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  • The Cicerones 2002

    ★★★ Watched 28 May, 2014

    This is a story about a man lost when his travels take him beyond the safety of his guidebook, and the film similarly fails to provide reassuring pointers and explanations. The result is disorientating - it's creepy (and funny) but we're never quite sure why. Dyson's script bravely resists the temptation to fill in detail, while Gatiss wears a pencil-moustache as only he can. A nice little bridge between The League of Gentlemen and some of their later work.

    (Available for a quid on BFI Player as part of their Gothic season:

  • Three Steps In The Dark 1953

    ★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2014

    Three Steps in the Dark was thought lost for many years, and unfortunately that remains the most mysterious thing about this British whodunnit - or rather, thatonedunnit, from very early on. Its characters are curiously unruffled by a murder in their midst, and in fact show barely any emotion throughout. The script seems interested only in the puzzle element, not in the people caught up in it, and consequently we don't care much about either.

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  • Caligula 1979

    ★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2013 8

    It's hard (sorry) to know how to review Caligula, especially in its full length (sorry again) version. I've seen lots of 10/10 reviews on other sites, but you can't help feeling (ahem) that they are actually reviewing the behind-the-scenes story. That of course is incredible, hilarious and tragic - all things that the film should be but isn't. It's swollen (cough), sloppy (cough cough) and gets itself into a proper mess (nurse!). Mark Kermode famously said that there was a…

  • Lifeforce 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2013 5

    OK, I admit it, I'm a fan of Lifeforce, and it's not just because of the vast swathes of nudity.* Not that I can't see the flaws - this is after all a film that (ahem) climaxes with a man able to save the earth by having sex, in fact he's so good at sex that he sends himself and his partner flying up into the air - but it is also fun, ambitious, scary and dare I say it…