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  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue

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  • Color Out of Space

    ★★★

  • Shocking Dark

    ★★★½

  • Pig

    ★★★½

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★

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  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★★

    I did NOT expect maverick outsider auteur Richard Stanley to do an 80s Spielberg type movie but for most of the running time I was thinking about how good POLTERGEIST is and how I’d prefer to be watching that. 
    Then the last half hour goes all Ari Aster which isn’t really an improvement. 
    Defiantly mediocre is a weird tone for a long-awaited comeback movie. 
    Admittedly Lovecraft is tough to film but there is no Lovecraft in this movie at all, or seemingly any attempt to understand why the stories have retained some of their power. I don’t think Stanley put much thought into it.

  • Shocking Dark

    Shocking Dark

    ★★★½

    I don’t know how a film shot in fifty square metres of tunnels for nothing can be this entertaining but it is. Watched for Bruno Mattei’s birthday, what a guy. I don’t know how he pulled it off.

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  • The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

    I've had some odd experiences in my life, that's for sure. One of the oddest was this: many years ago, as one of my first professional directing experiences, I ended up at a wrap party for some undistinguished TV show sitting next to the other director, who I hadn't met up to that point - an older man with a British accent who'd been living in Australia for years, Richard Ryan by name.

    We got talking about movies, discovered a…

  • Serie Noire

    Serie Noire

    ★★★★

    Patrick Dewaere's untimely death is hard to ignore when you're watching this film, about a skinny, hypertense, delusional man who seems to be operating in a world of his own right from the extraordinary opening scene where he acts out an entire Hollywood movie all alone in a desolate outer-Paris car park.

    There's never been a better adaptation of Jim Thompson's novels, because nobody has ever been able to embody the dual nature of Thompson's protagonists - on the one…