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  • I Kill Giants

    I Kill Giants

    ★★★½

    Extremely melancholy flick. Obvious nods to (rip offs from) E.T. and Gremlins but this isn’t as fun as either or anywhere near as character resonant as the former. Shame, because this premise itself is an awesome tweak on the monster/small town formula. It gradually becomes apparent it’s more of a character drama than a fun monster mash. Which is fine. But the protagonist is so highly unlikeable, I felt the barest glimmers of empathy for her during the first two…

  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    ★★★★★

    One helluva movie. The much mooted “twist” isn’t really a twist – because the whole damn MOVIE turns out to be the twist. Exquisitely written (yes, it deserved the Oscar), directed (there is some really beautiful, really Hitchcockian stuff here – Singer might have been financially obliged to make it a short shoot, but he must’ve had SO much good stuff just waiting in his head), performed (this cast makes lowlife criminal scum SO charismatic, SO compelling (and often SO…

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  • The Gauntlet

    The Gauntlet

    ★★★★

    Classic 70s Clint. I think I actually prefer this to all the Dirty Harry pics bar the original. Clint certainly plays a much milder, less homicidal version of good old detective Callahan here - more wounded, gentler, human. He only shoots his gun TWICE. But it's still the legendary Clint, and still the legendary squint.

    I first delighted in this flick as a young teen, watching it some weekend evening in my basement bedroom. And, since then, the most memorable…

  • The Prince and the Showgirl

    The Prince and the Showgirl

    ★★½

    Most of that rating is for Marilyn's genes and her dress designer. The rest is for the stunning sets and location work. Otherwise...this is an odd film, a stagey "comedy" that's not that funny, a romance that's not that romantic. It's a bit like My Fair Lady, but has elements of Micheal Crichton's Disclosure, although whereas the latter film critiqued date-rape and using power to get sex, The Prince and the Showgirl finds that stuff amusing and ripe for humour.…