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  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) 2010

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    The film's visuals look like a shotgun marriage between Jörg Buttgereit's Nekromantik and those iconic black-and-white Guinness TV adverts from the late 1990s.

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988

    ★★★½ Added

    S&M Lewis Carroll.

  • Point Break

    Point Break 1991

    ★★★★ Added 2

    The scene where Johnny Utah jumps out of the plane without a parachute is one of the coolest and also one of the dumbest moments in all action cinema. The absurdity is sublime.

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Black Coal, Thin Ice 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    My full review of Diao Yinan's Black Coal, Thin Ice can be read here:

  • Insidious: Chapter 3

    Insidious: Chapter 3 2015

    ★★★ Added

    My full review of Insidious: Chapter 3 can be read here:

  • Cobra

    Cobra 1986

    ★★★★ Added

    Marion 'The Cobra' Cobretti is cinema's first hipster cop. I pretty much love this film: It's playful; the fascist-maverick-hero-rozzer schtick is deployed with self-knowing humour; it's stylish as fuck, and the Manson-esque nightmare haunting the plot lends the flick mucho L.A. atmosphere. Cobra cutting the crust off a slice of pizza with a pair of scissors needs to be turned into a meme.

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  • Green Room
  • Marguerite & Julien

    Marguerite & Julien 2015

    ★★★★★ Added

    ‘The best way to avoid sin is to flee temptation.’ So says the fearful uncle of Marguerite and Julien, two young aristocratic siblings whose love for one another is deeply passionate, as well as unseemly and illegal.

    Valérie Donzelli’s latest film is a tale of star-crossed lovers who just so happen to be related by blood. From a screenplay written for François Truffaut in the 1970s, Marguerite et Julien is a giddy and perverse Venus wrapped in the divine surrealist…

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    In a short scene, mid-way through Sicario (2015), Josh Brolin’s grizzled CIA operative, Matt, tells Emily Blunt’s by-the-book FBI agent the current philosophy and thinking guiding the war against the Central and South American cartels. Gangs that have turned parts of Mexico into war zones, and whose exceedingly violent activities are flooding over Stateside.

    He informs her that until the authorities convince people to stop smoking and snorting ‘that shit’, the US agencies are morally obliged to restore order by…

  • Friday the 13th

    Friday the 13th 2009

    ★★ Added

    A perfunctory, serviceable slasher remake best forgotten. Like nearly all the other remakes of iconic horror movies.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner 1982

    ★★★★★ Added

    Ridley Scott's seminal sci-fi Blade Runner (1982) begins with a dazzling yet hellish vision of a metropolis shrouded in smog so thick that the sun has disappeared from the sky. Is it day or is it night? Giant towers of industry belch fire and pyramid-like structures sit like thrones over an urban landscape of monstrous magnitude. It is a seminal moment for modern sci-fi cinema because nothing so majestically awful had ever been committed to the screen.

    Read the rest of my review at: Cine-Vue: