In this adaptation of Muriel Spark's 1970 novella, The Driver's Seat, Elizabeth Taylor mesmerises as 40-something Lise, a woman with mental health issues who encounters a host of eccentric characters on a journey to Rome. We assume her visit to the Eternal City is to find an old - or even new - boyfriend, but because Lise's behaviour is so erratic, it's difficult to pin down exactly what she's up to. The enigma at the heart of the story is…
Dan Madigan (Richard Widmark) is, wait for it, a maverick cop dispensing rough justice on the mean streets of New York in Don Siegel's 1968 film. Unfortunately for Madigan, when he and partner Rocco (Harry Guardino) have their guns stolen in a botched shake down, the pair's reputations and jobs are suddenly on the line.
The moral certainty Siegel would later famously explore in Dirty Harry is absent here, as the titular character - and others - is shown to…
It turns out that this year's most controversial movie... isn't controversial at all. Instead, Cuties is an emotional exploration of what happens when an unhappy young Muslim girl rebels against her family, traditions and culture to pursue a more westernised (and, yes, sexualised) idea of feminity. She becomes friends with a dance troupe (the titular Cuties) whose racy routines are presented as slightly ridiculous and entirely incongruous. Writer/director Maïmouna Doucouré makes it clear these are children going through the motions…
Haunted by nightmares of her troubled past and running out of treatment options, Edwige Fenech falls into the clutches of a coven of witches. Alas, instead of helping her overcome these night terrors, the fiends prove rather more interested in getting their mucky paws on her naked flesh. So far, so Giallo, but there's far more to Sergio Martino's film than the usual blood and boobs formula; Colors is a reality-bending fever dream, shot through with surreal imagery and a constant atmosphere of near-hysteria. One of the best Martinos I've so far seen.