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  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-tober 2019 - 14/31 (Countries: Germany)

    “The revered rabbi Löw reads in the stars that grave misfortune threatens the Jewish community” reads the first title card after the credits. If only he knew just how grave it would turn out to be! :(

    Afterthoughts: My affinity to German Expressionism has existed since the first time I ever saw a still from Robert Weine’s masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in the student handbook given to me on my first day…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★½

    Hoop-tober 2019 - 12/31 (Tobe Hooper film - there must always be a Tobe Hooper film)

    Afterthoughts: Well, little did I know that the day after watching this would I be taking part in something that would fit in nicely as a scene in this film…

    To celebrate 5 years together, I’d booked for Lorna and I to go to a horror convention in Manchester (For the Love of Horror), since we are both massive horror fans and it’s one…

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  • Lady Snowblood

    Lady Snowblood

    ★★★★

    Afterthoughts: Well, you get no points for observing that Quentin Tarantino likes this film!

    Lady Snowblood, what a character, and Meiko Kaji, what a presence. Can’t wait to watch the Female Prisoner series!

  • Police Story 2

    Police Story 2

    ★★★½

    Afterthoughts: Disappointed Chan didn’t seem to go bigger and better with the stunts in this film, even if they are still rather incredible.

    The finale at the factory has some amazing work, but a place as big as that needs more minions for Chan to fight than a mere 3. It lacks the freneticism of Police Story’s outstanding shopping mall brawl.
    The film seems to end really abruptly, as if it forgets it has a story that needs to be finished.

    Still a barrel of laughs though, and the gags, stunts and fights make up for its shortcomings elsewhere.

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    “And the Academy Award for Best Original Score goes to Daniel Lopatin, Good Time.

    Unfortunately, Daniel Lopatin cannot be here tonight on account of NOT BEING NOMINATED. Boo, you whore!”

    Afterthoughts: A rough and ready, fully loaded attack on the senses - the kind comparable to the likes of Suspiria (and I felt that before the brilliant audio-visual reference to that film).

    The whole thing is genuinely and riotously a good time (oh yes he did).

    These Safdie brothers are limitlessly talented!

    Kind of at a loss for words over how good this is, and how late to the party I am on seeing it.

  • Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    ★½

    Definitely gamerporn. Cool aesthetic. But too gamerporn-emphatic. Perverts.