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  1. The Reckoning (2020) Neil Marshall is back after a lot of TV work with a superb film set during the great plague. Grace's husband dies from the sickness, but when she stands up to the local squire she is accused of being a witch and at the subsequent mercy of the Witchfinder. At times hard to watch but totally compelling. Lush period detail, really smokey and grimy, although sometimes reliant on modern cliches to get the job done. Superb performances from star/co-writer Charlotte Kirk as Grace who has to go through some really horrific things to maintain the truth, and the witchfinder him
  2. The Owners (2020) Oh this was some messed-up stuff indeed, brilliantly so in parts. It starts off as a home-invasion film with some young reprobates trying to rob an old couple, but without spoiling anything things take a turn for the gleefully nasty and they only get more twisted. Sylvester McCoy is superb as the retired doctor whose house gets invaded. Wish I could say more about his role without giving too much away. Maisie Williams did a good turn too. Honestly couldn't tell where things were heading, plenty of twists. It had some issues, the ending left me feeling a bit 'what?' but g
  3. Tailgate (2020) Dutch title: Bumperkleef Super-tense thriller where a guy on the way to visit his parents with his wife and kids pisses off the wrong white-van driver. The menace and tension kept ratcheting up as the van driver's lust for revenge increased. Didn't spare the nastiness with the kids around either. Obvious comparisons to films like Duel, but this had a distinctly European, modern feel. The sunny, summery daytime setting added incongruity to the grim action. If I had one criticism the finale didn't quite live up to the rest of the film ran out of steam a bit, it was still ten
  4. Don't Look Back (2020) New film from Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick. A group of people who did nothing whilst witnessing a violent attack become the target for someone, or something, seeking revenge. The comparisons to the Final Destination formula are many: group of disparate people brought together by traumatic event? Check. Foreshadowed violent death? Check. Scenes of the group together getting irate? Check. Mind you this felt like a watered-down 12A Final Destination knock-off in that the initial event wasn't that spectacular, there was very little gore, in fact the deaths
  5. Dead (2020) Kiwi comedy Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)-ish tale about a recently-murdered cop and a stoner who has a drug that allows him to see dead people teaming up to solve a string of murders. Last 15 minutes of this had a lot of good ideas, with the resolution of the mystery being quite satisfying, it's just a shame the rest was rather meandering, with limp comedy and patchy adherence to the rules of being dead. Likeable lead character, and there was some heart in this, more emotional stuff than I was expecting. Probably a Sunday afternoon watch this. 2.5/5
  6. Not too late to pick up a few individual films you like though.
  7. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (2020) Remake/re-imagining of the 1962 b-movie of the same name, with the intent of trying to capture something of the feel of the original whilst giving it a bit of a tweak. And it largely succeeds although not quite. It was tongue-in-cheek enough without being too OTT, although there was a lack of energy or spark, a tad too subtle in places, but I guess that would have been difficult to sustain. Low-key 60s vibe, nods to the original here and there. Definitely a love letter to that era of films but I fear some of that passion didn't quite come through the scr
  8. The Sinners aka Color Rose (2020) I'm gratified my spellcheck hates that spelling You're up against some heavy-hitters when you theme your film around the seven deadly sins, sadly this one, whilst looking gorgeous and having a solid enough premise, deteriorated as it went along. In a religious town some girls bully a friend who they found had told on them, so they mess her about, but things get out of hand, they start dying off in sin-related ways, add in a load of soapy stuff relating to other residents, and there were plenty of them popping up, a ton or roses, Bible quotes, random plot
  9. I'm down for watching 17 films at October FrightFest between now and Sunday. Here's the first: Held (2020) Clean, efficient and solid thriller with a couple due to spend the weekend in a remote all-mod-cons getaway with a view to rekindle their marriage finding themselves trapped at the mercy of a stranger, not saying any more there. Great use of the location that was as uncluttered as the script and direction. Genuinely didn't know where it was going and once it was on its way there things got really tense, some satisfying twists. It did have some of those "oh for god's sake
  10. I have to confess I never got past the first level. Never got into the flow of avoiding the guards. I'm led to believe things improve significantly once you get past it. I'd like to try again but have a feeling it'll end up the same. A shame. I bought it in 2001 and have tired it a few times since then. Probably overthinking it.
  11. Reading the Yakuza Kiwami chat has been interesting as I started playing this yesterday and for the first time in ages I totally lost track of time playing something. This is the first Yakuza game I've played. About three hours in, somewhere into Chapter 2. Really enjoying it so far, thought the extended cutscenes would be a pain but found found I was getting into the story. Still at button-mash stage of fighting; I suspect there will come a point where that won't get me anywhere. Am playing it on Easy though. Yes the guy who keeps popping up to fight you is already getting on my tits but he's
  12. We Still Kill The Old Way (2014) Low-budget Brit-crime, guv! The guv here being Ian Ogilvy as an old gangster going back to the UK when his brother is murdered by a gang of youngsters. it's yer old Laaandan gangsters vs a group of new cliches in a wry revenge tale. Our old guys are revered as proper, the young guys are all useless and ruthless. Stop trying to get to the heart of this, just enjoy it as a bit of b-movie fluff with a gang of old guys armed with all the old cliches setting things right. It's a bit ropey but entertaining ropey, satisfying ropey. 3/5
  13. Okay finally got around to watching this. Initially it has the same feel as the old shows, it uses real puppets and largely sticks with the same format. The puppets look like they've been made the same way, I'm curious to know if they got the original caricaturists in. The material is really weak. Surface-level satire that goes for easy jokes largely around personality and looks with the odd touch on a character's hipocracy or misdemeanours in the past, but certainly nothing more cutting than that. It's very polite. Trump is an oaf who can't stop tweeting, Johnson is feckless, verb
  14. The Acid House (1998) Post-Trainspotting adaptation by the author himself of three short stories from Irvine Welsh's The Acid House, apparently inspired by a bad acid trip. It doesn't get more 1998 than this: Belle & Sebastian, Nick Cave and Arab Strap on the soundtrack; wonky-lensed hedonism; a character drinking a bottle of Hooper's Hooch. It's fair to say it's all very anchored in the time, it did feel dated. The final story, The Acid House, about a loud-mouth football fan whose soul gets transferred to a baby when he gets hit by lightning on a bad acid trip, is the best one. It's
  15. Aye, I just wanted to separate the message from the form and concentrate on how they did it. I've been on Twitter too long and clearly expect people to mix the two up. Bloody social media.
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