Paul Alaoui

1970s-born male who likes cult movies and retro sounds.

Favorite films

  • The Shining
  • Taxi Driver
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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  • The Hand

    ★★★½

  • Spectre

    ★★★½

  • Skyfall

    ★★★★

  • Quantum of Solace

    ★★★½

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    It's taken me 18 months to get round to seeing Rise of Skywalker. What an anticlimax! Seriously, there are so many issues with this flick not least its plot holes and a screenplay that's as stale as week-old bread.

    On the plus side it looks great, with some wonderful production design, interesting set-pieces and grade A visual effects. It also has a typically rousing John Williams score. But man! The storytelling is so lazy. I know a lot of people…

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★

    A cinematic cocktail that’s one part Hitchcock, another Polanski, with an added dash of Argento’s visual style but this is a sum that is less than its parts - its enjoyable but derivative - it’s quite easy to guess where its going and, ultimately, it left me feeling underwhelmed at its conclusion.

    As the title and synopsis suggest, Rear Window casts a massive shadow over Joe Wright’s film but the claustrophobic, townhouse interiors and surreal flourishes evoke memory of Repulsion…

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  • Rush

    Rush

    ★★★★½

    Not an F1 fan, nor am I a lover of sports in general but this film is great. The two central performances are both effortless in their greatness and the actors play off each other well. Morgan's script is great and Howard keeps the whole thing buzzing along at a tremendous pace.

    I am really surprised by how much I liked this film.

  • Filth

    Filth

    ★★★★½

    Wow! Now here's a film that lets the viewer think for a change. A brilliant piece of writing and a cracking ensemble headed-up by a terrifically fearless performance from James McAvoy.

    Given that it's based on a book by Irvine Welsh there are bound to be comparisons to Danny Boyle's adaptation of Trainspotting but rest assured, Filth holds its own.