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  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    ★★★★

    Oh, god forBID a filmmaker explore a different avenue of a much-loved property and splash out on style and ambitious vision.

    Absolutely unfairly maligned, from Boorman’s astonishingly constructed overlays to Morricone’s shreiking score (probably a genuine top fiver of his work). It’s a film that barely hangs together as a story, but it’s done with such visual conviction and splendour that it’s just enrapturing. Just take the Exorcist part off the title and call it The Heretic and I can…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★½

    A really great screenplay all the time, and mostly a really great film, especially when the title delivers on its promise. I don’t think I clocked how great Linda Blair was first time round, probably because she gives a child performance that is the furthest thing imaginable from a child. Terrifying stuff.

    Side note: did Harry Dean Stanton and Jason Miller ever play brothers? A serious missed opportunity if not.

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★½

    Eyes Wide Shit.

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★★½

    Me: Do you like Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho?

    Snooty Film Analyst: It’s OK.

    Me: The later scenes are a little too abstract for my tastes, but when Bateman’s monologuing carries on throughout all 102 minutes, I think it really comes into its own, commercially and artistically. The whole film has a clear, crisp look, and an old sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives Andrzej Sekula’s cinematography a big boost. Mary Harron's been compared to…