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The Responsive Eye (1966) ***

Woton's Wake (1962) **1/2

Naked (1993) **** [CC Night #10]

Recommended if you enjoy sarcastic malicious men, existential dialogue and/or "taking the piss".

*P.S. - The score for this film is gorgeous.

Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) (1955) ****

"She'll bury us all. Won't you, my little ruin?"

Obsession (1976) ***1/2

I don't care how much De Palma rips off Hitchcock in his films; he does it with such style!

Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain) (2001) ****1/2


The Monster Club (1981) ***1/2

What an eclectic and cool little Horror anthology film.

Insignificance (1985) ****

"All who look up feel small and lonely."

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011) ****

Still so, so good the second time 'round.

Film Noir That I Own

This was inspired by my first-time viewing of Kiss Me Deadly tonight.

This was a little tough to decide on. Plenty of films are "noirish", but I tried to stick to films that are true examples and not just police procedurals (Se7en), gangster/crime flicks (Scarface, White Heat, etc)or thrillers (M), psychological or otherwise. But then I put things in there like Dillinger and Dark Passage. I avoided overly Sci-fi movies likeBlade Runnerand Dark City.
But I did decide to includeSin City because I feel it adheres most to noir, of its influences.

Noir is funny like that; it's hard to pinpoint what it is exactly and people have different opinions about what it is and what films qualify, but here's what I decided on:

Note: A few titles are absent, such as Sunset Boulevard, the DVD of which I sold when the Blu-ray was announced, but there is still no release date.The Killing and Killer's Kisswill be added to the collection next month, thanks to Criterion.

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) ****

One bleak and bizarre noir.

Something Wild (1986) ***

This movie made me smile. It seems to have two distinct halves though. The beginning is very breezy. The latter half turns very serious, with little overlap in between. Great soundtrack and fun performances. A good blind buy.

Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) ****1/2

Finally got around to watching this. Penetrating, unflinching and powerful.
"Absolutely goddamn right."

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) - Theatrical Version (1975) ****1/2

My favorite Argento film and my favorite giallo.
Also, Goblin's score kicks enormous amounts of derriere.

True Grit (2010) ***

It's good, but not as good as everyone says, imo. I feel like I'm obligated to love this film because it's the Coens, stars Jeff Bridges and it's a western. I do enjoy it (this was my second time watching it), but it's not a great western.

Honestly, it's not all that different from the 1969 film in so many ways (much of the dialogue is identical), except for a few Coen-esque scenes. As far as modern westerns go, I enjoy The Proposition, 3:10 To Yuma (a good example of a western "remake" that outshines the original), Appaloosa and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (more of just a drama) more.

Samurai Rebellion (1967) ***1/2 [CC Night #9]

Recommended if you enjoy rebellious samurais (duh), angry Japanese men, and/or all the action in a film to be at the very end.

The Road (2009) ****

Great film. Sort of overlooked, if you ask me. If you've read and liked the book, I don't see why you wouldn't like the film, but that's just, like, my

The House With Laughing Windows (1976) ***

Pretty interesting and weird film. Less of a giallo and more of just a mystery thriller.

A Clockwork Orange (1971) *****

"It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen."

Tenebr(a)e (1982) ***1/2


The Seventh Seal (1957) *****

"A skull is more interesting than a naked woman."