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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★½

    Remains the coolest sci-fi aesthetic to me. A near-perfect movie.

    I also appreciate it because, while I enjoy a good jump scare as much as the next fella, I live in crippling terror of the supernatural. Alien gives me the manageable jolts I crave sans ghosts or demons.

  • Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

    Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

    ★★

    A terribly disappointing and lazy film. Turns the story of one of the most interesting bands in the world into ‘Plastic Paddy’ kitsch, complete with cutesy animations. Leans heavily on worshipful celebrity interviews, and concludes with a truly execrable 60th birthday bash in which a wheelchair-bound, vacant-eyed MacGowan receives self-satisfied tributes from people like Bono and Johnny Depp. 

    Ekes out 2 stars because The Pogues still rule.