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Archive for February, 2014

Ice Cold in Alex

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by Cream

John ‘Ryan’s loony’ Mills, Sylvia Sims and Harry ‘right bastard’ Andrews are gasping for a pint in this iconic wartime tale of an ambulance and team panting their way through minefields and t’ing to get to the safety of Alexandria. We’re quietly pleased that the limited supply of war films in the list are not of The Green Berets calibre or any of that shit but of rather more interest and quality than that, this being one of the best available. Carlsberg anyone?

Talk to Her

 

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by (Spain, Pedro Almodóvar) 
With his unsettling new film about how men try to express love — including ways that should give anyone the creeps — the madrileno master goes beyond his fondness for broad melodrama and bawdy camp to achieve a deadpan perversity worthy of Buñuel.

Shape Shifter

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by ThunderBolt Kevin Walsh

Premise: The teenage hero travels to Bulgaria to extricate his parents, retired secret service agents, from having been kidnapped by the bad guys.

The swirling plot of this adolescent-targeted movie held together quite well. Included in the casual action were a wise, 300+ year old wizard/mentor teaching the changeling boy “shape shifting,” dangerous plutonium in the hands of Bulgarian terrorists, a pragmatic secret service man, an underground maze, and a colony of little people. You had no trouble recognizing the film as fantasy.

The Hill

 

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by Cream

Not many films can make the viewer seethe with fury at injustice as much as this one can. The great Harry Andrews is a right bastard in charge of a WWII military prison in Africa whose prisoners include Seen ‘Sean Connery’ Canary and Roy ‘Juggernaut’ Kinnear and whose principal punishment is running up and down the titular hill in full kit in the sweltering heat. Andrews’ sergeant disgusts his fellow guard portrayed by one of the unsung greats of film acting, the late Ian Bannen. After the death and debilitation of prisoners Bannen tries to have something done but only the ineffectual camp doctor, Michael Redgrave, has a go but fails. It’s pretty gritty and there aren’t many laughs involved but, hey, that’s life.

The Serpent And The Rainbow (1988)

 

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by Octavio Ramos Jr.
Wes Craven is one of the genre’s most interesting filmmakers: at times he has created some underground gems, such as The Last House On The Left (1972), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), but he is also responsible for trendy fare, such as the Elm Street movies, Vampire In Brooklyn (1995), and Scream (1996). The Serpent And The Rainbow falls in the former category; it is at times an engrossing film, one that carefully unravels its tale with plenty of style and more than enough shocks and chills.

Time Out

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by (France, Laurent Cantet)

A perfectly turned tale of a dutiful bourgeois’ attempt to escape the prison house of work, told in hushed tones and made transcendent by the year’s finest performance — a subtle, wrenching turn by French stage actor Aurélien Recoing.

Innocent Blood (1992)

 

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by Ian Shutter
directed by John Landis

Anne Parillaud from Nikita stars as Marie, a sexy vampire taking advantage of a Mafioso street war to feed on gangsters. She’s a superhuman femme fatale, tackling heavyweight mob boss Sal ‘the Shark’ (Robert Loggia), eluding cops (including Anthony LaPaglia’s suspicious detective) by scaling rooftops, and covering her tracks with a shotgun blast.

Dead of Night

 

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by Cream

Perhaps it says something about our attention spans that so many of these films come under the portmanteau banner, but we’d rather say we’re flying the flag for the many quality examples of the genre that are unfairly dismissed because they’re “not proper films”. Well, we’ll take this vintage Ealing horror four-hander over the piffling likes of Seven any day. An architect pitches up to a country house, wherein the assembled guests tell a tale of horror apiece, each under the aegis of a different writer/director team.

The Goonies

 

 

 

 

 

(5 / 5)

by Cream

This Spielberg adventure fantasy was always one of those “they wouldn’t let me into Terminator” second choices at the cinema for kids of the day but time has been kind to this pirate tale and left it the focus of genuine affection and real nostalgia.