A Week In Film #521: Fricky dicky

Perfect way of getting in the Christmas spirit – Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates protecting cute little Gizmo from Spike and his evil cohorts. Slam-dunk from Joe Dante.

Jacob’s Ladder
Superb, career-defining film from Adrian Lyne – it’s a ‘Nam movie, it’s a period piece, it’s a psychological horror, it’s a meditation on death. As well as great performances from the likes of Tim Robbins and Elizabeth Peña, there are unforgettable moments like the vibrating heads, the man in the back of the car, the ice bath, the subway chase…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Never seen it before, pleasantly surprised. Totally episodic and with workmanlike direction from Chris Columbus, but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and it gets the plot across.

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