The Cinema Corner – January 26th

Movie of the week – My Bloody Valentine

Slasher movies were everywhere in the late ’70s and early ’80s. While most were cheaply and poorly cash-ins, the fad did give us a few gems. One of the best is 1981’s My Bloody Valentine, a Canadian thriller noted for its anti-corporate subtext in which a killer seeks vengeance on the townsfolk responsible for the deaths of a group of miners two decades prior. You can catch it late Friday night at the Lighthouse.


Given the flak he’s taken on social media recently, Matt Damon probably wishes he could shrink himself and disappear. That’s the plot of Downsizing, in which Damon plays a suburbanite who undergoes a shrinking process to join a shrunken community, the perfect way to make his money go further in these expensive times. While it’s introducing its concept, the film is gripping, but once Damon is shrunk the film doesn’t really know where to take the premise, and it’s ultimately a waste of an intriguing idea.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The Young Adult dystopian sci-fi genre appeared to have died out a couple of years back, so surely Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the end of the Maze Runner trilogy, represents the final gasp of the movement? This one boasts some very well executed set-pieces and a visual flair lacking in most of these movies, but the characters are a bunch of dullards, making it difficult to care about anything that occurs on screen.

Get Out

The Oscar nominations were released this week, so here are my predictions for the main categories:

Best Picture: Get Out

Best Director: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)

Original Screenplay: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name

Best Actor: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Supporting Actress: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

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