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  • The Big Combo

    The Big Combo

    ★★★½

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more literal black-and-white black-and-white film. As usual Arrow release looked  amazing - and this is another fine example of enjoying how great restorations look on Blu-Ray. Also, unexpected ‘Celluloid Closet’ material with the Fante and Mingo hitmen double act/roommates. I can’t remember the line exactly but am sure Van Cleef says  the cops will have to look in every closet to find them. 

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    Only three walk-outs at our Tufnell Park Film Club screening.

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  • The Lady Vanishes

    The Lady Vanishes

    ★★★★½

    Wonderful. Spry, very funny and slyly political. File under 'essential viewing'.

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    Reflections in a Golden Eye

    ★★★½

    A bizarre film for sure but a pretty faithful adaptation of McCullers' novel. Definitely gets the Southern Gothic tone right. There are scenes here you don't expect to see in a 1960s studio film (note - it came out in 1967 - the year Mark Harris focuses on in his brilliant book Scenes from a Revolution about the birth of the New Hollywood). Worth watching also for the unusual golden palette, Brando and Taylor of course, as well as Robert Forster's feature film debut.