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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★

    I rewatched this with my missus tonight coz she said she’d never seen it before.
    It came out in 1992 and I was sure we saw it together coz we were already dating back then.
    But... turns out WE didn’t. 
    Dun dun DUNNNNN!!!

    Anyhoo back then I was hugely disappointed by it. Although it was visually and technically gorgeous I hated the love story adaptation and felt that many of the performances were way too overwrought.

    This time around I…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★

    It has its moments but it also feels like it wants very badly to be the DC equivalent of Tom Holland’s Spider Man. 
    And brother, it ain’t that.

    Sadly this is a film shot in Toronto that suffers from Familiaritis. As in everything looks so familiar that you stop paying attention to the story and only trying to be sure where that scene was shot.

  • Brothers in Arms

    Brothers in Arms

    ★★★½

    A really engaging if somewhat technically slapdash talking heads memoir doc featuring the cast and crew of “Platoon” recalling their experiences training and filming together in the Philippines.

  • Superbad

    Superbad

    ★★★

    Rating boosted from 2.5 to 3 stars

    Originally watched this in theatre with my missus and we both hated it despite laughing. In retrospect I think at the time we, or at least I, was reacting to the surprising amount of crude language especially pertaining to female genitalia. I know we were possibly the oldest couple in the theatre that night, so it certainly felt awkward with all that flying about and everyone laughing.

    I can't tell you why I…

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★½

    A comedy that manages to feel lazy while trying way too hard.
    Kinda like this review.

  • loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

    loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies

    ★★★★

    Brilliant behind the scenes documentary of The Pixies 2004 reunion tour.

    Seemingly reformed out of financial necessity rather than desire, the bandmates remain dysfunctional, cold, nervous - adding a real tension throughout the tour.
    The film doesn't exploit nor shy away from the awwwwwkwaaaard interpersonal stuff while also capturing some great on stage performances.

    Plus - A genuinely wide-smile surprise happy ending with the "Deal Is God" chick's Pixies cover band jamming in a basement almost earns this another star - absolutely wonderful!

  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    Not nearly as bad as I’d heard it was, 
    Except for the totally $#!+ use of 80s pop music in the soundrack. The song selections felt like they had been crowbarred in to the scenes against their will and either broke the flow of the story or wrecked the mood.
    Other than that and some occasional issues with a few performances, I thought this was a pretty decent update/remake. 
    Not super scary but a couple good jumps here and there.

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★

    Rating adjusted from 4.5 to 4

  • Planet Terror

    Planet Terror

    ★★★½

    I expected to absolutely one hundred per cent not like this but am happy to have underestimated this film.


    It’s gory, gruesome, completely bats and my god it’s all over the place but man it’s also a whole lotta fun.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★½

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

    Dear Auralnauts,

    Thank you for 'ruining' / 'enhancing' my rewatch of The Dark Knight Rises.
    While I still very much enjoy Tom Hardy's performance as Bane, I also very much enjoy your parody of it and can't get it out of my head
    So much so that I even paused the movie at the football field scene just to switch over to your Freestyle Bane vid: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLFAXvFYhsE

    "When I say 'no' you say 'survivors'. 'No'- "
    "..."
    "No -"
    "..."…

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

    Lovely, stirring, inspiring, funny and educational.
    But bring a box of Kleenex next to you.The duet between Lady Aberlin and Daniel Striped-Tiger just reduced me to a softly sobbing mess lying on rhe couch.

  • Zatoichi at Large

    Zatoichi at Large

    ★★★★

    It's been a while since I dipped back into my Zatoichi box set - the last entry was back in Jan 2019. Since then I had begun "Zatoicihi At Large" a few times but never got further than 10 minutes due to outstanding circumstances and then it's just been an extended unintentional hiatus.
    However I am very happy to have rejoined Ichi after such a long break and to report that any concern of the 'pickings getting slim' as the…