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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    This is a mighty achievement. In a time when film after film comes along with loads of hype and then fizzles out in the theatre, this is a most welcome success. Clearly miller has a clear vision and goes to great lengths to create just what he wants. For me the relentless opening escape sequence was too long and without proper introduction of characters, I felt lost and alienated, as if watching someone else play a computer game. But then…

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 May, 2015

    I loved this and sat entranced from beginning to end. Despite there not being much physical 'action' this is most beguiling, Helped enormously by a fine performance from Juliette Binoche and a surprisingly good one from Kristen Stewart. There is something about films about the making of plays that always seems to fascinate and it is a useful device because it compels us to see the characters as actors. We cannot lapse into some luvvie appreciation society like state. the…

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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.…