Estranged brothers reunite to find their missing mother. Slow low-budget horror with some OK moments early on, though it ends up doing exactly what you were thinking it might, though not as well as you’d hoped.
Month: March 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019, Dir. Dean DeBlois)
Hiccup discovers a second Night Fury dragon and is forced to make some tough choices in this final part of the trilogy. Though not as funny or as dramatic as the previous films, this remains a solid sequel with great animation and real family fun. Definitely one to watch!
Enter the Dragon (1973, Dir. Robert Clouse)
Martial Arts classic! Bruce Lee investigates a crime lord, infiltrating his evil den of bad guys. Many fights ensue! Still superior than many in this genre, and remains a truly great movie with a brilliant soundtrack. Always worth your time!
The Terminator (1984, Dir. James Cameron)
A robot is sent through time to stop a future resistance leader being born. Top 80s action with a palatable drive and energy as well as a great cast. Always worth a revisit!
God Told Me To [AKA Demon] (1976, dir. Larry Cohen)
A religious NYPD detective investigates a series of random killings. Splendid one-of-a-kind SF/horror with a procedural aspect. Impressively shot on the sly on the streets of New York, and with some great ideas, this is one of director Cohen’s best flicks.
Boo! (2019, Dir. Luke Jaden)
A dysfunctional family fail to heed the warning of a curse and pay the price. Well shot, with nods to John Carpenter, this has a few effective scares. Sadly it struggles with low budget, poor plot devices and becoming too derivative.
The Devil Rides Out (a.k.a The Devil’s Bride 1968, Dir. Terence Fisher)
Superior Devil Worshipers vs Good Guys Hammer Horror from stalwart director Fisher. Some fantastic scenes, interwoven with truly odd but brilliant dialogue and an unforgettable appearance from Old Nick. Easily one of the best Hammer films!
Overlord (2018, dir. Julius Avery)
1944 France. A US squad behind German lines encounter a supersoldier programme. Well-mounted horror/military action hybrid that doesn’t quite make the most of its well-worn B-movie premise, but is great to look at and has an appealing young cast.
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Trouble With The Curve (2012, dir. Robert Lorenz)
A grizzled baseball scout takes a road trip with his ambitious lawyer daughter. There’s nothing original in this sports/family/romance hybrid, but everything works fine; a professional job all around. Another Eastwood meditation on ageing, with a fine supporting cast.
Widows (2018, dir. Steve McQueen)
Owing money after her husband is killed in a botched robbery, a woman assembles the wives of dead men into a new crew. Stately thriller from the ITV mini-series, balancing an examination of race, city corruption and street politics with genre thrills. Recommended.