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47 Meters Down: Uncaged - 2019 - UK
Aeronauts, The - 2019 - UK
Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar - 2019 - UK
A.I. Rising - 2018 - Serbia
Airplane II: The Sequel - 1982 - USA
Amazon: What They Know About Us - 2020 - UK
Amer - 2009 - France
American Factory - 2019 - USA
Animals - 2019 - Ireland
Antique, The: Secret Of The Old Books (Biblia Koshodô no Jiken Techô) - 2018 - Japan
Aquarela - 2018 - UK
Atiye: S01 (The Gift) - 2019 - Turkey
Aterrados - 2017 - Argentina
Babylon Berlin: S01/S02 - 2017 - Germany
Babylon Berlin: S03 - 2020 - Germany
Back To The Wall (Le Dos Au Mur) - 1958 - France
Barneys Books And Bust-Ups: 50 Years Of The Booker Prize - 2018 - UK
Beats - 2019 - UK
Biblia Koshodô no Jiken Techô (Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files) - 2013 - Japan
Black Magic (Gong Tau) - 1975 - Hong Kong
Black Magic: Part 2 (Gōu Hún Jiàng Tóu) - 1976 - Hong Kong
Blackout, The (Avanpost) - 2019 - Russia
Black Sea - 2014 - UK
Blonde Bait - 1956 - USA
Bloodstained Butterfly (Una Farfalla Con le Ali Insanguinate) - 1971 - Italy
Blue Eyes Of The Broken Doll (Los Ojos Azules de la Muñeca Rota) - 1974 - Spain
Bob le Flambeur (Bob The Gambler) - 1956 - France
Bride, The (Nevesta or Невеста) - 2017 - Russia
Broadway Love - 1918 - USA
Byleth, Il Demone dell’Incesto (Byleth, The Demon Of Incest) - 1972 - Italy
Callboys: S01 - 2016 - Belgium
Case Of The Krimi, The - 2018 - USA
Catching Milat - 2015 - Australia
Century That Wrote Itself, The - 2013 - UK
Châteaux de Sable, Les (Sand Castles) - 2015 - France
Citizen Jane: Battle For The City - 2016 - USA
City And The City, The - 2018 - UK
City Of The Living Dead (Paura Nella Città dei Morti Viventi) - 1980 - Italy
Color Out Of Space - 2019 - USA
Creep - 2004 - UK
Cuerpo, El (The Body) - 2012 - Spain
Dark Matter - 2015 - Canada
Dark Valley, The (Das Finstere Tal) - 2014 - Germany
Daughter Of Darkness - 1948 - UK
Death Of A Scoundrel - 1956 - USA
Deep End - 1970 - UK
Délice Paloma (Paloma Delight) - 2007 - Algeria
Devil’s Honey, The (Il Miele del Diavolo) - 1986 - Italy
Dickensiana - 2015 - UK
Dolemite - 1975 - USA
Dolemite Is My Name - 2019 - USA
Don’t Drink The Water - 1994 - USA
Don Wilson Of The Navy - 1942 - USA
Doriana Grey (Die Marquise von Sade) - 1976 - Switzerland
Double Lover (L’Amant Double) - 2017 - France
Eden And After (L’éden et Après) - 1970 - France
Empire Of The Wolves (L’empire des Loups) - 2005 - France
Eyes Of Crystal (Occhi di Cristallo) - 2004 - Italy
Flu That Killed Fifty Million, The - 2018 - UK
Forbidden Door, The (Pintu Terlarang) - 2009 - Indonesia
Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion (Foto Proibite di Una Signora Per Bene) - 1970 - Italy
Forbidden Room, The - 2015 - Canada
Ford V Ferrari - 2019 - USA
Four Flies On Grey Velvet (4 Mosche Di Velluto Grigio) - 1971 - Italy
Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper - 2017 - Canada
Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved - 2016 - UK
Frantz - 2016 - France
French Sex Murders (Casa d’appuntamento) - 1972 - Italy
From Caligari To Hitler: German Cinema In The Age Of The Masses - 2014 - Germany
Galaxy Britain Built, The - 2017 - UK
Games Of Clouds and Rain (Les Jeux Des Nuages et de la Pluie) - 2013 - France
Gentlemen, The - 2019 - UK
Giallo - 1934 - Italy
Gogol (Гоголь) - 2018 - Russia
Good Liar, The - 2019 - UK
Goodnight Brooklyn - 2016 - USA
Gorilla Gang (Der Gorilla von Soho) - 1968 - Germany
Gumshoe - 1971 - UK
Hexer, Der (The Ringer / The Magician) - 1964 - W Germany
House By The Cemetery, The (Quella Villa Accanto al Cimitero) - 1981 - Italy
Hunt, The - 2020 - USA
I Am Mother - 2019 - Australia
Influenza 1918 - 1998 - USA
Innocente - 2016 - France
Inugami Family, The (Inugami-ke No Ichizoku) - 1976 - Japan
Invisible Man, The - 2020 - Australia
I Remember You (Ég man þig) - 2017 - Iceland
Jan de Lichte (Thieves Of The Wood) - 2019 - Belgium
Jour J (Wedding Unplanned) - 2017 - France
Juha - 1999 - Finland
Kelin - 2009 - Kazakhstan
Kfulim: S01 (False Flag) - 2015 - Israel
Killer Must Kill Again, The (L’Assassino è Costretto ad Uccidere Ancora // Il Ragno (The Spider)) - 1975 - Italy
Kindness Of Strangers, The - 2019 - Denmark
Kingdom: S01 - 2019 - S Korea
Kingdom: S02 - 2019 - S Korea
Knives Out - 2019 - USA
Ladies Who Do - 1963 - UK
Lady Frankenstein (La Figlia di Frankenstein) - 1971 - Italy
Lady You Shot Me: Life And Death Of Sam Cooke - 2017 - Germany
Last Breath - 2019 - UK
Last Tree, The - 2019 - UK
Leisure Seeker, The - 2018 - Italy
Life At Stake, A - 1955 - USA
Linkeroever (Left Bank) - 2008 - Belgium
Love, Cecil - 2017 - UK
Luna Nera (Black Moon) - 2020 - Italy
Macabro (Macabre) - 1980 - Italy
Memoirs Of A Murderer (22-Nenme no Kokuhaku: Watashi Ga Satsujinhan Desu) - 2017 - Japan
Miniaturist, The - 2017 - UK
Miss Fisher & The Crypt Of Tears - 2020 - Australia
Mr. Sunshine (Miseuteo Syeonsyain) - 2018 - S Korea
Murderer’s Muse, The (Die Muse Des Mörders) - 2018 - Austria
Natural City - 2003 - S Korea
Nightflyers - 2019 - USA
Not Of This Earth - 1957 - USA
N. Took The Dice (N. a Pris les Dés…) - 1971 - France)
Nyrkki (Shadow Lines) - 2019 - Finland
One Child Nation - 2019 - USA
One Man, Two Guvnors - 2012 - UK
Ordinary Love - 2019 - UK
Ottomans, The: Europe’s Muslim Emperors - 2013 - UK
Outlaw, An (Narazumono) - 1964 - Japan
