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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Out of the Past

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  • Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts

    ★★★

  • Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

    ★★★★

  • Return of Sabata

    ★★★½

  • Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space

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  • Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts

    Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts

    ★★★

    "Along with" indeed! After the yokai banquet that is "Spook Warfare", this one barely features any creepies at all. The actual film's not bad - an enjoyable chanbara effort with a nice post-Morricone score - but this was a disappointing end to the trilogy.

  • Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

    Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare

    ★★★★

    A considerable step up from its predecessor, this one's pretty much all yokai action, all the time. The feudal cruelty that characterised the first film (as well as the Daimajin films) is defanged, since this time around it's all the manipulation of an invading Babylonian yokai.

    All the different beasties are lovingly done - I honestly can't think of such an impressive congregation in US culture outside of the Muppets - and there's so many indelible moments.

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  • Stigma

    Stigma

    ★★★★

    Four stars may seem like a lot for a 30 minute TV movie with the slightest of storylines, but the commitment to making Serious Art and inserting issues of gender into a christmas entertainment is to be lauded, and besides this hits two of my sweet spots - 70's clothing and British rural horror.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    Forget all the rot about sacrifice and nobility that right-wing reviewers are heaping onto this film: what's really interesting about "Dunkirk" is its focus on FEAR, on soldiers already tired beyond breaking point exposed to set piece after set piece of panic, chaos and the ever present threat of drowning. Props to Nolan for not letting Stiff Upper Lip mythology override the desperate realities of that situation: even in the Good War, soldiers, as a rule, have little in the way of agency.