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  • The Conversation

    The Conversation

    ★★★★½

    Almost forty years before Black Mirror, Francis Ford Coppola was showing how technology could be misused for surveillance and control. More than thirty years before the launch of Twitter, The Conversation was exploring how a short snapshot of words can be taken out of context and interpreted multiple ways.

    Gene Hackman gives one of his best performances as a surveillance expert who prides himself on cool, objective professionalism, but whose judgement is actually tempered by paranoia, hypocrisy, and guilt. It…

  • Theatre of Blood

    Theatre of Blood

    ★★★½

    The fencing duel on trampolines was the point where Theatre of Blood completely won me over. Although I'm not sure why it took me that long. Robert Morley in a purple suit & cravat, with a blonde quiff and matching twin poodles should have done it.

    Anyway, this film is a lot of fun, even it's basically a good comedy idea that's been stretched out to feature length.

    Vincent Price plays a hammy Shakespearean actor seemingly driven to suicide by bad…

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  • Mr Jolly Lives Next Door

    Mr Jolly Lives Next Door

    ★★★

    God, Rik Mayall was a force of nature.

    Mr Jolly Lives Next Door was directed by Stephen Frears immediately prior to his work on Dangerous Liaisons. There are some thematic and tonal differences between the two films.

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    A thought for each star:

    1) Ken Russell at his craziest makes Lars von Trier look basic

    2) Oliver Reed was a hell of an actor

    3) The influence on Terry Gilliam is obvious

    4) There's substance beyond the plastic crocodile and the nun orgy

    5) I accept zero stars as an equally valid opinion