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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • American Beauty
  • Mauvais Sang
  • The Seventh Seal

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  • Surge

    ★½

  • A Taste of Honey

    ★★★½

  • A Month in Thailand

    ★★½

  • The Desperate Hours

    ★★★★½

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  • Surge

    Surge

    ★½

    Apart from a compelling performance by Ben Whishaw as a man descending into madness, this felt like a waste of my time.

    It's not at all clear why he falls apart though there are some clues. His character Joseph has a mind-numbing job as an airport security agent (the British equivalent of a TSA officer) and lives a constricted life. The scenes with his parents indicate that they barely tolerate him - his father an aging rageaholic and his mother…

  • A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey

    ★★★½

    Most of the British "kitchen sink" dramas from the late 50s and early 60s were about angry young men in northern industrial towns. Here the protagonist is a young girl - outspoken for sure but also sweet and slightly goofy - with an underlying need for love and care that the world hasn't given her. Directed by the masterful Tony Richardson who directed a number of these dramas on stage and film, it has an unusual mix of optimism and…

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  • Eyes Without a Face

    Eyes Without a Face

    ★★★★

    I hadn’t seen this classic French horror film so was glad it was chosen by as the watch of the week for the COLLAB FILM CLUB .

    The premise is inherently disturbing: A renowned physician kidnaps young women, surgically removing their face (yes, you got that right) to graft onto his daughter, whose own face was disfigured in an accident. It has some very cool Gothic touches, crisp eerie black & white photography by German cinematographer Eugen Schuffftan - who honed…

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★

    In spite of all the hype and promotion by Netflix and the star-packed cast, this Southern Gothic story is a mess - an interesting mess but a mess nonetheless. A tale of backwoods religiosity, duplicity and revenge, it's set in 1950s/1960s West Virginia and Ohio, it has multiple storylines that gradually converge as it jumps back and forth between generations.

    What held my interest throughout was the talented cast and especially Tom Holland who plays a young teenager Arvin Russel,…