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  • Repo Man
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Withnail & I
  • The Big Lebowski

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  • Rites of Spring

    ★★½

  • The Goonies

  • Halloween: Resurrection

    ★½

  • Prey

    ★★★½

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  • S. Darko

    S. Darko

    ★★★★

    "She told me she thought her brother was the lucky one. Everybody would remember him and love him forever."

    Working within the rules of The Philosophy of Time Travel, and continuing Roberta Sparrow's intent unto the second generation, a paean for the minor character, those who continue after the story has finished and its players leave the stage, S. Darko is the story no one wanted or needed, least of all those left behind.

    Those lost souls, the abandoned young—small…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★½

    "Why do you have to make things so fucking complicated?"

    A character actually says that in this film, and no one—not even Simon Pegg—stops to turn and stare at the camera knowingly.

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  • Rites of Spring

    Rites of Spring

    ★★½

    "The blood is clean. The sacrifice has begun. Let him rise. Let him rise and protect us from his wrath."

    Low budget abduction thriller, introducing overtones of folk horror, with an interjecting kidnap subplot, and then devolving into a standard slasher runabout. Nothing especially original—the combination of crime/horror was done far better in Malevolence—and certainly nothing remarkable. It's filmed competently, acted with gusto, the Creature looks impressive, and there's a twist in the kidnapping plot that comes as a surprise,…

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies

    "Kids suck."

    Having recently failed to guess this movie on Framed, been quizzed by friends on How The Hell Not? (I was in my late teens when it was released), and seeing it available on Prime, I thought Why The Hell Not?

    Fuck me, what a mess.

    People still watch this? Voluntarily? This movie must be playing midnight shows in Guantanamo Bay.

    Blame clearly lies with Spielberg and Columbus's absolute diarrhoea streak of a script, consisting of a scattershot assemblage…

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  • Post Mortem Mary

    Post Mortem Mary

    ★★★½

    "The most important thing is that they look alive."

    Period Australian horror drama, following a post-mortem photographer, and her young daughter, her protégé. This succeeds admirably on solid production and costume design, with involving music and sound effects, and strong performances - especially Charrington as Mary, the young girl left alone with her first job, a child dead two weeks, who proves a... challenging subject.

    The lighting and direction amp up every moment of suspense, the editing cuts are perfect,…

  • The Gathering

    The Gathering

    ★★

    Despite some fascinating religious and historical background, this is muddled and dissolute storytelling capped with an over-explained ending and painful 'happy ever after' coda.