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  • Final Destination 5

    Final Destination 5

    ★★★½

    I don’t know why or how, but I had never seen this before now.

    Better in almost every conceivable way than the fourth – better writing, more likeable characters, and nicer looking cinematography. It still feels tired, but that will happen when a franchise essentially remakes the same movie five times. I guess these are designed to be watched three years apart, not one week apart like I have been doing.

    So, this gets three stars, same as parts 2 and 3, but with a half star bump for the twist ending that made me very happy.

  • Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies

    ★★

    I'm not really enjoying movies at the moment, more watching them out of obligation to myself because I usually want to watch them. I get ten minutes into something and have usually lost interest already.

    I love Robert Duvall but his little accent and little beard annoyed the hell out of me. This is probably a great movie but I'm just not digging movies right now.

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  • LA 92

    LA 92

    ★★★★★

    Man.

    The footage of Rodney King being beaten by police doesn't get any easier to watch with time. Either does the sight of not guilty verdicts being handed down for the cops. Or the sheer anger on the faces of everyone outside the courthouse, both white and black. Or the sight of old men crying at the news of the verdict because they've lived a long lifetime of this racism and abuse - and they just looked so tired.

    Or…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★★

    In my mind, this is the movie Wes Craven was trying to make with New Nightmare but didn’t fully realise – though I know people seem to like New Nightmare more than I do. I love all the subversion and deconstruction of the genre in this series and from memory it’s never better than in this, the original movie.

    It seems like the movie Craven was born to make and was essentially the only thing left for him to do…