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  • The Last of England

    The Last of England

    Prospect Cottage, Dungeness Beach, Kent. This black house, with its legendary garden and John Donne adorning the side wall, is the most famous of the stray few buildings occupying "Britain’s only desert". All holding their own between the wuthering coastal elements and the shadow of Dungeness B, the power station which looms in the distance of Tilda Swinton's primal agitation at the climax of The Last of England.

    1987. Just prior to this film, and as a result of his…

  • Le Navire Night

    Le Navire Night

    Duras-ploitation Film #13

    My most eagerly anticipated film. A year I've sat on this, waiting for the right moment. Watching 756 films in the meantime, until now, when I'm still not sure it's the right moment, but my hand is forced by my Marguerite D. retrospective. What if I hate it? It's my favourite.

    After bouncing between being and not being, making a series of films that exist somewhere between seeing the film and hearing the film, a film which…

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  • The Death King

    The Death King

    The Toute une Nuit of murder and suicide

  • Gretel & Hansel

    Gretel & Hansel

    Appreciate the anti-horror pacing—considering they could've Ari Astered it into a mean-spirited morose coma—and the panopticon of horrid half-glimpsed faces, and the digi-psych extrapolation of well-worn tales, signs, symbols, sounds, colours into a tapestry whose every thread suggests familiarity, but whose interwoven whole resists and discomfits.

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  • ABBA: The Movie

    ABBA: The Movie

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    ABBA – The Movie: A ludicrous yarn about a real-life future sex criminal DJ trying to get an interview with a band in the most unprofessional way possible. Also one of the most exciting film experiences I've ever had.

    ABBA are... the definition of acquired taste.

    The definition of exacting, of commercial, of a certain kind of mass mainstreaming of culture that just doesn't exist any more, where every rough edge is shorn off lest it offend someone,…

  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Film #7 of Bond-A-Thon 2017

    The second Bond film I watched—and obviously the one which cemented 007 as an integral part of my young life because I don't remember the order of any of the other films—Diamonds Are Forever will always have a special place in my heart, regardless of the 'quality' of it, for that reason if nothing else.

    And yet that's not needed, because this is a great honking masterpiece of kitsch. Sure it's a jarring about face…