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  • Le Samouraï
  • The Ipcress File
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Taxi Driver

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  • Thieves' Highway

    ★★★★

  • The Woman on the Beach

    ★★½

  • Silent Rage

    ★★

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    ★★★★

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  • Operation Mincemeat

    Operation Mincemeat

    ★★½

    Watch The Man Who Never Was (1956) instead.

  • The Passage

    The Passage

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Watched THE PASSAGE (1979) as astonishingly sloppy yet still wildly entertaining WW2 thriller.

    All the talent here - actors Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Patricia Neal and director J Lee Thompson are past their best and very possibly past caring.

    Quinn plays a shepherd hired to escort a scientist (Mason) over the Pyrennes into Spain. Why's the scientist so important? The film never bothers to explain.

    You don't need to care about details though, because we've got Malcolm McDowell in full…

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  • Terror of Mechagodzilla

    Terror of Mechagodzilla

    ★★★

    Contains the immortal line: "Kill me, I have Mechagodzilla's brain installed in my stomach."

  • Chandler

    Chandler

    ★★

    CHANDLER (1971) is an incomprehensible neo-noir with Warren Oates as a down at heel private eye. A promising idea flounders amidst an impenetrable plot.

    Apparently director Paul Magwood took out an advert after CHANDLER’s release to apologise for the film which was re-cut by the studio.

    The butchery is all too apparent. Little makes sense and scenes clearly ‘jump’ as whole sections have been hacked out.

    Still CHANDLER does find small roles for gravel voiced b-movie stalwart Charles McGraw and femme fatale Gloria Grahame.