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Lost Classic: Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990)

Richard Stanley’s grim and gory debut may never be counted among the greats of science fiction, but that hasn’t stopped it chiselling out a place in the hearts of a loyal band of cult followers. Squabbles over the rights to Hardware meant the only way to check it out for a good few years was […]

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Lost Classic: Seconds (John Frankenheimer, 1966)

Paranoia is a commodity rich with cinematic potential, but few pictures have mined it with such bleak and powerful unease as Seconds (1966). Ostensibly a work of science fiction, John Frankenheimer’s chilling dystopian nightmare addresses themes that, if anything, are more timely now than they were in the so-called Swinging Sixties. Our fear of aging […]

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Four Frames: 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, 2002)

The zombie film was, to excuse the pun, a sub-genre that had flatlined at the turn of the century. Movies thrown together by hacks with low budgets and even lower ambitions had consigned the undead to the DVD shelves. What this sub-section of horror needed was an injection of life, and British genre-spanning director Danny […]

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Lost Classic: Man Push Cart (Rahim Bahrani, 2005)

Few images more powerfully evoke the stark reality of 21st Century city survival than the Sisyphean struggle of Pakistani immigrant Ahmad dragging his cart along the indifferent Manhattan streets in Rahim Bahrani’s mournfully poetic debut feature. It’s an image Bahrani revisits throughout the extraordinary Man Push Cart (2005) as Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) toils away day […]

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Lost Classic: Contact (Robert Zemeckis, 1997)

If they ever considered stopping by our planet, aliens should prepare themselves for a rough welcome if our exhaustive list of films featuring malevolent little green men is anything to go by. Aliens have been many things in the movies, but peaceful is rarely one of them. Even Steven Spielberg, who waved the flag for […]

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Lost Classic: Sorcerer (William Friedkin, 1977)

Unwittingly foreshadowing the fate of its four displaced protagonists, William Friedkin’s existential follow-up to The Exorcist was doomed the moment a certain lightsaber-rattling space opera arrived in cinemas from a galaxy far, far away. Sorcerer (1977) has been cited by some as the beginning of the end for the New Hollywood movement. However, a giant […]

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Four Frames: The Natural (Barry Levinson, 1984)

Of all the films made about the sport of baseball, plenty have struck out, while only a handful have truly knocked it out of the park. None, however, can compare to The Natural (1984). It’s unsurprising that a sport so revered by its innumerate followers should provide the backdrop to a picture whose central character […]

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Lost Classics: Red Rock West (John Dahl, 1993)

Cinema’s dustbin is littered with movies that disappeared between the cracks or didn’t fit neatly into any easy-to-sell marketing category. It’s a fate that befell the criminally under-seen Red Rock West, John Dahl’s sophomore feature that, according to the late Roger Ebert, “exists sneakily between a western and a thriller, between a film noir and […]

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Lost Classic: Fail Safe (Sidney Lumet, 1964)

No doubt frazzled by the Cold War running ever hotter, it is not surprising that audiences in 1964 preferred their nuclear scare movies in the mould of the scabrously satirical Dr Strangelove, rather than the grimly portentous Fail Safe. No film before or since has played out the nightmarish endgame of Mutually Assured Destruction to […]