Psycho (1998, dir. Gus Van Sant)

Almost shot-for-shot remake of the 1960 Hitchcock classic of the same name. An odd thing to attempt, and one which flags up the uniqueness of the original, despite (and maybe because of) a solid cast and respectful treatment of the first movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017, dir. Patrick Hughes)

A down-on-his-luck bodyguard has to escort his former nemesis to a court hearing. Passable road movie / action comedy with a game cast doing its best with average material. Some fun bickering and fighting though, and a weird sense of UK geography.

Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017, dir. Victor Salva)

The Creeper continues his assault on a rural town. Inserted into the narrative space between parts 1 and 2, this belated  – and perhaps unwanted – third instalment has some effective moments, though struggles to realise its patchy script with iffy CG. For completists only.

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As Good As It Gets (1997, dir. James L Brooks)

A selfish author with OCD falls in love with the waitress who serves him breakfast. Splendid romantic comedy with a sharp edge, and a road-trip element. Fine performances from the three leads and a great script. Recommended.

Vacation (2015, dir. John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein)

The next generation of Griswolds go to Walley World. Sequel/reboot to the 80s Chevy Chase flicks; an okay episodic gross-out road movie of the old school. Inevitably hit-and-miss, but some genuinely funny moments.

Stake Land II (AKA The Stakelander) (2016, dir. Dan Berk & Robert Olsen)

After his family is killed, the adult Martin seeks out Mister. Autumnal but impressive sequel to Stake Land, this second part is better on atmosphere than on its lean revenge plot, but is watchable nevertheless.

Stake Land (2010, dir. Jim Mickle)

A teen and a grizzled hunter journey across a post-vampire-apocalypse America. An episodic but imaginative spin on the genre, wth plenty of ideas, some clever spins on old tropes, and a fun central performance.