Though Magic scores no points for originality - old hat even… MoreThough Magic scores no points for originality - old hat even then, the theme of a ventriloquist's personality being taken over by that of his dummy had been perfected over 30 years earlier in a segment of the Ealing portmanteau Dead of Night, starring Michael Redgrave, and had been recycled not once but twice since in different episodes of The Twilight Zone - it's still a well-crafted and solidly entertaining minor horror movie. If I'm honest, Anthony Hopkins has a tendency to overplay at times but Ann-Margret and Burgess Meredith offer excellent support.
A disappointing thriller from Lynda La Plante. Released in 1998, this… MoreA disappointing thriller from Lynda La Plante. Released in 1998, this has some very good ideas and is particularly prescient about the dangers of social media. Unfortunately however, I found the tone of the piece to be too light. The admittedly lo-tech (by today's standards) stalking software is agreeably creepy, but too much of the show is played for laughs and the amiably gormless Brighton police force wouldn't be out of place in a 1920s detective story. A young Paul Bettany shows star quality, though of the rest of the cast only Kathy Brolly as Charlie, the enigmatic murder victim, is in the same league; the male lead, Tam Williams, was apparently too insipid to even warrant a credit on the packaging of the DVD copy I watched.