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Despite its straight to Hulu and Disney+ release strategy that meant it bypassed theatres entirely, Prey is sure as hell not anything less than spectacular just because it aired on the small screen. It revitalises the Predator format and drags it kicking and screaming into the modern age after the Shane Black movie died on arrival back in 2018 - the update of the setting that switches it to Great Plains in 1719 reaffirms the need that not every sequel…
Memory; both real and imagined, weaponised here perfectly with the greatest portrayal of nostalgia and what it means, both the good and the bad, that you'll ever see - Terence Davies mercilessly cuts between one horror and a happier moment in a turbulent but effective way - everything carefully chosen to leave an instant, devastating mark. I watched Benediction earlier this year and it's one of my favourite movies of 2022 so far - so starting a Terence Davies retrospective felt like only the next logical step.
Hoop-Tober 2015! (1/31)
"Now, this air shaft may work to our advantage. Here. It leads up to and comes out in the main airlock. All right, there's only one big opening along the way, we can cover that up, and then we... drive it into the airlock and zap it into outer space."
And yet another classic movie that I should have probably seen by now is ticked off my watchlist. Hot on the heels of the likes of Lost…
Well, that was something special. I'm really glad that I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg the day before because there are clear influences from that masterpiece on Damien Chazelle. Together these two movies have made me far more invested in musicals than I was previously, with Bugsy Malone being another highlight but beyond that the list starts to get a bit thinner.
Here La La Land follows on two people with big dreams. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress…