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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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With Get Out(2017), Jordan Peele delivers a race-centric mashup of Rosemary's Baby(1968) & The Stepford Wives (1975) 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 The Wicker Man (1973) & Cronenbergwith a dash of Universal Monsters.A Cure For Wellness (2016) is a bit long and uneven but visually stunning and has some genuinely unsettling imagery and themes for a mainstream film.

Vampires (1998) ***

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Bridge Of Spies (2015) ****

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Bridge Of Spies (2015) is 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 Can(2002), Munich(2005), Lincoln (2012) and Schindler's List(1993), 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(2002) (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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