The Big Sleep
Bogart, Bacall, an impenetrable plot, the world’s foxiest book seller, dialogue so fast it’s like watching a whirlwind tear across the screen. Stone cold classic.
Not a stone cold classic, but funny in a vacant-headed kind of way, if you try not to think too deeply about the rather unsavoury story.
Macaulay Culkin tries to reposition himself post-Home Alone by playing the unpleasant, troubled, drug-addled, murderous New York party promoter and one-man Leopold & Loeb, Michael Alig.
Porky’s II: The Next Day
A sequel which bears almost no relation to the first film. There’s some sub-Footloose angle about uptight town elders opposing a Shakespeare festival at the high school because it’s all so lewd.
The LLF wanted to try out some Hitchcock, so I wheeled this out. Love the James Stewart/Grace Kelly/Thelma Ritter three-way, love the dress, love the stagey apartment block set (and yet so filmic), love the burst of heat when the flash bulbs pop off.
36 Quai Des Orfèvres
A decent hardboiled policier about the struggle between two French cops – Daniel Auteil and Gerard Depardieu – each running their own anti-blagging teams in Paris. Sort of like Heat but with no focus on the robber.