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  • The Driver 1978

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Sep, 2014

    Famously stripped down so far that nobody gets a name or a change of costume, it's a wonder that this couldn't manage to become a hit, at least on this side of the Atlantic. What's not to like? This is one of the very few movies I've seen that actually makes Los Angeles look cool.

    Never mind the changes in special effects - car chases these days are more about showcasing mayhem than avoiding it, and that's the big thing…

  • Josie and the Pussycats 2001

    ★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    It flopped, critics hated it, and it looks like the kind of thing that a man my age would get stinkeye for renting.

    But it seemed to build up a bit of a cult over the years as an on-point satire of teen-oriented pop culture, and not undeservedly so. It's got likeably convincing songs (several of which must've done okay as singles because I know I've heard them), an amusing and charming trio of girls at the centre, and at…

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  • The Haunted Palace 1963

    ★★★½ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2013

    Whoa, a Poe/Lovecraft mashup, from prime Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price? Be still my raging boner.

    I don't often dig up my old Cavalcade Of Schlock reviews but I did with this one because I wanted to know if I'd seen this before. I had, and I apparently had quite a crush on the leading lady.

    Like in The Pit And The Pendulum, it doesn't start as a pure villain performance but it sure ends up there, Price throwing in maybe one part the well-baked ham to two parts the icewater in his veins.

    Debra Paget - worth crushing on.

  • Prince of Darkness 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2013

    Of all of John Carpenter's movies, this is his John Carpenteriest. Longtime fans can see all the points where he's homage-ing the shit out of himself and everything of which he's a big dorky fan.

    As a movie, it suffers a bit from promising too much. It's one thing to promise what it promises in the title, but the first 25 minutes are a stirring, profound-sounding discussion on the way "classical reality" breaks down on a subatomic level and that…