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  • Excision
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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  • A Quiet Place

    ★★★

  • Piranha II: The Spawning

    ★★

  • Octopussy

    ★★★

  • Ms .45

    ★★★★

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  • The Player

    The Player

    ★★★★★

    Mill is a Hollywood producer who listens to screenwriters' pitches all day every day, deciding which select few will get made into movies. Mill begins receiving death threat postcards from an anonymous screenwriter he rejected. He determines disgruntled writer Kahane must be behind the postcards. Their confrontation turns deadly indeed, but not for Mill. After covering up the murder, Mill begins an affair with Kahane's girlfriend June, but he's still being sent postcards.

    (Spoiler ahead) — Importantly, we as viewers…

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    In the Realm of the Senses

    ★★★★★

    Based on a true story, In the Realm of the Senses — set in 1936 Tokyo — depicts the intense sexual obsession between Kichizo and Sada; the former a hotel owner, the latter one of the hotel's maids.

    In the Realm of the Senses is a psychosexual experience that borders on pornography (lots of the very explicit sex scenes are unsimulated), but if I were to call it a porno, I'd have to add to that that it's by far the most…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★

    100-word review: Earth has entered a post-apocalyptic state as blind monsters that hunt people by sound have descended upon it. A family, adapted to living in complete silence, tries to survive. I've got a hard time putting into words just how aggravated that whiteboard "What is the WEAKNESS?" exposition made me. Other than that, A Quiet Place's premise does wonders at creating tension; this is an assuredly scary watch. In that sense, it lives up to its 'horror' tag better…

  • Piranha II: The Spawning

    Piranha II: The Spawning

    ★★

    Biochemically weaponised flying piranhas terrorise a Caribbean coastal resort, and it's up to a scuba-dive instructor and her coastal police ex-husband to stop them.

    Piranha II was internationally released with the subtitle Flying Killers instead of The Spawning, which is the version I watched, and which immediately made me go '???' — 'flying', what do they mean 'flying'? Well I discovered that what they mean by it is throwing plastic fishes at the actors from off-camera, and them proceeding by…

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  • Octopussy

    Octopussy

    ★★★

    100-word review: James chases a Fabergé egg smuggle to track down the people responsible for killing a fellow MI6 agent. A war-hungry Soviet general is somehow involved. James Bond and the Temple of Doom... Assuredly the silliest 007 mission. This is literally and figuratively circus and clown James Bond. Nevertheless, like the silliest of Indiana Jones, there's an abundance of adventurous escapades to wallow in, all in 'these are the 80s after all' good fun. If you don't mind the frivolousness of Moore's Bond, you could, like me, have a better time with this than the average Letterboxd rating would suggest.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    A group of befriended anthropology PhD students travel to the remote, Swedish commune from which one of them originates from, where they're warmly welcomed to partake in the midsummer festivities — festivities that turn out to be rather disturbing.

    Midsommar, in all its severity, is a parable of the grieving, the sorrowful. The magnificently methodic kickoff scenes — those that aren't unconditional 'horror', except in terms of heartache and painful embarrassments (begging the question if Ari Aster should even be…