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  • Golden Horns

    Golden Horns

    ★★★½

    Baba Yaga is my favourite fairy tale character, and I was so excited to find this on Prime. It's a '70s Soviet kids' film and is exactly as weird and terrifying as you might expect.

    There are legions of goblins in blue face paint, sneezing mushrooms into the ground; the sun, moon, and wind as giant floating heads; talking cats; bogling brown bears; and, of course, Baba Yaga in her house on chicken legs, playing air guitar on a frying…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★½

    This is a decent exploration of gay love in the '50s, with all the challenges and stigma that it entailed. Mara and Blanchett both put in convincing performances, and there are some moments of palpable frisson between the two when they're in public.

    Mara's protagonist, though, was disappointing in her arc. There was not only a lack of agency, but also of interior to her. Her development was just pulled along by the other characters in her orbit, and she…

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  • Hell Comes to Frogtown

    Hell Comes to Frogtown

    ★★★

    Hooptober 2020 - 6/31

    - 1980s
    - USA

    Rowdy Roddy Piper does his signature eye-poke to a giant mutant frog.

    In a post-apocalyptic future, the USA is run by women, and fertile men are hard to find. One of them is Sam Hell who, with a bomb strapped to his crotch, has to rescue some ladies from evil frogs and impregnate them (the ladies, not the frogs).

    This is just a rock-solid 80s B-movie, with corny one-liners, brilliant practical effects,…

  • Relic

    Relic

    ★★★★

    This was a tough watch. I think it'll be the same for anyone who has witnessed a family member succumb to dementia.

    What was interesting was that it brought three kinds of horror out of the condition: the haunted house, the possession, and body horror.

    For anyone with dementia, every house is haunted. There were scenes here that I had witnessed first hand, with my gran talking to people who weren't there (and were long dead), and seeing memories as…