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DVD reviews originally written for the Barclays in-house SF magazine

What’s the Worst that Could Happen? (2001)

Unlikely to get a UK release at all is What’s the Worst that Could Happen? This has a stellar cast including Danny De Vito and Martin Lawrence, and is a feeble comedy thriller (as if there were any other type) … Continue reading

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Almost Famous (2000)

If you’re after nostalgia, then check out Almost Famous. This is made by Cameron Crowe , based on his experiences as a teenage journalist working for Rolling Stone in the seventies. It’s an extremely romanticised (or rather sanitised) version, as … Continue reading

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Wonder Boys (2000)

Coming off  L.A. Confidential, and with the world at his feet, for some reason Curtis Hanson decided to make Wonder Boys. Frances McDormand stars alongside Michael Douglas, who plays a drunken professor trying to make sense of his life. It’s … Continue reading

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The One (2001)

The One was apparently written as a vehicle for that fine thespian The Rock, and that makes a lot of sense, being ideally matched to his range in the same way that The Terminator was to Schwarzenegger’s. But as he … Continue reading

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Near Dark (1987)

Near Dark was made in 1987 and reunited Bill Paxton with his Aliens co-stars Lance Henriksen and Jeanette Goldstein, as part of a family of modern-day vampires. Farm boy Adrian Pasdar finds himself mixed up with them as they travel … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Mars (2001)

John Carpenter’s last cinema feature (prior to 2011’s The Ward), Ghosts of Mars was an attempt to recreate the success of his second outing, Assault on Precinct 13, by relocating a western plot to a modern genre setting. In this … Continue reading

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Evolution (2001)

Some big-budget idiocy in Evolution, which started life as a thriller but ends up as a lazy Ivan Reitman comedy, carrying on the vogue for fart jokes as a guaranteed way of making morons laugh. It’s a shame as there … Continue reading

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South of Heaven: West of Hell (2000)

Dwight Yoakam’s directorial debut is unsurprisingly a western, South of Heaven :West of Hell. For fans of the offbeat, this is a bit of a find, being closer in tone and content to High Plains Drifter and the TV series … Continue reading

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Prince of Darkness (1987)

Prince of Darkness is John Carpenter’s under-rated shocker from 1987, with the admittedly loopy story of the Devil’s son somehow being trapped under a church in LA in a giant vat of green shampoo. The budget doesn’t really stretch far … Continue reading

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The earliest of the ’70s disaster movie cycle, made before the cliches became too apparent. The concept and sets are great but the execution is not quite right. Maybe it’s the fact that Gene Hackman is a very unlikely minister, … Continue reading

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