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  • What's New Pussycat?

    What's New Pussycat?

    ★★★½

    This is enjoyable enough, with plenty of familiar faces coming and going and funny at times. But not all the time and it does descend into farce at the end. which might have been OK had this been say a Marx Brothers film. This is an early venture for Woody Allen who had, apparently envisaged Warren Beatty and Groucho Marx in the roles taken by Peters O'Toole and Sellers and it is possible to see how he might have imagined…

  • A Quiet Place to Kill

    A Quiet Place to Kill

    ★★★★

    Titled on my Blu ray as Paranoia, this is also known as A Quite Place to Kill which might be the better option as there is another Lenzi film made the previous year and also known as Paranoia. Thankfully, Umberto Lenzi himself is on hand on the disc to clarify the similarities and differences as well as how this ridiculous situation came about. Anyway the previous year's film, also with Carroll Baker is fine but this is probably even better.…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★★

    This is a profound and engrossing film. Peter Strickland is clearly less a fan of cinema than a fanatic for film and there is a difference. He believes that film does not depict reality but is a reproduction of reality and therein lies his fascination. He is excited by this process and through his films similarly excites us. In this film, ostensibly about a couple of ladies living out a BDSM relationship in a rambling old mansion, his filmic inspiration…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    Strip Nude for Your Killer

    ★★★★

    I didn’t think much of this when I first saw it and don’t think much of it now. It’s terrible really because the girls are great and it looks good most of the time with plenty of sexy kills. The title, salacious though it is, is pretty accurate, but the predictable tale plods along and in the end produces a killer we have not only not seen but did not know existed! Distortion on the soundtrack doesn’t help this one.…