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  • L.A. Story
  • Ms .45
  • The Lair of the White Worm
  • A Field in England

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  • The Hole in the Ground

    ★½

  • Barbarian

    ★★★½

  • The Brood

    ★★★★

  • The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

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  • The Hole in the Ground

    The Hole in the Ground

    ★½

    Q: How do you make a hole in the ground?

    A: Boring.

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★½

    [Mild spoilers].

    Nothing "elevated" about this one — just a feisty horror-comedy that knows how to have itself a good time. On the horror side of the equation there's something very nasty, not to mention unfeasibly resilient, in the basement of an AirBnB in the heart of white-flight, suburban-blight Detroit, and on the comedic side there's a douchetastic absentee landlord crawling around said basement with a tape measure hoping to inflate the square footage of the place prior to flogging…

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  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★★

    Food is life. A spaghetti-eating lesson is subverted by a balding, belching Westerner. A troupe of hobo gourmets trade tasting notes and whip up omelettes in hotel kitchens after hours. A mad granny palps peaches and cheese, pursued by a store clerk. Food is sex. A gangster who resembles a young Chairman Kaga from Iron Chef understands the aphrodisiacal powers of raw eggs and oysters. Food is death. A dying wife wills herself to cook one last meal for her…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★★

    Ah, Withnail. Like most of my peers, I watched this too many times to count between the ages of 18 and 21, but without ever really appreciating the currents of desperation and despair that flow through the film, or just how poignant their consummation is. It was always on in the background when you went round to someone's place, and what emerged through the fug of inebriation were the endless quotable lines, Richard E. Grant's manic shrieking, Uncle Monty's bombast,…