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  • Year of the Dragon

    Year of the Dragon

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Stanley White is a violent, racist, misogynistic thug whose obstinacy and complete lack of empathy gets almost every one around him killed, raped or shot.

    And he's the hero of this utterly contradictory film. It is beautifully shot and directed, with some epic action scenes and chases, but has one of the worst, most clichéd scripts I've heard in ages, and clunky, one dimensional and frankly racist characters.

    Mickey Rourke's character is completely unbelievable - a Dashiel Hammett cop complete…

  • The Green Hornet

    The Green Hornet

    ★★★

    Superhero films make decent Friday night fare, don't they? End of the week, you just want to turn the brain off and let it wash over you.

    So if a director can sneak a few laughs in between all the set piece action, all the better. And The Green Hornet manages this by simply playing the whole thing as a bit of fun. Seth Rogen's eponymous hero is a big fat waste of space, entirely without merit apart from a…

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  • Victim

    Victim

    ★★★★½

    Imagine that you're an actor who's secretly gay, and you're approached to play the part of a man who's secretly gay. Now imagine it's in a society where being homosexual is a crime punishable by jail time. How would you respond?

    This is the situation that Bogarde found himself in when approached to do this film in 1961, and by all accounts he didn't hesitate. The whole project is similarly startlingly brave. It's hard to find a modern analogue, but…

  • Dust Devil

    Dust Devil

    ★★★★★

    I first saw this film on a dusty summer's day in 1992 in a small screening put on by a local film enthusiast, who managed to persuade Richard Stanley to bring the only extant copy of this film down to our neck of the woods. In truth, it can't have been that hard to persuade Stanley to do anything at that point: having sold his house to finance the post-production, he was sleeping on park benches and was wearing the…