Le Samouraï (1967) – Hitman, Jazz and Sexy Ladies

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What can you say when you read it could be one of the most influential films to a monster amount of classic directors from the likes of Tarantino, Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Coen Brothers, Scorsese, Nicolas Winding Refn to name but a few, and you realise you didn’t even know it existed. So after a punishing few hour session of flaying myself whilst slowly headbutting the wall to teach myself a well earned lesson I can now say I have seen it, and by god man, it’s a goody. Continue reading

Off Limits (1988) Saigon Detectives

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This is a very effective action packed buddy movie with quite the bizarre setting of war torn city of Saigon in 1968. With the Vietnam war playing out in the background and the heat and debauchery of the country’s city, two army detectives investigate the serial killings of young prostitutes. Continue reading

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) -Watch out for class Lower 5B

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To be honest this film made me feel better for the hell we used to put our teachers through. The random shouting, throwing of paper planes, rubbers and general disruption seems so ordinary and bland. We sure would have upped our game if we had seen this back in the 80’s

So intrigued by that film title name of Unman, Wittering and Zigo, I had no idea what it meant until I watched it. It happens to be the last three names on the school register for the class of Lower 5B, a boys boarding school in a remote English coastline village. Continue reading

Night Moves (1975) – Gene Hackman P.I

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My quest to fill in a million and one movie gaps brings me to another Gene Hackman film. This time it’s Night Moves, last time it was Uncommon Valor. He always oozes great charisma with his acting talent, with such presence and character on the screen. Can’t help but think though that with every role, Gene Hackman is playing Gene Hackman. Continue reading

Cutter’s Way (1981) – A Broken Detective

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Mustachioed stud muffin, sailor and older rich lady play thing, with the apt name Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) has a wonderful life using his good looks and charm. Until one day after a night of “entertaining”, his car breaks down on the way home down a wet dark alleyway. Stumbling across a dodgy guy who drives off before he can see him, he later discovers that he has just witnessed a body being dumped.

Tagline  – Bone saw the killer. Cutter knew the motive.

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A Midnight Clear (1992) Stand By Me Goes To War

A Midnight Clear (1992)

Finding films like these is the greatest buzz from doing this blog. If it wasn’t for a little digging I don’t believe I would have ever seen this. It’s a beautiful thought provoking and poignant film. An anti-war, a coming of age film, it has drama and mystery, it’s a gem and I really can’t recommend it highly enough. Continue reading

Sunday Too Far Away (1975) – Sheep Shavers

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Maybe it’s because my surname is Shears and I channel the DNA of my ancestors of sheep shearers but I really enjoyed this tale of Australian sheepherders and gun shearers set in the 50’s. Then again it might just of been all the booze being drunk that channelled by inner lust for sweet liqueur? Either way the Aussies always make incredible dramas and even though it’s about shaving sheep and hanging around with almighty hangovers, Sunday Too Far Away is nothing short of compelling.

Tagline – Friday night… too tired. Saturday night… too drunk. Sunday… too far away.

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