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Pearce’s Film Reviews

91 Films have been rated or reviewed by Pearce.

Night of the Hunter, TheNight of the Hunter, The (1955)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) I'd like to go back in time and kick the arse of every critic who slammed this and every audience member who stayed away, so that we were robbed of more movies directed by Charles Laughton.
DVD $20 $15
Thunder RoadThunder Road (2018)
4 stars (Very Good) One wonders what Robert Mitchum would have done with this material.
DVD $24.95
ThoroughbredsThoroughbreds (2018)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) If A24 remade Heathers it would look a lot like this coldly effective black comedy about two young women who realise that empathy is a hindrance in getting what you want.
Top GunTop Gun (1986)Recommended
1 star (Turkey) This isn't the beginning of supposedly 'liberal' Hollywood making recruitment films for the military (nor the end – see Captain Marvel for a particularly blatant example) but it is one of the most blunt.
DVD $24.95 | Blu-Ray $29.95, $39.95
Ryuichi Sakamoto: CodaRyuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Unusually rich and thoughtful documentary that goes into Sakamoto's obsessions and activism as much as his music.
DVD $29.95
Josie and the PussycatsJosie and the Pussycats (2001)
4 stars (Very Good) This funny & subversive satire on media manipulation and product placement got a hostile reception from the entertainment press so out of proportion to the actual movie, I have to wonder if they struck too close to home.
DVD $19.95
Woman, TheWoman, The (2011)
3 stars (Good Enough) Extreme horror that attempts a faminist viewpoint but fumbles the execution. Good lead performances, awkward filmmaking.
DVD $14.95 | Blu-Ray $19.95
MayMay (2002)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) An uneven effort redeemed by a spellbinding lead performance, this promised better things from the director and star that sadly never materialised.
Jennifer's BodyJennifer's Body (2009)
4 stars (Very Good) Striking and unconventional feminist horror movie that was received poorly by people who clearly expected something else.
DVD $39.95 | Blu-Ray $49.95
Sucker PunchSucker Punch (2011)
2 stars (Good Try) What happens with an action director with nothing much on their mind decides they're an auteur and makes a personal indulgence? I guess this.
DVD $15 $11.25

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