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Christopher Fowler
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This year comedy has been forced into virtual extinction. Looking through the seasonal films it feels as if Christmas has become just another Netflix category, colour-coded in red, white and gold. The worst offenders are 'Slumberland', featuring charisma-bypass Jason Momoa, which takes Windsor McKay's delightful 1905 comic strip original and removes everything joyful about it. The strip owed its…
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Christopher Fowler
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The granddaddy of fairy tale films remains 'La Belle et Le Bête', but lately there has been a resurgence in a genre that Disney demoted to sentimental kiddie fare for so long. When I look through my terrifyingly vast collection of weird movies, I suddenly realise how few Hollywood films there are. From the country that virtually invented the popular film, why are there so few fairy tales aimed…
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Christopher Fowler
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NO SPOILERS It should have been a shoo-in for Guillermo del Toro, the director of gothic films like 'The Devil's Backbone' and 'Pan's Labyrinth'. An American-language big budget stab at High Gothick, complete with fleeing heroine, dastardly baronet and crumbling mansion - but somehow 'Crimson Peak' goes terribly wrong. All the elements are in place, including sumptuous production design that makes…
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