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  • Black Sunday 1977

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2014

    No, not the Mario Bava one. There are no blimps in that one. Are there?

    It was interesting reading some of the material around relating to the release of Black Sunday, and of particular interest to me was the reported reaction to a test screening that Paramount did for the film back in 1977. The Wikipedia entry for this film (yes, I know, but still) claims that industry insiders believed, based on that reaction, that Black Sunday would be 'the…

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★★½ Added 9

    I've been thinking a lot about the review I did for this film yesterday quite a lot overnight and this morning and I think I was slightly harsh on this film.

    I think I've reviewed it far too much on issues I had with it rather than whether I enjoyed it or not. The fact is that even though it is still ridiculously slowly built up and the ending 15 minutes or so are still a really disappointing pay-off, I…

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  • Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★★ Added 60

    There's an LL Cool J quote that would be relevant here. Hello again.

    I'm well aware this is Letterboxd, a social network site that was created for people to talk about films rather than their personal problems and woes, so much of what I'm about to say may seem irrelevant and strangely out of place to those of you who, for some reason, stick it out and decide to see it through to the end. If you decide to do…

  • The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Added 9

    I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.

    When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…