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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:

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

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

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

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

  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★½

    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…