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  • The Knack... and How to Get It

    The Knack... and How to Get It

    ★★½

    Watched as part of the Birth Year Challenge.

    The Knack... And How To Get It is a film that was made for the 60s Beat generation.
    It's basically a commentary on the conflicting moral and ethical beliefs within English society of the day and it has a peculiar disjointed rhythm in both spoken dialogue and visual style, verging on stream of consciousness with slapstick elements thrown in.
    It generally makes little sense and I can't say that I particularly liked it, but it IS strangely watchable.

  • The Liquidator

    The Liquidator

    ★★★

    Watched as part of the Birth Year Challenge.

    This sixties espionage-comedy-spoof may well be a poor man's James Bond, but it's still quite entertaining.

    The film begins with a b&w prologue set during World War 2 where tank commander Brian "Boysie" Oakes accidentally saves British Intelligence officer Mostyn from a sticky situation. After a title sequence complete with a Bond-esque theme sung by Shirley Bassey, the action skips to sixties England where Mostyn is tasked with recruiting a naturally talented…

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    I am ashamed to admit that The Prestige has slipped under my radar for 12 years.

    I'm a fan of both Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale and I ADORE movies based around the practice of magic. I'm sure that on some level I knew that the film was directed by Christopher Nolan (which in itself should have been enough to guarantee prior viewing), but it actually surprised me when his name came onscreen during the opening credits (I worry about…

  • Death Spa

    Death Spa

    ★★★

    Despite deplorable acting, dodgy gore effects and a bizarre final 15 minutes that channels Carrie and basically makes no sense, Death Spa (aka. Witch Bitch) ain't half bad!!
    From the opening moments of this lesser-known supernatural slasher, when lightning strikes the Starbodies Health Spa and shorts out its neon sign so that it reads 'D EA TH SPA', you know that this is going to be VERY eighties and quite a hoot.
    Cheesy 80s tunes, 'high tech' computers, leotards, leg…