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  • Slaughterhouse-Five



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

    Although director George Roy Hill once had the distinction of two places in the all-time box office top ten (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), it was never on the cards that this adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 satirical fantasy Slaughterhouse-Five would make it a hat-trick.

    Inspired by Vonnegut's own experiences as a survivor of the Dresden firestorm in February 1945, the novel has ironically been a frequent target of library-shelf nazis infuriated by what they view as…

  • Poor Pretty Eddie

    Poor Pretty Eddie


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

    For clarification, I watched the re-edit of this film, released in 1978 as Heartbreak Motel (not listed here). That version loses most of a rape scene, as well as miscellaneous violence and gore, but adds a radically different ending. Comprehensibility suffers heavily.

  • Birdman



    It's not exactly difficult to see why director Alejandro González Iñárritu's portrait of a hasbeen actor both figuratively and literally haunted by the superhero persona which brought him fame and fortune has propelled Michael Keaton into the Oscar arena. As his character spirals into total mental disintegration during the final days before his debut as a Broadway actor / writer / director (adapting a short story by his hero, Raymond Carver), Keaton is at the twisted heart of the best…

  • Baby Love

    Baby Love


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

    Linda Hayden's cinema début has many of the trappings of a low grade exploitation movie, but director Alastair Reid (himself making the switch up from tv work) avoids that sub-genre's more gratuitous excesses, aided enormously by a solid performance from Keith Barron as the doctor who begrudgingly offers the teenage seductress sanctuary after her mother's suicide. The other two corners of this sexual hothouse are provided by Amy Lynn as the doctor's bi-curious wife (a somewhat overwrought portrayal of sexual…