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  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Only Angels Have Wings
  • Cure

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  • The Entity

  • The Strawberry Blonde

    ★★★★★

  • Trick Baby

  • Dinner in America

    ★★★½

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  • Dinner in America

    Dinner in America

    ★★★½

    When it started, I thought this might be in the spirit of the incredible Blonde Death. Then as it progressed, I started to see it as much closer in spirit to Heathers. Eventually I started to realise it's far less transgressive or anarchic than either of these films, and it's quite odd that something that hits Every. Single. Rom-Com. Beat. this relentlessly would be lauded by John Waters etc as a controversial piece of work. It's sweet and warm in…

  • The Strawberry Blonde

    The Strawberry Blonde

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece I’ve rewatched at various points in my life which always seems new.

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  • Serie Noire

    Serie 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…

  • 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…