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  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    #9/31 Halloween 2020

    🎶"Ristle-tee, rostle-tee
    Hey donnie-dostle-tee
    Knickety-knackety
    Rustical quality
    Willow-tee, wallow-tee
    Now, now, now!" 🎶

    Man, that bird attack on the school was a long time in coming - it's always a bitch getting the kids singing this song out of your head after a rewatch of Hitchcock's scariest film (or is it "Psycho"? - the discussion will never end).

  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★½

    #7/31 Halloween 2020

    The version I watched today is the 86 min one, heavily (and badly) edited down from the original runtime of 96 mins. Having seen "Cannibal Holocaust" in all of it's unedited, utterly gruesome, repugnant and repellent form, you'd think taking all the vile stuff out (a whopping 11% folks) would render this version more "palatable" - well it does, but only just.

    For if you have seen the unedited version, it's never forgotten. And as this version…

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  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★

    Spielberg had to be convinced by Quincy Jones to direct this adaptation of Alice Walker's extraordinarily powerful book as he originally felt a director of colour would be able to relate more to the material. I can't help wondering what we would have been left with if Jones had been unsuccessful in his quest because Spielberg, I believe, was right with his gut feeling.

    The director also states this as his first "adult" film - and while that may be…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    An utterly extraordinary and deeply unsettling masterpiece. Describing film as art is entirely expedient here as Scarlett Johansson's alien, disguised as a human, prowls the streets of Glasgow and the highways of Scotland in her van, offering to give lifts to men, her decision of offering these lifts are based whether the men unwittingly reveal themselves to be less likely to be missed.

    Stunningly adapted from Michel Faber's fabulous novel (which will fill in some unanswered questions you may have),…