Evan Popplestone

Cult, sci-fi, horror, thriller, noir, grindhouse, arthouse and world cinema.

Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Love Exposure
  • This Is Spinal Tap

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  • Dredd

    ★★★★

  • The Couch Trip

    ★★½

  • American Gigolo

    ★★★★

  • Sliver

    ★½

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    This adaptation of the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd is a thrilling, tight piece of action splatter art with a few odd stylistic embellishments (such as occasional bursts into drug-induced slow-motion). At the same time, it has a thoughtful undercurrent that betrays the hand of writer and producer Alex Garland.

    The film works, in large part, because of its contrasting central pairing between the steely, remorseless Dirty Harry style of its titular figure (played by Karl Urban) and the…

  • The Couch Trip

    The Couch Trip

    ★★½

    Comedic actor Dan Aykroyd is much loved for starring in cult hit comedies such as The Blues Brothers, Trading Places and Ghostbusters. However, in all of these cases he was part of either a double act or an all-star ensemble. Here, he more or less carries the proceedings singlehandedly. Ok, so Walter Matthau and Charles Grodin also pop up - but they are basically playing glorified supporting roles.

    There's a reason why Aykroyd never quite struck out on his own…

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★★

    An ancient poem of primal brutality, written in blood, mud, water, fire and internal organs. In the howl of the dog, the peck of the crow, the black void sockets of an eyeless Björk, and in the rage-filled hearts of vengeful men.

    Violence here is not glorified - there is no true good and evil, only the choice between hating your enemies and loving your friends.

    This is what cinema is about.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer."

    One of the most remarkable aspects of Denis Villeneuve's adaptation (*part one) of Frank Herbert's weighty space opera is the way in which it lifts visual and storytelling touchstones from David Lynch's messy 1984 retelling... and actually does them the way they should be done. The ideas were impressively ambitious back then - but ultimately misfired because of the inadequate old FX technology, producer Dino De Laurentiis's insistence on squeezing the entire…