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  • Die Screaming, Marianne

    Die Screaming, Marianne

    Die screaming? Die of boredom more like. Pete Walker's first venture into the horror genre after producing cheap sexploitation flicks is a pretty dull affair. More thriller than horror, its plot doesn't bear too much examination but deals with a wandering go-go dancer, Marianne (played by Susan George), who holds the key (by way of the number of a Swiss bank account) to the family fortune. As well as money there are also incriminating documents that could convict her father,…

  • Superman III

    Superman III

    With Superman II we got a blend of two visions – Richards Donner and Lester – and while the finished article wasn't perfect it was certainly an entertaining ride. With Superman III we got the full undiluted Richard Lester and oh boy, was it bad.

    Lester must have misunderstood when Ilya Salkind asked him to make a comic movie and made a comedy movie instead. How else do you explain Richard Pryor as one of the films villains? Or a…

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  • Gran Torino

    Gran Torino

    ★★★★★

    That this film received zero Oscar nominations kind of makes a mockery of the awards. Eastwood gives one of his finest performances in a film that will make you laugh and cry. Film making of the highest calibre from a man who often receives praise for his direction but gets far to little credit as an actor.

  • American Mary

    American Mary

    ★★★★½

    FRIGHTFEST DAY 5 FILM 1

    I have to say that after seeing Dead Hooker in a Trunk I’d written off the Soska sisters as talentless wannabes attempting to jump on the Grindhouse bandwagon. A sentiment that ill prepared me for their follow-up.

    With American Mary they’ve created a film that’s disturbing, touching, sporadically violent and incredibly imaginative. It’s a movie that truly feels unique while so many of the films at this year’s FrightFest were awash with references to the…