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  • Ring 2

    Ring 2 1999

    ★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    Stevil Intentions – Horror Rewatches

    The history surrounding this follow-up to Ring rather sadly proves to be more interesting than the film itself.

    The original was released alongside a back-to-back filmed sequel called Spiral in 1998. Both released in Japan at the same time, Spiral sunk without trace despite sharing much of the same cast but, perhaps crucially, not the same director. So they had another shot at the sequel, bringing back Hideo Nakata and, once again, a few members…

  • Ring

    Ring 1998

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2015 2

    Stevil Intentions – Horror Rewatches

    I really wish that Letterboxd had been around when J-Horror and K-Horror were in full swing.

    I regard that period of horror films to be my second horror craze. Seeing Ring back in 1999, it really caught my imagination and got me interested in horror films again, and set me off watching as much as Korea and Japan had to offer, with support from other areas of south-east Asia which also jumped on the bandwagon…

  • Don't Move

    Don't Move 2013

    ★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2015

    Stevil Intentions – Short And Scary

    Enjoyable short that just has a couple of issues that stop it from being a lot better.

    The general premise of a bunch of people being stalked by a demon of some sort after messing around with a ouija board and, as the title would suggest, trying to avoid being murdered by not moving, is a very novel one. It's certainly one that you could only really do in a short film, it wouldn't…

  • Honeymoon

    Honeymoon 2014

    ★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2015 2

    Stevil Intentions – The 2010s Horror Month

    Not the most promising way to start the month, is it?

    I'm not appreciating this new brand of horror films where nothing happens for an hour and it's completely reliant on the last half an hour for something spectacular to happen that the film ultimately lives or dies by. That Ti West did it in The House Of The Devil and I didn't much like it then and it's happened in some other…

  • Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animal

    Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animal 2015

    ★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2015

    Not the first time I've taken an uninitiated plunge into Netflix stand-up shows lately and not the first time I've emerged pleasantly surprised by what I found.

    In fairness, Matt Braunger: Big Dumb Animals is rather up and down and doesn't flow all that well. Yet he does have a couple of absolutely fantastic bits. The theory on harnessing natural disasters caused by gay sex, as suggested by some religious nutters, for military purposes is a brilliant bit of stand…

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Sep, 2015 2

    Well of course I watched it again. It's been over 3 weeks!

    All I can say is that SPECTRE really is in deep shit. And that this is a brilliant and gorgeous film.

  • Transporter 2

    Transporter 2 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Sep, 2015

    Essentially a bit of a redoing of the original Man On Fire, Transporter 2 shakes off a couple of the things that stopped the original from being as good as it could have been and as such is an improvement in several areas.

    For a start, the villains are much better. Alessandro Gassman actually seems to carry some considerable threat, although not nearly as much as Kate Nauta. I've seen a fair amount of discussion of Nauta in this film,…

  • The Transporter

    The Transporter 2002

    ★★★ Rewatched 21 Sep, 2015

    All I'm saying is we should respect the Stath.

    Because before neo-action kicked in in this decade, Jason Statham was almost propping up the action film all by himself. He was toiling in a thankless task in a genre that nobody really seemed to want to watch any more, yet he kept churning them out and along the way made some very decent ones indeed.

    It's easy to trash films like The Transporter but, as someone who prizes action cinema,…

  • Edge of Darkness

    Edge of Darkness 2010

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2015 8

    I still don't get why so many film directors feel the need to have Mel Gibson crying.

    He's always been terrible at it and he'll always be terrible at it. So while it was no surprise that he ended up doing it in Edge Of Darkness, it still didn't make its arrival any the less horrible. It's a shame, really, because this is the kind of film and role that Gibson can still do about as well as anyone in…

  • 20 Million Miles to Earth

    20 Million Miles to Earth 1957

    ★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2015 10

    Sunday Munch!

    This was probably pretty good but to be honest I wasn't paying much attention because David Cameron put his cock in a dead pig's mouth.

  • Play Dirty

    Play Dirty 1969

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2015 5

    Although it's widely acknowledged that Michael Caine has had a fascinating career as an actor, I often think that acknowledgement is misplaced in a way.

    Sure, it's interesting to take a look at some of the outright appalling films that he has done but his reasoning for doing so, usually that he needed a new house or extension, pretty much puts any convoluted theories to bed. It's in his more obscure or largely forgotten movies where I think the intrigue…