Favorite films

  • Under the Skin
  • The Remains of the Day
  • The Insider
  • Brokeback Mountain

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  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    ★★★★

  • Malevolent: Unearthing John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness

    ★★½

  • Prince of Darkness

    ★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★½

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  • The Shack

    The Shack

    ★½

    When a film fails to achieve what it sets out to, misses the mark or just doesn't come together, I've often found myself judging it less harshly if it has clear and obvious good intentions throughout. And while these good intentions rarely save a film from it's mistakes or elevate it beyond what it ultimately deserves, an awareness of this presence can take a slight edge off any disappointment or frustration I can get with a misfire.

    Something unsettled me…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    ★★★

    So I rewatched Rocky Horror Picture Show and it's taken me til now to assemble my thoughts as it has been breezing in and out of my mind ever since, confusing me with contrasting feelings. "I love it! No, I don't. Wait, I do! But do I though?"


    Gonna be honest I wasn't particularly looking forward to this, but a friend of mine and I are watching each other's top ten favourite films and this is one of hers. The…

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  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★

    Spielberg had to be convinced by Quincy Jones to direct this adaptation of Alice Walker's extraordinarily powerful book as he originally felt a director of colour would be able to relate more to the material. I can't help wondering what we would have been left with if Jones had been unsuccessful in his quest because Spielberg, I believe, was right with his gut feeling.

    The director also states this as his first "adult" film - and while that may be…

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    #9/31 Halloween 2020

    🎶"Ristle-tee, rostle-tee
    Hey donnie-dostle-tee
    Knickety-knackety
    Rustical quality
    Willow-tee, wallow-tee
    Now, now, now!" 🎶

    Man, that bird attack on the school was a long time in coming - it's always a bitch getting the kids singing this song out of your head after a rewatch of Hitchcock's scariest film (or is it "Psycho"? - the discussion will never end).