Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky (1991) ****

George V. Higgins 'The Friends Of Eddie Coyle' (1970) ****1/2

I recently saw the film for the first time. The book is just as outstanding. The film is an incredibly accurate adaptation. Breezy and realistic crime stuff. It's easy to spot how influential this was to Elmore Leonard, one of my very favorite authors.


Cries And Whispers (Viskningar och rop) (1972) ***1/2

Filled with typically beautiful shots and lyrical writing, but my least favorite Bergman so far. I didn't find it as powerful and engaging as his other works. Granted, I've only seen 10 of his 60+ films.


Shadow Of The Vampire (2000) ***1/2

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr. Moreau (2014) ****

A fascinating documentary about the film that never was and the mess it became. Richard Stanley is always incredibly engaging on camera and speaks rapidly and intelligently about any topic he is passionate about. It's a shame that since the MOREAU debacle he has never yet made another feature-length film since his second excellent effort DUST DEVIL.


Dog Soldiers (2002) ***1/2

Refused 'Freedom' (2015) ****

I don't think anyone was expecting another album as influential as 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' and with 17 years having passed since their last album, the expectations were bound to be monumental. But I really dig this album. I've been spinning it continuously since its release date last Tuesday. It's a more polished and poppy Refused, but all the elements are still there and I still say that it defied my expectations. It might not become the classic that 'Shape' became, but 'Freedom' is a worthy follow-up.

Clive Barker 'The Scarlet Gospels' (2015) ***1/2