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  • Symptoms 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    Perfect rainy Sunday afternoon fare (with added grizzly murder). It might be a bit of a 'Repulsion' rip-off, but it's a very good one. Hugely atmospheric, I imagine this film would scrub up beautifully on Blu Ray - the pixelated YouTube rip wasn't the most ideal viewing mode, but the film shone through it.

  • The Sentinel 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    Enjoyably bonkers satanic guff, bolstered by a wildly uneven tone and a revolving door of star performances. 'Poor mans Polanski' is probably harsh, but the film was clearly chasing the success of Rosemary's Baby.

    Odds n' Sods

    It's a damn shame Christopher Walken and Eli Wallach didn't get more screen time, their homicide detectives deserved their own film!

    Don't think I've ever seen such a spoilerific poster - the tagline gives away the whole mystery at the heart of the…

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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…