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 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

4

Seems to be trying so hard to be part of a larger story arc that it ends up having so little to offer the casual viewer in its own right.

23 november

23 nov

Poster for Charlie Bubbles

Charlie Bubbles

6

This surreal, semi-autobiographical curiosity won’t appeal to everyone, for sure. Still, it’s of interest to fans of 1960s British cinema...

20 november

20 nov

Poster for Age of Consent

Age of Consent

7

Too flawed to be ranked up there with the likes of Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes or, for that matter, Peeping Tom. Nonetheless, at the same time, it has enough worth to deserve better than the near-obscurity in which it has languished over the years.

18 november

18 nov

Poster for Fahrenheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9

8

A chillingly confirmatory cementation of what has gone wrong with the United States today.

17 november

17 nov

Poster for Rats: Night of Terror

Rats: Night of Terror

5

Couldn’t possibly terrify anyone old enough to watch it but it’s cheap and cheerful Italian-made trash regardless.

15 november

15 nov

Poster for Orgies of Edo

Orgies of Edo

4

You’d have to be a member of a pretty specific audience to enjoy this one. While stylishly made, it’s little more than a cinematic wallow in the gutter.

12 november

12 nov

Poster for Shampoo

Shampoo

6

I was left somewhat underwhelmed by Shampoo despite its great cast, interesting production design and occasional laughs.

8 november

8 nov

Poster for Widows

Widows

7

Emerges as a well-crafted action-drama with enough of a socially-conscious edge to lend palpable substance to its considerable style.

7 november

7 nov

Poster for Lucky

Lucky

8

A satisfying and bittersweet tribute to a truly distinctive veteran character actor.

5 november

5 nov

Poster for Rushmore

Rushmore

8

In the end, despite my own reservations about the central protagonist, Rushmore emerges as an impeccably-designed and detail-rich film, positively soaked in quirky charm.

3 november

3 nov

Poster for Shoplifters

Shoplifters

8

A touching, modest movie. While some viewers may find it to be a little lacking in real dramatic fireworks, it’s rewarding for those who take the time to let its bittersweet depiction of those living on the margins of society soak in.

31 october

31 oct

Poster for Children of Men

Children of Men

10

A truly affecting and provocative masterpiece, while still possessing its own grimly surreal entertainment value as an action-adventure.

28 october

28 oct

Poster for Project A II

Project A II

9

While Project A Part II isn’t quite as perfectly-formed as its predecessor was, it’s more ambitious and spectacular.

26 october

26 oct

Poster for Project A

Project A

10

The plot is decidedly unbridled and free-wheeling, throwing itself from one exhilarating setpiece to another with pure carefree abandon.

26 october

26 oct

Poster for Due occhi diabolici

Due occhi diabolici

6

Isn’t Argento’s finest work by any means but it’s entertaining enough to redeem the slightly dull Romero contribution.

22 october

22 oct

Poster for Mr. Sardonicus

Mr. Sardonicus

7

The film features a solid story, one of those great semi-sympathetic tragically grotesque villains, a darkly foreboding atmosphere, a dash of sadism and some well-orchestrated scares.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for Homicidal

Homicidal

5

Shots are generally very well-composed, making some great use of chiaroscuro lighting and a split diopter lens. Joan Marshall’s stilted performance as the central psycho ends up being more irritating than slyly menacing.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for 13 Ghosts

13 Ghosts

6

While it’s a not great film by any means, it has its charms as a quirky time-killer.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for The Tingler

The Tingler

6

There’s some fun to be had here despite the fact that the full experience has been inherently curtailed when viewed at home nearly sixty years’ later.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for Mandy

Mandy

10

A truly singular cinematic experience which is better described than dissected. It’s trippy, colourful, disturbing, gory, referential and hilarious… but also weirdly poignant and transcendent.

15 october

15 oct

Poster for Night of the Demon

Night of the Demon

8

Despite its slightly silly-looking demon, Night of the Demon is an effective and highly entertaining old-fashioned bone-chiller.

15 october

15 oct

Poster for First Man

First Man

7

A solidly respectable one with several outstanding moments of pure cinema.

13 october

13 oct

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

9

Although slightly overlong, it’s a film whose emotional imprint will stay with you for a long time after the end credits have rolled.

10 october

10 oct

Poster for Night of the Creeps

Night of the Creeps

7

There’s plenty of enjoyment to be gleaned from this zippy, unpretentious 1980s horror-comedy.

7 october

7 oct

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