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  • Ffolkes

    Ffolkes

    ★★★★

    "Both my parents died tragically in childbirth."

    North Sea Hijack pretty much begins with Lloyds of London realising that oil rigs are a potential target for terrorists or criminals and that they bloody well ought to have a plan in place just in case.

    So they bring in ffolkes, a man with his own private band of marines, who figures out how one would go about hijacking a rig and from there, how he would foil such a plan.

    fflokes,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Happy birthday to 2001, yes, it's been 50 years since it went on general release. Just think on that for a moment, 50 years. Think about how far cinema had come in the half century before Kubrick made this film and how far it's come in that same amount of time since then and you realise, if you hadn't already, what an extraordinary achievement it is.

    Now I'm sure there are people out there who like to decry the love…

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  • Topkapi

    Topkapi

    ★★★

    Jules Dassin is on familiar territory here with the tale of a meticulously planned and executed robbery, in this case that of a jewel encrusted dagger from the Topkapi museum in Istanbul.

    Behind it all is Melina Mercouri, although she farms out the operation to mastermind Maximilian Schell who in turn recruits Robert Morley (in charge of all things mechanical) and acrobats Jess Hahn and Gilles Ségal who will do the heavy lifting.

    And then there's Peter Ustinov as small…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    2019 Cult Movie Challenge Week 26. David Lynch

    First off let me say that this viewing was of Dune: The Alternative Edition Redux, a fan edit which incorporates footage from the Alan Smithee cut and bits and pieces that didn't even make it into that version, as well as a little shifting around of some footage and audio.

    I come from a position of never having read Frank Herbert's novel which allows me to say that I love this adaptation.…

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  • Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

    ★★★

    The story of how two pre-teens, both of whom appear to be delusional and one of whom has been diagnosed as schizophrenic attempted to murder a friend of theirs believing that they are acting under the instructions of Slenderman.

    The thing that lies at the heart of their delusion and what makes it so difficult to break is exactly the same thing that lies at the heart of religious beliefs and that is the inability of anyone to disprove the…

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★★

    007 Rank-A-Thon

    At last a realistic Bond villain, at least in terms of his aims and the method by which he's setting out to achieve it, flooding the US with a couple of tons of opium (it sounds much more charming than heroin) which will be given away for free thereby knocking out all the competition in one fell swoop. I'm not sure it would actually work out like that but it's not completely unrealistic and what's more the price…