John Barrie

Manager of custodians. Sometimes writer. Horror fan.

Favorite films

  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • High Tension
  • Being John Malkovich

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  • Metal Lords

    ★★★★

  • Palm Springs

    ★★★★

  • The Lovebirds

    ★★★½

  • Love and Monsters

    ★★★

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  • Metal Lords

    Metal Lords

    ★★★★

    Half coming of age story, half inspirational sports movie except the sport is metal. Predictable, but in a “scratches the itch of exactly what you want” way, not a “boring retread” way. Good performances, great soundtrack, clear love for metal. Like some of the songs it draws inspiration from it goes on a little longer than necessary, but I was still sad that it had to end. Definite comfort movie.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    It’s impossible to think of Palm Springs without thinking of Groundhog Day, the time loop movie that begat them all. Palm Springs is a bit different from the other movies of this ilk in that the characters actually discuss their predicament in terms of philosophy instead of leaving it to us alone. I think that having a couple here makes the trope fresh the way the first zombies to run livened up the idea of the living dead. The leads…

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  • All's Faire in Love

    All's Faire in Love

    ★★½

    When the best acting in your movie is provided by Cedric the Entertainer.......and Cedric the Entertainer isn't one of your leads..........or even secondary leads.

    Well, the acting in this film leaves a bunch to be desired.

    The script is pretty bad too....there is a character called "Horny" the Unicorn. Yeah, pretty sure I outgrew this film when I was 15. My son loved it though.

    I don't regret watching it, it was cute enough. But I can't recommend it for anything other than a late night streaming frivolity, and I won't watch it again.

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★★★

    I had to rewatch this to see if I’d overrated it the first time. I’m getting ready to do a deep dive into westerns now that I’ve wrapped up my horror marathon, and starting with a classic I’d seen before seemed a good idea. I really can’t fault this film. Not all of the acting is strong, sure, but even then it works for how stylized everything is. More than anything, though, this film is a master class in pacing…the…