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  • Suspiria
  • Tenebre
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  • Polytechnique

    ★★★

  • Charley Varrick

    ★★★★

  • Business is Business

    ★★★

  • Lolita

    ★★★½

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  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★

    David Lynch's road trip fairytale, enthused with heavy metal and tributes to the Wizard of Oz. Wild at Heart is rarely lauded as Lynch's best work - the patchwork plot never quite hangs together as the satisfying whole that describes the likes of Mulholland Dr and Blue Velvet - but still there is a lot to like here. The film is a story of undying love, peppered with symbolism both overt and cerebral. Lynch portrays a surreal dreamlike world with…

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Horror beyond time and space! Surreal nightmarish vision meets rancid gnarly gore as Fulci's delivers his tale of evil from the netherworld. The plot forsakes logic at every turn. We focus on a young woman that has inherited a hotel in Louisiana. Unbeknown to her, this building witnessed the brutal death of a painter some sixty years earlier and it stands atop of a gateway to Hell! The film doesn't really work on a narrative level; it's all about dream…

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  • Polytechnique

    Polytechnique

    ★★★

    Denis Villeneuve's third feature is a dramatisation of the Montreal École Polytechnique massacre of 1989. It is a fictionalised account - based on the real event but following fictitious characters. The killer's motivation is a hatred of feminists - this point is made but not really explored. It is augmented with examples of sexism affecting the central female character in her everyday life. The main point of the overall piece is not political explicitly - rather that love is the…

  • Charley Varrick

    Charley Varrick

    ★★★★

    Classically styled crime flick about a heist gone wrong, and the lead criminal's attempt to get away with the loot. Charley Varrick is a constantly entertaining thriller that keeps you guessing with a combination of twists and clever double bluffs courtesy of the lead character. Walter Matthau is great in the lead role; cutting a completely different figure to the common criminal antihero. He's quietly confident but unspectacular. There's a couple of unlikely twists (such as the part where he…

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  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★★½

    Stanley Kubrick's dramatisation of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel is a rather restrained affair. The plot focuses on a middle aged novelist who falls in love with a young girl. It is an uncomfortable film; but the content is never brought to life graphically (presumably because of censorship at the time) but Kubrick still manages to explore the shocking nature of the material through his depiction of the lead character. James Mason is especially creepy in the lead role. His character…

  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★★

    So much for film theory claiming that the knife in slasher films represents a phallic object - here Brian De Palma uses a great big fucking drill! And in case you didn't quite get the reference, we even get a shot of the killer murderously using the drill between his legs. I wonder what De Palma is trying to say?! The film takes obvious influence from Hitchcock (notably Vertigo and Rear Window) but less talked about is the clear Argento…