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  • JFK
  • The Thing
  • The Shining
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  • Cop Car

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun

    ★★★★

  • 12:01 PM

    ★★★½

  • Grandmother's House

    ★★★

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  • Damned in Venice

    Damned in Venice

    ★★★★

    I feel like I should start writing an ingredients list when covering these Italian mashups.
    This particular cocktail directed by Ugo Liberatore consists of equal parts Rosemary's Baby, Don't Look Now and The Omen.
    Set within a cold and misty Venice drained of colour, Mark who is blind, suffers strange foreboding visions. Looked after by his callous, unsympathetic sister Christine they have to move into a boarding house after their grandmother who was looking after them, is killed in a…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    The attention to detail in this is staggering.
    Makes me feel nostalgic for a time and place I've never experienced. Like the best summer that never was.
    I could bask in its languid pace easily for another couple of hours, hanging out with Rick and Cliff as they watch F.B.I together.
    By the end I'm so invested in the fantasy that's been constructed that I end up becoming quite sad because always at the back of my mind are the true to life parallels that make reality come crashing in. Definitely Quentin Tarantinos most poignant as well as funny and uplifting movie.

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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★

    My god that was a weird rewatch. On the one hand I was cringing hard at my 7/8 year old self for buying into this shit so wholeheartedly, straight up thinking this is how adults talked to each other, thinking Tom Cruise was the epitome of cool. Sitting in my bed with a crusty old gas mask on thinking I was in the cockpit of a fighter jet, wondering what my call sign would be.
    On the other, getting totally…

  • 12:01 PM

    12:01 PM

    ★★★½

    Twilight Zone-ish short that sees Clarence Boddicker, I mean Kurtwood Smith's businessman caught in a time loop.
    Actually coming out before Groundhog Day this handles the concept well and chimes with a lot of the classic films beats, but opts for a more downbeat tone.
    In this, the poor guy only has an hour before everything resets.
    A brutal existence where there's never enough time to do anything. Paradoxically the film manages to convey a lot in its brisk 25 minutes.

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  • Grandmother's House

    Grandmother's House

    ★★★

    One of the better Niko Mastorakis produced films. Two children have to stay at their grandparents house when their father dies, having already lost their mother when very young. The boy, David starts to think that they might be involved in murder.
    Being vague on purpose because it's best to go into this one cold as it has quite a good, darkish mystery that unfolds with some well handled set pieces.
    Although I would say that, once the end comes,…

  • The Resurrected

    The Resurrected

    ★★★½

    Dan O'Bannon directing a H. P. Lovecraft story? How the fuck had I never even heard of this until Shout Factory released it on blu ray in 2017? Either terrible promotion at the time or I just wasn't paying attention.
    Based on the short story The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Chris Sarandon plays the man of the title. After discovering some information about his family history, he becomes detached and obsessive, holing up in a dilapidated ancestral farmhouse, where…