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  • Suspiria
  • Double Indemnity
  • Tenebre
  • The Wicker Man

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  • Homicide

    ★★★½

  • The Deep End

    ★★★

  • Kansas City Confidential

    ★★★★

  • Light Sleeper

    ★★★½

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  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★★

    So much for film theory claiming that the knife in slasher films represents a phallic object - here Brian De Palma uses a great big fucking drill! And in case you didn't quite get the reference, we even get a shot of the killer murderously using the drill between his legs. I wonder what De Palma is trying to say?! The film takes obvious influence from Hitchcock (notably Vertigo and Rear Window) but less talked about is the clear Argento…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    For my money, this is the greatest film noir ever made. The story is set in motion with a clever metaphor - a car running through a stop sign. This leads to a hard boiled story of murder and deception. The way the film is set up instills a sense of foreboding over every sequence - it's brilliant storytelling, steeped in dramatic irony. The direction courtesy of the great Billy Wilder is absolutely flawless - and matched by an intelligent…

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  • Homicide

    Homicide

    ★★★½

    David Mamet's Homicide is a mix of heavy violent cop action and a more personal journey of discovery. Joe Mantegna is a Jewish police detective who winds up investigating a robbery/murder which soon points to a larger conspiracy. It's a heady mix, powered by a script full of profanity and racial slurs. The detective's identity becomes the most important theme as the drama moves on. Being forced to confront the duality between his abandoned heritage and his oath as a…

  • The Deep End

    The Deep End

    ★★★

    The Deep End is based on Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's novel The Blank Wall, which was previously filmed as The Reckless Moment in 1949. This film tells very much the same story, though with a fee alterations, and sees Tilda Swinton in the role of a mother whose maternal role is expanded to covering up a murder that she believes her son may have commited. The film keeps the focus on the situation suffered by the mother. A key change for…

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  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★★★★

    Every viewing of Inferno is a pleasure! There aren't many films that make perfect sense in their own right and no sense whatsoever simultaneously. Argento's story is carried not through logic but by feeling and sound. A curious girl looks for a key; drops her keys, then finds a key in a secret flooded room under a basement. A letter is carried from New York to Rome by notes of classic music. Time forsakes logic, spanning different periods in different…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    This film is pure adrenaline on screen. Director Andrzej Zulawski's opus about a fractured couple (apparently based on his own experience of divorce) is rich with metaphor and symbolism. The dream logic means that it doesn't always make perfect sense - but the film is utterly captivating, helped by Andrzej Zulawski's nauseating roaming camera and a pair of brilliant central performances from Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani - the latter of which absolutely owns the film. It's a mesmerising and…