Owen Hughes

Formerly of FailedCritics.com. Formerly of SetTheTape.com. Formally of attire.

Used to watch loads of movies. Now? Not so much.

Favorite films

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Day of the Dead
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Blade Runner

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  • The Fly

    ★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★½

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  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★★

    Full review on the semi-temporarily-sort-of-kinda-revived Failed Critics Podcast but in brief...

    I love the original Hellraiser, I've also read Clive Barker's book, on which it and the sequel are based. The standards were set extraordinarily high for David Bruckner's reimagined horror - despite the fact that horror-remakes on the whole are bad. Bad bad bad. (The Hills Have Eyes and Fright Night not withstanding, of course.)

    They've changed most of the plot while sticking fairly closely to the themes of…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★½

    Jurassic Park is a masterpiece of science fiction adventure filmmaking. The Lost World is fine. JP3 is trash. Jurassic World is not for people my age, it's for kids, who seemingly adored it. I completely forgot Fallen Kingdom existed and was surprised to find I'd logged it already. Dominion extended cut is dumb, slightly nostalgia baiting, but crucially it's never boring. Fin.

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★

    I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.

    I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him, but I never realised there was a subtext quite so…

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★★★★

    Amazing. Thought the train was going to come right out of the screen at me. Loses points for not being in HD.