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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★½

    Watched Directors Cut which is still an astonishingly good and almost overwhelming experience. However unlike Fellowship there’s a few things that have started to age less well in this one reducing overall rating by half a star. Cockney orcs, terrible CG warg battle, a few too many ‘tada’ book moments that fall a bit flat or are just a bit overwrought (teleporting ents), however for every complaint there’s a hundred details I love, king amongst them being the stunning set…

  • Damien: Omen II

    Damien: Omen II

    ★★★★

    A great sequel to the classic original. Ups the ante in terms of deaths and there's some spectacular ones in here - the crow/truck combo and then the elevator bi-section being my two favourites. The music is just as good this time round and the addition of the crow plus a great performance from the kid playing Damian. In fact the whole cast in both films is great with a nicely restrained servant of Satan role from a young Lance…

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  • The Serpent and the Rainbow

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

    ★★★★½

    Superb voodoo zombie film. Pullman is great as the scientist who will not quit, with fantastic supporting work from Zakes Mokae as the bad guy Dargent and Brent Jennings as Louis Mozart, the maker of the zombie powder. Some very creepy nightmare sequences, plenty of bits to make your skin crawl and one bit to make any bloke cross his legs made this a thoroughly enjoyable watch from start to finish. Ending goes a bit Nightmare on Elm Street in a cheesy 80s way but whats not to love about that. Highly recommended for any horror fan and especially zombie fans.

  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Still pretty much the greatest action film ever made. To see it on an Imax screen just made it even better and when the worst thing I can say is some of the matte work from 30 years ago looked a teeny bit ropey on a 25m screen, it shows how well this film has aged. Just an absolute masterpiece. The best action, the greatest creature design, no CGI, the most quotable, epic characters (Vasquez and Hudson we salute you), I don't think this film will ever be bettered in terms of hardcore violent sci-fi action. My no.2 favourite film of all time.