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The Monster Squad (1987) ***1/2

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Focus On Film: Episode 52 - July 2017 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 52 is up!
Download the MP3 HEREDanman and Rygar discuss the current hip lingo that the kids are into these days, our new working relationship, ))<>(( + more!


In this episode: July 2017 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month –PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016), MIRACLE MILE (1988), HOUSE IV(1992), HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)Criterion Most Wanted
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


The American Friend (1977) ***1/2

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52 Pick-Up (1986) ***1/2

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Cherry 2000 (1987) ***1/2

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Fujiya & Miyagi "Fujiya & Miyagi" (2017) ****1/2

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Nekromantik (1987) *

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Kedi (2016) ****

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Kedi(2016)is essential viewing for cat lovers. Features a wonderful Steve Reich-like score.

Lifeforce (1985) ****

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Railsback goes off the rails. Mayhypnotizes every male character (and viewer) with her clothes-defying performance. Hooperand O'Bannonchock this bonkers film to the brim with everything and the kitchen sink - space vampires, zombies, over the top performances, ridiculous dialogue, gonzo special f/x, breakneck pace, action, and a gigantic and rousing score by Henry Mancini. Even by Golan and Globus standards LIFEFORCEis nuts.The 1980s were truly a wonderful time that can only be imitated, never replicated.

Miracle Mile (1988) *****

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Wow. Wow wow wow. How had I never seen this or even heard of Miracle Mile before the Blu-ray release? Even among my more cinema literate friends, I'd never heard mention of it. I've never seen another film like this. If you haven't seen it, I recommend going in largely blind, like I did. This writeup is worth reading, once you've seen the film.

Jim Thompson "Roughneck" (1954) ***1/2

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Roughneck(1954) is a partially autobiographical, partially fictionalized account of Thompson's life before becoming a successful writer, making for a bit of a departure from his usual pulp/crime style.

Keanu (2016) ***

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The Big Heat (1953) *****

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Hobo With A Shotgun (2011) ****

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"When life gives you razor blades, you make a baseball bat... covered in razor blades!"

Phantasm: Ravager (2016) *1/2 [Phantasmagorathon Pt. 5]

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Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) ***1/2 [Phantasmagorathon Pt. 4]

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Phantasm III: Lord Of The Dead (1994) *** [Phantasmagorathon Pt. 3]

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Phantasm II (1988) **** [Phantasmagorathon Pt. 2]

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Nice balls.




Phantasm (1979) **** [Phantasmagorathon Pt. 1]

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The Stuff (1985) ***1/2

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Enough is never enough. Effortlessly rewatchable Cohen cult concoction.

Paterson (2016) ****1/2

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A poem for a poetic film about a poet:
Paterson Of Paterson
Paterson of Paterson, loves his gorgeous cupcake-making chiaroscuro-obsessed wife, Lives with a devil dog, drives a bus, sees twins and meets other poets.

Meet The Feebles (1989) ***1/2

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Jackson's perverse and profane puppet show still packs a punch.

Goldfrapp "Silver Eye" (2017) ****

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If you dig this duo, Silver Eye(2017) is another winner. Reminds me of The Knife/Fever RayBjörk and The Chemical Brothers at times.

Monster Dog (1984) **1/2

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STRAW DOGS (unintentional pun) meets AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON as lensed by a subpar director. Not a very good film but it's entertaining and "Identity Crisises" is a killer track.

Dead Ringers (1988) ****

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