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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail


    When a movie's opening credits, simple white text on a black background, can have you chuckling several times, you know you're in good hands; this is a film that's not going to miss a single chance to lob in a daft joke.

    My wife had gone to bed, but I thought it would be safe to watch Holy Grail late tonight because I've seen it so many times that surely I wouldn't still find myself laughing out loud, but I…

  • Star of David: Beauty Hunting

    Star of David: Beauty Hunting


    I read recently that the original Stockholm syndrome story is based on a lie, and isn't a true account of what actually happened during that 1973 bank robbery. But that didn't mean it isn't a thing that has occurred in other cases; presumably it must have, otherwise the concept would be a forgotten curio of wild psychological hypothesis.

    Anyway, that's what this film is about. A serial killer rapes a woman until she likes it, and years later their apparently…

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  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead


    Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:

    Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
    wilfully seeks her own salvation?

    I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
    straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
    Christian burial.

    How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
    own defence?

    It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
    here lies the point: if I drown myself…

  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage


    For my money, this movie has the greatest ever ratio of atmosphere per dollar of budget. I would say that its $900,000 bought about 15 atmospheres, which is 1.69 pascals per dollar.

    To put this in perspective, something like The Neon Demon is admittedly even more atmospheric than Brain Damage - it has maybe 40 atmospheres. But on a budget of $7 million, that's only 0.579 pascals per dollar. (There are 101,325 pascals in 1 atmosphere, and that's yer actual…