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  • Welcome Home, Soldier Boys

    Welcome Home, Soldier Boys


    Back from multiple tours in Vietnam, with a thick wad of cash and a trove of stolen military weaponry, the quartet here is ready to roll. Considering what they’ve been through, their cross-country jaunt seems like a mere vacation, albeit one in which they won’t quite shed the air of latent menace they’ve accumulated overseas. They start by pushing around the used car salesman, his attempts at running a hustle turned back on him, as they engage in an A-Team-style…

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  • Human Desire

    Human Desire


    Everything significant here is summed up by, and contained between, two key bits of dialogue: the prostitute’s ‘all women are the same, they just have different faces’ speech and Vicki’s plea for mercy at the end. Within this sliver we get a stifling portrait of narrow lives as restrictively defined as a train car passageway, the typical Lang fatalism but with a more pointedly feminine perspective. Glenn Ford plays his usual milquetoast, who here dips a toe into the possibility…

  • Man Hunt

    Man Hunt


    Favorite part of this has to be the concept of a gentleman hunter whose idea of a vacation is to sneak into Bavaria and sport stalk Hitler at his vacation house.