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  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York

    ★★★★½

    I first watched this back in 1982.  Loved it then and have loved it ever since.  

    Tonight I watched the 4K restoration released by canal in England.  

    Wow, what a great transfer.  Really impressive.  Still love every frame.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    A worthy sequel all these years later.  A bit short on the relentless suspense that drove the original and the gore is amped up for modern audiences.  

    Still a fun watch.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Stone cold classic.  An economy of story telling with taut direction from a master of the genre.  Rewatching this on the 4K reissue I was amazed by the cinematography and iconic shot selection and music cues. 

    A masterclass on how much can be done with so little.   I also forgot just how little gore and blood there actually was.  Amazing.

  • Terrified

    Terrified

    ★★★★

    Absolutely loved this movie.

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★★★★

    Finally caught up with this.  Great musical numbers and a star making performance by Ella Hunt.  Thoroughly entertaining mash up of musical and horror if not quite enough of either to satisfy genre fans.

  • Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    ★★½

    As ali Wong fans, my wife and I were very excited to see this - until we actually did.  

    While, it was a pleasant enough romantic comedy with a few laughs, one or two emotional beats that work and the charm and charisma of the leads, it suffers from a painfully cliched and poorly written script. 

    It’s great that Netflix makes old school romantic comedies these days, I just wish theyd make better ones. 

    I’d say Ali Wong deserves better,…

  • All the Creatures Were Stirring

    All the Creatures Were Stirring

    ★★

    I wanted this to be so good because I adore Rebekah from shock waves.   Unfortunately, I thought it was just mediocre.  Not particularly scary or inventive or even that interesting.

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero

    Black Mirror: San Junipero

    ★★★★★

    Absolute masterpiece

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★½

    Clever and I enjoyed the meta branches but ultimately it didn’t hold together.

  • Black Mirror: Striking Vipers

    Black Mirror: Striking Vipers

    ★★★

    Enjoyed this more than I expected and it was great to see Nicole Beharie for the first time since Sleepy Hollow.  

    I felt the issues it addressed were very interesting in the age of anonymous avatars.  I just wish it had explored the concept and ramifications a bit deeper.  

    Ending did lack some resonance and felt abrupt.

  • Let the Right One In

    Let the Right One In

    ★★★★

    Finally watched this.  Haunting and emotional.  Incredibly satisfying take on the genre with themes of loneliness and how it feels to be the outsider with a cathartic conclusion.  Loved it.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★½

    Saw it in IMAX tonight.  Sheesh.  I wanted this to be so much better.  The cast was awful and screenplay even worse.  All exposition.   Bradley Whitford as the comic relief?   Some of the monster action was fun at least otherwise this would have been one star.