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  • Eating Raoul

    Eating Raoul

    ★★★½

    "Why don't you go to bed, honey? I'll bag the Nazi and straighten up."

    Perverts, rapists and sex crazed lunatics run amok in Paul Bartel's scintillating black comedy, a satire on the liberated middle class and the moral hypocrisies of consumer culture, made with scathing zest and comedic brilliance on a minuscule budget. Bartel and Mary Woronov are just fantastic together as a sexually inactive middle aged couple, their droll, deadpan delivery and total obliviousness towards their own issues is…

  • Man of Aran

    Man of Aran

    ★★★½

    Cinema as a beautiful lie. As was the case with his earlier Nanook of the North, Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran should be considered on its technical merits rather than for ethnographic value, as although this is a constructed fiction there is sublime poetic artistry to be found in every shot and flow of images.

    Flaherty, the pioneer of the documentary here crafts something quite unique, intermingling reality with artifice to the extent that this is essentially more of a…

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    The Final Cut. Cinema City, Norwich.

    Tonight my dream came true. Blade Runner on the big screen. Every time I watch it it's a different experience, there's something new that I didn't notice before, details emerge from the rain and smog that weren't apparent before. Hearing the reverberating sound that begins the film, I was immediately immersed in the tech-noir world of Los Angeles, 2019 and this followed by the opening shots of industrial cityscape sent chills down my spine,…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    I have to start by saying what an absolute travesty it is that international audiences (myself included) around the world have been robbed of the opportunity to see this in cinemas due to lack of studio faith. This is an insult to audience intelligence, a massive frustration for serious film enthusiasts and a worrisome prospect for talented filmmakers. Netflix once again becomes a last minute dumping ground for unwanted goods, but luckily this time it isn't down to poor quality.…