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The Raven
The Raven (1935)
7 minutes ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After watching the 1931 version of Dracula I became interested in watching other horror films from around that era and I am glad I decided to explore as this film is even better than Dracula. Not only is it better production wise but the cast is also better (with Béla Lugosi coming across as even more menacing than he did with his performance in Dracula), the themes that are dealt with are more wide ranging and grounded (torture, disfigurement and grisly revenge being the three main themes) and the atmosphere generated by its gothic source material as well as the torture devices used are entertaining.

Atomic Blonde
Atomic Blonde (2017)
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Some have criticised this film for being style over substance and yes that is somewhat the case but there is so much more that is right with this film than what is wrong so though it has its flaws none of those stopped me thoroughly enjoying this film. Firstly Charlize Theron is incredible in the lead role as she manages to convincingly make her character stylish, clever and capable in a fight scenario but crucially she isn't invincible and you feel every blow she takes and gives. The supporting cast is also solid with James McAvoy being best of the lot. The action scenes are entertaining, extremely well filmed and have a great physicality to them with the apartment stairwell scene being especially noteworthy. The soundtrack and score are also brilliant with the soundtrack being the best of the two as it provides not only great music to accompany the beautiful aesthetic of the film but also helps give more authenticity to the eighties setting plus I do love music from that decade with the majority of the songs chosen being great choices. The plot and script are also engrossing despite not being all that deep but they do offer up a framework where the best parts of the film can hang from and I wasn't bored by either. Ultimately what we have with this film is another extremely well made action thriller that is somewhat comparable to the John Wick films (though this is slightly below those two) but if action films are going in this direction then I am on board.

Pale Rider
Pale Rider (1985)
2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Easily one of my favorite Western films which is primarily thanks to Clint Eastwood who not only directs but also stars in the biggest Western of the decade. Eastwood manages to give this film a classic feel while also dealing with timely themes such as environmental issues and religion without being too heavy handed on either. It also looks great, keeps the action grounded while also being fun, has a solid supporting cast, a great score and though the plot isn't the most original the script elevates it above its average roots.

In the Valley of Elah
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This dark, emotionally heavy, character driven crime drama mystery film has stellar performances from a solid cast, the plot is utterly engrossing, the script is decent, it looks great and though it can be a tad heavy handed at times with some of the themes I was so utterly captivated by the plot and characters it didn't really bother me.

Firefox
Firefox (1982)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

No this isn't a film about the internet browser and neither is it the strongest effort from Clint Eastwood who stars and directs this sci-fi thriller but he along with the rest of the cast are decent enough, the action is mostly solid, the score is okay, the plot mixes in espionage and sci-fi thrills perfectly and it has a couple of tense moments. The special effects however do not hold up, it is a bit too long and it doesn't have the most satisfying script and conclusion.