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  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street 1953

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2016

    Didn't quite buy the romance between Skip and Candy, but a well-told noir with rewatch possibilities. The ending is maybe a little too neat and tidy, which real life rarely is. Still, a noir with memorable characters.

  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables 1987

    ★★★½ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2016

    Probably the safest, most mainstream directorial outing of Brian de Palma’s career. Not simply the cops chasing the bad guys but also about the dangers of being a cop when fighting the mob. There’s some strong camera work, for instance when the mob guy invades Connery’s house. The most suspenseful sequence is at the train station, which is an obvious homage to Odessa Steps scene in Battleship Potemkin (1925). The final chase is also edge of your seat stuff.

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2016

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.