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  • Pumpkinhead

    Pumpkinhead 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2016

    You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding: The 1980s Horror Month

    You know what I have enjoyed most of all about this project? That almost all the films in it have been around the 90 minute mark. Perfect!

    I guess for a film directed by a man who rightly became loved for his amazing visual creations, it's no surprise that Pumpkinhead's biggest strength is its aesthetic. It's a gorgeous looking film, whether it's taking place during a dusty desert-edged daytime or a…

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust 1980

    ★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2016

    You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding: The 1980s Horror Month

    Who ARE the real cannibals on our planet?

    Is it the humble Amazonian tribe? Or is it the white cunt, tramping through their back yards, raping and murdering and generally being a complete pain in the fucking arse?

    Come join film director Ruggero Deodato as he bores the crap out of you for the best part of an hour and a half coming to the completely obvious conclusion, and brings along music composer Riz Ortolani to parp crap inappropriate music cues at you at regular interviews. Tickets on sale now!

    Cannibal Bollockaust, more like.

  • The Woman in Black

    The Woman in Black 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2016

    You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding: The 1980s Horror Month

    I've probably seen a few too many of these British Turn Of The Screw-y ghost stories in my lifetime for it to be likely than I'm going to watch many more of them in the rest of my life and regard them as anything amazing.

    But The Woman In Black is a terrifically atmospheric display of sound scares and a tight plot that doesn't try and be anything that it's not,…

  • Motel Hell

    Motel Hell 1980

    ★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2016

    You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding: The 1980s Horror Month

    I don’t know, I’m thinking I’m probably not in the mood for horror films in the last couple of days, or maybe I’m just getting tired of a whole month of them although I don’t usually. It’s the one project in a year I normally finish with no issues.

    So it’s probably me rather than Motel Hell. I still quite liked it but I didn’t think it was funny enough or…

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988

    Rewatched 21 Oct, 2016 7

    You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding: The 1980s Horror Month - REWATCHES

    I speculated in my review of the original yesterday that I may well have liked the sequel better first time round.

    Either I remembered it wrong or I was just wrong to like this one better. Hellbound starts pretty well and attempts to expand the concept by not pushing it too much, and by just giving us a glimpse into the background of Cenobites. It also wisely sticks, mostly,…

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Oct, 2016 3

    You Gotta Be Fucking Kidding: The 1980s Horror Month - REWATCHES

    It never struck me before just how similar the start and end of Hellraiser is to Gremlins. All you need to do is replace the Mogwai with the Puzzle Box and Robert's your mother's brother!

    Unfortunately, we haven't had several thousand Gremlins sequels like we've had Hellraiser ones. I'm not completely sure how many Hellraisers I've seen. I've definitely seen the first two (I'm watching the sequel next) and…

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2016 11

    I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there's definite evidence in Tom Cruise's last two films that he's laying the foundations for a retirement - at least from this sort of film.

    It might sound like a stupid thing to say considering Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation featured him hanging off the side of a plane, the fucking nutter. But that, and indeed Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, also have major signs of Cruise wanting to step…

  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 Oct, 2016

    "Those are pits. When he smiles, I can see through his head."

  • World of Glory

    World of Glory 1992

    Watched 20 Oct, 2016 6

    Roy Andersson is one of a raft of directors from whom I have seen nothing despite wanting to delve into their work for quite some time.

    So I thought I'd pop his short film, World Of Glory, on to try and get an idea of what to expect when I do start delving into his filmography.

    15 minutes later and I think I have even less idea than I had before I watched this.

  • The Last Sunset

    The Last Sunset 1961

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2016

    Films I Watched On TV While I Was 'Working'

    It's very, very rare for me to radically change my rating for a film based on the quality of an ending.

    No matter, say, how terrible an ending I might think The Mist has and the anger it caused in me, I do acknowledge that there was lots of enjoyable stuff happening before that to make it a generally entertaining experience. No matter how much I might have wanted to give…

  • Farewell, My Lovely

    Farewell, My Lovely 1975

    ★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2016 12

    Edward Dmytryk's adaptation of Farewell, My Lovely, which always amused me in that it opted for a change of name to Murder, My Sweet but kept the rather irritating comma nonetheless, is one of my favourite classical noirs.

    This being what was labelled as a 'neo-noir' take on the story, not to mention the fact that it was one of those 1970s crime films I quite enjoy on the odd occasion, I probably built up my expectations a little too…

  • Dodsworth

    Dodsworth 1936

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2016

    Mubi's retrospective of William Wyler's career continues with the kind of film that I normally struggle with.

    These sorts of relationship dramas are the kind of thing that I rarely get on with. I don't watch a great deal of them, for that precise reason, but with this being a Wyler movie and with me being especially keen to catch more of his work, I was reasonably happy to take this one on.

    Watching it I felt a bit stupid…