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  • The Long Island Cannibal Massacre

    The Long Island Cannibal Massacre

    “Everyone makes their impression on this Earth. Well, I’m gonna make mine.”
    The relentless repurposed score from some 1950s movie should not feel right attached to this sub-grindhouse weirdness but it’s perfect. 
    “You’re mad because I’m alive & you’re all chopped up into little pieces.”
    The accents somehow make it seem like it all really happened. 
    “You may be dead but you were once free. Here, let me make you more comfortable.”
    It’s often a very beautiful film to look at…

  • Folies Meurtrières

    Folies Meurtrières

    Ambient gore, suspended in a sandstorm of artefacted super-8-VHS transferred visual noise. A dream of dark & senseless doings, proving that there’s nothing as powerful as a half-understood cover version by someone who is only vaguely familiar with the original.

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  • The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

    ★★★½

    I've had some odd experiences in my life, that's for sure. One of the oddest was this: many years ago, as one of my first professional directing experiences, I ended up at a wrap party for some undistinguished TV show sitting next to the other director, who I hadn't met up to that point - an older man with a British accent who'd been living in Australia for years, Richard Ryan by name.

    We got talking about movies, discovered a…

  • Série noire

    Série noire

    ★★★★

    Patrick Dewaere's untimely death is hard to ignore when you're watching this film, about a skinny, hypertense, delusional man who seems to be operating in a world of his own right from the extraordinary opening scene where he acts out an entire Hollywood movie all alone in a desolate outer-Paris car park.

    There's never been a better adaptation of Jim Thompson's novels, because nobody has ever been able to embody the dual nature of Thompson's protagonists - on the one…