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The Long Good Friday Review


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Often heralded as one of the great British gangster flicks, The Long Good Friday is unfortunately saddled by the same laziness and vain attempts at kitschy insiderism that made Get Carter so forgettable, as well. Bob Hoskins plays the heavy this time out, fuming his way through 100 minutes of nonsense as he tries to figure out who is blowing up his places of business. Surprisingly, not much plot to get in the way of his ritualistic interrogations and murders of his rivals....

Alphaville Review


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While private eye Lemmy Caution has ventured all the way to another planet to visit the futuristic Alphaville, it certainly looks a lot like Paris. And what are the odds that they'll speak French, huh?

Jean-Luc Godard's oddball sci-fi spends a lot of time ostensibly bemoaning the dehumanizing effects of technology but doesn't make much of a case for it here. Sure, if we were dumb enough to literally allow a computer to rule our lives, we might get what we deserved. But modern life (and even reasonably forseeable life) has no signs of Godard's "outlawing of emotion" and oppression of individuality. In fact, these ideas are more prevalent than ever, which tends to horribly date Alphaville against its more thought-out successors like A Clockwork Orange and Blade Runner.

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