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Starman
Starman (1984)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

No doubt I should open this review by stating that this isn't standard John Carpenter fare. It's a science fiction romance, rather than action or horror and it works surprisingly well. The effects haven't aged well and some of the plot elements are a bit simplistic, but overall the movie is surpringly moving, if not particularly involving. It is a film that makes you ask questions, and gauges its audience perfectly, making for a cohesive experience which simultaneously doesn't spoonfeed or patronise watchers.

The Fifth Element
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Visually fascinating, but a little shallow in the plot department, The Fifth Element is a film that is good all-round fun, but isn't likely to ever be considered a masterpiece. Having said that though, most of the performances here are superb (even Tucker's infuriating Ruby Rhod is believable, if irritating) and the film looks great, with Besson presenting a charmingly childlike view of the future, where flying cars are simply that, and everything has a colourful and chunky feel to it.

Sexy Beast
Sexy Beast (2000)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Sexy Beast is a superb film, a ride through the psychology of two killers; one retired, the other, not so retired. While it's true that Ben Kingsley's vile Don Logan dominates much of the film, it is Ray Winstone who takes centre stage here, in the role of ex-badman Gal Dove. He makes for a convincing tough nut, but there's an intelligence and imagination to his character as well, which allows for a surprising amount of freedom in a film which could have been very predictable indeed.

King Kong
King Kong (1933)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The bloated Peter Jackson remake can go hang. The original classic is where it's at when it comes both to sheer visual spectacle and emotion. While the effects are of course dated by today's standards, they stand up next to later films like Clash Of The Titans, demonstrating just how incredible they are for the time the film was released.