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  • Sawdust and Tinsel
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Yojimbo

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  • Santa Sangre

  • Time Without Pity

    ★★★

  • Purple Noon

    ★★★

  • The Amityville Horror

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  • Santa Sangre

    Santa Sangre

    I got halfway through this fever dream / absolute nightmare before I realized I was only halfway and a feeling of intense despair washed over me. I cannot remember the last time sitting through a film felt like such a grueling exercise in psychological endurance, but to say that this experience was beyond unpleasant would not be enough; it was like staring into the void and having the void shove tiny shards of glass into my consciousness. I’ve often found…

  • Time Without Pity

    Time Without Pity

    ★★★

    Michael Redgrave plays an alcoholic, just released from some kind of detox facility - only to discover that his son is about to be executed for murder. The movie is him racing against time to find any clues to the crime that might spare his son’s life and find the real killer. 

    There is an artifice to everything - the dialogue and the way the events transpire feel like nothing happening could ever be real. I don’t know anything about…

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  • The Amityville Horror

    The Amityville Horror

    By now, anyone who’s interested knows the real story: A young man killed his entire family with a shotgun while they laid sleeping in their beds. Whether for an inheritance or to satisfy some dark urge (or both) hardly matters. But we know that afterwards another family moved into the home, and less than a month later, fled, maintaining that the house was possessed by evil spirits (like the ones the killer claimed to hear telling him to kill). 

    But…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★½

    Clever noir about a conman who starts out from humble beginnings at a traveling carnival and uses his charms and talent for manipulation to propel himself toward the big time ($$$$$) 

    I loved the first act, partly because I am a sucker for carnival settings and partly because the setup is dark and intriguing either way: Stan is a good-looking and affable fellow who makes friends with Zeena, the fortune teller, and Pete, the alcoholic boyfriend who assists her with her…