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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

(2015) SEASON ONE, episodes 1-6 Like being sat with the “wrong” family on a Ryan Air flight to Corfu long after the pilot has requested seat belts be worn and electronic devices stowed due to unforeseen turbulence.

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BURIAL GROUND

(1981) 1hr 25mins Andrea Bianchi’s gut-munching Marxist manifesto for mansion tax takes a surreal spin through its stripped back storytelling, synth-heavy score and messy maternal melodrama. But best of all are Gino De Rossi and mask-maker Rosario Prestopino’s tooled-up proletariat zombies: the vengeful dead in glorious worm-wriggling closeup.

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HARD TO BE A GOD

(2013) 2hrs 57mins As if Andrei Tarkovsky’s gifted pet chimpanzee sculpted Pieter Bruegel’s DULLE GRIET in its own shit. Simply sensational science fiction filmmaking.

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SILVER BULLET

In the 1980s, Corey Haim was my main squeeze. Born in the same year as me, this vibrant, lispy, indelibly handsome star set the foundations of my (pre)teen American dream: picket fences, BMX bikes and slutty cheerleaders. Maybe it was his spikey hair? The way he spoke out of the side of his mouth? His […]

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INVADERS FROM MARS

Some films have the capacity to channel your childhood nightmares, reanimating the sweaty fever dream of a night spent under the duvet shivering with fright at the shadows outside your window. For me, Invaders from Mars is one such movie. In my head (says he preparing to get shouted at by cinephiles who will know […]

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