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  • The Tale of Zatoichi
  • RoboCop
  • Let the Right One In
  • Jaws

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  • Dream Demon

    ★★★½

  • Harlequin

    ★★★½

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★★

  • The Coming of Sin

    ★★★★½

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  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★★★½

    Yet another misunderstood gem.

    I totally understand that many people aren’t into monster movies or visceral genre entertainments like this which aren’t too preoccupied with human drama, “character development” or scientific realism. If that’s you, I’m not criticizing you at all or saying you’re wrong. But just know that I don’t give two shits what you think of this movie because you’ve basically disqualified yourself from having a relevant opinion on how good a deep sea monster jam this is.…

  • Get Carter

    Get Carter

    ★★★★★

    Is this the toughest movie ever made? There are more violent crime movies - tons of them - but I'm not sure any of them hit hard in quite the same way as Get Carter.

    To me, this is the crime film boiled down into its essential, purest form. Everything about it is pretty much perfectly judged. Mike Hodges didn't quite go on to become one of the all time great directors (although he was always an excellent director, perhaps…

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  • The Coming of Sin

    The Coming of Sin

    ★★★★½

    I'm sensing a common theme, here. This is the third Jose Ramon Larraz film I've seen where we have two women living together in an isolated setting who are beset by the intrusion of a male interloper who creates turmoil in their lives. In Symptoms we have two old friends with an implicit sexual tension between them, while creepy Peter Vaughan stalks around the house. In Vampyres, our two women may not have a traditionally sexual relationship, but like in…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

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

    There's a thin line between self-aware and self-conscious. Scream 5 (I'm just going to pretend they called it what they should have instead of following this stupid needlessly confusing new convention Hollywood now have of just giving everything the same fucking name BANG! Get offa mah lawn!!!) is painfully self-conscious. It almost turns itself inside out trying to be self-referential without annoying its genre- and franchise-literate audience. I think there's a genuine attempt not to be obnoxious about it, which…

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  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★★

    I committed a bit of a faux-pas. A friend of mine said he wanted to have a movie night and he suggested Blade Runner because it's his favourite movie. I'm not going to say no to watching Blade Runner, but I suggested a Philip K Dick double feature, with Total Recall as the B movie. Problem is, I sent him an Outlook calendar invite titled "Dickfest" which triggered an alarm in his work's security software and gave his wife a…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober6 – mosQuito-thewinged-dragon-serpent #81

    Rule 5: Films featuring the work of Carlo Rambaldi - second of two movies

    I don't really know where to start when talking about Alien. I just think it's one of the greatest horror movies ever made - some might think it's over-rated, and that's fine because my love for this is a pretty subjective thing. I've always been a sci-fi nerd as much as a horror nerd (I'm ambinerdstrous) - so this movie just captured…