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  • Taxi Driver
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  • Kidnap - Extortion: Robbery By Telephone

    ★★★

  • Dance Craze

    ★★

  • Carl Laemmle

    ★★★

  • Rodeo Dough

    ★★½

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  • The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds

    ★★★★½

    476/SMC37: Revisited this one and it’s still a joy to watch. 1950s Sci-Fi - heck, any Sci-fi for that matter - doesn’t get much better than this and the film does a great job ramping up the suspense as things get more and more pear shaped with a steady pace that ramps up with the action. For my money, the effects hold up just fine, and I absolutely love the wild colour pallet used in many of the shots. If…

  • Once a Thief

    Once a Thief

    ★★★★

    421: Cracking crime-noir about an ex-con getting pressed back into doing a job by his no good brother and a cop who won’t stop haranguing him. Delon and Margaret are fantastic together and This might be the best I’ve seen from Van Heflin as the detective looking to get back at Delon. Palance and his band of crooks are great as the foils and the whole film moves with some cracking hipster dialog daddy-o. This one was a real nice surprise, guest programmed by Dana Delany on TCM who hosted it with Czar Eddie.

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  • Kidnap - Extortion: Robbery By Telephone

    Kidnap - Extortion: Robbery By Telephone

    ★★★

    565: An educational short designed to educate bank managers and personnel on how to deal with extortion threats. It’s directed by Bill Rebane and I hate to say it, but it might be his most entertaining film. All the problems with Rebane's feature work are absent here and there’s actually some dynamic action in this one. More than you would expect for one of these industrial films.

  • Dance Craze

    Dance Craze

    ★★

    564: “Twist Craze” was a hit so Rebane stepped into the directors chair for this follow up. It tries to be more of a short with a goofy plot about a guy who throws his back out twisting and I guess it’s fine. That said, true to everything else Rebane touches, it’s mostly dull. I actually conked out watching it and it’s only 15 minutes long.

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  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★½

    It feels wrong to call this a classic, but it really is. It’s offensive, horrific, gross, and leaves you feeling almost despondent. Which means it absolutely succeeds in it’s goal in a way few films ever have. This was my 4th time watching it and it hasn’t lost any of it’s impact. It’s a real shame that they had to have animal cruelty in it. I can’t imagine the movie will ever have a better presentation than what GRINDHOUSE RELEASING has done with this blu-ray. If you’re a fan, it’s a must own.

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

    Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

    ★★★★

    Adamson, the director of bad movies that are actually bad but became a exploitation drive-in legend regardless gets the documentary treatment and I can’t imagine any filmmaker of his genre getting a better one. It’s a remarkable journey, this one follows Al’s hustle through Hollywood to a legit ghastly end. What’s great is it’s packed with interviews of contemporaries where most of these docs are packed with experts of dubious experience. So you get personal stories as well as historical…