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A Week In Film #389: Thriller week

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8mm
A Joel Schumacher film that is not utter shit! I mean, it’s not a masterpiece, but it is far better than <a Joel Schumacher film starring Nicolas Cage should be.

A private eye is hired to investigate whether some very disturbing porn is in fact a snuff movie. Joaquin Phoenix, Peter Stomare, Chris Bauer and James Gandolfini help round out a very sleazy looking cast. Scripted by Andrew Kevin Walker, who also gave us Se7en.

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Indigènes AKA Days Of Glory
Celebrating the sacrifice of France’s North African soldiers in the Second World War. With Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Mélanie Laurent and Bernard Blancan, directed by Rachid Bouchareb.

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Criminal Law
I had high hopes for this minor 1989 thriller by Martin Campbell – defence lawyer Gary Oldman successfully gets rich kid Kevin Bacon acquitted of involvement in a series of murders, but later comes to suspect his client is involved in some very shady business – but it just does not pay off.

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The Gift
Writer/actor Joel Edgerton really can knock ‘em out, can’t he? Here he adds a director’s string to his bow, in a nails-down-a-blackboard tale of an awkward old school friend (Edgerton) reappearing in the life of Jason Bateman, who has returned to live in their old home town with his wife Rebecca Hall. Some dark shit ensues.

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Rear Window
Hitchcock’s paean to peeping toms.

A Week In Film #035: A huge shit sandwich

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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.

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Porky’s
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.

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Party Monster
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.

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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.

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Rear Window
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.

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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.