No, we're not talking about the Netflix Full House Revival, instead we've got the films of Samuel Fuller (1912 - 1997) on the brain. A prolific filmmaker who created cinema that was exciting yet never sacrificed his message. And he did it on the cheap too. We start the off with a little Pickup On Southstreet (1953), the cold war neo-noir spy fiction, before moving onto his 60s work Shock Corridor (1963) and Naked Kiss (1964). Shock Corridor is the story of a journalist who gets himself locked up in an insane asylum for the scoop of a lifetime, while Naked Kiss is a film about a prostitute trying to turn her life around who uncovers a small town's dark secrets. With little asides by Fuller's earliest directorial efforts I Shot Jesse James (1949), The Baron of Arizona (1950) and The Steel Helmet (1951). We mention Shutter Island (2010), Ted (2012) and Ted 2 (2015). And I compare Fuller's films to the excellent Attack the Block (2011) as a modern comparison - we'll see if that holds up.
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