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  • Horror House on Highway Five

    Horror House on Highway Five

    ★★★½

    “Where’s the chloroform? Where’s the mask? Here’s the chloroform! Where’s the mask?” Everyone in this film is on quaaludes. “Everything is ready the hour is near and I have to deal with impatient mind maggots and a buffoon like you!” I suspected this was made by 80s hipsters & whaddayaknow theres a credit for Richard Meltzer as “Tough Guy”.
    Weirdly one of the few American movies to address the resettlement of nazis in the USA post WW2.

  • Koko-di Koko-da

    Koko-di Koko-da

    ★★★½

    Genuinely nightmarish in the way it evokes the treadmill of memory & regret we’re all on, a film that uses horror to get somewhere else. Not sure it’s successful but it’s a great attempt.

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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…