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  • North Sea Hijack

    North Sea Hijack

    ★★★★

    "Both my parents died tragically in childbirth."

    North Sea Hijack pretty much begins with Lloyds of London realising that oil rigs are a potential target for terrorists or criminals and that they bloody well ought to have a plan in place just in case.

    So they bring in ffolkes, a man with his own private band of marines, who figures out how one would go about hijacking a rig and from there, how he would foil such a plan.

    fflokes,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Happy birthday to 2001, yes, it's been 50 years since it went on general release. Just think on that for a moment, 50 years. Think about how far cinema had come in the half century before Kubrick made this film and how far it's come in that same amount of time since then and you realise, if you hadn't already, what an extraordinary achievement it is.

    Now I'm sure there are people out there who like to decry the love…

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  • The Manitou

    The Manitou

    ★★★

    Hooptober V: A New Beginning #13

    When what appears to be a rapidly growing tumour appears on the back of her neck, Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) heads off to the doctor. But she leaves the medics scratching their heads when it appears to be what can best be described as a foetus. And when they try to operate things go badly wrong, the surgeon turns the knife on himself and equipment goes haywire, striking out at the hospital staff.

    Luckily…

  • Phantasm II

    Phantasm II

    ★★★

    Hooptober V: A New Beginning #13

    Dan Coscarelli said that it took him a while to come up with an idea for a sequel because he thought the ending to the first film was definitive, personally I though exactly the opposite, as soon as you start throwing 'it was all just a dream' sequences into the narrative, anything is possible.

    And so this installment opens with a little run down of the closing of the original, just to get us…

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  • Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

    ★★★

    The story of how two pre-teens, both of whom appear to be delusional and one of whom has been diagnosed as schizophrenic attempted to murder a friend of theirs believing that they are acting under the instructions of Slenderman.

    The thing that lies at the heart of their delusion and what makes it so difficult to break is exactly the same thing that lies at the heart of religious beliefs and that is the inability of anyone to disprove the…

  • Phantasm

    Phantasm

    ★★★½

    Hooptober V: A New Beginning #7

    "You don't aim a gun at a man unless you intend to shoot him. And, you don't shoot a man unless you intend to kill him."

    Good advice. Or is it? Maybe not when it's being doled out to your 13 year old kid brother. Perhaps something like 'don't play with guns' is more the sort of wisdom you might want to think about imparting to your younger siblings. But I guess the odd…