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  • The Queen of Hearts 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    I was having a chat with fellow Letterboxers Jim Drew and Ben Brewer the other day on Twitter about how I consider myself something of a lapsed horror film fan.

    But I don't think that's the only area of my film viewing that I have lapsed in. Once upon a time I was a real French film nut as well. I think initially it was just driven by insatiable lust for pretty much all French actresses and their seeming desire…

  • Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland 1994

    ★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014 4

    Udo Kier, as a vigilante priest, batters a transvestite with a styrofoam bat for shopping in a furniture store whilst a middle aged woman in a scout uniform watches on masturbating.

    Now, on paper, I know that sounds like something that most people would want to see. I know I would! That Terror 2000 somehow manages to make said scene not even slightly interesting is, I think, a pretty apt summing up of how crap this film is.

    It's a…

  • The Headless Woman 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    VAGUE SPOILERS THROUGHOUT

    This is probably the most rewatch friendly film that I've ever seen.

    The Headless Woman is all about minute details. It is not about grand movements or screeching plot developments or major character transformations. Everything here is done at a perfectly deliberate pace. In some ways it is one of the most admirably paced films I've ever seen.

    Those are two pretty big accolades to hand out to a film, aren't they? Even so, I'm in no…

  • The Zero Theorem 2013

    ★★½ Watched 30 Jul, 2014 3

    Easy As ABC

    We didn't enjoy this as much as we thought we would.

    Terry Gilliam's directorial career isn't something that I've followed all that closely. I really enjoyed Brazil and Time Bandits, and much respect on the Monty Python front is obviously due. So three out of three is as good a strike rate as I could ask for, leading me to question why I haven't made more of an effort to follow his work.

    Just one of those…

  • Yellow Sky 1948

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2014

    Easy As ABC

    A COUPLE OF SPOILERS

    An interesting little western that rather falls apart in the last half an hour, preventing it from being potentially great.

    Apparently Yellow Sky was pitched as being a western version of The Tempest. Well, being a total heathen and knowing less about Shakespeare than your average marrowfat pea, I couldn't possibly comment on whether this is a good version of The Tempest or not. What I will say is that if Shakespeare shoved…

  • Xtro 1983

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014 2

    Easy As ABC

    Well that wasn't quite what I was expecting!

    Actually, for the first half it more or less was, but even in that there were bits where I thought, "Ooh, now that was quite good, I wasn't expecting that!" The problem I have with this review of Xtro is that I'm caught between applauding it for being a fair bit better than I was expecting it to be and slamming it for not being quite as good as…

  • Wanted: Dead or Alive 1986

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2014 2

    SOME SPOILERS

    Easy As ABC

    Sunday nights are always perfect for a 1980s actioner, aren't they?

    Wanted: Dead Or Alive isn't a very good example of the type, by all accounts. There are too many things wrong with it and not enough that are right with it but, in true 1980s actioner style, it has more than enough moments for you to never be in any doubt as to where you are and what you're watching.

    Rutger Hauer's hair, for…

  • Video Nasties: Draconian Days 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 8

    Easy As ABC

    "Art can't be controlled by the taste-buds of lunatics."

    With it having been 4 years since the release of the original Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape, I think Video Nasties: Draconian Days easily circumnavigates any question of it being a cash-in.

    The fact is that there is arguably even more to be said about Britain's treatment of so-called video nasties or films in general with sexual, violent or profane content. It would be great at some…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Added 14

    SOME SPOILERS

    Let's try again. It's actually about Abel Xavier.

    I think I definitely needed a night to ponder Under The Skin and in all honesty I could probably do with a lot longer. What concerned me is that the longer I leave it, the more of the thoughts I gathered on the film would disappear. The memory's not the best with this chap.

    Jonathan Glazer's first two films, Sexy Beast and Birth, were films that I went in to…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014 15

    Easy As ABC

    So I've spent the last hour quietly gibbering, a spell of gibbering that was paused for a few minutes so I could eat some Ritz crackers. I'm still slightly gibbering but I'm going to bed in a bit so I'm hoping I'll be okay in the morning.

    Really, I'm just stalling for time before I have to review this. Does it show?

    I'm thinking of which method I should employ here? Should it be:-

    1) Try a…

  • True Grit 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2014 30

    Easy As ABC

    "I need unguent" - Steve G Does The Coens

    Looks like the Coens can do remakes after all!*

    It's probably a strange thing to open a review with, but I want to get something that really irritated me out of the way first regarding one of the few negative reviews of True Grit that I saw when flicking through Rotten Tomatoes.

    Some git called Rex Reed claimed that Jeff Bridges was crap in this because his performance…

  • A Serious Man 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2014 6

    Easy As ABC

    "I need unguent" - Steve G Does The Coens

    The question most people seem to have about A Serious Man, judging by the reviews I've read, is "What's it actually about?"

    A lot of the time I don't think it matters what a film is about. I often find myself going round in circles trying to get to the bottom of this subject and losing sight of whether I enjoyed the film or not. Actually, I have…