Movie reviews of Evan Popplestone

These are all the movies and series that Evan has reviewed. Read more at: Cinema's Fringes.

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Poster for The Song of Bernadette

The Song of Bernadette


The Song of Bernadette is a classic piece of Hollywood filmmaking magic.

14 april

14 apr

Poster for Black Moon Rising

Black Moon Rising


Black Moon Rising isn’t the most noteworthy entry in John Carpenter’s filmography but it has its moments.

11 april

11 apr

Poster for Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception


Immaculate Conception isn’t entirely successful as a drama but is redeemed somewhat by its unique atmosphere.

9 april

9 apr

Poster for The White Reindeer

The White Reindeer


Even with its short runtime, The White Reindeer does sometimes feel repetitious, especially in its excessively numerous scenes of herders marshalling hundreds of reindeer across snowy vistas. Nonetheless, the overall effect is one of an undeniable and rare cinematic magic. Well worth a watch.

7 april

7 apr

Poster for The Virgin Soldiers

The Virgin Soldiers


The Virgin Soldiers is somewhat underrated and, despite its ribald comedic elements, is more memorable for its hard-hitting anti-war message than anything else.

4 april

4 apr

Poster for A Dandy in Aspic

A Dandy in Aspic


A Dandy in Aspic may not be the finest epitaph that Anthony Mann could have had but it still amounts to intriguing and atmospheric fare.

31 march

31 mar

Poster for The Triple Echo

The Triple Echo


The Triple Echo is an interesting, well-acted drama and well worth a look even if some of the details aren’t entirely convincing.

30 march

30 mar

Poster for Irma la Douce

Irma la Douce


Irma La Douce may be on the overlong and overelaborate side but it’s certainly more interesting and entertaining than its dismissive reputation suggests.

30 march

30 mar

Poster for La visita del vicio

La visita del vicio


It is all for naught because there’s very little actually going on for the most part. When the characters aren’t shagging, they’re doing little apart from bickering endlessly or watching lengthy flamenco dance sequences.

29 march

29 mar

Poster for Vampyres



Vampyres is an underrated, low-budget horror gem with its own distinctive take on the vampire mythos.

29 march

29 mar

Poster for Whirlpool



While it is evident here that Larraz possessed some talent for filmmaking even at this early stage, it’s still a hard one to recommend to anybody who isn’t a connoisseur of the more sordid end of the cinematic scale.

29 march

29 mar

Poster for Us



There’s so much of a richness to Us in terms of both symbolism and superbly-crafted sequences that it almost offers too much for just one film. Indeed, the fact that Jordan Peele was able to corral them in so effectively is a real feat in itself.

23 march

23 mar

Poster for 快餐車



While Wheels on Meals isn’t necessarily the finest hour for any of the three leads, it’s still a decent entry and a very worthwhile addition to any fan’s collection.

18 march

18 mar

Poster for Dhogs



Dhogs is an engrossing and distinctive take on the story-within-a-story subgenre which will keep you pondering for days afterwards.

15 march

15 mar

Poster for Sink the Bismarck!

Sink the Bismarck!


Sink the Bismarck! remains a fairly solid account of a significant WWII battle.

12 march

12 mar

Poster for Class of 1999

Class of 1999


While Class of 1999 isn’t a particularly great film, it is enjoyable if taken in the right spirit.

11 march

11 mar

Poster for 女必殺五段拳



It’s of some interest mainly because it at least offers a genuine change of pace after three very similar efforts.

9 march

9 mar

Poster for 帰ってきた女必殺拳



The set design and cinematography are somewhat slicker, the action sequences are better assembled and, while the runtime is about eight minutes shorter, it feels like a modicum of extra effort was devoted to developing the characters.

9 march

9 mar

Poster for 女必殺拳 危機一発

女必殺拳 危機一発


To be fair, despite my criticisms above, it still delivers the requisite chopsocky action in spades. It’s just that it doesn’t quite have the same charm or invention as the first one did.

9 march

9 mar

Poster for 女必殺拳



It’s an indisputable 1970s Japan-cheese classic which also comes with an invigorating soundtrack. Naturally, considering the era, it leans very heavily on the wah-wah pedal.

9 march

9 mar

Poster for A Severed Head

A Severed Head


A Severed Head is, quite frankly, a baffling film...

7 march

7 mar

Poster for Alien



Alien is one of the finest meldings of science fiction and horror ever created.

3 march

3 mar

Poster for Take a Girl Like You

Take a Girl Like You


Take a Girl Like You is almost toe-curlingly dated.

26 february

26 feb

Poster for The Third Secret

The Third Secret


The Third Secret is a flawed film but not without some merit.

24 february

24 feb

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