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The Evil Within (2017) Directed by Andrew Getty

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Grandson of one of the richest men in history makes a horror film. That's gotta suck right? Well no. This is not the work of some bored dilettante but a perfectionist's labour of love that was 6 years in production and took a total of 15 years to bring to the screen. Writer and Director Andrew Getty was the grandson of oil tycoon J Paul Getty and died in 2015 aged aged just 47 years old. The movie was finally completed by producer Michael Luceri and is based loosely on a series of nightmares Getty suffered from in childhood that were sufficiently traumatic to have him believe their source to be an external entity. There is a danger that the gestation of Andrew's lovechild will eclipse its birth but that would be a shame as there is much here to savour and enjoy. I'm not however, entirely convinced that The Evil Within works as a plain vanilla horror flick but see it more as a very successful psychological thriller with horror undertones. The 'special-needs' (read retarded PC retards) adolescent who is looked after by his older brother is brilliantly played with a delicate mixture of comedy and pathos by Frederick Koehler. There are glimpses of body and possession horror in places but you never feel that the Director is merely paying homage to his formative influences (see: Tarantino) Given the time-frame of this whole endeavor there are the inevitable continuity lapses and jarring segue-ways from one section to another but these rarely spoil the pace and flow of the action or narrative. What's particularly noticeable and innovative is a carefully cultivated miasma that has a febrile, hallucinogenic, spectral flavour I haven't see exploited before so well from this genre. Like all good horror it doesn't take itself too seriously, is mordantly amusing, frightening and just plain daft in all the right spots.
A cult classic still in its wrapper y'all.



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Spiderman: Homecoming

Set two months after Captain America:Civil War, Spiderman:Homecoming is an adolescent if affectionate portrayal of young Peter Parker as he takes on his nemesis, Michael Keaton's oily Vulture.   Reminiscent of '80s youth-ploitation films as Weird Science or Karate Kid, 'Homecoming' exercises these beloved Marvel characters about as much as can be expected while still keeping a straight face.   Frankly if they don't reboot the character next time, Spidey is doomed to eternal puberty.


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Churchill

Very decent depiction of the British Prime Minister just before D-Day played with affection and little nonsense by Brian Cox largely from Churchill's perspective.   Missing is Winston Churchill the true person, the illusory, all-too-human individual who was as much a survivor as he was a leader.   Would've probably worked better as a television series.


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Good Time

Unusual crime drama about a low-level criminal and his mentally impaired brother who get busted after robbing a bank.   The unlikely events are realized by Robert Pattinson's chilling performance and as the two brothers spiral out of control through one depraved circumstance after another, the sad reality of lives lost increasingly weighs upon the characters and the audience.   Troubling story about the paths of real people in unreal conditions, and what personal destruction looks like.

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Birth of the Dragon

Straightforward, old-fashioned telling of the kung fu master who visited San Francisco in 1964 to challenge a then unknown Bruce Lee to an infamous fight in Chinatown over Lee's teaching of Chinese martial arts to Westerners.   More myth than reality, the story is a Bay Area legend and exists between shadow & truth as it struggles to fully understand the life and teachings of the Little Dragon. 

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I've slowed down in catching up with cinema a lot lately. Last few months:


Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson (2012)
Fun, visually interesting. 7/10

The 400 Blows - Francois Truffaut (1959)
Expected a lot more. It's a classic but a pretty dull one if you ask me. 5/10

The Mirror - Andrei Tarkovsky (1975)
One of those difficult ones with no narrative structure. I'll have to come back with a clearer state of mind. 6(?)/10

Moneyball - Bennett Miller (2011)
Decent but nothing extraordinary. Only watch if you have interest in baseball or managing sports teams I say. 4.5/10

Love & Mercy - Bill Pohlad (2014)
Not too bad. Seems like a relatively accurate portrayal of a slim part of Brian Wilson's life. Questionable choice of actors and the movie felt cheap and artificial throughout but enjoyed the scenes of the recording of Pet Sounds. 4/10

The Killing - Stanley Kubrick (1956)
I've had this one ready to watch for months but never really wanted to see it because I didn't want to be done with Kubrick's movies as I've closely watched every other including his shorts. Not quite as masterful as Paths of Glory but still technically flawless. Surprisingly thrilling plot, great camerawork and what a delight it is to watch Sterling Hayden act. Only Fellini is able to use lighting in a way that renders black & white more beautiful and elegant than Kubrick. Clearly Kubrick did not yet have too much of a grip on his actors as at least one or two (especially Coleen Gray) are not very convincing. Apart from that, absolutely nothing disappoints. 8/10




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