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  • The Lady Gambles

    The Lady Gambles

    ★★★★

    Hugely underrated. A bitter, cynical Vegas noir, all doomed characters, claustrophobic sets, glowing photography and hard-boiled dialogue. The Freudian happy ending is like an Elastoplast on a gunshot wound.

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    ★★

    Reginald Owen's Scrooge is one of the very worst performances ever committed to celluloid.

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  • Pretty Maids All in a Row

    Pretty Maids All in a Row

    ★★★★

    An America that cares more about football games, the rights of the (male) individual, and rigid notions of identity than it does about the murder of its young women. File alongside The Boston Strangler and No Way to Treat A Lady as one of those morally schizophrenic psychopath films, made in the death knells of the studio era, that somehow points the way to the new 70s cinema of Scorsese and De Palma. A period piece, certainly, with one foot…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★½

    Philip K. Dork