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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Videodrome stares into the technological void, only for the void to stare right back! Blurring the lines between hallucination and reality, the film is an ominous warning against an age of over-stimulation, to be ushered in by the dawn of the video tape. A perverse world of brutality, manifested onto the screen through human imagination and vice versa. Both a chilling and unfortunately accurate vision of the future. The film is extremely ambitious - far too ambitious for its time…

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★½

    Horror beyond time and space! Surreal nightmarish vision meets rancid gnarly gore as Fulci's delivers his tale of evil from the netherworld. The plot forsakes logic at every turn. We focus on a young woman that has inherited a hotel in Louisiana. Unbeknown to her, this building witnessed the brutal death of a painter some sixty years earlier and it stands atop of a gateway to Hell! The film doesn't really work on a narrative level; it's all about dream…

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  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★

    Debut film from John Huston; classic and hugely influential noir based on a story by Dashiell Hammett. Much of the success lies on the central performances - Humphrey Bogart owns the screen in the lead role, as the hard boiled anti-hero detective Sam Spade, but the support cast is great too with Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Elisha Cook Jr making up a colourful set of villains. The sprawling plot, which focuses on the titular object, is complicated but well…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★

    David Lynch's road trip fairytale, enthused with heavy metal and tributes to the Wizard of Oz. Wild at Heart is rarely lauded as Lynch's best work - the patchwork plot never quite hangs together as the satisfying whole that describes the likes of Mulholland Dr and Blue Velvet - but still there is a lot to like here. The film is a story of undying love, peppered with symbolism both overt and cerebral. Lynch portrays a surreal dreamlike world with…

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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★½

    The lifetime adventure of Redmond Barry - from lowly simpleton, to esteemed gentleman and back again. Stanley Kubrick's film is life in a microcosm - we are born, we grow up, we live in our prime and then that finishes. All so fleeting. The film also delights in picking at the absurdities of human society - from the satisfaction inducing (but largely diminishing) duals that feature throughout the story; to war, to the tribulations of high society - the film…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    This really is a remarkable film - remarkable in both execution and the fact that it ever got made. There is blasphemy and then there is the complete deconstruction of Catholic dogma, carried out in a frenetic frenzy. Ken Russell tears strips off the church and has absolutely great fun doing it. The Devils is complete flamboyance. Everything about this film is hyper stylised and over the top. It is a real spectacle! And every ounce of style is matched…