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  • Safe

    Safe

    ★★★

    Sometimes, you just need a lean, meat-and-potatoes action thriller where Jason Statham kills and/or beats the crap out of a whole bunch of dirtbags.

    This one does the job. Enjoyable, doesn't overstay its welcome.

    P.S. I's a SAFE pick. How did I not think of the obvious joke? What the hell is wrong with me?

  • 300

    300

    ★★

    Very easy to criticise and yet full of incredibly cool moments and lines that straddle the line between cheesy and epic.

    Visuals are a mixed bag of jawdropping eye-candy and butt-ugly, muddy browns. Action is fantastic.

    This is profoundly racist film that puts toxic masculinity on a pedestal and yet damn it, I can't get this stupid goofy grin off my face every time I think about the WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION scene. It's so iconic and cool.

    So many moments are iconic and cool. So much of the rest is hot garbage. What a weird artefact of popular culture this is.

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  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★

    Thinks being loud is the same as being exciting, full of obvious jump scares and boring characters. There's some fun to be had, both intentional and otherwise, but it's mostly a waste of a cool premise.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    A carefully crafted and rather brilliant homage to a horror classic that both refines and builds upon what came before.

    It's a direct continuation of the original film that nails the tone and atmosphere perfectly, offering a mix of deliberate callbacks and fresh new ideas.

    Jamie Lee Curtis makes a spectacular return as Laurie Strode, a woman who's both much tougher and considerably more vulnerable than before.

    Michael Myers has an incredibly unnerving presence. He may not make you jump…