Nick has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★½

    Oh boy. This hasn't aged well.

    On the plus side, there's some prime Nic Cage acting, particularly in his conflicted "I'm Castor Troy!" scene in the prison.

    Also on the plus side, Nick Cassavetes. Six words: "No more drugs for that man!"

    On the minus side, there's some prime John Travolta acting.

    Also on the minus side, the action takes ages to kick in.

    Further on the minus side, which waiting for the action to kick in, we have to…

  • Double Date

    Double Date

    ★★½

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

    So. A virgin sacrifice is required for the climax. But a complicating factor has been added because one of the antagonists has developed feelings for the virgin and no longer wants to sacrifice them.

    There's a very obvious way of then fixing the problem so that the other antagonist will no longer want to sacrifice them either, but the film managed to miss that completely.

    That the film doesn't address this in any way is the biggest weak link in what is an otherwise serviceable film (it's not fantastic, but it's not terrible either) and nearly had me knock off a further half-star for it.

  • Cover Girl

    Cover Girl

    ★★½

    Rita Hayworth on a vast stage. Gene Kelly dancing with himself. Phil Silvers provides the comic turn. Charles Vidor directs in glorious Technicolour. And yet, somehow, this film is less than the sum of its parts.

  • The Scarecrow

    The Scarecrow

    ★★½

    The first half of this short film is amazing, a single-roomed house constantly transformed through Heath Robinson-esque contraptions (and mainly the pulling of strings). Worth watching for the invention, and the skill of operation.

    The second half is standard slapstick fare.

  • Creep

    Creep

    ★★½

    Far too over-reliant on jump-scares.