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  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★★★

  • Society

    ★★½

  • Killer of Sheep

    ★★★★★

  • Cure

    ★★★★½

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  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★★★

    Herzog manages the feat of creating both a tribute and something entirely it’s own thing,  filled with striking images and sequences that deepen and extend the dark, imagistic poetry of the original. It goes without saying the casting is pitch perfect; the leads are as memorable as the original players. It’s been thirty years or more since I first saw this. After a recent viewing I’m still convinced it’s one of the absolute greatest horror films of all time.

  • Society

    Society

    ★★½

    The first two-thirds are a broad and uneven mix of creaky social satire, 50s paranoid horror and 80s horny teen comedy tropes which plays out nowhere near as much fun as it sounds. It’s all redeemed by an absolutely gonzo final act. If you ever wondered what you’d get if you put Possession, Eyes Wide Shut and The Thing in a blender full of KY and hit liquify, well here’s your chance to find out.

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    The great body horror film, and one of the best mad-scientist / tragic monster movies of all time. It’s practically a chamber piece; I only counted 3 or 4 scene with any number of extras. The small scale works in its favour; it’s laser focused on disturbing you. The dread is less about what will happen—we already know, or can guess—than how it will happen and what horrible sight Cronenberg will show us next. And what he shows us is…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    I liked this one the most out of the recent batch, mainly for the cast, and the tighter focus on storytelling (or perhaps more effective reshoots). Maybe it helps when everything has to be tied up in a single film. The settings and VFX seemed more imaginative too. The CG characters are unforgivable to some, but what are they supposed to do? The relentless repackaging of these films means the originals will never fade and the roles can never be recast (see Solo). So if they're going to keep trying to shoehorn in old characters get used to it I guess.