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  • What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Nov, 2014

    Before setting out to see a preview of this film I glanced at the host of enthusiastic reviews on a certain site and then noticed that most of them were 'reviewed' by folks who had reviewed nothing else. This made me suspicious and I felt that the film would be a sad and silly mess. Not so! The movie is nowhere near as funny as suggested or intended but the look of it is stunning. set design and costume stars…

  • Shadow of Illusion 1970

    ★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    This low budget effort was clearly made because someone got permission to use some pretty astonishing Egyptian locations and they had some film school drop-outs to use as extras and just went out there and made something up. The more structured dialogue is the most putrid nonsense and the rest more or less evolves around the leading lady, Daniele Giordano, in and out of clothes, running about and asking people to help her. From what, why and who cares I…

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  • 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.…

  • Gozu 2003

    ★★★★½ Added 1

    There are barely words to properly describe this unique cinematic experience. People have mentioned David Lynch and there are echoes of Lost Highway but there is so much more and to describe it as a black comedy simply does the anarchic/surrealist/manic humour no justice at all. Beautifully shot, this is a pleasure to watch from beginning to end with much to ponder along the creepy way. Not particularly violent but there are most unsettling moments and a finale that even Miike is unlikely to ever top. Amazing and great fun.