nr6

    Aldo Lado's (I never get the meaning of these giallo titles) Short Night of Glass Dolls is a star studded affair. Leading man Jean Sorel has Mario Adorf as his buddy, Barbara Bach as his girl and Ingrid Thulin as his ex! I'd call that living the life, and so would probably he, until his whole world unravels upon the disapppearance of Barbara. I'm not too impressed with Sorel in general, and Lado actually wanted Terrence Hill. He's…

  • Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    This could almost be the film about my adolescence, removing just one letter from the title.

    Unfunny jokes aside, Flapping is a good looking film but for me the protagonist isn't the character I want to invest time in, the three supporting roles are more appealing and interesting to me, be that the cross dressing prostitute best friend, the on-off boyfriend (and cockfighter) or the new, rich love interest. A film telling either of their stories would most likely result…

  • Postcards from Leningrad 2007

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    Richard Nixon's wife bam bara bam bam bam
    Doesn't cook anything with coal bam bara bam bam bam
    She cooks everything with oil bam bara bam bam bam
    That they stole from Venezuelan soil bam bara bam bam bam

    They have so much cooler lullabies in Venezuala.

    Postcards from Leningrad is the cutest film about left wing guerilla groupings you'll ever see. Told through the eyes of a boy and a narrating girl, the fate of a small group set in a rural township unfold before our eyes during the 1960s.

    A pretty funny film, but not without poignant scenes of oppression.

  • The Curse of Frankenstein 1957

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Oct, 2014 1

    Hoop-Tober nr5

    Another box ticked off; my first classic hammer horror!
    It stars two of the major stalwarts, Cushing and Lee, with the former stealing the show with an excellent turn as Victor Frankenstein, even if he's too old to play the part from start to finish, if I'm to nitpick. And I always do.

    The age old tale is given a morbid twist with Frankenstein himself being the most monstrous of the two, and even good old sidekick Paul…

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★★★½ Rewatched 07 Oct, 2014

    Hoop-Tober nr2

    I do love the fact that Ti West set his story 30 or so years in the past, and he has managed to bring the era to life in a satisfying matter, as well as the tropes of the time.
    Model-turned-actress Jocelyn Donahue is serviceable in the lead, but it's the bit part players that make it what it is; Mary Woronow, Tom Noonan, Greta Gerwig and to some degree the genre reliable AJ Bowen.

    Going for mood…

  • Blood and Black Lace 1964

    ★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    Hoop-Tober nr1

    I'm really trying hard here to get to what made Mario Bava both important AND great. Two films in (A Bay of Blood and this) and I'm close to dumbfounded. As far as I can tell, those that came after him, and were inspired by him, made the better films. I'm banking most of my hopes on The Girl Who Knew Too Much to bring me around.

    The score is fun, the colours great, the red herrings amusing…