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  • Beneath Water

    Beneath Water 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2016

    Effectively atmospheric short from gifted young director, with the great Louisa Connolly-Burnham knocking loudly on Hollywood's door. Well worth 15 minutes of your time.
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  • Three Cases of Murder

    Three Cases of Murder 1955

    ★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2015

    This is brilliant. It starts with a home invasion by a masked man, who shoots someone before revealing himself to be Eamonn Andrews, which would have been the best opening to This Is Your Life ever. Then there's a story about people who live inside a painting, who occasionally nip out into the gallery to find murder victims, which could happen. The next segment is slightly pedestrian in comparison, in fact Eamonn more or less says so himself in his…

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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2013 7

    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…

  • Caligula

    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…