Mark Costello

A bored accountant who can't wait to get home in a day and ignore his wife and child in his home cinema........

Favorite films

  • The City of Lost Children
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • Dazed and Confused

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    ★★★★

  • Eve's Bayou

    ★★★★

  • The Lost Boys

    ★★★★½

  • Two Witches

    ★★★★

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game

    ★★★★

    Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, one of the most anthologised stories of all time, has proven to be fertile cinematic ground since its publication in 1924. However it’s this first film adaptation of it, with King Kong creators Merrion C Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack utilising the sets built for their RKO classic as well as starring that film’s leading lady Fay Wray, that provided the real spark for so many films since….films as varied as Hostel, The…

  • Eve's Bayou

    Eve's Bayou

    ★★★★

    An atmospheric and evocative meditation on memory and childhood, Kasi Lemmons’ directorial debut takes Atonement’s family narrative twists and turns and places them within a rich and heady southern gothic environment to produce one of the seminal black films of the 1990s.

    1962, Eve’s Bayou, a small town in rural Louisiana. Samuel L Jackson is the local doctor, a pillar of the community and a proud father, who unfortunately has a weakness for some of his comelier patients. But through…

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    It remains peerless - Kubrick's clinical gaze and style gives everything so much room to breathe, the tension just oozes out of the screen. The polar opposite of modern super-quick, jump scare horror, there are almost no setpieces as we think of them today, more a steady and unsettling escalation of events, where nothing more than a woman reading a few sheets of paper is one of the most terrifying things ever committed to screen.

    That clinical visual style is…

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★★★

    Still the utterly fucking insane, FFC-drug-hallucination/Hammer homage it always was.

    Its big, its fucking bonkers and in your face in a way very few films had been and have since. Structurally, its tight as a drum, with the script doing superb justice to the novel's diary-based structure, perfectly capturing all those different viewpoints without ever swamping or overwhelming the viewer.

    And of course the cast is similarly eclectic - from Oldman and Ryder doing a brilliant job of portraying doomed…