Mark Costello

A bored accountant who can't wait to get home in a day and ignore his wife and child in his home cinema........

Favorite films

  • The City of Lost Children
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • Dazed and Confused

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  • A Banquet

    ★★★★

  • Take Out

    ★★★

  • The Witch

    ★★★

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★★★

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  • A Banquet

    A Banquet

    ★★★★

    Clearly cut from the same cloth thematically and stylistically as ‘Take Shelter’, ‘Saint Maud’ and ‘The Falling’, Ruth Paxton’s debut feature is a beguiling yet frustratingly messy look at the impacts of grief on the collective mental health of a family torn apart by tragedy.

    Sienna Guillory cares for her bed-bound husband but is helpless to prevent his grotesque suicide, the devastating after-effects of which were witnessed by her teenage daughter, Betsey (Jessica Alexander). However shortly after attending a drunken…

  • Take Out

    Take Out

    ★★★

    Sean ‘The Florida Project’ Baker’s sophomore film is a heavy slice of gritty neorealism that highlights the plight of the undocumented immigrant in modern day America.

    Ming Ding is woken from his sleep in his cramped apartment by two thugs demanding repayment of a loan for his transport into the US by the end of the day. Needing $800, he finds most of it from friends, but is determined to find the rest of it simply by working as hard…

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    It remains peerless - Kubrick's clinical gaze and style gives everything so much room to breathe, the tension just oozes out of the screen. The polar opposite of modern super-quick, jump scare horror, there are almost no setpieces as we think of them today, more a steady and unsettling escalation of events, where nothing more than a woman reading a few sheets of paper is one of the most terrifying things ever committed to screen.

    That clinical visual style is…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★★

    Still the utterly fucking insane, FFC-drug-hallucination/Hammer homage it always was.

    Its big, its fucking bonkers and in your face in a way very few films had been and have since. Structurally, its tight as a drum, with the script doing superb justice to the novel's diary-based structure, perfectly capturing all those different viewpoints without ever swamping or overwhelming the viewer.

    And of course the cast is similarly eclectic - from Oldman and Ryder doing a brilliant job of portraying doomed…