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Riki-Oh: The Story Of Ricky (1991) ****

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George V. Higgins 'The Friends Of Eddie Coyle' (1970) ****1/2

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I recently saw the film for the first time. The book is just as outstanding. The film is an incredibly accurate adaptation. Breezy and realistic crime stuff. It's easy to spot how influential this was to Elmore Leonard, one of my very favorite authors.

Nightmare City (Incubo sulla città contaminata) (1980) ***

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Creepshow (1982) ***1/2

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The Fisher King (1991) ****1/2

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Planet Of The Vampires (1965) ***1/2

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The Island Of Dr. Moreau - Unrated Director's Cut (1996) **1/2

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Class Of 1984 (1982) ***

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Explorers (1985) ***

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Cries And Whispers (Viskningar och rop) (1972) ***1/2

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Filled with typically beautiful shots and lyrical writing, but my least favorite Bergman so far. I didn't find it as powerful and engaging as his other works. Granted, I've only seen 10 of his 60+ films.

Shadow Of The Vampire (2000) ***1/2

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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley's Island Of Dr. Moreau (2014) ****

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A fascinating documentary about the film that never was and the mess it became. Richard Stanleyis always incredibly engaging on camera and speaks rapidly and intelligently about any topic he is passionate about. It's a shame that since the MOREAUdebacle he has never yet made another feature-length film since his second excellent effort DUST DEVIL.

What We Do In The Shadows (2014) ****

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The Killers (1964) **** [Killer Criterion Double Feature Pt. 2]

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The Killers (1946) **** [Killer Criterion Double Feature Pt. 1]

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Focus On Film: Episode 31 – October 2015 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 31 is up!

Impersonations of Bill Cosby, Barack Obama and sore-throated Stephen Hawking + more!
Download the MP3 HERE In this episode: October 2015 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month LOVE & MERCY (2014), SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE (2014), THE LAST SHARK(1981), INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE(1994), PRISONERS(2013), THE 'BURBS (1989)"Criterion Most Wanted"
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) ****1/2

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The Fury (1978) ***1/2

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Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz 'Kafka' (2007) ****

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Stand By Me (1986) ****

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Dumb And Dumber To (2014) ***

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Ride The Pink Horse (1947) ****

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Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu) (1970) ****

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The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973) ****1/2

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Slow West (2015) ***1/2

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Bloodsucking Freaks (aka Sardu, Master Of The Screaming Virgins) - Director's Cut (1976) **1/2

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The 'Burbs (1989) ****

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Dog Soldiers (2002) ***1/2

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Refused 'Freedom' (2015) ***1/2

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I don't think anyone was expecting another album as influential as 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' and with 17 years having passed since their last album, the expectations were bound to be monumental. But I really dig this album. I've been spinning it continuously since its release date last Tuesday. It's a more polished and poppy Refused, but all the elements are still there and I still say that it defied my expectations. It might not become the classic that 'Shape'became, but 'Freedom' is a worthy follow-up.

Clive Barker 'The Scarlet Gospels' (2015) ***1/2

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While We're Young (2014) ***1/2

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The Last Shark (L'ultimo squalo) (1981) **

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