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  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    Brian De Palma is the master of suspense.

    The Odessa Steps sequence in The Untouchables. The prom night massacre scene in Carrie. Almost all of his films have iconic scenes, with very little dialogue, yet maximum tension and suspense.

    My favourite however is the Aquarium scene in Mission: Impossible. On the surface, it’s a straightforward exposition scene that ends with a violent explosion of glass, water, and marine life. Although simple on the page, the nearly six-minute scene is one…

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★★

    Submarine films always prove to be better than they have any right to be.

    And this is no different. Directed by the director of Die Hard, this is no action movie. It is however a well paced, well acted, Cold War thriller. And who the fuck doesn't like them??

    It is a bit "talky", but that is in no way a bad thing when you have the great Alec Baldwin and the greater Sean Connery delivering great, well written lines.…

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  • Stoker

    Stoker

    ★★★★★

    At 98 minutes, this is my dream length of movie. I have said it all my life.

    After leaving this screening, and using the facilities, I could quite easily have jumped straight back in to watch the whole movie again. That doesn't happen to me often.

    Stoker is phenomenal.

    It's as dreamy as it is taught. As beautiful as it is horrific. It's The Tree of Life with A screenplay. An outstanding screenplay at that. It has been said that…

  • The Passion of the Christ

    The Passion of the Christ

    ★★★★

    Not as good as the book...