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Pure Indy nostalgia
Crystal Scull is pure nostalgia and should be treated as such. Its not a stand-alone film, its not one more Indiana Jones epic, its a trip down memory lane for Messrs Spielberg and Lucas and all of us who got into the Indy business when we were like 10 or 15 year olds back then. As such its more or less perfect. Treating it like any other movie is missing the point, this wasn't even made, whatever their intentions, as a stand-alone film, its the appendix of the series and its a great one indeed. So its really an Indiana Jones - Lara Croft - Mummy etc etc pastiche, but that shouldn't subtract from the enjoyment, after all there would probably haven't been a Lara Croft (or a Mummy for that matter) without Indy... No shame in ripping-off (only a very little) those who borrowed from you in the first place... I say its a great addition to the series, worthy of all thats come before and a rip roaring 2 hours of fun...
Prince of Darkness (1987)
One of Carpenters best films, and one of the great scary films of all time
This is certainly one of Carpenters best. Saw it again on DVD after all these years and it still scared me stiff. The music is as always with Carpenter sublime, perfect for the movie and great even on its own. Comparing it with more recent stuff like the execrable new Exorcist one can only see the genius of Carpenter. Donald Pleasance is great as is, of course Victor Wong. Oh and Lisa Blunt.... Sublime As for the main prop, all too many people here have bashed the film for the "silly factor" of the ... Well they are wrong, its no more "silly" than any "Devil Movie", on the contrary, on that particular aspect its probably far better than the vast majority and although its not quite the Omen, its certainly no worse than the (original) Exorcist, which is the template by which any such film has to be judged.
Judge Dredd (1995)
Tragicaly inferior to the comic
Judge Dredd, one of the most brilliant and intriguing comic books of all times is effectively humiliated by this sad attempt at a blockbuster. The marketing necessity of showing Silvester Stallone's face led to the, unthinkable to Judge Dredd fans, crime of Dredd appearing without a helmet. His performance is, to say the least, sad. Equally, the inclusion of the otherwise not entirely untalented Rob Schneider as some sort of comic relief was a bad mistake, further cheapening an already problematic film. Jurgen Prochnow, a great actor by any measure, is condemned here to yet another strident "baddie" performance. Probably the only survivors are Max Von Sydow as Chief Justice Fargo and Armand Assante as Rico Dredd, although Diane Lane, a far better actress than this film would suggest does embellish the proceedings with her magnetic beauty.
All in all what could have been a memorable film due to its first class source material, had it been given a batman type treatment, has effectively and rightly, been consigned to the cinematic dustbin. A great pity