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  • Lullaby of Death

    Lullaby of Death

    ★★★★

    Masumura Yasuzo’s final theatrically released film. It is a decent end cap to a career that started with amazing promise with Kisses in 1957. 

    While not primarily a horror director, Masumura did traffic in the horrific. Much of the production design and art direction suggest an under the radar film, but there are still a few Msumura flourishes. The arterial spray hints at the speed and color use of his earlier works. Most prominent is giving space for Iwashita Shima…

  • Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

    ★★★★★

    Barb and Star operate on another level and I want to go to there.

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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★½

    Very enjoyable Hitchcock spy/suspense film. Has shades of the later North by Northwest (1958). Look forward to watching again. One of the better British sound films he made.

  • The Long Good Friday

    The Long Good Friday

    ★★★★★

    This film took multiple viewings, but am glad I persisted. The music, slow build up, erratic violence, and of course Bob Hoskins powerful performance make this an absolutely fabulous journey. It may not be a perfect picture, but every scene has something compelling, unique, and connected with progressing the picture.

    Violent and powerful filmmaking.