Parasite (Gisaengchoong) - 2019 - S Korea
Phantom Ship, The - 1935 - USA
Pit And The Pendulum - 1991 - USA
Place, The - 2017 - Italy
Planet Of The Humans - 2019 - USA
Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) - 2019 - France
Prodigal Daughter, The (Die Verlorene Tochter) - 2020 - Germany
Profit - 1996 - USA
Prowler, The - 1951 - USA
Pulgasari (Chosŏn’gŭl) - 1985 - N Korea
Quiet Please: Murder - 1942 - USA
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - 1981 - USA
Railroaded! - 1947 - USA
Rainy Day In New York, A - 2019 - USA
Rendez-Vous - 1985 - France
Resurrection (Revenge) - 2005 - S Korea
Revenge - 2017 - France
Rivers Edge Okawabata Detective Agency (Ribasu Ejji Ookawabata Tanteisha) - 2014 - Japan
Russia’s Lost Princesses - 2014 - UK
Salesman, The (Forushande) - 2016 - Iran
Salón México - 1949 - Mexico
Satan’s Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) - 2017 - Indonesia
Scotland Yard Investigator - 1945 - USA
Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood - 2017 - USA
Searching - 2018 - USA
Série Noire - 2014 - Canada
Seventeen Moments Of Spring (Семнадцать Mгновений Bесны) - 1973 - Soviet Union
Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - 2019 - UK
Some People - 1962 - UK
Song Of Names, The - 2019 - UK
Sorry We Missed You - 2019 - UK
Sprengbagger 1010 (Explodigger 1010) - 1929 - Germany
Steep - 2007 - USA
Storia Vera Della Signora Dalle Camelie, La (Lady Of The Camellias) - 1981 - France
Strange Aeons - 2005 - USA
Styria (Angels Of Darkness) - 2014 - Hungary
Suburra - 2015 - Italy
Tante Zita - 1968 - France
Taxi (Tehran Taxi) - 2015 - Iran
Témoin Dans la Ville, Un (Witness In the City) - 1959 - France
Thelma - 2017 - Norway
They’re Playing With Fire - 1984 - USA
This House - 2013 - UK
Three Identical Strangers - 2018 - UK
Tokyo Vampire Hotel - 2017 - Japan
Toten Augen von London (Dead Eyes Of London) - 1961 - W Germany
Town That Loves Books: Arts At Hay - 2014 - UK
Two O’Clock Courage - 1945 - USA
Under Siege - 1992 - USA
Underverden (Darkland) - 2017 - Denmark
Utopia: S01 - 2013 - UK
Vagabond (Sans Toit Ni Loi) - 1985 - France
Valerie - 2006 - Germany
Verónica - 2017 - Spain
Villainess, The - 2017 - S Korea
Web Of Death, The (Wu du tian luo) - 1976 - Hong Kong
We’ll Take Manhattan - 2012 - UK
Whip And The Body, The (La Frusta e il Corpo) - 1963 - Italy
Weinberg (The Valley) - 2015 - Germany
Where’s My Roy Cohn? - 2019 - USA
Who Can Kill A Child? (¿Quién Puede Matar a Un Niño?) - 1976 - Spain
Woman Next Door, The (La Femme d’à Côté) - 1981 - France
Women Without Men - 1956 - UK
Yakuza Goddess: Erotic Code Of Honor (Yakuza Kannon: Iro Jingi) - 1973 - Japan
Yellow Fever: The Rise And Fall Of The Giallo - 2016 - USA

