Favorite films

  • The Shining
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Blade Runner
  • Pulp Fiction

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  • House on Haunted Hill

    ★★★★

  • The Bloody Judge

    ★★★

  • Midway

    ★★★½

  • Gorgo

    ★★★½

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  • Happiest Season

    Happiest Season

    In 2019 I saw Last Christmas in a cinema. While not great, at least it was a rom-com and it starred the appealing Emelia Clarke and her eyebrows. Happiest Season lacks the dopey charm of Last Christmas: it's not really a comedy, and the drama is flat and turgid. As a result, the first two acts feel like a COVID-19 lockdown. Act three has some interesting moments, but it's too little too late. The cast includes Daniel Levy (Schitt's Creek)…

  • The Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Star Wars Holiday Special

    One extra star for the animated cartoon in the middle, and Stan Winston's work on articulating the costumes.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    Overall, I enjoyed this sequel to my second-favourite movie of all time, Blade Runner (1982). Amazingly, it does feel like the same world set 30 years later. The melancholy tone, futuristic ideas, production design, cinematography, and synthesizer music score are all here, which was a huge relief. This is the real triumph of the film; it could have easily been a train wreck. The story itself, developed by Ridley Scott and original writer Hampton Fancher, is all right, considering it…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    Apeocalypse Now, anyone?

    This is how you make a popcorn monster movie, i.e. the old fashioned way. Set up a basic storyline with unique characters who have clearly defined motives, cast attractive leads (Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson), add comic relief, and most importantly, show the fucking monsters! It couldn't be simpler, but Hollywood has gotten it wrong so many times: Pacific Rim, Peter Jackson's bloated King Kong remake, both Godzilla borefests, Monsters*...the list goes on. Another plus for this movie…