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  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★★★

    Like a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Westworld and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Season of the Witch is a strange, entertaining neo-noir horror. The film feels intrinsically John Carpenter, from the amazing synth score by Carpenter and Alan Howarth to the wonderful cinematography by Dean Cundey (The Fog, Escape from New York, Halloween, Halloween II), stylistically it shares nothing in common with Tommy Lee Wallace's filmography even though he wrote and directed it. The film is an…

  • Challenger: The Final Flight

    Challenger: The Final Flight

    ★★★★½

    A powerful documentary which details what happened on January 28th, 1986, the events leading up and a planned inspiring future had it not, while illustrating the life of the women and men who died that day with insightful and meaningful depth. There’s a great deal of effort put in to tell the story in a precise and investigative way with historic footage, photos, animated maps/blue-prints, with many NASA staff, reporters and family members there to explain it. There’s also rarely a…

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★

    Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is a disappointing misfire that’s directed and scructured in such an uninteresting, non-compelling and tedious way. The pacing is all over the place so it’s about as thrilling as a traffic jam. Most of the time characters were laughably oblivious about clear-cut problems and suspense scenes were as engaging as paint drying. At one point the protagonists are struggling to stay awake and I felt the struggle too.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Halloween as most are aware is simply an amazing horror film. John Carpenter shoots with an inspective like direction which is not about throwing scary things at our face but the hidden or untold details; holding on shots with a slow-driving car in the distance, the ghost in the darkness which appears and disappears, the hidden body just out of a character's eyesight, etc. All the characters verbally build Michael Myers up throughout the film with discussions about "Fate, The…

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  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    ★½

    There’s no reason this documentary needed to be 7 episodes. Entirely far too much time is spent showcasing the three main personalities and their odd behaviour, we don’t need to see ten of Joe Exotic’s awful music videos or see the same offensive rants about Carole Baskin or see Doctor Colonel Sanders be a stoic idiot. But that’s what the majority of this documentary feels like - a typical reality tv show rather than a legitimate documentary. It spends an…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    Doesn’t matter what Charlie Kaufman directs as it’ll still be eaten up as profound filmmaking despite how structurally, tonally and narratively unfocused it is. A significant decline from the brilliant Being John Malkovich or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman doesn’t craft a story but instead displays pompous, nihilistic, philosophical wank with the laziest of plot threads. Made moreso unsatisfying without rational, worthwhile or logical human reaction, without fulfilling characters, arcs or consequence.