The Scribbling Man

The Scribbling Man

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Musician. Writer. Film nut. Faneditor. Beer snob.

Favorite films

  • Perfect Blue
  • The Thing
  • Alien
  • Apocalypse Now

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  • Nightcrawler

  • Jungle

    ★★★★

  • The Angry Red Planet

    ★★

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    ★★★

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  • Ring of the Nibelungs

    Ring of the Nibelungs

    ★★★½

    A rewatch of something I originally consumed in the form of a TV movie years ago. This goes by many names and has been through a few forms (Sword of Xanten, Ring of the Nibelungs, Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, Curse of the Ring...). I believe the UK had it as a single 3 hour TV movie, the US had it as a 2-part mini-series and it was originally broadcast in Germany with over an hour of extra material which…

  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    ★★★½

    Was planning on seeing The Matrix Resurrections and ended up with The Electric Cat of Cumberbottom, or something like that. It's a beautifully shot film presented in 4:3 aspect ratio, a quirk and its familiars that is almost becoming a popular enough novelty to no longer be novel, but it nonetheless works well here.

    I should mention that the "cinema" was one only in name. I'd been there before, but not this room; the teeny tiny space we were in…

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  • Jungle

    Jungle

    ★★★★

    Not much to dislike here. Jungle is a well shot survival drama with a decent supporting cast and a strong performance from Mr. Potter. Being "based on true events", scenes are lent a certain amount of extra weight than had they merely been penned.

    I didn't like that the film broke perspective towards the end and the CGI jaguar, while obscured, isn't the film's finest moment - but these are nitpicks. There was a point where I thought the presentation was in danger of becoming stale, but then the second half brought in some nice visual elements to reflect the mental state of our protagonist.

    Solid.

  • The Angry Red Planet

    The Angry Red Planet

    "To hell with radiation... Let's go!"

    Stupid on several levels, but that's half the fun. When it isn't getting bogged down by expository dialogue, The Angry Red Planet is painting the screen with uniquely dated and charming effects.

    Very tight budget and time constraints essentially forced the usage of what was dubbed "cinemagic". Black and white film was cheaper and so that's how Mars was shot, combined with illustrations, solarisation and a red filter. It basically boils down to the…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★½

    Watched with Tom!! 🚀.

    I really liked Parasite, but it's not a great film; I completely understand the hype, but I feel that its popularity is based on a mixture of Bong having successfully built up a reputation over the years, breaking into the western scene most recently, having the right distributors attached and ultimately presenting people with a film that is original and surprising.

    However, original + surprising does not necessarily a good film make.

    I think I would…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    If Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi is an example of how not to "subvert" expectations, then Knives Out can be considered the antithesis.

    A modern take on the traditional murder-mystery format, while maintaining the feel and atmosphere of a bygone era; Knives Out is much like a period piece, and when in the confines of the house (our main setting) is quite easy to forget as being set in modern day. While it pays homage to a number of well…