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  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★★★

    "Never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you're bowing."

    Fuck it, 5 stars. Bruce Lee in his tragic prime, wingmanned by John Saxon and Jim Kelly to create the deadliest spearhead in the world, sharpened by the coolest of the cool. Enter the Dragon.

    Hong Kong Kung Fu, American exploitation and blaxploitation weave and bob around each other to make a perfectly smooth aura of one of a kind perfection.

    Han hosts a tri-annual karate tournament on his…

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★★

    The absolute pinnacle of exploitation cinema, and so much more besides that.

    Dismemberment, real execution footage, real animal killings, rape, murder, genocide, drugs and a disgusting lack of morality are all on show, without even thinking about the actions of the tribe of cannibal savages the film shows.


    Cannibal Holocaust trancends exploitation, Italian cannibal films, video nasties and found footage films and becomes something luridly beautiful.

    This is because, whilst being complete exploitation in its purest form, it goes beyond…

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  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin

    ★★★

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

    A young boy lives through the horrors of life on a day to day basis. Trapped in a desolate wasteland of a town succumbed to urban decay, enshrouded in a spate of child killings.

    An English widow moves in close by and, prompted by the novel his Father is reading, the boy becomes convinced she is a vampire.

    His elder brother, played expertly by Mortensen, returns from the military and falls in love with her. Prompting a desperate attempt to…

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★

    A harrowing character study into a man who's soul has been rotted to the core by an all encompassing rage.

    Jake LaMotta. Prizefighter. Intensity magnifies his rage into concentrated beams lasering through any positive aspect of his life. His negative emotions orbit the beams and act to dismantle his life. A tragic story of a man with a shattered ego. Jealousy, obsession, blind focus and inability to deal with unpredictable negative emotion all merging into a firey self destruction.

    "You…

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  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    ★★★★½

    Jealousy and embittering longing for days of grandeur, fame and recognition. Baby Jane in free fall through the hotel of emotions as the floor of the untouchable penthouse crumbles; Envy. Anger. Rage. bitterness. Resentment. Coldness. Anguished denial. The empty rock bottom of manic desperation. Blanche; helpless, confined to an upstairs prison, at the mercy of a blind, unforgiving and misplaced pain.

    Real life filters through into performance. Helplessness manifests into pure horror. Sociopathy and insanity coat decaying walls. Stolen youth…

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★½

    Sure, It's bloated, overly melodramatic, a bit all over the place, hamfisted at times, predictable and the score is utterly generic. But Alita: Battle Angel is so much fucking fun that I couldn't care less.

    A lawless dystopian world governed by hunter warriors, filled with cyborgs, petty criminals, dog blood and giant robots called centurians that are like ED-209s on steroids, all of which worship a part-roller derby part-robot wars style sport called Motorball.

    Christoph Waltz finds Alita in scrapyard,…