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One of Branagh's more maligned works, though for the life of me I can't see why. Sticking closer to the book than to any preconcieved notions of Boris Karloff (perhaps that's why), this injects true horror into the story of a medical student who brings a corpse to life. If you don't like melodrama then maybe it's not the thing for you, but this deserves a far better reputation than it has.
Hot on its heels, another trashy kid-oriented 80s SF flick. But I make no apologies for this one. The first half concerns a kid who falls over in the woods one day, and walks home to find his family gone and the whole world moved forwards about a decade in time. This is real Twilight Zone stuff. It's not giving much away to say that a spaceship then turns up, but the movie doesn't fall apart at this time simple because said ship is one of the coolest ever put on screen.
Maybe Ewan McGregor's performance has begun to grate on me, maybe it seems more and more like the blatant debut feature it was. Still, what a debut. Camerawork, editing and dialogue are all spot-on, and the film contains an unexpected psychopath not surpassed until What Lies Beneath (argue if you wish). See the scenes in the drill-holed attic. Boyle and co. had arrived. Do you think he's dead at the end, by the way?
Let's talk about Eddie Murphy's career, shall we? First off, the 80s movies - Beverly Hills Cop (which I've never seen), 48 Hours (which is OK), Trading Places (which is overrated). Then a batch of movies I really like (although Boomerang is just pointless). Then The Nutty Professor, and it all goes wrong. But this is a great comedy, lots of fun, until it gets political, when it only just stays shy of mawkish to deliver a big finish. But the central premise - of some buffoon con-artist scamming his way to power - is more relevant today than it was then.
In which Judi Dench gives a performance probably even better than in Mrs Brown. I don't really know who Iris Murdoch was or what she wrote, but that's not so important to me. We see the young Iris, so full of life, and we see her gradual spiralling descent into mental illness. It's heart-breaking. The sequence when her husband literally shakes her from frustration is hard to watch, but so true to life. This hasn't been seen by enough people.
This one should raise a few eyebrows. The one film I've seen that justifies Adam Sandler's existence (Ok, I raised the occasional chuckle at Happy Gilmore), the joy of this film is the way it revels in the 1980s. As I have a huge soft spot for the films of that era, I play right into this film's hands. Pleasingly, the 80s theme doesn't rest on references to Rubik cubes, Dallas etc - it is also mirrored in the film's structure, which is every inch a cheesy eighties romantic comedy, down to the air-bound finale. Oh, and Billy Joel shows up at the end for a genius cameo. Yes, there's a rapping granny in it. But sometimes bad gimmicks happen to good movies.
Miles better than A Bug's Life. The latter film was just bugs-in-peril...a bit like The Seven Samurai, yes, but essentially unimaginative (if funny). This takes Woody Allen ("the middle child in a family of 6 billion"), makes him best mates with Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Lopez, and sticks him on the run with Sharon Stone. At the same time, thousands of his fellows are massacred in a Starship Troopers-like attack by termites. Only in animation. It's exciting, it's clever, it's often hilarious, and it boasts one of the best ensemble casts ever put together.
One of the best time-travel movies of the past couple of decades, this takes in a dystopian future, a present on the brink of collapse, a lunatic asylum and the trenches of the First World War, and all in pursuit of something called The Army Of The Twelve Monkeys. This is probably the first time people noticed that Bruce Willis could really act, although his flashier co-star got all the plaudits. But it's the director's show all the way.
One set. About six lighting options. A handful of cast members. No budget. Sounds like the perfect formula for a classic indie horror movie to me. This often gets pigeonholed as Sci-Fi...is it? A bunch of strangers are dumped in a huge cube in the middle of nowhere filled with deadly traps. In the end, how many - if any - will get out alive? And which among them will be the first to crack? Oh, there's a mildly offensive portrayal of a sub-Rain Man autistic. If that sort of thing p***es you off, give it a miss.
Will this one last the distance, I wonder? Is it only in the list because it was so recent, and I remember how much I enjoyed it? Time will tell. Anyway, British comedy, Asian guy gets into porn by accident, ends up pretending to be a guru to a ditzy American rich girl while learning technique from the porn star he secretly loves. I'll just say that this movie's touchstones are Grease and Risky Business. Now you probably know how you feel about it.
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