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Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (1992) ***

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) ***1/2

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Hellraiser (1987) ****

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Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987) ***1/2

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Pink Flamingos (1972) ****

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Enemy (2013) ****

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The Raven (1963) ***

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The Honeymoon Killers (1969) ***1/2

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The City Of Lost Children (1995) *****

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Focus On Film: Episode 35 – February 2016 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 35 is up!
Download the MP3 HERE In this episode: February 2016 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month – RETURN OF THE FLY (1959), MULHOLLAND DR. (2001), TOMORROWLAND (2015), STEVE JOBS (2015)Criterion Most Wanted
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella

Phantom Of The Paradise (1974) *****

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The Brood (1979) ****

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Movie Matters Podcast #35 - Halloween Special VI: Gialloween

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I'm very proud to present this Movie Matters Gialloween episode, which I co-hosted. Details of the episode and the download link are below, and please follow Movie Matters on Facebook and iTunes!



For this, the sixth annual Movie Matters Halloween SpecialLee Howard and Michael Mackenzie welcome back to the hosting chair Demented Danman aka Focus On Film's Daniel Sardella. On this occasion we give our autumnal 'frightivities' a twist of yellow as we hand-pick three gialli to dissect and discuss.
The movies under the analytical knife in this 'Gialloween' triple bill are: Paolo Cavara's stylishly sadistic THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA (1971), Massimo Dallamano's undeniably sleazy but still deeply affecting 'schoolgirls in peril' mystery WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972), and finally an 'American giallo', the deliriously unhinged and highly controversial psychosexual thriller DRESSED TO KILL (1980), directed by Movie Matters favourite…

Mulholland Dr. (2001) ****1/2

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012) ****

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The Ice Pirates (1984) ***1/2

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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) *****

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Odd Man Out (1947) ****

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Spectre (2015) ***1/2

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Spectre(2015)has kind of weird tone and pacing for a Bond film but that made it interesting at times. I hated the theme. I really enjoyed some of the action sequences, particularly the train fight which was a nice nod to From Russia With Love(1963). A particularly introspective Bond film. Overall uneven, but still a good entry IMO.

Thomas Harris "The Silence Of The Lambs" (1988) *****

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We Are Still Here (2015) ***

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The acting is pretty uneven and the tone shifts quite a bit in the final act (not necessarily a bad thing), but I really enjoyed the references to THE BEYOND, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY and THE FOGand the f/x were great.

Legend (1985) ****

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Darkness: Ah, Blix. Come closer. Are you not the most loathsome of my goblins? Blix: Truly, master. Darkness: And is your heart black, and full of hate? Blix: Black as midnight. Black as pitch. Blacker than the foulest witch.
Lily: This place, holds more magic for me than any palace in the world.

 Blunder: She was so sweet. I could eat her brains like jam!
Oona: I could be anything you want me to be, even your heart's desire.
Blix: Higher, higher, burning fire. Making music like a choir! 
Jack: You don't really mean to eat me, do you?  Meg: Oh, indeed I do! (cackles)
Darkness: We are all animals, m'lady.

Raw Force (aka Kung Fu Cannibals) (1982) ***

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Le Silence De La Mer (1949) ****

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Nosferatu The Vampyre - English Version (1979) ****1/2

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Maserati "Rehumanizer" (2015) ****

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Maseratigo for a very warm sound on their newest LP and even add some vocals!  Definitely an early 80s rock/pop/new wave/electro thing going on here and I dig it.