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A Week In Film #521: Fricky dicky

Gremlins
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.

A Week In Film #258: The ol’ classics

Jacob's Ladder title screen
Jacob’s Ladder
The only unequivocally not-shit Adrian Lyne film, all post-Nam paranoia and weird trippy shit and Tim Robbins in an ice bath and the whole wait-that’s-his-wife-or-what thing, and the spooky shaky faces, and sudden Marathon Man type tonal shifts on a dime, and basically just a bunh of creepy late night rewatchability. Written by the dude what done The Time-Traveler’s Wife, too – Bruce Joel Rubin.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark title screen
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Still got it. Fuck Star Wars!

The Breakfast Club title screen
The Breakfast Club
Still got it. Err, fuck St. Elmo’s Fire!