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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    *May have a couple of spoilers if you haven’t watched the film.

    What can be said for this film by now? At this point I'm essentially shouting into the wind. However, I did want to comment on this incredible film and its equally incredible novel. Briefly diverting, I hope to god that the Coen's pick another Cormac McCarthy novel to adapt at some point in the future. Maybe (and say it quietly) "Blood Meridian" that'd be something else entirely, but…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    I really wish I could go back in time and tell my past self "You're a total idiot". On my first watch I was really indifferent towards this film, in some places I really liked it and in others I despised it. Now whether that was due to the fact that I was taken aback at the time from the creative choices made by Rian Johnson or simply fanboy hyperbole, I don't know. Perhaps it was a mixture of both.…

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  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★½

    *Slight spoiler in the final paragraph for those who haven't seen the film.*

    It's been a good few years since I last watched John McTiernan's action classic "Predator". Upon re-visiting this old classic, I'm surprised by how well it still holds up today.

    One of the most important aspects this film needed to get right was the setting, and placing this film in the jungle was the best decision the screen writers could've made. Watching a team of overly macho…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★★

    Well, this was sadly disappointing! Whilst I enjoyed the first Kingsman film, this sequel is so overblown and overstuffed it almost suffocated under the weight of its own script. This is another classic case of a Hollywood sequel going down the usual road of "more must mean better", and that's just not the case. Matthew Vaughn seems to forget what made the first film so great, the sense of adventure, fun and engaging characters, stylish set pieces that had a…

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  • 1922

    1922

    ★★★★

    1922 is a slow, methodical look at guilt and the consequences of moral compromise. Adapted from Stephen King’s novella, 1922 is a film that will divide certain audiences. After a summer of successful, suspenseful King adaptations (IT, Gerald’s Game) this acts almost as an anti-king film, it’s a film that basks in its atmosphere. It's also a film that's solely focused on its characters rather than plot. Thomas Jane stars as Wilfred James a dedicated ranch owner who conspires with…

  • The Open House

    The Open House

    The Open House is a dull lacklustre thriller from Netflix. I don't think Netflix understand yet that people wandering around an enormous empty house isn't very thrilling. The plot essentially, is about a Mother (Piercey Dalton) and her son (Dylan Minnette) moving into her sisters house whilst it's up for sale in Canada (I think) after the accidental death of her husband.

    The film was competently directed and the cinematography, staging, framing were all fine. As was the acting which…