Albatross

"Never argue with idiots"
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,105 - Total Helpful Votes: 1477 of 2083
Under the Skin <b>DVD</b> ~ Scarlett Johansson
Under the Skin DVD ~ Scarlett Johansson
2.0 out of 5 stars Species it is not, 23 July 2014
It’s fair to say that I didn’t enjoy ‘Under the Skin.’ Perhaps it’s my fault. I didn’t know that much about the movie before I saw it. I basically knew the premise, i.e. attractive female alien stalks the streets of Scotland looking for male victims.

Great, I thought – a modern day Species, but with Scarlett Johansson. How could it fail? I does. I guess.

I wasn’t expecting wall-to-wall action and car chases. I was kind of hoping for a more gritty, realistic take on the old female-killer alien scenario. However, what I got was an art-house flick with moments of weird horror.

I like to think I can appreciate ‘the weird.’ I don’t just watch Transformers:… Read more
The Sacrament
I hate ‘found footage’ films. There’s simply too many of them these days and they’re all basically the same. Just because ‘The Blair Witch Project’ revitalised the genre, it seems that every wannabe film-maker is trying his hand at one. Let’s face it... they’re cheap and easy to produce, not really relying on fancy special effects for scare tactics.

Personally, I think all ‘found footage’ horror films should come with a warning on them, letting us – the viewing public – know that we’re in for ninety minutes of shaky camera footage with actors whispering directly into the camera from right up close during alleged times of tension. In fact, if ‘The Sacrament’ did have a label… Read more
Magicians [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ David Mitchell
Magicians [DVD] DVD ~ David Mitchell
Four Weddings and a Funeral. The Inbetweeners Movie. Notting Hill. Shaun of the Dead. All well-received British comedy films. Sadly, ‘Magicians’ will never really be mentioned alongside those greats. The short reason: it isn’t as good, or as clever as any of them. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a certain kind of charm.

Yes, it’s the ‘Peep Show’ film. Only it’s not. It just has the two main stars from the (hilarious) cult TV show, David Mitchell and Robert Webb in the lead roles. And, not only content with starring the two Peep Show stalwarts, Magicians is also written by the team behind the TV show. Many may have thought, how could it fail? But it does… Read more

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