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Disillusioned with his career as a professional hitman, Martin Blank (John Cusack) is forced to return to his hometown of Grosse Point, Michigan, when he’s given a job to do on the same weekend as his high school reunion. He tries to reconcile with former High School girlfriend, Debbie (Minnie Driver), who still hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her at the prom all those years previously, whilst avoiding fellow hitman Grocer (Dan Ackroyd), two F.B.I. Agents and another assassin who are all in town to kill him.

I’ve remarked more than once on this blog about how certain films…

Orchestration: The Dark Secret Of Film Music?

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Occasionally, I step away from reviewing underrated films for a special post, tangentially linked to films in general — this is one of those instances.

I must give credit here to respected film writer and (I would like to think) friend, Alistair Owen (author of the wonderful book of interviews with Withnail and I/Jennifer 8 director Bruce Robinson, Smoking In Bed, amongst other books). He suggested I write this piece after a Twitter conversation we had where we both agreed that, in the case of film music, the orchestrator has an extremely vital, but often under appreciated and under recognized…

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Young war veteran, Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford), sets out to live the life of a “mountain man”, surviving by hunting and trapping up in the Rocky Mountains. After a difficult start when he nearly starves and freezes to death, he’s lucky enough to fall in to the company of experienced trapper, Bear Claw (Will Greer), who passes on a lot of his knowledge before Johnson once more decides to make his way on his own. He does well, doing his best not to offend any of the Indian tribes nearby and along the way acquires a surrogate son, in…

We end our posts this year with a special about my favorite documentaries, either about specific films (or series of films), aspects of moviemaking or film directors. There’s 12 in all, so one for each of the twelve days of Xmas. These are simply some of my personal favorites rather than a definitive list, but hopefully even the most ardent cinephile might find something in here they’ve not seen before. …

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Aided by an unnamed motorcyclist (Jeremy McWilliams), a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) lures unsuspecting young men that she meets on the streets of Glasgow, back to to a house where they are consumed by a black liquid. After letting a disfigured young man (Adam Pearson) live, however, she seems to question what she is doing and escapes into the Scottish highlands.

We conclude our series on underrated “disturbing” films with this stunning and mesmerizing sci-fi featuring a truly amazing performance by Scarlet Johansson.

Some films aren’t so much underrated as under seen. Everyone I know who has seen this…

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As the coastal town of Antonio Bay prepares to celebrate its centennial, a series of paranormal disturbances occur in the town. Alcoholic town priest, Father Malone (Hal Holbrook) discovers his grandfather’s diary. It reveals a terrible secret: the town was founded using gold given to them by the wealthy Captain Blake, who wanted to establish a leper colony for himself and other unfortunate sufferers nearby. His grandfather and 5 other conspirators then deliberately lured Blake’s ship, The Elizabeth Dane, too close to the shore where it was shipwrecked and Blake and his crew all drowned.

Local radio DJ Stevie…

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Now a successful novelist, writer Ben Mears (David Soul) returns to his home town of Salem’s Lot with the idea of writing about the creepy Marsten House on the edge of town – a place that has haunted him since he snuck into the deserted building on a dare as a child. He initially intends to rent the Marsten House whilst back in town, but discovers it has already been taken by a pair of newly arrived antique dealers, Mr Straker (James Mason) and Mr Barlow – whom no-one has seen, but whom Straker insists will arrive shortly. Undeterred…

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New York Private Detective, Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is hired by the mysterious and wealthy Louis Cyphere (Robert De Niro) to track down singer Johnny Favorite, who has disappeared but owes Cyphere a debt. As Angel tries to track down Favorite, starting with the hospital where he was admitted after the war and continuing down in Louisiana, a pattern starts to emerge. Everyone who had any connection with Johnny or his disappearance ends up murdered in bizarre and grisly ways, shortly after Harry meets them. With the police beginning to suspect him for the murders, Harry becomes more and…

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After her best friend is permanently left in a coma when she fails to regain consciousness after a routine operation, surgery resident Dr Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) discovers that there have been a string of similar cases at the hospital where she works. Despite the warnings of the Chief Of Surgery, Dr Harris (Richard Widmark) and her boyfriend and fellow surgery resident, Mark (Michael Douglas) she discovers a disturbing link between the coma patients and the mysterious Jefferson Institute. Can Susan survive, however, once she learns the truth about what’s happening or will she too become a victim?

Continuing…

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When Planet Earth is attacked, out of boredom, by interplanetary dictator Ming The Merciless (Max Von Sydow). American football star, Flash Gordon (Sam Jones) and reporter Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) find themselves forced by eccentric scientist Dr Max Zarkov (Topol) into trying to thwart Ming’s attempts to destroy the planet. Journeying to Ming’s homeworld of Mongo, Flash, Dale and Zarkov attempt to start a rebellion to overthrow the evil ruler, but can they do so in time to save the world?

Yes, we’re still continuing our series on underrated “disturbing” films and at this point many of you reading…

Rupert Lally

Electronic musician and self-confessed movie nerd: Rupert Lally writes about underrated movies that he loves.

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