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  • The Brand New Testament

    The Brand New Testament


    Didn't get on much with this at all. Despite a few flashes of brilliance, I found it mostly repetitive, trite, and annoyingly kooky. The barrage of clumsily executed stylistic tics prevented any kind of emotional investment. I was bored well before the end.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special


    For me, it suffered from a lack of threat - every roadblock is easily passed (figuratively and literally). The film plays like an extended 3rd act - the characters are unwaveringly set on one course of action from the opening scene. There's no real arc for the characters, so I never fully engaged with them.

    I found the most intriguing character to be Bill Camp’s cult henchman, weighed down with the burden of his task. I would've liked more of his story. In fact, I think the religious cult was the most interesting aspect, but it peters out quite soon into the film...

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  • Roadgames



    It’s taking me a stupidly long time to get round to seeing all of the films featured in ‘Not Quite Hollywood’ but I’m getting there! I loved this. The road-movie-thriller combination works a treat, as does the Hitchcockian vein of humour running throughout (though maybe the brief direct reference to the master was unnecessary). Stacy Keach made an endearingly rubbish hero, with a whole repertoire of naff one-liners (“Now there’s a man with balls.”). It’s a shame his and Jamie…

  • The Gate

    The Gate


    Bloody brilliant! How come this doesn't enjoy the same level of nostalgic adoration as, say, THE GOONIES? Such a blast, from a time when kids films could get away with semi-gory horror and proper scares! Talking of kids, the cast are uniformly excellent, and the demon effects are damn near flawless. One of my favourite discoveries of the year.