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  • The Dark Knight
  • Jaws
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Shining

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  • The Trip

    ★★★★

  • Intruder

    ★★★½

  • The House on Sorority Row

    ★★★

  • Prom Night

    ★★½

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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    I think most people who start digging into the notorious “Video Nasties” list of horror films at one point banned in the UK do so because, on some level, they are searching for something. If you’re this far down the rabbit hole, odds are you’ve seen the most famous canon classics, and now you’re looking for hidden treasure. Something dark and forbidden, something truly frightening on a level to emulate the scares you got from your formative horror films or…

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    Given what a big fan of Akira Kurosawa I’ve become over the past few years, it might be odd to suggest that I’d be surprised by how much I love one of his films. And yet that is the case with RAN. I’ve had the Blu-Ray sitting unwatched for a couple of years now, a film with too hefty a runtime for me to find a spare chunk of time to devote to it. And I wasn’t overly compelled to…

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  • The Trip

    The Trip

    ★★★★

    THE TRIP was a treat, a film that I'd never have heard of or gone out of my way to see if not for it getting chosen as this week's entry in my film club. I never watched any trailers and only got a loosest sense of the plot, so I thought this was just a film about a married couple going to their remote cabin to resolve their differences and Wacky Hijinks ensuing. As it turns out, however, the…

  • Intruder

    Intruder

    ★★★½

    I’ve watched a few slashers lately with lengthy set-ups, where we’re well into the film before the carnage begins. Not so with INTRUDER. This has the bare minimum set-up, with economic introductions to the night staff working at a small supermarket after closing time, and only the most rudimentary of plotting to get us to the killing. 

    Perhaps the biggest star here is the location. The supermarket setting is so evocative and familiar, grounding things in a kind of reality,…

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  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    ★★½

    With all the negativity surrounding the production from the earliest stages, I went into FANTASTIC FOUR hoping for a triumph over the odds. And in a perverse way, I guess it is, but not in the manner I'd hoped. See, with all the intense negativity surrounding this production from even the early stages, if there was one thing I didn't imagine would be possible, it was that FANTASTIC FOUR could possibly disappoint me. And yet, somehow, it did.

    I'll try…

  • East Is East

    East Is East

    ★★★½

    EAST OF EAST remains uneasy viewing for me.  The first half is glorious, a sweet, heartfelt, and most importantly, riotously funny account of a Muslim family living in 1970s Manchester.  The film frequently had me laughing out loud.  

    But the problem I've always had with it is that weird tone change halfway through.  It bothered me when I first saw the film shortly after its release, and it still bothers me now.  Not necessarily the tone change itself, where…