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  • The Purge: Anarchy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    An improvement on the first, but still nothing special. I guess they didn't have the budget to do the level of 'city in chaos' I was expecting...

  • Night Train to Terror 1985

    Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Boo! I got conned! This is a fake anthology film - the segments are drastically edited down bits of other films. So obviously, none of it makes a lick of sense. Teaches me to stray from Amicus...

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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…

  • Road Games 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…