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The Galaxy Britain Built - 2017 - 7/10

Christmas cracker tossed out to younglings and sithsters across our system.
As Star Wars turns 40, this documentary examines the British contribution.
The sets, Elstree Studios, props, costumes …
Aging participants reflect on the tight time schedule, meager budget, and the attitude of “this is a comic book!”
Some of this draws from earlier documentaries, other elements were new to me.
Scenes from ESB are shown, followed by a progression to Rogue One.
One has the feeling this might be the last hurrah for many of the interviewees.


Suburra - 2015 - 7/10

Explosive, high voltage crime drama sprawling across a week in gaudy, glitzy Roma.
The opening 30-40 minutes is a tour de force of gorgeous visuals and minimal dialogue.
Characters and situations are propelled across the screen, in one instance literally.
Afterward, the tempo settles - to a degree - as a powerful intermediary tries to broker temporary peace between several layers of combatants.
A big deal is imminent, huge for leading families, but timing is delicate.
No matter. Tempers fiery hot and colder than ice demand red stained honor.
Superb cinematography, detailed interlocking narratives, make for a great adult flick.
Sex - nudity - language - streams of blood. γνῶθι σεαυτόν


Pit And The Pendulum - 1991 - 5/10

Update of Mr. Poe’s story starts promising, soon disappoints.
Lance Henriksen plays the head inquisitor, Torquemada.
Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) is writer / director.
And it’s a Full Moon film. Don’t laugh, Full Moon often shot features overseas, in this case, Italy.
Locations, costumes, and atmosphere are very good.
Henriksen is fine, though a bit over-the-top at times, everyone else varies.
Crowd scenes are poor, and like similar Horror yarns, there is too much comic relief.
Not smart one-liners, either. Low IQ antics.
In other cases, the director might have improved the script, but since Gordon wrote the script, no chance.
This could be reedited into a better film.


Kingdom: S01 - 2019 - 7/10
AKA - Kingdeom S01 // 킹덤

Rumor is, the king is dead. If so, the crown prince is heir.
Except, the king is not exactly dead. Dark medicine, and an herb, the resurrection plant, keep him alive.
By day, he sleeps. By night, his hunger for human flesh is ravenous.
Those bitten, also turn into flesh eating monsters.
The contagion soon spreads across the countryside at a blistering rate.
Government ministers officially deny the disease exists, while quietly amassing more power for themselves.
The population, meanwhile, is given short shrift and left to fend for themselves.

Sound familiar? Whoever developed this had a crystal ball.
Slow to catch fire, but by E03 this explodes at fever pitch.
Followed immediately by season two.

Kingdom: S02 - 2019 - 7/10
AKA - Kingdeom S02 // 킹덤

Meaner, rougher, more treacherous, and certainly bloodier than S01.
The contagion has scorched vast swathes of the countryside.
Even rallying support, the crown prince faces a menace that swells exponentially.
Meanwhile, those in power continue to deny, while turning the horror to their advantage.
As before, this has an uncomfortable resemblance to unnamed nations during the Covid deaths.
For commitment avoiders: S02E06 @ 37” there is a closure, if you want to end it there.
Others, watch on. S03 will air when it airs.
(Netflix owns this series, and the K-drama fanbase have expressed concerns the US firm may “milk” the series.)


I Am Mother - 2019 - 6/10

Mother and Daughter share a moment.
Young girl is raised from embryo to teen by protective android.
What I thought was a vast spacecraft turned out to be a heavily secured installation.
You realize this once intruders arrive. A rodent, then a wounded female human.
The woman tells of the world outside, and her version conflicts with Mother’s.
Trust is delicate, at any age, and the girl is a young teen.
The fresh voice, the whisperer, beckons, casting viewers into the daughter’s role.
Wondering who to believe.


Black Magic - 1975 - 6/10
AKA - Gong Tau // 降頭

Consider Luo Yin. Rich widow, very sexy, owns a construction firm, sports car, designer fashions.
She burns for Xu Nuo, her engineer, but no … he loves drab, poor but honest, goody Chu-ying.
If only Luo Yin can get her claws into him, enfold him in the sticky petals, then he won’t look at another.

What to do? How about contacting a rogue shaman, priest, magician.
Love spells for a price, death spells for a bigger price.
Trashy Shaw Brothers film sports nudity and bed bouncing, maggots and murder.
Rather languid first half picks up tempo midway and never looks back.
Over the top finale boasts wild effects. The fact they are so dated actually helps.
I’m not even going into the sleazy juiciness of the deceitful shaman.


The Blackout - 2019 - 5/10
AKA - Avanpost (Last Outpost) // Аванпост

Buckle up. The menace is unknown and powerful, and coming hard.
First, electricity and communications went out, planetwide. No intel.
A limited area staggers on, Finland, Ukraine, eastern Russia. Beyond lies a wasteland of death.
At the edge of the mystery, Kirov. Where the battalion sets up an outpost.
OK SciFi thriller goes on much too long, and suffers way too much shooting, resembling a game.
The “mystery” gets explained in talky exposition, the resolution is wtf.
Character chemistry is juvenile, akin to dozens of films with male-female squads.
The dubbed version has inferior voice actors.
Even though I’m kicking this, there is a lot to enjoy and I believe others will like more than I did.
To its credit, locations remain Russian, characters names are Russian, and when outages first unfold, neither the authorities nor news media blame other nations.


Un Témoin Dans la Ville - 1959 - 6/10
AKA - Witness In the City

The train screams through the French countryside.
Masking the frantic shrieks she makes as she …
Well, the affair was over, she was clingy, and she already had a husband.
She committed suicide. Yeah! That was it!
There is a loose end, however. In fact, from one frayed end another unravels.
The path darkens to murder. Tracking, hunting, elimination.
Film has a marvelous sense of place. Midnight Paris.
Neon, strip clubs, coffee shops, cheap hotels, bars.
Shadowy couples, fugitives, night owls.
All relying on ferrymen for hire. City taxi drivers.
Whose jaded eyes know all the doors of disgrace and desire.
Moody jazz score enhances classic Noir of best laid plans and loose ends.


La Frusta e il Corpo - 1963 - 6/10
AKA - The Whip And The Body

Listed as Horror, this is more of a high Gothic bodice ripper.
Disgraced young noble returns to family manor after his brother marries.
Kurt (Christopher Lee) is a ne’er do well, disowned by his father, loathed by other family members.
The next day, he meets new bride Nevenka on the beach and whips her backside until her blouse rips apart.
She resists Kurt’s droit du seigneur, sorta, even as she grows sexually aroused.
Cries of protest yield to more guttural urgings once the pair fuse.
Narrative features twists, but the tainted relationship between Kurt and Nevenka is the core.
Style dominates substance in this Italian potboiler directed by Bava.
Burnished interiors, plenty of creative camera-work (color filters, dramatic lighting).


Goodnight Brooklyn - 2016 - 7/10

The last days of the Brooklyn music club, Death By Audio.
Told by some of the bands who performed there, people who launched the venue, and employees.
Who’s not there? The landlord, who was delighted that anyone would want to rent a building that should have been demolished.
Until, Brooklyn became trendy and the property worth a goldmine.
Who else declines to participate? Why, the new building neighbors, who coveted, then pushed out the club.
Vice Media, who built their credibility being edgy, friendly to the underground.
Enjoyable documentary, though a familiar, if sad tale.
Clubs disappear all the time. CBGB, The Cavern, The Sands, Gazzarri’s, Bronco Bowl, The Ad Lib, Le Chabanais…


Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper - 2017 - 5/10

“Really?” I asked. “Where do you find these films?”
“They are popular, they’re fun. Murder and romance.”
Who was I to argue? Besides, as I’ve said countless times, I never argue with females, I don’t have the stamina.
Anyway … Jewel (the folkie singer who splashed in the 90’s) plays a home remodeling contractor in New England or Newfoundland.
After her uncle dies following a fall, she becomes an amateur sleuth, determined to unearth the truth.
Luckily for her, her newest client bought a ramshackle mansion and hires her to renovate.
Ooh, and he’s a crime writer, who wants to help.
Predictable formula, decent photography, acting is passable.

I was disparaging this movie throughout.
"What writer makes enough money to buy a mansion? Stephen King?
"Jewel and that guy? He looks old enough to be her dad!
"That man can’t change his own flat tire? What a wussie.
"Those extras don’t even know how to hold a hammer.
“You don’t strip off wallpaper with an orbital sander!”
Meanwhile, the women next to me -
“She’s had work, look at those cheekbones.”
“Her upper lip doesn’t move at all.”
“That’s Buttery Blonde, I thought of going that way.”
“Those teeth need caps and whitening.”
Jewel fans, she sings one, too.


Linkeroever - 2008 - 6/10
AKA - Left Bank

Borderline for me, this. Well worn tropes, but handsomely presented.
As runner Marie prepares for upcoming world championships, she meets the archery ace.
The attraction is mutual and carnal athletics all but immediate.
Her fortunes start to sour, however, after she moves into his posh high rise abode.
Over on the left bank, the side of the river said to be cursed, haunted.
Moreover, whispers of the upcoming Samhain festivities mean little to her, nor do her physical afflictions.
First half is a character study, sure to annoy goreboys, though abundant nudity and fluid swapping will hold their interest.
There is a lack of internal logic in the narrative, and Marie’s deficient feminine intuition is hard to believe.
Too bad. This little seen Belgium horror flick deserves a wider audience.


The Invisible Man - 2020 - 5/10

A wife escapes her ultra rich, abusive husband in the middle of the night.
(Cliché of the dominating male has been used umpteen times.)
She hides in terror, he is a tech guru and … well … can anyone really hide nowadays?
15 minutes in, the crisis is over, threat vanished. Cecilia can relax her guard.
Then, as she stares at empty spaces, one wonders if she is losing her mind.

Slick looking tech effects, used late and sparingly, that would have been WOW!! 20 years ago.
The first hour is excruciatingly slow, and aside from the tech angle, this is a rehash.
Panders to victim mentality. Cynical me wonders if the writer/director calculated this for a Me-Too audience.


The Good Liar - 2019 - 7/10

From the opening strokes, as Betty and Roy type falsehoods in their online dating profiles, we are informed that both have a loose relationship with the truth.
Viewers should keep this in mind as the couple glide into a “relationship” and contemplate pooling bank accounts.
Obvious transparencies cleverly mask undercurrents and backstories.
Buffs who prefer their thrillers cold and cozy will find this a repellent joy to savor.


The Inugami Family - 1976 - 7/10
AKA - Inugami-ke No Ichizoku // 犬神家の一族[

Family assembles around the patriarch as he rattles his way to the reaper.
Several greedy descendants, one last will and legacy, one lone heir.
Even before the reading, one of the attorneys is murdered.
As is ever the case, there is always another lawyer.
After the codicils and stipulations are read, the killings increase.
This film contains odd characters, and odder goings on.
So much so, that midway I paused to research to see if this was based on a Rampo story.
No, but the story would easily fit into his world.


Kelin - 2009 - 7/10

Beautiful, leisurely paced film evokes Parajanov.
Two men barter with the father of a young girl.
Even though she already loves one, the rival bids more, and carries off his bride.

From there, the story is life and survival in remote Kazakhstan.
Sometime between 200-300 AD.
No subtitles, but no dialogue, either.
The yurt interior is cramped and lacks privacy.
Outside, beautiful, if stark, mountainous landscape.

Worth tracking down if curious. Devotees of “world cinema,” this is a must.


Raiders of the Lost Ark - This film is a classic in every sense of the word. I love the music by John Williams, which needs no explanation. The stunts are incredible, and feel real. The truck chase remains one of my all-time favorite action scenes. The Opening the Ark scene is more intense than most blockbusters nowadays. It is even funny in a few scenes, like when Indy just shoots the swordsman. I highly reccommend this film.


Atiye: S01 - 2019 - 6/10
AKA - The Gift

An Istanbul artist begins having visions after seeing reports from an archeological dig.
Found cave drawings eerily mirror the artistic motif she has used for years.
Her family is unnerved by her awakening second sight. Whispers mention a dead grandmother.
Furthermore, she is engaged. Her fiancé’s family is rich, powerful, and wants a “traditional” daughter-in-law.
On the plus, beautiful exterior photography, and a mystery suffused with the spiritual and supernatural elements (pre-Islamic shamanistic rituals).
Negative, the script was sloppy, worsening as it progressed.
The majority of the acting bordered on melodramatic at times.
Lead actor, Beren Saat, rolls her eyes and makes dismissive expressions throughout. Akin to “nudge-nudge wink-wink, yes this show is so beneath me,” which is regrettable.
Moreover, the characters consistently did stupid things.
The ending is vague, unexplained, open to interpretation, open ended - but - I am OK with that.


