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  • Animal Factory

    Animal Factory

    ★★★½

    Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory" is a solid nuts and bolts prison drama. The film sees Willem Dafoe as a grizzled lifer called Earl. Earl's spent most of his life in prison and has managed to get to a place of power in the prison hierarchy. However, things begin to change when he takes an interest in Ron (Edward Furlong). Ron is a rich suburban kid doing five years on trumped up Marijuana charges. Young and physically frail he's a prime…

  • Salem's Lot

    Salem's Lot

    ★★★

    Okay, so in hindsight it was probably ill-advised of me to watch this film a few hours after finishing King's novel. Whilst I'll admit I did find myself comparing a few scenes with the book it didn't affect me as much as I thought it would. As a straight adaptation I think that Paul Monash did a good job of condensing a deep character-heavy novel and streamlining unnecessary plot divulgences. The film merges two or three characters into one, something…

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  • Batman Ninja

    Batman Ninja

    ★★★

    For a gimmick film "Batman Ninja" is a surprisingly well done. It features some of the best action set pieces DC's animated division has put out, and it goes without saying that the anime inspired animation looks fantastic. Visually this is one of the most inventive and playful films from the DCAU. However, where the film lacks is in the cookie cutter script that comes across as a very generic elseworlds story. The story is pretty boring and the visuals…

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★½

    Dayum!

    I really liked "The Wages of Fear" a lot, so I've been apprehensive about watching this film. I've had the 40th anniversary blu ray lined up on my shelf for almost a year since I got it for my last Birthday. However, it seems that my fears were unfounded because William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" is equal to Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic, and in some areas it surpasses it.

    For the most part "Sorcerer" follows a similar structure to "The Wages of…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    John Carpenter’s The Thing: A Masterpiece in Tension.

    * I’ve previously reviewed this film a while back, it was one of the first things I’d ever written so naturally I’ve covered most of what I wanted to say in that review. However, I wanted to update my thoughts, but I’ll leave my old review in the comment section if anyone's interested.

    John Carpenter’s "The Thing" is one of my favourite films of all time. It’s a film that I come…

  • The Open House

    The Open House

    The Open House is a dull lacklustre thriller from Netflix. I don't think Netflix understand yet that people wandering around an enormous empty house isn't very thrilling. The plot essentially, is about a Mother (Piercey Dalton) and her son (Dylan Minnette) moving into her sisters house whilst it's up for sale in Canada (I think) after the accidental death of her husband.

    The film was competently directed and the cinematography, staging, framing were all fine. As was the acting which…