Antonio Banderas and robot friend in Automata

Automata

July 31, 2017 Matt Blake 0

There’s no questioning the ambition of Automata – after all, this is a largely European production which is attempting to beat big budget US science fiction films at their own game

George Hilton strikes a familiar pose in George Hilton

Last of the Badmen

July 13, 2017 Matt Blake 1

Last of the Badmen is a bit of a favourite of mine, and shows George Hilton at his best with a performance that seems to encapsulate the intriguing divisions within his acting persona.

Murderous games are afoot in The Sweet Body of Deborah

The Sweet Body of Deborah

July 8, 2017 Matt Blake 2

In many ways The Sweet Body of Deborah can be seen as an archetypal pre-Argento giallo. The motivating factors are greed, lust and hatred rather than pseudo-psychological disturbance.

Antoni Pierfederici plays a hack director in Ciak si muore

Ciak… si Moroni

July 6, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Mario Moroni made two films during his long career in Italian cinema, both of them are authentic poverty row efforts of little critical or aesthetic value. But as nobody else is deranged enough to waste their time examining his work, it seems like an appropriate job for The WildEye…

Carmen Maura in batty biddy mode in La promesa

La promesa

July 4, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Here’s another entry in the ‘batty biddy’ cycle of films (see also the recent Italian production The Butterfly Room and, of course, the great grandmummy of them all, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?).