Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

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Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan Kenobi investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi. (IMDb)
Dare I say it starts off with almost cool neo-noir vibes? It ain’t no Blade Runner but the mystery plot, dark city setting, and moody Anakin make for a compelling first act (dated SFX aside, that city chase was great–and the Jedi duo generate surprising humour). The rest is solid as it sticks with a straight forward dual-narrative following Obi’s investigation and angsty Annie’s relational drama. Gets cheesy as it goes on (and on–it’s too long) but it’s fun (see C3P0’s head gag).
6.5/10 (Alright)

 

JWM SPOOKATHON 2017: Horror Express (1972)

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In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train. (IMDb)

Only gets better as the train travels on: From the opening supernatural-tinged mystery develops a tight and claustrophobic horror-thriller (the limited train setting is excellent) equal parts entertaining camp (see the wild-eyed priest-“There’s a stink of hell on this train”), chilling whodunit intrigue (see the eye-checking), and genuine creepiness (see the red-eyed monster’s bloody kills). A superbly suspenseful climax topped off with weird, grimy guitar-led music serves as a perfect ending.

7.5/10 (Really Good)

CREEPY QUOTE: “One man dead, another missing. It’s time we opened that box!” – Inspector Mirov

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