A Quiet Place (2018)
Apr04

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)       I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a prediction:  by the time December 31st rolls around, John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place will be on the Top Five lists of a hell of a lot of film fans. And not just horror fans, either; because this is a piece of pure cinema and a masterclass in taut, tense filmmaking. What?  You think that you’re not the type of person who could sit through a movie that stars...

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Mary Magdalene (2018)
Apr04

Mary Magdalene (2018)

Mary Magdalene (2018)     I thought that Good Friday seemed like an appropriate day to see this film for a second time.  And even with this additional viewing, I’m not sure why it both haunts and moves me so much.  Particularly since I find so much wrong with it. If Mel Gibson’s triumphant The Passion of the Christ was a bludgeoning, blood-and-guts, in-your-face experience, from which it was impossible to walk away unshaken, then...

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Apr03

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)     There was a rare treat for silent movie fans on the 15th of March this year when Dublin’s beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral hosted a rare screening and live score performance of Rex Ingram’s majestic 1921 classic of the cinema, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  Now, it isn’t quite accurate to describe Rex Ingram as a ‘forgotten film director’.  Certainly, those of us who love the...

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Game Night (2018)
Mar13

Game Night (2018)

Game Night     Written by Mark Perez and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, Game Night is a wonderful, fast moving and very funny dark comedy-cum-thriller.  It just sneaks up on you and offers a refreshing antidote to the overrated, pretentious Oscar-winner The Shape of Water.  In fact, it mercifully wipes out the bad taste left by that nonsense. Right from the delightful opening scenes where we see...

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Stephen King’s The Dark Half
Mar08

Stephen King’s The Dark Half

Summoning Demons: Revisiting Stephen King’s The Dark Half     “Kull meditated a while, then spoke.  ‘Can you summon up demons?’ “’Aye.  I can summon up a demon more savage than any in ghostland – by smiting you on the face.’” –Robert E. Howard, The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune     Fittingly for a novel that deals so obsessively with the subject of twins, doubling and mirror images, Stephen King’s 1989 novel The Dark Half is...

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The Shape of Water (2018)
Feb28

The Shape of Water (2018)

The Fish is Off: The Shape of Water (2018)     Well, I knew it was about the interspecies love between a woman and a sea creature from the South American lagoons.  And yet nothing quite prepared me for that…shall we say, interesting plot development half-way through. Nor was I ready for the way that Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) prepares herself for her day’s work as a cleaner at a *ahem* top-secret government facility in the...

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