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Rififi

Jules Dassin's 1955 heist flick is the genre's benchmark movie. The silent 28-minute set-piece...

The Year Of The Sex Olympics

Brian Cox and Leonard Rossiter are the TV executives broadcasting Sportsex and Artsex to keep the...

Alice In Wonderland

Jonathan Miller's 1966 adaptation of Carroll's fantasy masterpiece has a sitar soundtrack from Ravi...

Possession

Neil Labute adapts an AS Byatt novel and rather blots his edgy image. It follows Gwyneth Paltrow...

The Duellists

After an almost imperceptible slight to his honour, gruff Napoleonic soldier Harvey Keitel...

Gorky Park

Occasionally ponderous 1983 thriller set in pre-Glasnost Russia (in fact filmed in Helsinki)....

The Weight Of Water

That a Kathryn Bigelow movie starring Sean Penn and Liz Hurley's gone straight to video tells you...

The Good Girl

Underrated comedy-drama from Chuck & Buckteam. Jennifer Aniston's fine as a frustrated store-...

All Or Nothing

A return to classic Mike Leigh terrain, this examines desperation, loneliness and family tragedy on...

St Elmo's Fire

The 1985 film that launched the careers of the Brat Packers. This finds Emilio Estevez drooling...

Shooting Times

Disturbing documentary rips open America's dark heart

Timecode

Mike Figgis' one-take, four-camera, split-screen Hollywood satire is avant-garde without being...

Swept Away

Pussywhipped by Madonna into remaking Lina Wertmüller's 1974 film, Guy Ritchie betrays the...

Car Wash

Written by Joel Schumacher, Car Wash traces a day in the life of the Dee-Luxe car wash in smoggy...

Enough

A subversive pleasure from the pen of Nicholas Kazan (son of Elia Kazan), Enough is an ostensibly...

Irreversible

The year's most controversial release, Gaspar Noe's French frenzy (which unfolds backwards, like...

Battles Without Honour And Humanity

Another belter from the late Kinji Fukasaku's back catalogue. Loosely based on a true story,...

Television Roundup

The TV version of Chris Morris' Radio 1 series Blue Jam (plus the late-night counterpart, Jaaaaam,...

Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Two years ago, Bill Wyman published a superbly researched history of the blues. Now bearing the...

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The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

A...