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  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★½

    Perhaps I’m slightly misremembering the original trilogy, in all its oh-so-90s gen x glory, and maybe this isn’t too dissimilar to the other sequels, but this is quite terrible. Almost incomprehensibly, this feels more dated than the 90s films. Probably because it arrived just before everyone had smart phones, and just as internet lexicon was (and forever is) changing, so much so that all the kids with their flip phones feel super old and the references to things like Facebook…

  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★★

    Incredible practical effects, a legitimately insane film that doesn’t make much sense but doesn’t exactly have to when you’ve got cenobites rising up from hell to rip the skin from people’s bones. If the relationship between pain as pleasure, especially in regards to the sexual angle, had been explored more this might have been even better. It’s a bit like what Martyrs attempted to do years later. Can I mash together most of this film with the philosophical musings of that one into something majestic?

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  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck

    ★★★★½

    The Rolling Stone quote on the poster claims it's "the most intimate rock doc ever." They're probably right. If I had to describe Cobain: Montage Of Heck in one word, I'd say - heartbreaking. Whether you're a fan of Nirvana or not is pretty much irrelevant, because this isn't about the band or Kurt's career, it's about him as a person. A man with a troubled soul that couldn't get out of his own head, who didn't want to be…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    Fincher continues to cement his god-like status with another astoundingly brilliant dark, complex mystery full of malice, beauty and topped off by some incredible acting. There's nothing specific I can pinpoint to say why this film is so amazing, because everything about it is stupendous. The narrative twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. The directing is, of course, excellent and, combined with the superb lighting (Fincher's love of yellow is on full display) and haunting soundtrack, gives off this…