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  • Freddy vs. Jason

    Freddy vs. Jason

    ★★★½

    Does the impossible - gives a ridiculous premise a plausible concept, and produces a surprisingly good schlockfest. Better than most of the Friday 13th films that I've seen (though profoundly lacking in scares), even if it doesn't hit the highs of the Nightmare series. A stomach for trash is required, but there is plenty to appeal to slasher fans and gorehounds. Robert Englund gets to do his genuinely evil Freddy again, so that's a plus.
    Somehow, it takes all the…

  • Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue

    ★★★★½

    A truly special film, perhaps Hopper's masterpiece as a director. It's better than Easy Rider (and I like that film) by a long shot, and unless The Last Movie is on another level I can't see it topping this. Linda Manz cements herself as one of the greatest child stars of all time with an incredibly raw and authentic performance that more than matches any of the adults in the film. It's a genuinely painful and tragic tale that Hopper…

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★½

    Nearly 50 years on, Ken Russell’s The Devils still possesses the power to shock. Slammed, censored and outright banned across the world for its sexual, violent and (supposedly) sacrilegious content, it still stands as one of the more shocking films of the early 70s.
    However, I don’t believe that it’s genuinely blasphemous or anti-religious at all, though it certainly does feature profane imagery and a harsh critique of the dogmas and political meddling of the Catholic church. In fact, I…

  • Goldfinger

    Goldfinger

    ★★★★½

    It seems that it with every hot take of Mark Finnegan's that I see, the notion of him being one of The Lot's best reviewers becomes increasingly laughable. Despite his regular activity, his assertion that "The worst scene of Casino Royale is better than the best scene of literally any other Bond film" and 1.5 ratings of Goldfinger and From Russia With Love prove wrong the opinion of anyone who deigns to suggest that the Film Street franchise didn't peak with !r Iglian Love.