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  • The Conformist

    The Conformist 1970

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2016

    Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1970) is a marvel of psychological cinema. It's also impeccably shot by Vittorio Storaro, with barqoue camera work, film noir lighting and the use of fascist-era modern architecture crafting an at times expressionist experience. Jean-Louis Trintignant is also excellent as a guy entombed in his own sense of inferiority, searching for something to believe in and finding that he can't muster the enthusiasm.

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Jan, 2016

    The best film ever made.

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2015

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on bath salts.

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise 2015

    ★★ Watched 08 Oct, 2015

    I'll stick with Shivers, ta.

    Also: a review of High-Rise over on me blog:

  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf 1971

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Fried gold.

  • Scream

    Scream 1996

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2015

    Wes Craven's Sistine Chapel.

  • Sleepwalkers

    Sleepwalkers 1992

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2015

    More films should have Alice Krige killing dudes with corn on the cobs. Just stunning.

  • Van Helsing

    Van Helsing 2004

    ★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2015

    Richard Roxburgh's depiction of Dracula is worse than Hitler.

  • Vampire in Brooklyn

    Vampire in Brooklyn 1995

    ★★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    It's not as bad as I remember. Craven's blending of Blaxploitation, vampire tropes, a sort of James Whale camp, 1930s Universal horror visual tone and Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast make for a rich mix of influences. The big problem is Eddie Murphy's rubbish performance as the lead. Apparently, he only made the film to get out of a contract with Paramount. Saying that, the Preacher Pauley scene is Murphy gold. "Evil is good." It's the only scene where he shines.

  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole 1951

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    The relationship between Chuck and Lorraine is truly savage. It reminded me a lot of character dynamics in the novels of Jim Thompson. Director Billy Wilder was the cynic's cynic, and this film is as venomous as the pet rattlesnake the corrupt sheriff keeps in the lunch box. Chuck's philosophy - "Good news is no news" - is the forefather of today's "If it bleeds it leads".

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★★ Rewatched 02 Jul, 2015

    My review of Terminator Genisys can be read at FilmLand Empire blog:

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil 1958

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    My review of Touch of Evil can be read in full at Cine-Vue: