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  • Black Angel

    Black Angel

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    The Third Summer of Scam

    Roy William Neill's rounded off a prolific career, where he became best known for a long string of Sherlock Holmes films, with a film that both was and wasn't out of the ordinary for him.

    He finished his Holmes run just the film before this, has final film, and I guess the crime nature of those films was a good prep for a noir such as this. Probably the strongest aspect of Black Angel is…

  • House of Bamboo

    House of Bamboo

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    The Third Summer of Scam

    I had a rocky start with Sam Fuller a long while ago, but I guess that's a possibility when your first experiences with him are Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss.

    I've had a much better time, subsequently, with his more orthodox films and I've become a fan of his. I'm not sure about House of Bamboo though. Something was irking me about this from the beginning, and it wasn't just all the Japanese cast…

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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

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    Choose Letterboxd. Choose films. Choose downloading the app. Choose paying money for a membership just so you don’t have to see some fucker adding 500 films to their watchlist. Choose following a few thousand people and then never reading a fucking word they say. Choose writing β€œRead the full review on my website!” knowing full well no cunt is ever going to follow that link. Choose asking Sally Jane Black to watch Rogue Nation and then seeing her do a…

  • Life

    Life

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    It's fine.

    The plot is fine.

    The special effects are fine.

    The music is fine.

    The direction is fine.

    The cinematography is fine.

    The pacing is fine.

    The acting is fine.

    The alien is fine.

    The deaths are fine.

    The beginning is fine.

    The middle is fine.

    The ending is fine.

    It's just, very, fine.

    Fine?

    Fine.