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Deathdream (aka Dead Of Night) ***

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Contamination (1980) **1/2

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Frailty (2001) ***1/2

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Focus On Film: Episode 50 – May 2017 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 50 is up!
Download the MP3 HEREDanman battles the arid landscape currently known as his throat to deliver a delayed solo episode devoid of humor but hopefully still containing at least a sliver of charisma.


In this episode: May 2017 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month –PATERSON(2016), THE BOSTON STRANGLER(1968), SPACE JAM(1996), LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (1957)Criterion Most Wanted
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017) ***1/2

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Get Out (2017) ****

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Peele does a race-centric mashup of ROSEMARY'S BABYTHE STEPWORD WIVES with hints of Kubrick, Cronenberg and Carpenter.

Enter The Ninja (1981) ***1/2

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A Cure For Wellness (2016) ***1/2

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Verbinski does WICKER MAN & Cronenbergwith a dash of Universal Monsters. A bit long and uneven but visually stunning. Some genuinely unsettling imagery and themes for a mainstream film.

Vampires (1998) ***

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Bridge Of Spies (2015) ****

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An excellent blend of courtroom drama and humor, BRIDGE finds Hanks inhabiting the same territory as James Stewart and Gregory Peck before him. Spielbergcreates a superb mashup of his previous films such as CATCH ME IF YOU CANMUNICHLINCOLN and SCHINDLER'S LIST, with touches of John le Carréand Jean-Pierre Melville. Overall, the Coens' screenplay doesn't bear their typical stamp but is fully engaging throughout. 
Of note: this is one of the very few films that John Williams did not score for SpielbergThomas Newman takes his place and does a great job, evoking ROAD TO PERDITION(which Newman also scored, Hanks also starred in, and which some scenes in BRIDGE reminded me of).
If you're in the mood for some Spielberg-speak, check out the episode of Movie Matters Podcastthat I guested on recently here.

The Duellists (1977) ***1/2

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The Yakuza (1974) ****

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C.H.U.D. (1984) ***

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Love In The Afternoon (1957) ***

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) ****

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Back To The Future Part III (1990) **** [BTTF Birthday Bonanza Pt. 3]

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Back To The Future Part II (1989) **** [BTTF Birthday Bonanza Pt. 2]

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Back To The Future (1985) ***** [BTTF Birthday Bonanza Pt. 1]

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Office Space (1999) ***1/2

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My Fair Lady (1964) ****

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Deathrow Gameshow (1987) **1/2

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Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993) ***

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Cosmos (2015) ***1/2

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The Boston Strangler (1968) ****1/2

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1984 (1984) ****

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Blood Diner (1987) ***

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