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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★½

    Quite the most intense thing. I don't know how you even begin to make a film like this, let alone supposedly from a four or five page treatment and 14 days with an ensemble of over 20 actors.

    Obviously the choreography of the dancers is the thing you notice first, but in a rewatch it's the choreography of the camera that really stands out. Some takes are so long and so kinetic and so complicated and so full of performers…

  • Last Cannibal World

    Last Cannibal World

    ★★★½

    I don't think I'd seen this in about 25 years, since it was screened at London's Eurofest, with Ruggero Deodato the guest of honour.

    It's a good one. Unusually for an Italian cannibal movie, the early stages actually use some traditional horror tropes, just with cannibals as the "monsters". But that does also mean there are dull scenes of walking slowly through the jungle, the cannibal movie equivalent of walking slowly through dark corridors.

    But it soon takes the usual…

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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…