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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This left me confused (admittedly it doesn’t take much) as to what it was trying to say – so much so that afterwards I found myself looking at reviews of the original novel, the most edifying of which was M. John Harrison’s:
    www.theguardian.com/books/2010/jul/17/tony-and-susan-austin-wright

    The film seems to steer you towards the idea that Susan responds to the Tony character in the (onscreen) novel because of the depths of his passions and his machismo, and that she interprets his anguish over…

  • Omen III: The Final Conflict

    Omen III: The Final Conflict

    ★★

    This is best when it's like an extended episode of Father Ted with an inept hit squad of priests out to assassinate the antichrist ('Careful you don't fall off the TV studio rigging and immolate yourself there now, Ted'. 'No, Dougal, I said if you're facing the antichrist on a very, very high viaduct, DON'T ride the horse.' 'Sure we'll escape this lightning by hiding in a tiny, easily lockable tomb, Father.') But this thread more or less disappears after…

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  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★★

    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

    ★★★

    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…