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Bill Paxton
Five less widely known Bill Paxton projects
4 March 2017
A week after we learned of the tragic death of hugely talented actor and occasional director Bill Paxton, Slarek pays tribute by exploring a few of his less widely seen and celebrated works both in front of an behind the camera.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Five of our favourite Shakespeare inspired film and TV works
23 April 2016
On the 400th anniversary of the death of of the most celebrated playwright in literary history, Camus and Slarek pick five works each from film and TV that were inspired by or adapted from his plays.

Se7en operning titles
Five of our favourite opening title sequences
20 March 2016
For our latest High 5, Camus and Slarek pick 5 of their favourite movie title sequences, very personal selections that deserve to be seen at a higher quality than the embedded videos we've managed to grab will allow.

Swimmng With Sharks
5 moments in film that made us wince with horror
8 February 2016
Camus and Slarek, who by this point in their long movie-watching lives should be immune to all manner of screen horror, pick five moments each from films that still make them wince and suck air through their teeth every time they watch them.

Boiling Point
5 (er, 7) early films from director Kitano Takeshi
2 February 2016
With Third Window releasing a number of director Kitano Takeshi's most celebrated films on Blu-ray with restored prints and new extras, Slarek looks back at some of his favourite early films from this multi-talented filmmaker.

The Nest
5 David Cronenberg films that you might not have seen
14 August 2015
To mark the release of Arrow's superlative Videodrome box set, long-time David Cronenberg fan Slarek takes a look not at five works by this most singular director that you might not have seen.

5 of our favourite Christopher Lee performances
16 June 2015
In a brief tribute to one of our all-time favourite actors, a great, great horror star and owner of the best basso voice in the business, Slarek picks five of his favourite Christopher Lee performances.

5 of the best film versions of The Hound of the Baskervilles
26 May 2015
Prompted by the excellent Arrow Blu-ray release outlined in the column to the immediate right, for our latest High 5 list we pick our five favourite film and TV adaptations of the most famous of all Sherlock Holmes stories.

Five not so widely seen post-apocalyptic films
26 May 2015
After a gap of several months, High 5 is back for a more regular run. Triggered by the recent release of Mad Max: Fury Road, Slarek picks 5 of his favourite less widely screened post-apocalyptic films.

Top 5 Prison or Prison-Themed Movies
20 September 2014
Inspired by the recent released from Arrow Video of Jules Dassin's execllent Brute Force, Camus and Slarek each select five of their favourite prison set movies.

Top 5 Underrated Hixploitation Movies
10 August 2014
In a tie-in to our recent Grindhouse Classics coverage, guest reviewer Brandon Engel selects five lesser known exploitation films that took their influence from the activities of notorious Wisconsin farmer and mass murderer Ed Gein.

5 of our favourite courtroom films or scenes
14 July 2014
Triggered by a comment made by Camus in his review of the Masters of Cinema Blu-ray of Boomerang, he and Slarek each select five of their favourite legal dramas or courtroom scenes.

5 emotional scenes that reduced us to tears
10 June 2014
For our seriously delayed third High 5, Slarek and Camus pick five film scenes apiece that hit them so hard on an emotional level that they prompted tears. I've got something in my eye!

5 horror scenes that scared us silly
24 April 2014
For our second High 5, Camus and Slarek each recall five of those too-rare occasions when watching a great film left them quaking with terror.

5 scenes that hit the funny bone
16 April 2014
For the first entry in an irregular series, Camus and Slarek pick five scenes apiece that for often inexplicable reasons had them holding their sides with laughter.