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  • Angel Heart
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  • Busting

    ★★★★★

  • Ashanti

    ★★★★

  • The Hunter

    ★★★½

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

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  • Busting

    Busting

    ★★★★★

    Busting was the directorial debut of Peter Hyams, following two successful telemovies for ABC exec producer Barry Diller - the film noir detective pastiche Goodnight, My Love and the wronged man melodrama Rolling Man. It was the 14th film produced by the duo of Winkler and Chartoff following their joint beginnings with John Boorman's seminal Point Blank, one of the key thrillers of the 1960s. Hyams himself was a former CBS news anchor and used his background in crime reporting…

  • Ashanti

    Ashanti

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Michael Caine says this is the only film he regretted doing. In both of his autobiographies to date, he says about it that he expects no-one has ever heard of it and sincerely hopes that no-one ever sees it. Now - how can anyone resist seeing a movie that comes so well recommended. After all, Michael Caine made The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and Blame it on Rio: how bad could Ashanti possibly be that he considers it his…

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  • Salon Kitty

    Salon Kitty

    ★★★★★

    In the mid-1970s, Italian film saw a distressing rise in explicit exploitation. In particular, there emerged three films which brought a troubling sexual intensity to depictions of Nazism. These films – Salon Kitty, The Night Porter and Salo: 120 Days of Sodom – launched what would be a virtual flood of Nazi sexploitation, controversially exploring the still-taboo realm of concentration camp erotica. Torture, sado-masochism and an assortment of violent and aberrant sexual perversions were suddenly prominent on screen, their explicitness…

  • Fingers

    Fingers

    ★★★★★

    Harvey Keitel has long been one of the more daring actors in Hollywood. Known, like Robert DeNiro, for his early work with famed director Martin Scorsese, Keitel often took out of the way and unusual roles outside of the mainstream to balance his mainstream work. Always a character actor rather than a star, Keitel lent his presence to two raw depictions of troubled, despairing and sexually tormented humanity. The first of these was director James Toback’s Fingers and the second…