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Anthony O'Toole

22 points
6 Films Loved
3 Films Hated
Event Horizon
"Where we're going you don't need eyes to see"
Event Horizon
about 9 years ago

Creepy, chilling and at points terrifying; Event Horizon really plays on the isolation of being deep in space. There's a superb cast here delivering believable performances, with a truly chilling turn from Sam Neill stealing the show. One of the few genuinely original & scary horrors to come out of Hollywood in the last 20 years and one that I feel deserves a lot more credit than it received. Tied 1st place with Candyman in my 'scariest movies ever' list.

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American Beauty
Love this film!
American Beauty
about 9 years ago

There's so much here, so many subtle theme's that writing anything other than an epic review would mean neglecting much of it. Kevin Spacey has never been better and the whole cast give first rate performances. The script is incredibly witty and delivered flawlessly by the leads.

I though a lot of how much I loved this movie may have been down to my low expectations going in, but years on and watching for the umpteenth time - it still inspires!

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The Last of the Mohicans
Best cinematography ever?
The Last of the Mohicans
about 9 years ago

The story and acting are secondary features of this film for me and while great in their own right; the show is stolen by the most incredible cinematography and sweeping orchestral soundtrack. This film moves and inspires me every time I see it and will always have a special place in my collection.

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Manchester United: Beyond the Promised Land
I'd rather....
Manchester United: Beyond the Promised Land
about 9 years ago

- Use my eyeballs as a pin cushion
- Eat broken glass
- Have bot fly larvae hatched in my head
- Get waterboarded
- Watch New Years Eve again!

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Aliens
A lesson in how to make a sequel!
Aliens
about 9 years ago

The original was a tense deep space nightmare - This was a mind blowing, action packed, hunting trip into deep space and in true american style all subtlety is left at home to make room for the biggest guns they can find. The long running time is used to build some surprisingly deep characters for this type of film and while it doesn't have quite the same level of tension as the original, much is still present and the rest has been replaced by some of the best action I have ever seen on the big screen.

If you can sit still long enough, the special edition is well worth the extra 20 odd minutes of your time, adding yet more depth to the story. Either way, this is an action packed sci-fi treat and one of my favourite films of all time.

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The Terminator
A superb 80's Sci-Fi thriller
The Terminator
about 9 years ago

Easily my favourite film of the series and not simply as it was the original. This is such a different offering to the action packed sequels; slow burning, atmospheric, dark and the tension barely allows time to breathe. The action sequences don't disappoint either and mercifully the effects were more prosthetic than CGI (with the exception of the end sequence), allowing this to much better stand the test of time.

A firm favourite of mine and one I'll keep going back to - easy 10/10

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Must be missing something...
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
about 9 years ago

I've never understood the support this film achieved. Just because a film gives a nod to classic cinema, does that make it good? Apparently so, but only if there's a bright yellow Tarantino shaped bandwagon to jump on. Once you strip the tribute element away you're left with what is effectively a fight scene surrounded by a bit of self-indulgent nonsense. People call it homage - I would argue that it's contrived, cliché-ridden rubbish from a director who should know better. Thankfully, recent efforts (Django) show that all is not lost and the true artist is still in there somewhere.

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New Year's Eve
Most pointless film ever?
New Year's Eve
about 9 years ago

I was tempted to give this film 10 as thanks to it I have choosing privileges at the cinema for at least the next 5 years. Other than that, there's nothing redeeming here at all - even some decent actors are made to look bad by a poor script and frankly pointless story.

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Citadel
Citadel
Citadel
about 9 years ago

Really effective horror. Writer/director Ciaran Foy does a great job of maintaining suspense throughout and fully utilises the setting of a deprived estate in Ireland to create the bleakest of backdrops. This is a well written, well executed, original tale and yet another reminder of how poorly Hollywood has served the genre in recent years.

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