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  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★

    Sweaty Southern Noir that's as unpredictable as it is economical; this low budget character-driven gem set a high benchmark for the Coens' subsequent output.

    It's been a long time since I first saw the Coens' debut and I enjoyed it a lot more second time around - maybe because I've come to appreciate the uniqueness of their style or maybe just because I'm not always looking for grand spectacle like I once was and can dig a well-structured small-scale thriller.…

  • Ms .45

    Ms .45

    ★★★★½

    After being raped not once, but twice in one day, something snaps in Thana's head - she picks up an iron and batters her assailant to death. And so begins a killing spree the likes of which New York hasn't witnessed since a certain Reno Miller hit the streets two years earlier, wielding a power drill and a rage-fueled lust for blood. I think this actually makes a pretty good companion piece to Abel Ferrara's previous film The Driller Killer

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  • The Quatermass Xperiment

    The Quatermass Xperiment

    ★★★★

    Quatermass is a name I'd heard before but wasn't sure who or what it referred to. Now I know: it's the arrogant, cantankerous professor, Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) and his experimental manned rockets flights, which are responsible for bringing a deadly alien lifeform back to earth - something he's oddly unapologetic for, and seems to regard as an inevitable hazard of his profession!

    When Quatermass's rocket crash lands outside a farm house in rural England, there is only one survivor,…

  • Alice Sweet Alice

    Alice Sweet Alice

    ★★★

    Further proof that the Catholic doctrine of sin never did anyone any good.

    Based on the poster, I was expecting (and hoping for) more of a sleazy, blood-soaked slasher than a serious psychodrama, but it's the latter that Alice, Sweet Alice delivers. It focuses on familial tensions surrounding 12-year old Alice, who we are led to believe is seriously disturbed, and possibly even capable of killing. Suspicion falls on her after the murder of her sister following Mass in the…