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  • Compulsion to Move - Zugzwang

    Compulsion to Move - Zugzwang

    ★★★★½

    Chances are that if my good friend Rachael Nisbet wouldn’t have written an excellent piece on Obbligo di Giocare - Zugzwang on her blog, Hypnotic Crescendos, it would have passed me by. I extremely grateful that she did, because this turned out to be one of the more pleasant cinematic surprises I’ve had in a while. 

    Marco (Kim Rossi Stuart), an architectural student, is out bill posting for the theatre company he works when he hears shots ringing out and…

  • Die Story

    Die Story

    I find it extremely frustrating that there are so many of Eckhart Schmidt's 80s films that we're not able to access with subtitles. The lack of an English option means I'm not rating this, but while it doesn't quite reach the dizzy heights of The Fan, The Gold of Love or The Loft, it's not far behind. If you appreciate the arthouse meets genre film atmosphere and the very effective use of new wave soundtracks of Eckharts films, you're bound…

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  • Man on the Roof

    Man on the Roof

    ★★★★★

    Few films have been as instrumental in forming my love of cinema as Mannen på taket. I was far too young to see it when it premiered in 1976 but I’ve got vivid memories of being fascinated by the crashed helicopter on top of the marquee at the cinema Spegeln. Photo here: tinyurl.com/ocf5okw

    I first saw it in 1984 when it was broadcast on Swedish tv. My parents wouldn’t let me see the first five minutes and I can certainly…

  • 3 Sisters

    3 Sisters

    ★★★★

    Recent attempts of making gialli seem to go one out of two ways; they’re either great-looking, super stylized affairs that make little or no narrative sense or they end up feeling like poor pastiches of the great films of the 70’s. The latter ones usually tick the boxes of the Blood and Black Lace lookalike killer, J&B, scantily clad women and poor acting.

    In The Three Sisters director Dáire McNab tries to bring the giallo formula to modern day Ireland…