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  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    Anything involving dialogue is awful, but the treatment of Frankenstein's Monster seems beautifully matter-of-fact - there's no overt moralising or condescending exposition glubs about the thematic ramifications of the story... it's pretty good stuff.

  • The Last Wave

    The Last Wave

    ★★★★

    Peter Weir 👍

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    Aka the greatest horror film ever made

    It's beyond heartbreaking how this was treated on release. I think it's primarily just an example of Lynch being way ahead of the curve, and thankfully its modern day re-appraisal is testimony to such. The legacy of the show itself was probably somewhat of a curse too, but then again nothing here was particularly 'new' - it had just never been shown so graphically dark, absent from the comfort of the soap opera…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    I don't know if there's even another film comparable in terms of the depths of human darkness it plunged, both on-screen as a piece of fiction and off-screen during the process of its creation.

    For all intents and purposes, the definitive war film - and by far the most damning indictment of American attitudes, aggressive imperialism and foreign policy too. A film that depicts the immense physical scale of organised warfare, the reality of its personal and impersonal violence, the depravity of the human spirit: it takes you to a place where the interior and exterior world exist side by side. True horror.