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  • Whirlpool



    Another 40s film reflecting Hollywood's newfound fascination with the mysteries of the mind (hypnotism, therapy, psychological disorders).

    Let's talk about José Ferrer first (and wasn't Miguel the spit of his dad). It is a great piece of casting as he makes a marvellously charismatic villain without being over the top. He has this wonderful mellifluous voice and I couldn't help thinking that his vanity is pricked when - minor spoiler! - he hears Mrs Randolph saying on the recording that…

  • Stephen King: Shining in the Dark

    Stephen King: Shining in the Dark


    Watched on the occasion of King's 70th birthday.
    Why do I always feel like I have to justify my love of King?! I shouldn't feel the need.
    I have loved, adored, admired King since I first started reading his work when I was around 12. I then proceeded to clean out my local library's King selection. Hungry for more, I ventured into other writers contemporary to him, but none of them quite hit the mark. Not that I've liked all…

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place


    Still perfect, still gorgeous and devastating. Gloria Grahame is exquisite and Bogart is at the top of his game.

    I first saw it about a year ago; watching it the second time around I was able to really luxuriate in every moment. And I was lucky enough to catch it on the big screen: magic.

  • On Dangerous Ground

    On Dangerous Ground


    I knew I was going to love this right from the start. Sometimes I just get that feeling; everything seems right.
    This is a film of two parts, the first being an excellent study of the dark heart of the city. It's a beautiful start, like a textbook of noir, with some great dialogue too. It shows Robert Ryan's character struggling with loneliness, rage, and rank cynicism, drowning in the darker side of human nature that he comes into contact…