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  • The Witch Returns to Life

    The Witch Returns to Life 1952

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    I enjoyed this a lot. Not quite what I expected, less English Gothic, more Scandinavian menace. Rather creepy due to the rather unnerving but beguiling performance from Mirja Mane as the 'witch'. Naked or almost naked throughout (and this is 1952!) she completely dominates the screen and is only matched by those big skies above the sinister swamps. At first things seem a little stilted with characters moving almost as if in a silent movie and the dialogue takes some…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2016

    I'm not quite sure what I expected from this film or why I was vaguely drawn towards it but I think I expected something like Get Shorty, with a great and wildly funny script and at the same time an insight into an industry i probably knew less than i though about. Instead this is very much a fictionalised documentary that trivialises a massive moment in our recent past. This is only eight years ago for goodness sake, most of…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2015 1

    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 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2013 1

    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.…