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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    ★★★★

    In the present day and age it's no doubt very hard to make an original zombie film. Girl with all the gifts suceeds and then some. It seems to take inspiration from unexpected sources such as Gareth Edwards monsters and more notably video game the last of us. I watched this before ever playing the game but it's striking how similar some of the plot points are. Also if you have ever read Richard mathesons I Am Legend(forget the will…

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★½

    Horror x52 - Female Director

    Covered in a shroud of intense dread from the very beginning, intentions and motifs aren't clear but you know something terrifyingly strange is going on. As we enter the setting (Not unlike the Sharon Tate, Manson murder setting - gives me chills just thinking about it) there is a slow and meditative build up of claustrophobic paranoia... that keeps going and going, until you can almost take no more.

    It's beautifully done from the lighting…

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  • Patti Cake$

    Patti Cake$

    ★★½

    Very formulaic and not memorable enough to get away with it. Good performances with average music.

  • Dead Calm

    Dead Calm

    ★★★

    Birth Year challenge - 11/29

    Love the colour scheme here you get so much play out of the sunset and tint of the water. A film that goes from 0 to 60 within seconds of meeting Billy Zanes character and it's refreshing to see a film like this get to the point. A fresh faced Kidman holds the piece together as the female in distress.

    It suffers from some inane character actions but can be easily overlooked as it's a tight and humble horror. A solid score and a great ending.

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  • Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    ★★★★

    A young girl is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

    Hounds of love is a film of extreme intensity, like if I had watched this in a cinema i'd be wanting to stand up and walk out, for no other reason than the power of suggestion. It's violent but most of that violence…

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    Even better second time round, and not as contrived as I first thought. It makes a lot more sense this time round. The actual heist scene as short as it is, is wonderful even knowing what happens the suspense doesn't let up.

    Give Neeson a good script and he will deliver. Debicki is mesmerizing as she is beautiful. Went with my girlfriend this time and she thought Kaluyaa was one of the most menacing characters she's seen in a long time and you know what I tend to agree.