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  • Have a Nice Day

    Have a Nice Day

    ★★★★

    On the surface the story is fairly standard perhaps but there's something incredibly evocative about the art style and sound design - maybe it's that the actual animation is limited, so the characters spend much of the film frozen in space (it opens and closes with views of the decaying landscape around them). It's not a story of mythical, badass gangsters (the Tarantino comparison is, again, just superficial) but of characters trapped in a world of petty and mundane local corruption. The score is wonderful too.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    Rather anonymously directed, and not confident in its images to let them linger and unsettle. Instead it falls back on schtick - upping the body count, upping the gore, upping the wisecracking kid quotient, and bizarrely recreating and reversing moments from the original. Where the original is elegant, this one is convoluted. Jamie Lee Curtis, the score (by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies) and the title sequence deserve better than the film that's built around them.

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★½

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

    I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either.…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★½

    I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…