The Open House (Netflix Review)

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15 – 94mins – 2018


 

DEATH MOVES IN

13 Reasons Why must be the sole reason why Netflix bought up this lacklustre home invasion thriller. Their acquisition team must be hoping that the presence of lead actor Dylan Don’t Breathe Minnette will persuade fans of the headline-making, smash-hit teen mystery drama series to give something else with him in a watch. Any viewers that do will no doubt be as disappointed as I was by this poor excuse of a horror from unseasoned all-rounders Matt Angel (an actor by trade) and Suzanne Coote, who wrote, produced and directed.

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INSIDE NO. 9, 4.3 – “Once Removed” (TV Review)

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BBC Two – Tuesday 16th January 2018 – 10pm

Created and written by: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Directed by: Jim O’Hanlon


 

MOVING CAN BE MURDER

Christopher Nolan’s intricately-assembled head-scratcher Memento meets black British comedy in Inside No. 9‘s inventive latest instalment, a murder mystery which starts at the end and works backwards in chunks of ten minutes at a time. By the end start (?) of “Once Removed” the scenario is clearer, the loose ends tied up and nobody is quite who they first purported to be.

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Lost in Paris (Blu-ray Review)

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LADIES AND THE TRAMP

My latest film review was published over on the 60 Minutes With website this past weekend, looking at the recent Arrow Academy Blu-ray release of French ‘comedy’ Lost in Paris (AKA. Paris pieds nus) from husband and wife burlesque duo Abel and Gordon.

Click HERE for a direct link to my critical analysis – emphasis on the critical!

The Greatest Showman (Cinema Review)

PG – 105mins – 2017


 

THE PRINCE OF HUMBUG

Eight years in the making, this original musical ring-mastered by Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman and directed by first-timer Michael Gracey is a spectacular if haphazard showpiece which often struggles to marry song and story with a true feeling of authenticity. Ironically for a film about a purveyor of hoaxes, The Greatest Showman has been criticised for taking giant liberties with its biographing of circus founder P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and his unconventional star attractions.

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INSIDE NO. 9, 4.2 – “Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room” (TV Review)

BBC Two – 10pm – Tuesday 9th January 2018

Created and written by: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Directed by: Graeme Harper


 

ONE LAST SERVING

“You can’t have crackers without cheese!”

Thirty years after once-hot comedy double act Cheese & Crackers bowed out of the limelight at the “arse end of variety,” Len (Steve Pemberton) and Tommy Thomas (Reece Shearsmith) reunite for one final gig in front of an invited crowd, at the invitation of Len’s daughter (Sian Car Share Gibson). But whereas Len is desperate to recreate their glory days (and antiquated “racialist” sketches), Thomas has moved on. Now a hot-shot business owner in digital marketing, he is deeply embarrassed by his frivolous novelty past.

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THE PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES (Book Review)

Selected by: Herbert van Thal

First published by Pan Books in 1959 / Reprinted: 2017

296 pages


THE GHOSTS OF SENSIBILITIES PAST

Pan Book of Horror StoriesHaving released their first mass-market paperback in 1947 (Ten Stories by Rudyard Kipling), publishing giants Pan are this year celebrating their 70th anniversary with a series of reissues of their most popular and iconic titles. Piquing my interest among the twenty classics receiving a new lease of life was a reprint of the first ever volume of collected horror stories; 22 macabre tales from authors renowned (Bram Stoker, Peter Fleming, C.S. Forester) and unheard of.

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Pitch Perfect 3 (Cinema Review)

12A – 93mins – 2017


 

THE CHAPTER BEFORE THE NEXT

Three years out of college, we re-join the (former) Barden Bellas as they embark on the next chapter of their lives… except none of them much like adult life and all are far too desperate to re-live their glory days and sing with their competition-winning a cappella troupe again. Hating their jobs and no longer with their boyfriends, they all jump at the opportunity to perform together one more time, at a set of concerts for the troops on an overseas United Services Organisation tour.

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