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Watch With Spooool #7 – Safe (1995) // Runaway Train (1985)

After five months away, we’re bringing back “Watch With Spooool” with two films celebrating anniversaries this year.

We’re going to do things a little differently with this from now on, with us taking it in turns to pick the month’s two films. We’ll then discuss them in the monthly podcast and and also divvy up reviews to post on the site too. As always, these picks will try to be something relevant we haven’t seen before – or in a long time at the very least.

If you’ve seen either film or would like to seek either of out and share your thoughts then please do. Just drop us a line at contact@spooool.ie or tweet @spoooolers.


 

SAFE

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Todd Haynes’ 1995 film Safe was voted Village Voice’s best film of the 1990s in their end of decade poll and played a critical role in the star-making of Julianne Moore. Moore plays Carol, a woman who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity and many critics referenced her work here while discussing her Oscar-winning performance in Still Alice. Haynes’ latest film Carol will debut at Cannes next month.

The Criterion Collection re-release is your best bet to watch the film.

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RUNAWAY TRAIN

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My second pick is Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train which featured in the Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documentary at JDIFF last month. It is universally considered one of the few worthwhile films put out by the trashy studio in their short life and features Jon Voight and Eric Roberts as runaway convicts who hijack a train.

The full film is on US Netflix or a youtube uploadwith Portuguese subtitles is embdeeded below if that’s your bag. Buy the Blu-Ray for cheap on amazon UK.

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Nigel

Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.