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  • North Sea Hijack

    North Sea Hijack

    ★★★★

    "Both my parents died tragically in childbirth."

    North Sea Hijack pretty much begins with Lloyds of London realising that oil rigs are a potential target for terrorists or criminals and that they bloody well ought to have a plan in place just in case.

    So they bring in ffolkes, a man with his own private band of marines, who figures out how one would go about hijacking a rig and from there, how he would foil such a plan.

    fflokes,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Happy birthday to 2001, yes, it's been 50 years since it went on general release. Just think on that for a moment, 50 years. Think about how far cinema had come in the half century before Kubrick made this film and how far it's come in that same amount of time since then and you realise, if you hadn't already, what an extraordinary achievement it is.

    Now I'm sure there are people out there who like to decry the love…

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  • The Night My Number Came Up

    The Night My Number Came Up

    ★★★½

    The passengers on an official flight from Hong Kong to Japan learn that someone has dreamt that it will crash. Bit by bit the details of the dream start to come true.

    You can see how this would make a good Twilight Zone episode or perhaps more appropriately how it could have been a part of Ealing's own Dead of Night anthology, but it's actually a story which goes deeper, asking questions about rationalism versus fatalism.

    In a sense it…

  • Roar

    Roar

    ★★★½

    Roar is every bit as crazy as it's reputation would have you believe. In fact this may be the very definition of insane film making. it's hard to imagine that Marshall and Hedren ever thought it would be a good idea to make a film with 150 big cats, but they did, and this is the result.

    And really there is nothing much to it at all other than the sight of this family running around with a bunch of…

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  • Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

    ★★★

    The story of how two pre-teens, both of whom appear to be delusional and one of whom has been diagnosed as schizophrenic attempted to murder a friend of theirs believing that they are acting under the instructions of Slenderman.

    The thing that lies at the heart of their delusion and what makes it so difficult to break is exactly the same thing that lies at the heart of religious beliefs and that is the inability of anyone to disprove the…

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★★

    007 Rank-A-Thon

    At last a realistic Bond villain, at least in terms of his aims and the method by which he's setting out to achieve it, flooding the US with a couple of tons of opium (it sounds much more charming than heroin) which will be given away for free thereby knocking out all the competition in one fell swoop. I'm not sure it would actually work out like that but it's not completely unrealistic and what's more the price…