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Baby Driver (2017) ****

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I wasn't sure where my opinion was going to lie with Baby Driver (2017). I ended up loving it. It is by far the most "pop" Edgar Wrightfilm so far but it still has his stamp all over it.

The soundtrack really is gosh darn good and the choreography of the scenes around the songs is impeccable and done in a way that no other filmmaker could accomplish. Musicians themselves crop up all over this film as well - most obviously Paul Williams, FleaSky Ferreira, but also Big Boi, Killer Mike and (somehow I missed it)Jon Spencer (JSBX is the first track used in the film).

I like that Wrightisn't afraid to acknowledge his influences (obviously The Driver (1978) and Drive(2011)), including a cameo from Walter Hill (which I apparently also missed), but also includes homages to The Omen(1976)and I'm sure other stuff that I need a second viewing to catch (as with Spaced(1999-2001)it can be a near impossible task to catch all the references the first time through).

Really th…

Maniac Cop (1988) ***1/2

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"You don't smile."
 "Must of partied it up good in here."
"You wanna see the pretty pictures?"
"Fucking A, I'm a cop. What the fuck are you?" "Fuck you."

The Pink Panther (1963) **** [Beumb-a-thon Pt. 1]

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The Ballad Of Cable Hogue (1970) ****

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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970) ****

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Focus On Film: Episode 54 - September 2017 Criterion Titles

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Focus On FilmEpisode 54 is up!
Download the MP3 HERE This month 3 out of 4 of our Best and Worst choices begin with the letter "D" and 2 out of 4 of them begin with the word "death". Plus the usual.
In this episode: September 2017 Criterion CollectionTitles AnnouncementBest & Worst Of The Month – DON'T BREATHE(2016), RUMBLE FISH (1983), DEATH NOTE (2006-2007), DEATH MACHINES (1976)Criterion Most Wanted
"Focus On Film Theme" & commercial music: Daniel Sardella


Eraserhead (1977) *****

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I'm not sure I can think of another film that's as simultaneously bizarre, terrifying, hilarious, confusing, disturbing, repulsive and captivating.

40 years on and this film remains a masterpiece that excites me with every viewing. One of my favorite films of all time.

Ride The High Country (1962) ***1/2

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Serial Mom (1994) ***1/2

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Trans Am "California Hotel" (2017) ***

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Too short, too few songs, and underwhelming for a TA album, but it seems like every other LP by them is killer and the ones in between, while still good, not so much. I do like how the album is split, much like Bowie's Low(1977).

Nocturnal Animals (2016) ****1/2

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Previous thoughts on Nocturnal Animals (2016). Still holds up on a second viewing.

The Night Flier (1997) **1/2

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It Comes At Night (2017) ****

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Really enjoyed this tense and ambiguous little slowburner.

Death Machines (1976) **

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Rumble Fish (1983) ****

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I finally got around to seeing this and I loved it. Coppola's poetic and experimental film features sumptuous cinematography, a vibrant score by Police drummer Stewart Copeland and appeals to me as a fan of ASTREETCAR NAMED DESIREWEST SIDE STORYJim Jarmusch, and Coppola's own later film TETRO

The Anderson Tapes (1971) ***1/2

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The Paradine Case (1947) ***

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Not a bad film, but definitely one of Hitchcock's most unremarkable.