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  • The Ipcress File (1965)

    Posted in Thriller

    A top scientist called Radcliffe is kidnapped and his security escort killed. Harry Palmer, a British Army sergeant with a criminal past now working for a Ministry of Defence organisation, is summoned by his boss, Colonel Ross, and told that he is being transferred to a section of the organisation headed by Major Dalby.

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    Clockwise (1986)

    Posted in Comedy

    Brian Stimpson (Cleese), headmaster of Thomas Tompion Comprehensive School, has been elected to chair the annual Headmasters’ Conference. Habitually disorganised as a young man, Stimpson is now fastidiously organized and punctual, and his school runs “like clockwork”. He is the first headmaster of a comprehensive school to chair a Headmaster’s Conference, that honour usually being reserved for heads of the more prestigious private schools.

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    Maniac (1980)

    The film starts as a young couple are lying on a beach, being watched by an unseen person. The woman asks a man to get some wood for the fire and while he is gone, the unseen man approaches the woman and suddenly slits her throat with a utility razor. After gathering some driftwood from the surf, the man returns to the campfire where the killer attacks him from behind and wraps wire around his neck and pulls, practically decapitating him.

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    The Shrine (2010)

    Posted in Horror

    The film starts with a man tied to a ceremonial table. Another man then kills him with a sledgehammer to the face.

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    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

    The film opens with a scroll saying that when Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds (1963) was released, audiences laughed at the notion of birds revolting against humanity, but when an attack perpetrated by birds occurred in 1975, no one laughed. This is followed by a pre-credits sequence of a tomato rising out of a woman’s garbage disposal unit. Her puzzlement turns into terror as the tomato draws her into a corner. Following the credits, the police investigate her death. One officer discovers that the red substance she is covered with is not blood, but tomato juice.

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    Mona Lisa (1986)

    George (Hoskins), recently released from prison, is given a cushy job as the driver for a high-class prostitute named Simone (Tyson) by his former boss, Denny Mortwell (Caine). As George and Simone find out more about each other, they form a friendship despite possibly conflicting incentives. Central to this theme is Mortwell’s wish for George to find out as much as he can about one of Simone’s ‘regulars’, a wealthy businessman seen with Mortwell on one occasion. George then helps Simone in her quest to find Cathy, an abused friend from her murky past, and this leads to a violent …

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    The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

    Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven), troubled with funding the building of a new cathedral, prays for divine guidance. His plea is seemingly answered by a suave angel named Dudley (Cary Grant), who reveals his identity only to the clergyman.

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    Hope and Glory (1987)

    Posted in Drama

    Beginning just before the start of the Second World War, the film tells the story of the Rowan family: Bill, his sisters Sue and Dawn, and his parents Grace and Clive, living in a suburb of London. After the war starts, Clive joins the army, leaving Grace alone to watch over the children.

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    Village of the Damned (1960)

    All of the inhabitants (including the animals) of the British village of Midwich suddenly fall unconscious, and anyone entering the village also loses consciousness. The military arrives and establishes a cordon. The pilot of an observation aircraft goes below 5,000 feet, loses consciousness, and the plane crashes. A five mile exclusion zone around the village is established for all aircraft. The military send in a man wearing a gas mask, but he too falls unconscious and is pulled back by a safety rope. The man awakens and reported that he had experienced a cold sensation just before he passed out. At …

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    My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

    Omar Ali is a young man living in 1980s London. His father, Hussein, is a Pakistani journalist who lives in London but hates Britain and its international politics. His dissatisfaction with the world and a family tragedy has caused his alcoholism to take over, so that Omar has to take care of him. By contrast, Omar’s paternal uncle Nasser is a successful entrepreneur and an active member of the London Pakistani community. Omar’s father asks his uncle to give him a job and, after working for a brief time as a car washer in one of his uncle’s garages, he …

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