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  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Strawberry Mansion
  • The Wonder

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  • Let Him Go

    ★★★½

  • My Brother the Devil

    ★★★

  • Fracture

    ★★★

  • Strawberry Mansion

    ★★★★

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  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★½

    6
    NowTV

    Really, really wanted to love this, as I was rather taken by Columbus, but sadly I came away from After Yang somewhat deflated.

    There are plenty of good points, of course. Most obviously, this film looks immaculate- the production design in particular is phenomenal, as is the framing and composition of each shot (and the aspect ratio changes oh the aspect ratio changes!). It looks like like a work of art from first to last. Decent world-building too-…

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★★

    8
    Blu Ray (Arrow)

    Neon-drenched, L.A-set, synth-heavy score, key scene set in the dried-up L.A river, frequently explodes into bloody violence... the look, tone and feel of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive owes a huge debt to Friedkin's superb To Live and Die in L.A.

    So much to enjoy here... that pulsating, throbbing Wang Chung score, quite obviously. The story, which starts simple, even perhaps a little clichéd, but which slowly morphs into an interesting take on obsession, revenge and corruption.…

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  • Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    ★★★★

    7
    Amazon Prime Video (Purchase)

    Up to about the halfway point of Bram Stoker's Dracula I was convinced that it was heading for five-star greatness. Everything worked for me, even Keanu Reeves' astonishingly bad attempt at a posh British accent. The costumes, the score, the direction, the set design, Gary Oldman... all fantastic. It's so campy and bizarre and hyped-up. Every single moment seems to contain some sort of out-there choice; even the choices which don't work kind of do…

  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★½

    7
    Shudder

    Fulci brings the zombie subgenre back full-circle to its voodoo-inspired origins in this bizarre, violent and on occasion quite sublime gore-fest, taking inspiration in particular from Jacques Tourneur's 40s classic I Walked With a Zombie. And, look, I've seen a lot of movies in my life and many, perhaps most, are objectively better than Zombie Flesh Eaters but only Zombie Flesh Eaters features a scene in which a zombie fights a shark underwater so that's enough to get…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    9.5
    Amazon Prime Video (Rental)

    * SPOILERS *

    A knowing deconstruction of the revenge thriller, as typified in recent years by the John Wick and Taken franchises (amongst many others), Pig tees up a classic genre scenario: the mysterious loner who has something precious taken from him (in this case, an adorable truffle pig named Apple) and goes on a mission to get it back. The filmmakers then go even further into this territory by casting Nicholas Cage (who as…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    9.5
    Blu Ray
    Rewatch (2nd viewing)

    What does it mean to be human? David Cronenberg's Frankenstein-esque cautionary tale stars Jeff Goldblum as a nerdy scientist who accidentally fuses his DNA with a fly, gradually becoming more and more insectile in nature until he literally falls apart.

    My personal favourite Cronenberg film, this has everything: the purest expression of his obsession with the malleability and spongy, liquidy grossness, but also the beauty, of the human body; a brilliant lead performance from…