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  • The Brand New Testament

    The Brand New Testament 2015

    ★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2016

    Didn't get on much with this at all. Despite a few flashes of brilliance, I found it mostly repetitive, trite, and annoyingly kooky. The barrage of clumsily executed stylistic tics prevented any kind of emotional investment. I was bored well before the end.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2016

    For me, it suffered from a lack of threat - every roadblock is easily passed (figuratively and literally). The film plays like an extended 3rd act - the characters are unwaveringly set on one course of action from the opening scene. There's no real arc for the characters, so I never fully engaged with them.

    I found the most intriguing character to be Bill Camp’s cult henchman, weighed down with the burden of his task. I would've liked more of his story. In fact, I think the religious cult was the most interesting aspect, but it peters out quite soon into the film...

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  • Road Games

    Road Games 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2012 5

    It’s taking me a stupidly long time to get round to seeing all of the films featured in ‘Not Quite Hollywood’ but I’m getting there! I loved this. The road-movie-thriller combination works a treat, as does the Hitchcockian vein of humour running throughout (though maybe the brief direct reference to the master was unnecessary). Stacy Keach made an endearingly rubbish hero, with a whole repertoire of naff one-liners (“Now there’s a man with balls.”). It’s a shame his and Jamie…

  • Quatermass and the Pit

    Quatermass and the Pit 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2012

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Maybe I missed Nigel Kneale's credit at the start of Prometheus?

    The discovery of a spaceship containing spookily well-preserved alien remains. Cave paintings alerting to the age of the ship, and how the aliens were responsible for creating human life on Earth. The scientists working under the scrutiny of a no-nonsense superior (who later meets a sticky end at the hands of the ship). The biology of the ship inadvertently reawakened, and an alien plan to decimate life on Earth unleashed. The alien threat stopped by a self-sacrificing human ramming a big-ass metal object into it.

    There’s even a fucking dream reading machine!