Knives Out - 2019 - 7/10

The family sire is found in his attic study. Dead. Throat slit.
Sure looks like a suicide, decide law enforcement types.
Strangely enough, person(s) unknown hired a renowned private detective.
And he, assuming there is more than meets the eye, zeroes in on the elder man’s personal nurse.

The story is one of lies, more lies, differing points of view, and backstabbing agendas.
Droll, with bitter humor, interviews peel away at potential heirs, guarding secrets.
Too clever for its own good, and with one too many twists that strain plausibility.
Thus noted, the tone mirrors the sour zeitgeist we have found ourselves in, and makes for a gallows watch.


Styria - 2014 - 6/10
AKA - Angels Of Darkness

Circa 1989, professor crosses into Communist Hungary, brooding daughter in backseat.
Old paintings from a long closed sanitarium have been found and are meant to be shipped to England.
The professor has a chequered brief, the daughter is a cutter, and mom … they don’t discuss mom.
Troubled female slips into their midst one evening, and the area slowly stumbles back 300 years.
The new arrival is named Carmilla, but apparently none of characters are familiar with Le Fanu.
Half-lit film, shot in Hungary, borrows from the classic book, but is updated and spins its own silk on the thread.
Much is seen from teenage Lara’s viewpoint, and she is confused and haunted.
Dreams contest with ill memory and sordid reality, not only in the sanitarium.


Weinberg - 2015 - 7/10
AKA - The Valley

A man revives underneath a dead girl, bleeding him awake.
He stumbles into the village, alerts the authorities, who find – no body.
The next day he sees the same girl, very much alive, wearing the harvest princess outfit.
Alive just for the day, until night. Until darkness gathers and the wraith.

Our protagonist, a drifter with amnesia, is in the middle of a history of murders.
The remote village is a haunted landscape of mist, autumnal decay, and buried secrets.
Part horror, part mystery, more than anything - for lack of a better word - weird.
With every scandal unearthed, corruption revealed, sin exposed, the adversary exalts.
Imaginative, six-part Gothic labyrinth from Germany.


The Web Of Death - 1976 - 6/10
AKA - Wu du tian luo // 五毒天羅

The deadly venom clan, feared throughout the martial arts world, eyes an upcoming competition.
If only they could deploy their dread Five Venom Spider weapon, then winning would be assured!
Yet the idol has been hidden for 100 years, to protect humanity.
Of course, the wicked covet it and concoct a plan.
Hectic Shaw Brothers flick abounds with over the top joys!
Foiled romance, lots of fighting, wonderful interior sets.

There must be five or six plotlines, or more, and a gamut of quarreling families.
I was especially taken of the layout of the Venom lair, stepping stones over a sea of acid.


Ordinary Love - 2019 - 7/10

Taking a shower, Joan notices a lump near her breast.
She calls husband Tom, he confirms.
From there on, they enter the machinery of big medical.
Surgery, chemo, hurried explanations.
Other patients drift by in the wards. For Joan, for viewers, ships that pass, fates unknown.
Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson show quiet chemistry as bantering couple, still nursing a previous calamity.
Film excels by avoiding heroic medicine, epic personalities.
Science, fate, faith, and the shared burden.


Not Of This Earth - 1957 - 6/10

Nifty drive-in horror from Roger Corman.
Large man in a suit, wearing sunglasses night and day, seeks blood transfusions.
He demands medical treatment, he hires a nurse, he stalks coeds, he befriends winos.
Sure enough, he is up to dodgy business. Worse, reference the title, he is not of this earth!
Advance scout for an invasion from Davanna.
Decent story. I appreciated that time is critical to the alien. Consequently, he has no time to “case the planet” so he makes mistakes more out of ignorance than anything else.
Fine leads were hired, although “star” Paul Birch notoriously stormed off the set, declaring, “I am an actor!”
One of Corman’s better films, and could have been excellent if the director wasn’t always in such a hurried rush.