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  • The Adventures of Jane

    The Adventures of Jane

    ★★★

    Edward G. Whiting's The Adventures of Jane is a flatly directed, sexploitative, so-bad-it's-good comic thriller, filled with laughable dialogue, mannered performances, and ridiculous plotting.

  • Sailor Beware

    Sailor Beware

    ★★★★

    Peggy Mount, Esma Cannon, and Thora Hird were the shizz!

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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    It’s hard to imagine a film more depressing than Tarr’s remarkable and seemingly final offering. Even the bleakest works of Ingmar Bergman would fail to come close. But, just as with the Scandinavian master’s best pieces, Tarr’s The Turin Horse is nevertheless essential, entrancing viewing. The sadly retiring Hungarian’s singularity of vision is even more intense here than before, with his alluring, trademark tracking shots and gentle black humour all but abandoned in favour of mostly static, dialogue-free scenes of…

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    Many of those who watch this tremendously fun and super sexy Hitchcock flick will find themselves asking “well, just what does cause pip in poultry?” – a question voiced several times without response to The Memory Man at a grotty music hall in the film’s opening scene. Well, perhaps, not that many; though many more will, no doubt, ask questions of The 39 Steps’ numerous plot holes and contrivances. But art is generally lost on these poor, unfortunate, pedantic souls,…