Ross T

Home cinema/physical media rulez 😉

Though I also love the real cinema experience whenever possible.

Favorite films

  • Aliens
  • Dune
  • Donnie Darko
  • City of Life and Death

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  • Elvis

    ★★★½

  • Grave Encounters

    ★★½

  • The Proposition

    ★★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★★½

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  • Grave Encounters

    Grave Encounters

    ★★½

    “Houston, what is your problem?!”

    Grave Encounters starts off well as a knowing take on the paranormal investigation/ghost hunting TV show format, showing the team members both in character for the show and between takes. The early moments of reality are amusing, subtly highlighting the way nobody actually believes they’re going to experience anything, and everyone knows the psychic is an actor who occasionally goes a bit overboard when attempting to “make contact”.

    With the truly creepy setting of a…

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★½

    It’s no WALL-E or Toy Story 2, but comfortably ahead of the likes of Cars 2 or Finding Dory, IMHO.

    Nice to see a competent and legitimately heroic incarnation of Buzz, though he’s rather more humble than you might expect based on his toy’s personality.

    The film looks and sounds excellent, with a handful of nicely choreographed action sequences and amusing moments, though the art direction is a touch unimaginative. More functional than fantastic.

    I will admit that Sox earned Lightyear an extra half-star single-handedly, so you can remove that for a more accurate rating if you’re some kind of cat-hating psycho.

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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece of tension through expert direction of scenes where threat is all around but violence is unpredictable, sometimes exploding out of nowhere and other times menacing for excruciating periods before simmering down and letting us breath again.

    The actions carried out by the main protagonists in this bloody war are quite awe inspiring but also fairly terrifying and more than a little disturbing. Whatever it takes?

    Highly recommended.

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★½

    This is a tricky one to rate because it has an excellent cast, a fantastically well-realised and atmospheric setting, effective soundtrack, and a wonderfully unsettling early scene (you know the one, if you’ve seen this). As a period piece it’s great, but for much of the time there was very little sense of threat beyond the harsh realities of life and sometimes misdirected religious fervour in that time and place. So as a horror film I didn’t find it particularly…