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  • House of Bamboo

    House of Bamboo

    ★★★½

    Great gunplay, great widescreen photography, great crime drama.
    And at one point Robert Stack humorously has some similar dialogue to that which he had at the end of ‘Airplane!’, asking several people for the boss, the head man, you know, the numero uno.

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    The Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★★

    Just as good if not better than most other slashers I have seen. There were way more fake-out scares/jokes than I was expecting, great pacing in general, and also some good use of space and depth in the frame.
    And De Palma definitely watched this before making ‘Body Double’, a film which also features a shot of a driller killer, shot from behind, with his elongated drill bit hanging down between his legs and spinning away.
    Surprised at the mixed reception it received when it came out - this is great stuff.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    I am reasonably sure this is the best science fiction film of at least the last fifteen to twenty years. I haven't really thought about this claim prior to having made it, but it sounds about right. At its heart is a simple story, one which is told in a novel and intriguing manner - cloaked in ambiguity and open to many interpretations. The score is exquisite, the performances are great, it evokes everyone from Kubrick to Roeg to Lynch…

  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I briefly stopped watching this after about fifteen minutes in order to find some paper to write my thoughts on. Unfortunately, I now have a page of scribbles which I can’t read, as apparently I cannot write in the dark very well. The following is my rambling reactionary and borderline incoherent attempt to remember/decipher what I had written.

    Firstly, on a technical note, I dislike the rapid editing associated with the stand-up medium - what is this, a music video?…