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  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Paths of Glory
  • El Topo

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  • Through a Glass Darkly

    ★★★½

  • After the Thin Man

    ★★★★

  • No Way to Treat a Lady

    ★★★★

  • House of Strangers

    ★★★★

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  • No Way to Treat a Lady

    No Way to Treat a Lady

    ★★★★

    “No Way to Treat A Lady,” (1968) is a pitch black rom-com about a serial killer, loosely based on the real life Boston Strangler. Today if somebody took that approach, to say Ted Bundy, critics would probably say it’s appalling, but in this film it works.

    Rod Steiger carries the film with his virtuoso turn as the killer, who disguises himself first as an Irish priest, then a German handyman, a campy gay hairdresser, a police officer, gourmet chef, etc.…

  • House of Strangers

    House of Strangers

    ★★★★

    Don’t need no CG special effects, explicit sex or gratuitous violence here. It’s all about the characters. Edward G Robinson is crazy good in this one as the patriarch bank chief who earns the disdain of most of his sons in this riveting drama, yet the real stars are Joseph Mankiewicz (director) and Phillip Yordan, (screenplay). Adapted from 
    I'll Never Go There Any More
    1941 novel
    by Jerome Weidman

    Streaming on the Criterion Channel now.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    God awful JJ Abrams take on Star Wars.  At least Leni Reifenstahl's propoganda was above board in Triumph of the Will.  At least there was pioneering technique in Triumph.  Here it's all poisonous subtext. The unknown and things we don't understand are evil.  There's only good verses evil, no grey areas like in real life.  Violence without consequence.  I can see all these 16 year olds eating candy while watching this garbage, taking in subliminal imperialistic themes that will follow…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    LSD (lysergic acid dythalimide) played a prominent role in establishing the tone of Ken Russell's 1971 dark comic drama "The Devils," an excessive indictment of political corruption in Loudon, France. Whether the cast and crew were tripping during production, I do not know, but the psychedelic drug culture certainly contributed to the acerbic style of this film, perhaps more than any other. And there are quite a few, "The Trip," "Easy Rider," "Woodstock," "El Topo," etc.
    This acidic undertaking, branded…