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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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Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe - posterDirector: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (script) Santa Inoue (manga)

Cast: Young Dais, Ryouhei Suzuki, Nana Seino, Shota Sometani, Riki Takeuchi

Cert: 18

Running time: 117mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Ichi the Killer with a transfusion of West Side Story is one way to describe Tokyo Tribe. The most dazzling teen movie since Scott Pilgrim is another. The latest film from Japanese provocateur Sion Sono is cinematic MDMA. The plot: rival gang war, organised crime and sentimental bromance is standard stuff. The rush comes in the telling, a narcotic blast of hip-hopera, kung-fu, nudie exploitation, yakuza silliness and bizarro horror. Addiction is mandatory.

Tokyo Tribe - Sion Sono, Young Dais, Nana SeinoTokyo Tribe - Mera, Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais

The full verdict: Tokyo Tribe will split audiences in much the same way various gang members are bisected by the myriad katana samurai s...

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Welcome to the Punch

WTTP_Quad_Art 4Director: Eran Creevy

Cast: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, David Morrissey, Angela Riseborough, Johnny Harris, Peter Mullan

Cert: 15

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Writer/director/Ridley Scott protégé Eran Creevy follows micro-budgeted winner Shifty with an ambitious crime epic.  James McEvoy and Mark Strong lead a strong British cast and there is plot and gunfights to spare, but what Welcome to the Punch lacks is a ring of authenticity or voice of its own.  Creevy remains an undoubted talent to watch, but will need to bring something fresh to his style if it’s going to replace his substance.

WTTP - McAvoy, glass bulidingWTTP - Strong

The full verdict: The title appears onscreen piece-by-piece, Alien style...

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