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  • Third Party Risk

    Third Party Risk

    ★★★

    Another of Hammer/Exclusive's cut price thrillers, Third Party Risk (released in the USA as the more dramatic but overly optimistic Deadly Game), sees Lloyd Bridges as a former fighter pilot-turned-songwriter embroiled in a plot of blackmail and industrial espionage. Unconvincingly trying to pass off the inside of a studio as Spain, this one is pretty ropey. Bridges is fairly wooden and seems to be wearing a suit two sizes too big, and the attempts to integrate the stock footage of Spain are hilarious.

    Noteworthy for the appearance of a dashing young Roger Delgado, later the original Master in Doctor Who, as a Spanish police inspector.

  • Whispering Smith Hits London

    Whispering Smith Hits London

    ★★★½

    An example of the small-scale noirish thrillers Hammer/Exclusive were making prior to becoming the house of horror, Whispering Smith Hits London (a.k.a. Whispering Smith Investigates, a.k.a. Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard*) stars likeable American import Richard Carlson as detective Steve 'Whispering' Smith. While on vacation in London, Smith is recruited by the secretary (Rona Anderson) of a businessman who believes his daughter's supposed suicide is more sinister. Likely involved are the girl's alluring friend (Greta Gynt), lawyer (Alan Wheatley) and…

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  • Gerald's Game

    Gerald's Game

    ★★★★★

    I read Gerald's Game when it was released in paperback in the early 90s, and of all King's writings, it's the one that stuck in my head most vividly. It was scary but also deeply unsettling, more so to me than any of King's other writing (I stopped being a 'constant reader' after Duma Key, which I loved, I just found myself reading less fiction).

    Director Mike Flanagan and co-writer Jeff Howard have found an ingenious conceit to create a…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Achingly lovely, painful coming of age love story between a seventeen year old boy and an older grad student, set among the small towns and countryside of Lombardy in the 1980s. Having been less than a fan of Armie Hammer to date, the fact that this movie made even me fall slightly in love with him is pretty remarkable. Michael Stuhlbarg is extraordinary, but it's Timothée Chalamet's performance that is revelatory.