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Cats – The Movie Robcast

Episode 78 of The Movie Robcast is proof that bad publicity can be as effective as positive hype. Rob Daniel had no intention of seeing Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage show. And then the negative reviews arrived. And kept on arriving. And conjured such bizarre and terrible images of what awaited audiences for Cats that he had to see the horrors for himself.

Paying £10, he saw… oh did he see. And now cannot unsee. Rob Wallis is a little kinder towards the film, but not enough to give a pull line that could get The Movie Robcast its first poster quote.

So, prepare for a journey to a fantastical place that should be full of wonder, but instead resembles The Island of Dr. Moreau...

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Sorcerer – William Friedkin’s zero hour contract masterpiece

When discussing Blade Runner, Ridley Scott said, “It’s as bad to be ahead of your time as behind it.”

Director William Friedkin can sympathise with this.

In the early 1970s he was a filmmaker in synch with the mood of the nation. He revitalised the cop thriller with The French Connection in 1971, nabbing Best Director and Best Film among a five Oscar haul.

Two years later he reinvented horror cinema for the modern age with The Exorcist.

Then, in 1977 he delivered to American audiences Sorcerer, a film fundamentally at odds with a country aching to slough off a decade of uncertainty and corruption.

A loose remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear and Georges Arnaud’s same-name source novel, Friedkin’s movie was too bleak for a nation hungry for the escapist th...

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