Demdike has written 518 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Sunset Strip

    Sunset Strip

    ★★★★

    Excellent feature length documentary charting the history, people and places of Hollywood's infamous Sunset Strip. From the days of silver screen Hollywood, through Punk, glam metal, grunge to the present day.

    Featuring interviews with the likes of Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Dan Aykroyd, Keanu Reeves, Ozzy Osbourne, Hugh Hefner, Billy Corgan, Alice Cooper, Steel Panther, Richard Lewis, Taime Downe, Perry Farrell, Lemmy, Slash, Peter Fonda, Sharon Stone and many many more.

    I love Hollywood and i find it and this documentary fascinating.

  • Hunter Killer

    Hunter Killer

    ★★★½

    A really enjoyable old school naval action thriller on the lines of The Hunt for Red October.

    Although it initially seems like it might play out like a piece of typical America is here to save the world (and the Russian President) bollocks, it really doesn't continue along those lines. A Russian commander played by the now sadly no longer with us, Michael Nyqvist, has as much to do with saving the day as Gerard Butler does. The acting, aside…

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★

    You know when you are mildly entertained by a film but never really gripped or excited by it? Well Hobbs and Shaw is a splendid example of a film of that ilk.

    Full of action and a hell of a lot of banter style bickering between Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) that takes away from the drama, despite this being constantly watchable it never truly became that interesting until the final half hour.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★★

    An enjoyable biopic of Freddie Mercury and a bit of Queen. Rami Malek is excellent as Mercury and the music, especially Live Aid, triumphant, but aside from Mercury getting cajoled into going solo by his management there's not an awful lot of actual drama involved and the film as a whole comes across as sedate as a film about the actual Queen than it does a rock n' roll biopic. The Dirt this is not.

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas

    The Man Who Invented Christmas

    ★★★

    Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens who is suffering from hard ship following the failure of his last three books. He decides to write a story and publish it himself and the film shows how the lives of the people he meets in Victorian London inspire him to write perhaps his greatest novel - A Christmas Carol.

    Similar in a way to the BBC's excellent series Dickensian, this film features many ideas and nods to other Dickens works and it's fun…

  • The Bishop's Wife

    The Bishop's Wife

    ★★★★★

    A second time viewing for this excellent comedy / drama. Cary Grant is so appealing as an angel sent to earth to help someone. Quite similar to It's a Wonderful Life in a way but final half hour aside of that film which always has me in floods of tears, this is far superior and more charming watch all told.

  • A Christmas Story

    A Christmas Story

    ★★★★

    A first time viewing for this little gem. At first i was wondering what the hell i was watching then it sort of grew on me. Some genuine laugh out loud moments and a certain charm made this tale of young Ralphie and his desire to get a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas a rather appealing watch which i'm convinced will get so much better the more i watch it.

  • Martin's Close

    Martin's Close

    ★★★

    The latest Ghost Story for Christmas from Mark Gatiss is a nice tidy and occasionally creepy tale of a murder trial set in the 17th century.

    The always excellent Peter Capaldi plays a barrister prosecuting a wealthy young nobleman for the murder of a young woman from a lesser background, in front of the 'Hanging Judge' Jeffreys.

    It's quite a low budget affair and the way it's composed telling the story with two framing devices reminded me of the Christopher…

  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    The Satanic Rites of Dracula

    ★★★★

    The film was originally going to be titled Dracula is Dead and Well and Living in London, Christopher Lee hated this title and was quoted as saying "I'm doing it under protest ... I think it is fatuous. I can think of twenty adjectives – fatuous, pointless, absurd. It's not a comedy, but it's got a comic title. I don't see the point."

    Lee got his way and the film was renamed The Satanic Rites of Dracula.(For whatever reason the…

  • A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

    A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

    ★★★½

    What truly cemented A Christmas Story in my heart was a scene in this genuinely underrated comedy.

    Kumar (Kal Penn) is with his girlfriend on Christmas Eve and she's telling him the wonderful news that she's pregnant and they are going to have a baby when she realises he's not actually listening and get's very annoyed. "Sorry" says Kumar, still not looking at her. "I was watching the kid with his tongue stuck to the pole" - Cut to the…

  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★★

    Joan Fontaine gives an excellent performance as a teacher haunted by the ghosts of witch doctors from her time in Africa, in what would prove to be her final film role.

    Hammer's Occult thriller is quite low key, lacking much in the way of exploitation and luridness which both adds to and takes away from the film.

    The story is quiet and unsettling and performance driven as witchcraft appears rife in a sleepy English village in what is an early example of British Folk horror.

  • End of the Line

    End of the Line

    ★★½

    Gore galore in this pretty good but slightly too long subway train horror film.

    Following an excellent opening half hour the film seemed to lose it's way only to redeem itself with a superb final reel. The idea of a religious cult crossed with The Manchurian Candidate was a good idea but it all turned a bit formulaic after a while and i didn't feel anything in the way of tension following the gripping opening.

    For a low budget film…