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  • The Heiress

    The Heiress

    ★★★★★

    If, like me, you worship at the altar of classical Hollywood at its most exquisitely refined, you'll know that William Wyler's name carries the loftiest of reputations. If you wanted a prestige literary adaptation executed with high polish and award-friendly seriousness, (as well as a firm enough hand to corral a high-powered cast of difficult egos) hard-nosed perfectionist WW was your man.

    But to pigeon-hole Wyler as a mere safe pair of hands overlooks his supreme talent as a master…

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    Leave Her to Heaven

    ★★★★½

    Gene Tierney's eyes could burn a hole through a bank vault door.

    Her finest moment? Scattering her father's ashes in the desert, looking utterly imperious on horseback.

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  • Shanty Tramp

    Shanty Tramp

    ★★½

    No-budget late 60s Deep South exploitation. A stinking, abysmally ugly catalogue of foulness and brutality, but horribly watchable in a way which brings shame on you and your ancestors. You will be a worse human being for having seen this.

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    ★★★★★

    "OUR LOVE CAN DESTROY THIS WHOLE FUCKING WORLD!"

    A crazed cyberpunk head-trip into extreme body-horror territory which makes David Cronenberg look like Richard Curtis, Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a dazzlingly delirious, hyper-kinetic nightmare journey into a claustrophobic hellscape populated by murderous metal/human flesh hybrids sprouting ever more grotesque bodily mutations which swell and buckle and violently morph into farcically Freudian phallic appendages, as the viewer is sent careering headlong into a maniacal phantasmagoria of pure visual invention. A frenzied…