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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers


    Craft weaponised to reach paranoid heights above that of the original. And with additions like the children being led to their “nap time” at the picture’s conclusion, Invasion of the Body Snatchers lands a grand hopelessness.

    And yet, perhaps Donald Sutherland isn’t as strong a choice as Kevin McCarthy as a protagonist (even if McCarthy’s cameo here is one for the ages). Sutherland says “I love you” many times to Brooke Adams as Elizabeth Driscoll, but I never believed it.…

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    Not going to score this because I had to stop halfway.

    This is like a Hieronymous Bosch painting made for the screen. And it turns out the chaos of hell is a challenge to be in for the 3 hours Hard To Be a God asks of its audience.

    Some truly great things on show here. But it felt like it cares more about itself than whoever's watching.

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  • Near Dark

    Near Dark

    Aside from a number of good ideas countable on a single hand, Near Dark is interminable. So I’m grateful it’s also just as forgettable.

    Denying the hero a real goal was this picture’s fatal flaw.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I wish when my life breaks down I can forget all about my wife and kids and join the aliens.