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  • The Big Bluff

    The Big Bluff 1955

    ★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2016

    An average Noir from Billy Wilder's brother that never seems to really get out of second gear until the very end, by which time it's a little too late to salvage.

  • Murder by Contract

    Murder by Contract 1958

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2016

    Noir with an injection of new-wave, Murder by Contract is a captivating thriller depicting the story of a rookie hitman as he wrestles with complications when he takes on his latest hit - a dame about to turn state's evidence against his new boss.

    A great performance by Vince Edwards, an off-kilter score and a witty script all add to the film's compelling charm.

    Stylish, cool, calculating and told with a minimalist sometimes light-hearted flair, this one turned out to be a very different (and by extension unique) end-of-era Noir and a very pleasant surprise too.

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  • Batman

    Batman 1966

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Mar, 2013 8

    Why I love this film so much:

    - The Bat Copter!
    - Bitch-slapping an exploding shark
    - Dodgy Irish accented cop
    - 'That' theme tune
    - The Bat Boat!
    - The nobility of a suicidal porpoise (!)
    - A ball point banana
    - Jet-pack umbrellas
    - "Bless my dust pan!" & "Holy Halloween!"
    - 'Dehydrated' pirates.
    - "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!"
    - 'Re-hydrated' pirates
    - The Bat Cycle!
    - Cat in a dinghy
    - Umbrella/sword duel atop a submarine
    - Bat Centrifuge!
    - Bat ropes!

    In summary: Forget Nolan's films; watch this instead.

  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch 2011

    Watched 20 Apr, 2013

    Before they added all the slo-mo, this was apparently a 6 minute music video.