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  • Wishmaster

    ★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

  • Spectre

    ★★½

  • Skyfall

    ★★★★

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  • Wishmaster

    Wishmaster

    ★★

    Hooptober VIII, No. 5

    This movie is fucking chaotic. It's ridiculously 90s; whether that's good or bad will depend on your point of view, but I think there is a right point of view here. At least there's none of that stupid Matrix bullet-time nonsense.

    The story here is paper-thin, although I don't think that matters too much in a horror movie like this. The point is goopy gore, and it does deliver that in spades. The goop is viscous…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    And so ends Craig’s tenure in the role. I’ve just seen No Time to Die at the Genesis in Whitechapel. Some still-cooking thoughts:

    Really, really solid first act. Had me hook, line, and sinker. Bond feels old in this, especially during the Italian sequence (even though that’s apparently five years before the rest of the film). It’s good to see him vulnerable instead of the unstoppable force the character is in danger of becoming at times. 

    The plot is… all…

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  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★

    Hey Matt, this isn't a horror movie. None of this is played for horror.

    That said, I didn't mind this, and I say that as someone with a very limited tolerance for musicals. However, I didn't find the music particularly memorable (although it's very far removed from my genres of choice). I thought the performances were pretty good, but it's really sloppy in terms of its narrative. Characters are introduced who serve very little or no narrative function (whoever that…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★

    I'm by no means well-versed in Bond, having only seen Craig and Connery (and before this rewatch, the last time I saw a Craig Bond film was when I went to see this back in 2012!), but this feels like the franchise beginning to awaken and realise that the world that birthed cinematic Bond in 1962 is gone, and that, like Bond himself, it must reinvent itself and adapt to survive.

    Accordingly we're presented not with a superhero-like character (as…