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  • Lost Horizon

    Lost Horizon

    ★★★

    When first few frames unfurled I had that strange sensation of deja vu. I knew I had seen it before but more than that, I was briefly transported back in time to the smoky interior of the ABC cinema in Hartlepool.
    I wasn't old enough to sniff a barmaid's apron but the memories came flooding back; except one; I had forgotten it was a quasi musical. The first number was the magical 'The world is a circle without a beginning'....…

  • A Gunfight

    A Gunfight

    ★½

    What the blue blazes! I was watching this on some obscure channel called Retro and when it came to big showdown between The Man in Black and Mike Douglas's dad the picture went all pixie-lated. What in hell happened?
    Verdict: Cash and Douglas, wot can u say, legends.

  • Headwinds

    Headwinds

    ★★½

    Mon Dieu! For some reason I got it into me noggin that this was going to be some sort of mystery francoise a la Cache or Tell No One. Instead it a story of loss and trying to find meaning in a pitiless world.
    Verdict: ca va

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★★★½

    Still got the VHS tapes. Guiness masterly as Smiley. All in all a joy.

  • Gunned Down

    Gunned Down

    ★★

    Love these London actor gangsters like Craig Fairbrass, Tamar Hassan and Danny Dyer. Always watchable especially with pie and mash me old China.

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    The Most Dangerous Game

    ★★★★

    Saw this as a kid in the 70s and was mesmerised by its menace. Watching again brought the memories flooding back. A period piece now I guess but still pretty potent and has been emulated a number of times. And of course its tagline is a paradigm of our times.
    Verdict: Are you the hunter or the hunted?

  • Loveless

    Loveless

    ★★

    An hour too long and its only when you reach the end that you realise this is some sort of love letter to children who have disappeared.

  • Starfish

    Starfish

    ★★½

    Cripes that were grim.

  • A Dark Song

    A Dark Song

    ★★½

    A peep into the mouth of Hades. Ben Wheatley's favourite loser Steve Oram as a madcap necromancer summoning demons for a bereaved lady seeking her dead son's revenge. But who was the mystery angel? Looked like Apollo or Zeus.
    Verdict: Gives you the heebee jeebees.

  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

    ★★½

    Didn't Richard Harris get topped in a movie set in Liverpool? Anyway not a bad little heartstring tugger but where were the almost mandatory pictures of the Mersey Ferry on the river?
    Verdict: Alright lad.

  • Killing Ground

    Killing Ground

    ★★½

    Watchable outback horror fest.

  • White Settlers

    White Settlers

    ★★½

    Decent home invasion horror in Bonny Jockland. Mind you the title sounds like it should be in South Efrika.
    Verdict: love a piggy mask