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  • Birdy



    Sometimes, being a Nicolas Cage fan is disappointing, depressing even. But the other 99.9% of the time it's fucking brilliant, because it leads you to discover strange, beautiful, harrowing and heartwarming films like this one, from his early "fucked up teeth" days.

    Birdy is a sort of mash-up of coming-of-age drama and post-war trauma, as Cage's wounded soldier (bandaged up like the invisible man) travels to a mental hospital and attempts to help his friend - Matthew Modine - who…

  • My Bloody Valentine

    My Bloody Valentine


    I'm never quite as into slasher films as most other horror subgenres, but this one does nearly everything right - great setting (Canadian mining town), a fine cast of lovable characters, varied and inventive kills from a genuinely threatening villain, and a sense of humour. Really, the only thing that keeps it from Slasher Perfection is not having an iconic score, although what it lacks in music during the film, it makes up with the brilliant folk song over the…

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  • Two Little Boys

    Two Little Boys


    March Around The World 2018 #22: New Zealand

    I didn't think I had a Kiwi film this year, but then I remembered this oddity which I tracked down around the same time as a few other Flight of the Conchords-related films but had forgotten about.

    It's a dark comedy (something of a recurring theme for my world movie challenge picks this year) in which Nige (Bret) runs over a Norwegian backpacker and enlists the help of his unhinged, recently estranged…

  • Of Horses and Men

    Of Horses and Men


    March Around The World 2018 #21: Iceland

    A bunch of interlinked stories about the relationships between people and horses in a small Icelandic town? Uh, sign me up, I guess? This is exactly the kind of film I love discovering as part of this challenge - it feels utterly unlike anything I've seen before, and offers an intriguing set of postcards from an unusual part of the world.

    Oh, and it's really good, which helps. The stories mostly revolve around…

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  • Addams Family Values

    Addams Family Values


    Morticia: I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.


  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes


    Murder, betrayal and corruption in Atlantic City! There's a lot of cliches here, but the energetic direction and performances carry it through with style... Nicolas Cage hits a nice mid-point between his wildest roles and the more subtle ones, as a corrupt-yet-loveable cop investigating a murder during a boxing match. Stan Shaw, as the defeated boxer, is particularly great - the deflated pride and pain in his eyes as he talks about losing his heavyweight belt feel really genuine, an…