Tokyo Drifter (1966) Is Phoenix Tetsu The Coolest Gangster?

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Revisited one of my favourite gangster movies of all time yesterday, the beautiful stylish, surreal and avant garde 60’s masterpiece from director Seijun Suzuki. A bewitching serene different approach to the tried and tested Yakuza formula. From the editing, to the skillfully thought out creative photography used on the set pieces, your eyes are always in for a dazzling treat. Everything is oozing ultra cool style but then you get the understated, too damn cool for school, Tetsuya ‘Phoenix Tetsu’ Hondo. Continue reading

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Strange Invaders (1983) RoboCop’s Partner Smokes Her Way Through Alien Invasion

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Oh if only this movie had taken the tongue in cheek route and had fun with itself rather than playing it with a deadpan serious tone. At least then you could forgive the wooden acting and lethargic pace. Strange Invaders is a homage, satire to the 50’s sci-fi films of yesterday. Bringing nostalgic vibes of 50’s classics like Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I also got a vibe for 60’s Earth takeover series The Invaders which starred Roy Thinnes.

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Trancers (1984) Happy Christmas Sci-Fi Zombie Cult B-Movie Festive Fun

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First up! How the festive giblets could I have ever missed this prized turkey cult classic science fiction film before! Seriously this must of been at eye level in every VHS rental store in the 80’s. I bet my grubby teenage hands would of even picked it up and pondered renting it before something else took my attention. In a way I’m so glad I did miss it, as what an absolute treat to find it now. Oh my days, what 5 star fun that was and unintentionally stumbling upon an alternative christmas flick in the mix. It’s the season to be jolly for sure. Continue reading

The Inspirational Moviedrome Series of Ultimate Cult Films With Alex Cox

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Moviedrome started life in 1988 and as a 17 year old lad, hungry to be entertained by interesting and challenging films, Moviedrome was a god send and truly a massive inspiration for my movie obsession. Presenter Alex Cox had written and directed the cult classic Repo Man (1984) and the brilliant Sid and Nancy (1986) the biography of Sid Vicious from The Sex Pistols.  At the time I knew those two movies well but I didn’t know Alex Cox, he reminded me of William Sanderson aka J.F. Sebastian of Blade Runner fame as he appeared at the beginning of each screening of the film he was about to present. Continue reading

Edge Of The City (1957) Everyone Needs A Friend Like Sidney Poitier

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Went for this film mainly because of one of its stars, the delightful Sidney Poitier, a guy who oozes charisma and charm. He always lights up the screen with his presence on every single performance he gives. That broad beautiful smile warms you straight away to each of his characters he plays, displaying an unique warmth that his acting talent brings to his movies. Edge Of The City was a film of his I had never heard of let alone seen before and seeing who he was working with, I have to say I was extremely excited about this drama centered around a New York City dockland.

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In Cold Blood (1967) Richard Brooks & Truman Capote’s Devastating Biographic Masterpiece

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In Cold Blood” is ridiculously dark, bleak and emitting a constant resonance of impending doom. Danger is etched upon the faces of the perpetrators, a hollow darkness crosses each of these two young men’s shadows, revealing an evil that can be spontaneously released at any given moment.  That fear keeps you glued to your seat, frighten to look and scared to look away. The realisation that this whole film is based on real events just makes the crime all that more heartbreaking when it comes.

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Midnight Lace (1960) Stay Out Of The Pea Soup Calamity Jane!

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No denying this has a very inspired by Alfred Hitchcock thriller feel to it, especially even having the same actor, John Williams, playing the cop like he did in Dial M For Murder. Even the poster artwork has that Hitchcock look but it’s no bad thing at all as you will find this is an excellent movie filled with mystery. Continue reading