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  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★★

    Enjoyed this even more second time around, so much so that this time I wrote it up for The Solute.

    Full thing here!

  • Eraser

    Eraser

    ★★★

    This is an exceptionally silly film. I've been avoiding the period of Arnie's career where all his films are rubbish ever since I saw The 6th Day, and I may never build up the courage to watch End of Days or Collateral Damage (footnote: I totally will, and I'm not sorry) but Eraser kept popping up as an extremely reserved recommendation, and I thought - when best to watch it? February 14th, right?

    Eraser offers the following slabs of gold:…

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  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    ★★★★

    Excellent stuff. I was not yet a Steve McQueen convert - probably didn't help that the first of his films that I saw was Shame, which I thought was rubbish. But this Small Axe project seems like a wonderful undertaking and I'm sure it'll turn me round - hell, this first one already has me most of the way there. It's full of great performances and the courtroom drama of the third act is superb, a wonderful way to breathe new life into recent history.

  • Drive a Crooked Road

    Drive a Crooked Road

    ★★★½

    Yikes, this is bleak even for Noir. Mickey Rooney is superb in the lead, he plays a socially awkward mechanic that gets lured into performing Extreme Getaway Driving duties by (unusually conscientious) femme fatale Dianne Foster, and to be honest I found myself feeling so sympathetic towards him that at times it was hard to actually zone out and fully enjoy the movie - I'm used to people being taken for suckers in these films but this one really makes…

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  • Addams Family Values

    Addams Family Values

    ★★★★★

    Morticia: I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.

    <3

  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★★★

    "Cute dog, I hope nothing happens to it"

    ...

    "Ah, fuck."