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September 8, 2014
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Making of David Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME

The joy of seeing Videodrome on VHS in the 80’s, David Cronenberg’s climax of body horror and politics that begins with the triumvirate of Shivers, Rabid, and The Brood, leading to Scanners and onto the “long live the new flesh” explosion of Videodrome.


For me The Fly was a more traditional, it embodies Cronenberg’s body horror but loses the body politics somewhat. But that’s not to say The Fly isn’t great. For me Videodrome, The Dead Zone, and The Fly are his most essential work.


James Woods’ comparing Videodrome to a nightmare is spot on.




June 18, 2013
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Recently watched


Aftershock – Andrea Osvárt

The Call – ★★☆☆☆
– A lister in B movie with plot from TV movie

Aftershock – ★★☆☆☆
– earthquake torture pr0n slasher flick horror

Phantom – ★★☆☆☆
– great cast and story, just not very thrilling sub drama

Twenty Twelve (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how did I miss this? (series 1)



May 9, 2013
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Recently watched



The Following (tv) – ★☆☆☆☆
– too many “really?!” moments and too-many-unanswered-questions ending

Parker – ★☆☆☆☆
– slow moving and dull despite Statham. Lopez peaked in Out of Sight

Danny Boyle: Man of Wonder (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– Kermode and Danny Boyle. Wanted more, too short by half

Maniac – ★★☆☆☆
– original which I haven’t seen an odd choice for a remake I didn’t need to see

Iron Man 3 – ★★☆☆☆
– full cinema for so so finale, is Chinese version better?

The Last Stand – ★★★☆☆
– better than expected retirement home action

Jack Reacher – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable thriller

March 21, 2013
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James Herbert

The Rats

The Rats

Too young to get into 18 certificate films, and jealous of my cousins who could, my alternative was to read horror novels, and I soon discovered James Herbert. The Rats, The Spear, The Fog, Fluke, so many great stories that had everything I wanted as a kid from a book.


I remember an interview in which James Herbert described being in a meeting and wondering “What if someone got up and jumped out of the window – what might make them do that?” – or something along those lines. All his books were great What ifs?


Along with Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Frederick Forsyth and William Goldman, James Herbert was what I read as soon as I had a say in it (although my parents were always great in letting me pick their books from the shelves to read, thus the Goldman, Forsyth and adult Dahl stories), and fostered my love of horror.



March 20, 2013
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Recently watched



Cronos – ★★☆☆☆
– ambitious low budget Mexican horror

Whole Lotta Sole – ★★☆☆☆
– Irish comedy heist thriller

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – ★★☆☆☆
– long, so so sorcery mish mash. Two down, six to go?

Robot & Frank – ★★☆☆☆
– surprisingly moving

The Audience (theatre) – ★★★★☆
– incredible. Hellen Mirren is stunning as is the production

Paths of Glory – ★★★★☆
– “You can’t handle the truth”



December 31, 2012
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Best of 2012: Film

Best of what I watched in 2012, released in 2011-2012. Suspect I saw Drive in 2011, but still…


Life of Pi was the biggest surprise, as good as reading the book and the 3D added rather than distracted. Ignoring Prometheus (because I didn’t hype myself up for it) and The Hobbit (which I haven’t seen, saw Life of Pi instead) the biggest disappointment for me was Skyfall, which my son and I now use as a bad benchmark: “Better than Skyfall?” “Worse than Skyfall?!”



Life of Pi (3D) – ★★★★☆
– when anyone says a novel is unfilmable, say Ang Lee filmed Pi. In 3D

Wild Bill★★★★☆
– feel good fucked up family mis-fortunes. See also: Shameless (US, TV)

Margin Call – ★★★★☆
– action without guns and car chases, just the money

Moneyball – ★★★★☆
– a baseball movie for the rest of us (I know nothing about baseball)



Nuit blanche (Sleepless Night) – ★★★★☆
– as good as seeing Die Hard for the first time in the cinema in the ’80s

Drive – ★★★★☆
– great car chase art house action

– madly brilliant art heist action


Honourable mentions
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy★★★★☆
– no idea what was what but it worked

Killer Joe – ★★★☆☆
– wonderfully fucked up



The Raid: Redemption★★★★☆
– how to do a fists and guns fight movie

The Dark Knight Rises (IMAX) – ★★★★☆
– how to finish a trilogy

Avengers Assemble (2D) – ★★★★☆
– possibly scored this a bit high in anticipation of a Johannson spin off, but still…



Tucker and Dale vs Evil★★★★☆
Cabin in the Woods was the hyped meta horror, but this did it first and possibly better

The Cabin in the Woods – ★★★★☆
– the reward for watching all those horror movies on VHS in the 80’s and 90’s

Kill List – ★★★☆☆ / ★★★★☆
– dark dark dark