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fairbrother’s Film Reviews

199 Films have been rated or reviewed by fairbrother.

La La LandLa La Land (2016)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Stone and Gosling's vulnerably goofy charms are a wonderful fit for the "classic" musical conceit. It sags a bit in the middle, and only a couple of songs really stand out, but at its best the synergy of colour, motion, and emotion is irresistible.
DVD $25 $18.75, $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
SplitSplit (2016)Recommended
3 stars (Good Enough) Don't take it too seriously and this is suspenseful, entertaining schlock, right up to the last–minute shark–jumping. Brian De Palma's "Raising Cain" offers a scarier (and funnier) take on similar material for anyone who fancies seconds.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $44.95
Zero Dark ThirtyZero Dark Thirty (2012)Recommended
2 stars (Good Try) Its understandable that this story may need be emotionally cold – but dramatically flat, too? The unblinking espousal of CIA–approved Gospel also nags. For all the talent involved (props to Chastain and DP Greig Fraser esp), a letdown.
DVD $14.95 | Blu-Ray $19.95
Your Sister's SisterYour Sister's Sister (2011)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) A small film by design, but it achieves what it sets out to do brilliantly: it creates characters so credibly flawed that we can't help laughing, cringing, and caring. The leads are wonderful, Duplass especially, and the final shot is just about perfect.
DVD $29.95 $14.95 | Blu-Ray $34.95 $19.95
KeaneKeane (2004)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) Spare on plot and style but rich in psychological intrigue and nagging unease. Especially impressive if you appreciate the creative risks involved in acting or film–making: Lewis ably carries the film, Kerrigan dares to never look away or explain.
EraserheadEraserhead (1977)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Lynch's "dream of dark and troubling things" cannot be explained, only experienced, so be ready to go with its subconscious–trawling flow: the trance–inducing rhythm, eerie soundtrack, and striking images weave a singular spell.
Bad TasteBad Taste (1987)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Gross–out comedy at its cartoonish zenith, yes. But critical objection evaporates in the face of it's boundless enthusiasm and D.I.Y ambition: they're so palpable you can't help chuckling and cheering. See it to believe it, but do eat first.
Night of the Living DeadNight of the Living Dead (1968)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Uses its own limitations (low budget, minimal resources, unknown cast) to maximize its impact as, one by one, all the rules that make horror stories "safe" are systematically broken. Snicker while you can; you'll be shivering by the end. Classic.
Carnival of SoulsCarnival of Souls (1962)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) A cheap B–quickie, for sure, but it tingles with such simple, eerie resonance you'll think you dreamed it. A must for any cult aficionado, who'll immediately spot the huge influence this has had over decades of subsequent genre flicks.
HalloweenHalloween (1978)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) Laugh while you can at the B–grade script and acting, because the masterful camerawork, taut editing, and eerie music will eventually have you in a firm suspense–stranglehold despite yourself. One of the quintessential popcorn fright–flicks.

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