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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    Starts off weak and gets considerably better as it goes on. The whole “Laurie and Michael finally face of ONE LAST TIME” pitch would have been more effective if they hadn’t already done that twenty years previously with Halloween H20. Halloween 2018 (seriously, what’s with giving it the same title as the film it’s a direct sequel to?) is the better of the two films overall, but I actually think H20 managed to make that confrontation between the two old…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★

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

    I still think this is the superior of the two adaptations, though though there’s perhaps less of a gulf between them for me than there used to be. The Fincher version is unquestionably the slicker and more stylish of the two, but for my money it verges on TOO slick – too cold, too mechanical, too obviously calculated. The Swedish film is rougher around the edges and has a more varied tone. There’s humour at times, much of it coming…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I should be annoyed by this film's stubborn refusal to make a lick of sense, but I'm not. Not one bit. Over a decade after I first saw it, MULHOLLAND DRIVE remains as sumptuous and mesmerising an experience as ever. I'm almost inclined to suggest that to try to decode it and impose rational logic on it is to miss the point - better to just let the sounds and images wash over you and experience it as Diane (the…

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★½

    "Don't you just love old music?"
    "Things sound so much better on vinyl."

    Actual lines of dialogue spoken in this movie. Fuck you, you self-absorbed, pretentious douchebags.

    Half a star each for the three leads, who I thought delivered competent performances despite the material they had to work with.