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  • The Gladiator 1986

    ★½ Watched 05 Jan, 2014 1

    Another Ferrara duffer. Think THE FUNERAL might be my last chance at a decent new discovery from him...

  • Night of the Demons 1988

    ★★½ Watched 02 Jan, 2014

    First half was a bit of a chore with the terrible performances and varying degrees of character obnoxiousness. But some fun 80s gore in the second half made it worthwhile.

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  • The Bothersome Man 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2012 7

    A kind of Orwellian nightmare for the IKEA set, an existential scream (or quiet yelp) against a superficially ‘perfect’ existence. I loved this, the dry Norwegian black humour (and creepy vein of surrealism) suiting my taste down to a tee. It also helps that the film is gorgeously shot and designed, with the sleek, spotless city photographed (ironically?) in loving detail – reminiscent of ‘The Truman Show’ in that sense. In the lead, Trond Fausa Aurvag has the same bemused…

  • Roadgames 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2012 5

    It’s taking me a stupidly long time to get round to seeing all of the films featured in ‘Not Quite Hollywood’ but I’m getting there! I loved this. The road-movie-thriller combination works a treat, as does the Hitchcockian vein of humour running throughout (though maybe the brief direct reference to the master was unnecessary). Stacy Keach made an endearingly rubbish hero, with a whole repertoire of naff one-liners (“Now there’s a man with balls.”). It’s a shame his and Jamie…