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  • Dead or Alive

    Dead or Alive

    ★★★½

    Dead or Alive was Miike’s next film after his international breakthrough ‘Audition’. Despite following his most commercially successful (in the West) film, Miike’s agitating tendencies remained even more intact.

    For those familiar with Miike’s extensive back-catalogue of J-video and 35mm forays, Dead or Alive retreads many themes previously explored in his other crime syndicate focused productions, such as his ‘Black Society’ trilogy and ‘Full Metal Yakuza’. The dissonance of foreigners experiencing belonging and displacement in contemporary Japanese society extends far…

  • Long Weekend

    Long Weekend

    ★★★½

    This late 70’s Aussie thriller would make a killer double-bill with ‘Wake In Fright’ (1971, Ted Kotcheff), a similarly unseen, under appreciated slice of expert Australian genre filmmaking. Although the latter is the more nuanced of the two, 'Long Weekend' is more than worth a go.

    As a British viewer, there’s always something so familiar yet so foreign about Australian culture and especially the outback. To find a film making this the sole source of ominous terror is ingenious and…

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    A nightmarish fairytale, a terrifyingly subversive Southern Gothic, a Mitchum Tour-De-Force, a neo-expressionist tableaux, a vision of pure evil and the good that conquers it, a fable on the importance of family, a moral dilemma, a masterclass in the horrors of the human condition, an examination of the brutality of our collective childhoods punctuated by a resounding declaration: it's a hard world for little things.

  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    As far as dialogue driven dramas go, this is one of the best. The film makes ingenious use of set and staging and the interplay between the jurors is compelling. 12 Angry Men subverts and transcends the confines of its court-room genre. Essential Lumet.