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Freaks (1932) ***1/2

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Ghost World (2001) ****

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Fright Night Part 2 (1988) ***1/2

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An Affair To Remember (1957) ****

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Impossible not to tear up during this one.

Jim Thompson "The Kill-Off" (1957) ***1/2

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Focus On Film: Episode 53 - August 2017 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 53 is up!
Download the MP3 HERE Rygar and Danman try not to obfuscate whilst we go over the line, make flippy floppy, pay with rivers of blood, leave for good and take the corpse!
In this episode: August 2017 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month – THE BIG LEBOWSKI(1998), STOP MAKING SENSE (1984), SHOGUN ASSASSIN(1980), NEKROMANTIK (1987)Criterion Most Wanted
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Streets Of Fire (1984) ****

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Alien: Covenant (2017) ***

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Alien: Covenant (2017) is yet another flawed but intriguing and entertaining film in this franchise. I don't think this is any better or worse than the third or fourth films.

Shogun Assassin (1980) ***

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Finally got around to seeing this. It's fun and the music is really cool but I don't like the dubbing or the voiceover. I much prefer the original films, LONE WOLF AND CUB: SWORD OF VENGEANCE (1972) and LONE WOLF AND CUB: BABY CART AT THE RIVER STYX (1972), of which it's comprised.

Phenomena - Italian Version (1985) ***1/2

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It's really easy to have a love/hate relationship with Argento and Fulcifilms, primarily because what's good about them is so good and what's bad about them is really bad. But I can think of few other directors for which I am so forgiving of their films' flaws.

My thoughts from my previous blog write-up remain largely the same but I'm awarding Phenomena (1985) another 1/2 star this go around. It's one of those films (as with others by both directors mentioned above) where my opinions fluctuate, but it's just so gloriously scattershot in a fantastic way that I can't help but appreciate it.

I'm also thrilled that we finally have a better and properly restored version from Arrow Video(huge uptick in picture quality), produced by my friend and fellow podcaster Michael Mackenzieand released in a handsome limited edition with excellent essay contributions from Rachael Nesbitand more!

You can find my Giallo Feature Films Ranked list here.

The Story Of Adele H. (1975) ****

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Heat (1995) ****1/2

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Tusk (2014) ***

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Brain Damage (1988) ***1/2

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Stop Making Sense (1984) *****

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Stop Making Sense(1984) never loses any of its power.

The Horror Show (aka House III) - Uncut European Version (1989) *** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 3]

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House IV (1992) ** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 4]

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House II: The Second Story (1987) *** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 2]

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The first film was a solid little horror flick with some comedic touches. I'm not sure why the creative team behind this sequel decided to go the "everything in a blender" route and ditch the horror almost altgoether, but I kind of love them for it. 
This is a film that only the 80s could birth and not have it turn out completely stupid. Somehow the filmmakers were able to mix a western, action/adventure, swashbuckling, dinosaurs, and up the comedy yet retain some sort of cohesiveness. To be sure, this film is ridiculous (and pretty silly), but veryentertaining.


House (1985) *** [(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party Pt. 1]

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Experiment In Terror (1962) ****1/2

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Thoughts from first viewing.

Thoughts from second viewing.

Thoughts from third viewing: see above. Incredible film.

The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) ***1/2

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A strong slow burn debut with hints of CARNIVAL OF SOULS. Mystery, isolation and dread to spare.

The Life And Times "The Life And Times" (2017) ****

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Mew "Visuals" (2017) ****1/2

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