Assault On Precinct 13 (1976 USA)

Labelled an “auteur” by the French and a “bum” by his compatriots, John Carpenter will never get the acclaim of a Spielberg or a Hitchcock. I’m siding with the Americans…The best thing about “Assault” is its bare-bones construction. There’s precious little backstory, no real explanation for the heinous actions of the gang members, no extraneous “character development” for the protagonists, no scenes where they talk about how they have a wife and kids at home or are retiring tomorrow, and very few cutaways from the main action once it gets going (the lone exception being a few sequences with a couple of clueless cops patrolling the neighbourhood who keep missing the siege on the supposedly abandoned precinct). [Read more…]

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Dirty Harry (1971 United States)

dirty_harry_contact-0-1080-0-0(This review is dedicated to the man over at https://millenniumdecay.wordpress.com/)  Firstly, what a penetrating musical score by Lalo Schifrin! One of the many great components of this classic movie. This is not fascism, more like realism. Throughout the 1960s violent crime had been spiralling out of control in America and the West, so by 1971 someone had to come up with an accurate portrayal of what the police have to deal with. Dirty Harry was the first film to deal with how supportive the law can be of criminals. [Read more…]

THE TRIAL (France 1962)

l_57427_0bda35dcA harmless, inconsequential clerk wakes up one morning to find himself accused of something (he never discovers what). Secret policemen enter his bedroom and subject him to a frightening interrogation in which every answer provokes a new line of questioning. [Read more…]

BLADE RUNNER (1982 USA)

BLADE_RUNNER_ANIM_G_BURLEYHow much has the world changed since 1982? Life seemed to make more sense. But our minds were unconsciously drifting away from reality, whilst reality slowly made its way towards the visions of this powerful film. ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?’, written by Phillip K Dick, was adapted to the screen by English director Ridley Scott into ‘Blade Runner’. [Read more…]

A Cotswold Killing – A Cotswold Mystery 1 (Rebecca Tope)

A Cotswold KillingIf you like British village cozy mysteries, try Rebecca Tope. This is light reading for when you want to relax on holiday. A widowed woman in her forties, lonely and self-pitying, takes up house sitting provided she doesn’t have to go very far. Thea’s brought her own spaniel to add to the pair of Labradors in residence.

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