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  • Cat People

    Cat People


    Tenuously based on the same DeWitt Bodeen story as the classic Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur movie but very different indeed in its treatment, it's development and in the story itself. In fact for most of its running time all this has in common with the earlier movie is the title, (though it does keep the swimming pool sequence). The plot may be silly, (the plots of most horror films usually are), but director Paul Schrader embues it with considerable atmosphere and,…

  • Struggle for Life

    Struggle for Life


    "Struggle for Life" is the kind of broad, farcial comedy the Zucker Brothers might have made except this one's French and the gags are largely satirical. Luckily it's also very funny with the jokes flying faster than they did in "Airplane!", (think of this as Carry On Airplane). The director is Antonin Peretjatko and he gets a first-class comic peformance from Vincent Macaigne as the poor beaurocrat tasked with bringing French snow to the Guyanian jungle. Yes, it's that silly and I loved every daft minute of it.

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  • '71



    In 1971 I was living on the fringes of Derry's Bogside. On several occasions my home was 'collateral damage' in a number of bombings and I remember lying on the floor of my bedroom in case I might fall victim to a stray bullet from one of the gun-battles raging outside. I drank in pubs that would be bombed in time and I was on the march on Bloody Sunday. Things were bad in Derry in 1971 but they were…

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave


    Never before have the horrors of slavery been shown so powerfully, so movingly and so explicitly on screen as they are in Steve McQueen's remarkable film 12 YEARS A SLAVE. This relentlessly grim film is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from Saratoga, New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He is played brilliantly by the British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and he is virtually never off the screen. It's an incredibly physical…