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VideoVista review: Waveriders (2008)

My second piece in this month’s VideoVista is about something I never expected to find myself reviewing: a documentary about surfing. Even if that sounds of no interest to you, I would suggest giving Waveriders a look. I found it be very well put together and interesting, and I know nothing about surfing (well, I didn’t before I saw the film, anyway).

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VideoVista review: Outlander (2008)

The October issue of VideoVista is now live, and includes two reviews by me. The first is of Outlander, a movie which pits a village of Vikings against an alien monster. When I first heard of this, I thought it was an interesting twist on an old formula, and was disappointed that I missed the film at the cinema.

Now I’ve actually got to see Outlander… it’s okay, but doesn’t live up to its potential. I gave it 6 out of 10.

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DVD REVIEW: How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

My second review at VideoVista this month is of Simon Pegg’s comedy about a British journalist trying (and, as the title suggests, largely failing) to make his way at a New York glossy. Not quite as sharp as perhaps it would like to be, this is still good fun and very amusing — so it gets 7 out of 10.

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DVD REVIEW: They Wait (2007)

Time for this month’s update to VideoVista, and I have two reviews there. They Wait is a tale of vengeful spirits and buried secrets, set in Vancouver’s Chinatown during the festival of Hungry Ghost Month. Alas, it’s not particularly scary, creepy, or atmospheric; and I think the ending contradicts the beginning. It’s a mediocre movie, and so gets a rating of 5 out of 10.

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DVD REVIEW: Malcolm (1986)

A highly enjoyable Australian film about Malcolm Hughes, a man low on social skills, but high on mechanical aptitude. He takes in a lodger, who turns out to be a petty crimimal; and Malcolm, in his innocence, starts to help out…

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DVD REVIEW: Exte (2007)

This is a Japanese film about haunted hair extensions. No, wait, it’s better than it sounds — though admittedly not much. It’s quite creepy, and particularly worth watching if you like weird death scenes; but it could do with more logic for my liking.

Read the review in full at VideoVista.

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