An Arctic scientific expedition is used as cover for different factions searching for old U-boat pens and Nazi gold. Great location work and impressive sets, plus a strong cast, enliven this otherwise-talky thriller adapted from an Alastair MacLean novel.
Month: October 2017
Rings (2017, dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez)
A VHS tape yields an odd film; an investigation reveals that it comes with a curse. Belated third film in the US Ringu retelling, this time with a different backstory from The Ring Two. Lots of ideas, none of them very good. A mess.
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I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016, dir. Osgood Perkins)
A nurse tending to a frail writer comes to believe the house they share is haunted. Minimalist horror flick which is impressive in its sustaining of atmosphere, but is so slow to develop that you might expire yourself from boredom before the eventual reveal comes along.
Crack In The World (1965, dir. Andrew Marton)
Boffins attempting to harness the power of the earth’s molten core trigger a disaster. Unusual early disaster/SF crossover pic, hampered by now-quaint effects, variable acting, and a love triangle plot taking up much of the running time. Fun, nevertheless.
Cell (2016, Dir. Tod Williams)
Oddly compelling Romero-esque King adaptation. Strong cast just about keep things together though does drag a bit. Some unpleasant scenes and occasional surprises let down by a lack of direction towards the odd ending. But… wierdly watchable! Want a second opinion? Eamonn’s review here!
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017, dir. Macon Blair)
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016, dir. Taika Waititi)
A wayward teen and his foster parent end up on the run. Sparkling comedy-drama which hits all the right story beats, and which is written, directed, and acted throughout with both verve and affection for the story. Recommended.
American Made (2017, dir. Doug Liman)
Biopic of Barry Seal, one time TWA pilot turned CIA stooge/bag man/cocaine runner/gun runner. This is breathless stuff, superbly handled by Liman and with a great central performance from Cruise. Riveting, and so outlandish it has to be real. 🙂
Atomic Blonde (2017, dir. David Leitch)
1980s cold war stylish spy shenanigans. This is a thoroughly enjoyable dose of cold war paranoia with Theron superlative throughout. So many good scenes to be had here, but the bravura fight sequence towards the end is simply superb. Yes. 🙂
Thor: Ragnarok (2017, dir. Taika Waititi)
Marvel cut loose with the third in the series and it’s excellent popcorn fodder. Hemsworth et al are clearly having great fun here and the film is the sequel to GOTG that we never got. Special mention to the music which is superb. Go see this. 🙂