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  • Total Recall
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★★★

  • Gamera vs. Jiger

    ★★★

  • Night Patrol

    ★★★

  • Knights Of The City

    ★★★

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  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    ★★★★★

    I had an inkling I might appreciate this a little more the second time around but good lord I wasn't prepared for what a fantastic fucking time I was about to have with this rewatch.

    Phenomena is nothing but demented, gorgeous, gruesome joy for me right now. It's just the most heart-warmingly convoluted premise for what is, at heart, a giallo murder mystery. Donald Pleasence adopts a (perhaps slightly tenuous) Scottish accent for his role as an entomologist who's been…

  • The Wild Bunch

    The Wild Bunch

    ★★★★★

    Among all the superlatives flung The Wild Bunch's way, beautiful isn't a frequently used one, but the beauty of this film really struck me this time - the first time on blu-ray for me. It's sweeping and gorgeous but, yes, it's also pretty fucking brutal.

    To be honest, I don't think I had actually seen this in its entirety before - it was many years ago, but I had completely forgotten most of the story apart from the scene where…

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  • Crazy Westerners

    Crazy Westerners

    ★★★

    I think you have to approach Little Rita in the West, aka Crazy Westerners, like some kind of film-museum relic in some ways. This kind of movie is totally extinct now. This is camp 60's musical comedy wrapped in a thin facade of spaghetti western - in fact, the only aspect of this that would probably resonate with modern tastes is the parody of various western tropes.

    It doesn't take long for you to realise what you're in for. The…

  • Battle in Outer Space

    Battle in Outer Space

    ★★★★

    Another dip into that old "Vintage Sci-Fi" DVD set and I find it has not one but TWO Ishiro Honda movies - I think I wrote this thing off far too early.

    Battle in Outer Space was an even more pleasant surprise than The H-Man. This is genuine pulp space adventure stuff, far more ambitious than the standard stuff getting pumped out by America in this era. This is closer to Star Wars than the sort of alien invasion /…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober6 – mosQuito-thewinged-dragon-serpent #81

    Rule 5: Films featuring the work of Carlo Rambaldi - second of two movies

    I don't really know where to start when talking about Alien. I just think it's one of the greatest horror movies ever made - some might think it's over-rated, and that's fine because my love for this is a pretty subjective thing. I've always been a sci-fi nerd as much as a horror nerd (I'm ambinerdstrous) - so this movie just captured…

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★★

    I committed a bit of a faux-pas. A friend of mine said he wanted to have a movie night and he suggested Blade Runner because it's his favourite movie. I'm not going to say no to watching Blade Runner, but I suggested a Philip K Dick double feature, with Total Recall as the B movie. Problem is, I sent him an Outlook calendar invite titled "Dickfest" which triggered an alarm in his work's security software and gave his wife a…