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  • Weird Woman

    Weird Woman

    ★★

    After the bland naff'ness of Dead Man's Eyes I seem to have stumbled onto another of Universal's Inner Sanctum series. The double whammy of Evelyn Ankers and Anne Gwynne alongside Lon Chaney Jr. made me sit up straight as the female leads bounce off Chaney well.

    The plot is ropey but nowhere near as stagnant as Dead Man's Eyes, I shuddered during the tribal scenes but these are par for the course, and the young couple's squabbling is a curiously…

  • The Raven

    The Raven

    ★★

    The odd dichotomy of The Raven is that despite the brevity of its runtime, the plot feels overly long-winded. It revels in its two stars and their talents but feels little more than a B-picture, lacking the class and majesty of Universal's best works.

    Karloff looks superb and pulls off Lon Chaney'esque feats of facial metamorphosis, while Lugosi seems to ramp up the inflections in his accent to sound more foreboding and otherworldly. The rest of the players, I couldn't…

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Thank jeebus for Letterboxd. For years I've been doing the "Bond Marathon" before the latest 007 adventure. For years I thought I was the only sad fucker who endured all twenty something films in preparation for the next slice of kiss kiss, bang bang. There's a few that have more or less concluded this little ritual, but seeing as Skyfall ain't out until 26th October I thought I'd slowly work my way through them, starting now.

    So... Dr No. The…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    I have absolutely no idea of how to start this review.
    First off the bat, to the best of my knowledge there is nothing here that will shake the foundations and change the opinion of the Nolan haters.

    Set 8 years after The Dark Knight, this film takes a knackered and spiritually broken Bruce Wayne and places him in a situation where he must don the cape once more.
    Christian Bale has come a long way in 7 years. From…