JamesM has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Mohawk

    Mohawk

    It has been at least two years since I saw this film, but I vividly remember being disappointed. What sticks out the most in my memory is that Geoghegan should stick to confined spaces; the sense of geography in Mohawk is really awkward. A character will run into the frame from one part of the woods, attack someone, run out of the frame, and the person who was attacked just stands there as if the assailant was a ghost who…

  • Annie

    Annie

    ★★½

    Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of musicals. Now that that's out of the way:

    Annie is an immaculately crafted work of old-school Hollywood schmaltz; John Huston does an impressive job directing the musical numbers, and he gets some fun performances out of Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, and Tim Curry. Finney in particular deserves praise; he makes Daddy Warbucks likeable, but consistently retains a coldness that prevents the character from becoming saccharine.

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Aileen…

  • The Haunted Castle

    The Haunted Castle

    ★★½

    A fairly static drama/mystery film; do not go into it expecting horror. The sets are nice and give the film a Gothic atmosphere, there is one great, creepy dream sequence that foreshadows the phenomenal imagery that Murnau would conjure up a year later in Nosferatu, and there is a fun plot twist at the end that I did not see coming, but other than these elements, the film is dull.

    The characters are underdeveloped and Murnau's cinematography is surprisingly unremarkable;…