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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    Watching this once more, this time on blu-ray, I am reminded just how very good a film it is. McCabe and Mrs Miller has always been my favourite Altman film but I think this might just be a little better and a little more enjoyable. Ironic, of course, to watch this on the sharper medium when so much effort went into 'flashing' the film stock so as to partially degrade it and take that ultra bright look out. Altman himself…

  • Whoopee!

    Whoopee!

    ★★★★★

    My attention was drawn to this movie sometime over Christmas and it recently arrived from the US. Wondering if I really wanted to watch a 1930s musical featuring someone I'd never seen before, it wasn't until last night that I popped it in the player. Immediately I was surprised to see that it was in colour, primitive two strip colour but a beautiful, barely real representation giving the lovely ladies an unearthly look. Early sketch and dance routine only okay…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★★

    This is a profound and engrossing film. Peter Strickland is clearly less a fan of cinema than a fanatic for film and there is a difference. He believes that film does not depict reality but is a reproduction of reality and therein lies his fascination. He is excited by this process and through his films similarly excites us. In this film, ostensibly about a couple of ladies living out a BDSM relationship in a rambling old mansion, his filmic inspiration…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    Strip Nude for Your Killer

    ★★★★

    I didn’t think much of this when I first saw it and don’t think much of it now. It’s terrible really because the girls are great and it looks good most of the time with plenty of sexy kills. The title, salacious though it is, is pretty accurate, but the predictable tale plods along and in the end produces a killer we have not only not seen but did not know existed! Distortion on the soundtrack doesn’t help this one.…