Liam Ball

PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield researching Australian horror cinema.

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  • The Amusement Park

    The Amusement Park

    In which George Romero goes fully psychedelic without losing his commentariat edge. Other have said this, but it bears repeating that this is essentially a Twilight Zone in PSA form. Quite devastating, to be honest.

  • The Face Behind the Mask

    The Face Behind the Mask

    It's nuts how fast this movie launches through its two-hour story in half that. Imagine the most deranged Cagney flick of all time and you're most of the way there.

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  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★½

    In 1971, four key films revolutionised the Hollywood protagonist. Dirty Harry, The French Connection, Straw Dogs, and A Clockwork Orange all saw the valiant, integral male heroes replaced by cowards, racists, rapists, and killers; folks who would have been the bad guys ten years earlier were now centre stage and driving the action. It was a subversion of the American ideal used to reflect society's growing distrust of authority, and it's a shift that bridges the gap between Bonnie & Clyde

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Probably the most romantic movie ever made, and at no one point does anybody say "I love you". That's magic.