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  • Moebius

    Moebius

    ★★★★

    Afterthoughts: Some films just leave you feeling numb; slumped in your chair in a paralysed state of wide-eyed disconcertment. It’s safe to say, Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius is one of them!

    In many respects, Moebius is comparable to Takashi Miike’s straight-to-video shockfest, Visitor Q (2001). Both films follow a deeply dysfunctional family down a dark path of degenerative behaviours and events, and neither of the provocateurs behind them offer their audiences a single breath of fresh air, nor a shred of…

  • The Wrong Man

    The Wrong Man

    ★★★★½

    Afterthoughts: The Wrong Man is an understated and underseen entry in Alfred Hitchcock's vast filmography, but it's always been amongst my favourites.

    Obsessed with the wrongly accused, as shown with countless films exploring the same theme, Hitchcock takes a very different approach here - mostly apparent in the protagonist's character traits which don't seem to resemble any of his other falsely-accused victims.

    Unlike The 39 Steps’ Hannay or North by Northwest’s Roger Thornhill, Manny Balestrero (played beautifully as ever by…

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  • The 10th Victim

    The 10th Victim

    ★★★★

    “He’s the only crocodile in the world that doesn’t shed tears after he eats in the water. He’s a regular torpedo.”

    Afterthoughts: Before The Running Man, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games and The Hunt, there was Elio Petri’s ‘La decima vittima’. Satire, as only those crazy Italians do.

    Not only is it hilariously ridiculous, it’s incredibly well shot too. Such a strange film for me to stumble upon. I fancied some De Sica on BFI Player, but opted for something shorter in the end.

    A bleach blond Marcello Mastrioanni is quite something too, haha!

  • Curse of the Blind Dead

    Curse of the Blind Dead

    ★★½

    Afterthoughts: Haha, what the bloody hell is this. The DVD cover says “Like the Ringwraiths from The Lord of the Rings”, so of course I watched it. The cursed skeletal Nazgul-esque tormentors are very cool. Strange film indeed.

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    “And the Academy Award for Best Original Score goes to Daniel Lopatin, Good Time.

    Unfortunately, Daniel Lopatin cannot be here tonight on account of NOT BEING NOMINATED. Boo, you whore!”

    Afterthoughts: A rough and ready, fully loaded attack on the senses - the kind comparable to the likes of Suspiria (and I felt that before the brilliant audio-visual reference to that film).

    The whole thing is genuinely and riotously a good time (oh yes he did).

    These Safdie brothers are limitlessly talented!

    Kind of at a loss for words over how good this is, and how late to the party I am on seeing it.

  • Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    Love, Death & Robots: The Witness

    ★½

    Definitely gamerporn. Cool aesthetic. But too gamerporn-emphatic. Perverts.