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  • The Comic

    The Comic

    ★★★½

    This unsung obscurity of bizarro UK cinema was recently dredged up onto blu-ray for the first time by Arrow.
    Set in what could be described as a fascistic nocturnal dystopia or more accurately the 80s working men’s club comedy milieu in an adjacent reality, The Comic charts the miserable showbiz rise, fall and descent into madness of red headed comedian Sam Coex. Being entirely studio shot and utilising no exterior scenes that I can recall The Comic evokes a drab…

  • Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema

    Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema

    ★★★★

    The absurd machinations of bureaucratic state censorship are absolutely roasted in this wildly satirical tale of a reality warping film and the reverberations felt by those attempting to suppress or even understand what is uncontrollably unfolding onscreen. As madcap enjoyable as this often is Wojciech Marczewski’s film becomes so much more during the conclusion. A great largely unsung film about film.

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  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    ★★½

    As a sequel to The Exorcist? - Yes, it's a dismal failure.
    Viewed as a stand-alone, loopy, mystical/sci-fi/horror hybrid dragged along by a manic Richard Burton performance? - It's actually quite fun.
    Somehow I missed out on(avoided...) seeing this until very recently, but finally got my opportunity to view it on the big screen as part of the BFI's John Boorman retrospective.
    Seen in a Boorman context alongside the likes of 'Excalibur' and 'Zardoz', it made a lot more sense…

  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

    The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

    ★★★★

    A kaleidoscopic Giallogasm, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is every fetishistic quirk and visually arresting Giallo motif ripped from the guts of an already strange sub-genre and spliced into something brilliantly deranged.
    I imagine that watching this film is akin to looking through the eyes of your most twisted Giallo killer and finding it impossible to coherently focus on anything but the mad passions that compel them!
    I get the feeling that The Strange Colour of Your Body's…