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If you simply want to share what you are viewing, captainsolo and twister11 created two superb long running threads.
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If you viewed a movie or TV show and want to discuss it, great. Mainstream - indie - foreign - doc - cult.
Please try to relate what you liked or disliked about the film or series. Details.
Note: My own scribbles seldom focus on popular flicks. Thank you. Good luck.


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3% - 2016 - Brazil
3 Angry Women (Trois Femmes en Colere) - 2016 - France
5 Fingers - 1952 - USA
5-Headed Shark Attack - 2017 - USA
8 Tage (8 Days) - 2019 - Germany
13 Tzameti - 2005 - France
47 Meters Down: Uncaged - 2019 - UK
56 Up - 2012 - UK
63 Up - 2019 - UK
99.9 - 1997 - Spain
99 River Street - 1953 - USA
9000 Needles - 2011 - USA
Adultère, Un (Infidelity) - 2018 - France
Aeronauts, The - 2019 - UK
Affair In Reno - 1957 - USA
Afghan Star - 2009 - UK
After Hitler (An Dèidh Hitler) - 2016 - France
After.Life - 2009 - USA
Agatha And The Curse Of Ishtar - 2019 - UK
Agatha And The Midnight Murders - 2020 - UK
Agatha Christie And The Truth Of Murder - 2018 - UK
Air Doll (Kûki Ningyô) - 2009 - Japan
A.I. Rising - 2018 - Serbia
Airplane II: The Sequel - 1982 - USA
All Good Things - 2010 - USA
Alphaville (Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution) - 1965 - France
Alraune (A Daughter Of Destiny) - 1928 - Germany
Alraune - 1930 - Germany
Alraune (Mandragore) - 1952 - Germany
Altered Carbon: S01 - 2017 - USA
Alt-Right: Age Of Rage - 2018 - USA
Amazon: What They Know About Us - 2020 - UK
Amer - 2009 - France
American Factory - 2019 - USA
American Grindhouse - 2010 - USA
Andy Parsons: Slacktivist - 2013 - UK
Animal Kingdom - 2010 - Australia
Animals - 2019 - Ireland
Anonymous - 2011 - UK
Another Year - 2010 - UK
Antena, La - 2007 - Argentina
Antique, The: Secret Of The Old Books (Biblia Koshodô no Jiken Techô) - 2018 - Japan
Anvil!:The Story Of Anvil - 2008 - Canada
Apocalypse: Never-Ending War 1918-1926 - 2018 - France
Apocalypse Now Redux - 1979/2001 - USA
Aquarela - 2018 - UK
Argon - 2017 - S Korea
Art Of The Steal, The - 2009 - USA
Aterrados - 2017 - Argentina
Athena: Goddess Of War - 2010 - S Korea
Atiye: S01 (The Gift) - 2019 - Turkey
Audience, The - 2013 - UK
Autopsy Of Jane Doe, The - 2016 - UK
Babylon Berlin: S01/S02 - 2017 - Germany
Babylon Berlin: S03 - 2020 - Germany
Back To The Wall (Le Dos Au Mur) - 1958 - France
Bad Banks: S01 - 2018 - Germany
Bad Banks: S02 - 2020 - Germany
Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans - 2009 - USA
Baise Moi (Rape Me) - 2000 - France
Bait - 2019 - UK
Bamboo House Of Dolls (Nu ji Zhong Ying) - 1973 - Hong Kong
Bank Job, The - 2008 - UK
Barbed Wire Dolls - 1976 - Switzerland
Barneys Books And Bust-Ups: 50 Years Of The Booker Prize - 2018 - UK
Battle Los Angeles - 2011 - USA
Bay Of Blood, A (Reazione a Catena) - 1971 - Italy
Beast Must Die, The (Que la Bete Meure) - 1969 - France
Beats - 2019 - UK
Bedlam: S01 - 2011 - UK
Bedlam: S02 - 2012 - UK
Behind The Burly Q - 2010 - USA
Berberian Sound Studio - 2012 - UK
Best Worst Movie - 2009 - USA
Biblia Koshodô no Jiken Techô (Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files) - 2013 - Japan
Big Wednesday - 1978 - USA
Black Cat (Yabu no Naka no Kuroneko) - 1968 - Japan
Black Cat, The (Gatto Nero) - 1981 - Italy
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
Black Widow, The - 1947 - USA
Blinded By The Light - 2019 - UK
Blonde Bait - 1956 - USA
Blood Spattered Bride, The (La Novia Ensangrentada) - 1972 - Spain
Bloodstained Butterfly (Una Farfalla Con le Ali Insanguinate) - 1971 - Italy
Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue) - 2009 - France
Blue Eyes Of The Broken Doll (Los Ojos Azules de la Muñeca Rota) - 1974 - Spain
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes - 2018 - Switzerland
Blues Britannia: Can Blue Men Sing The Whites? - 2012 - UK
Bob le Flambeur (Bob The Gambler) - 1956 - France
Booksellers - 2019 - USA
Borderland - 2007 - USA
Bottoms Up - 1960 - UK
Boundaries - 2018 - Canada
Boyfriends And Girlfriends (L’ami de Mon Amie) - 1987 - France
Brand New Testament (Le Tout Nouveau Testament) - 2015 - Belgium
Bride, The (Nevesta or Невеста) - 2017 - Russia
Bride For Rip Van Winkle, A (Rippu Van Winkuru No Hanayome) - 2016 - Japan
Bridesmaids - 2011 - USA
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men - 2009 - USA
Brighton Rock - 2010 - UK
Broadway Love - 1918 - USA
Budapest Noir - 2017 - Hungary
Burning Man - 2011 - Australia
Byleth, Il Demone dell’Incesto (Byleth, The Demon Of Incest) - 1972 - Italy
Callboys: S01 - 2016 - Belgium
Call Of Cthulhu, The - 2005 - USA
Campaign In Aghartha - 2047 - R’lyeh
Candy - 2006 - Australia
Cargo - 2009 - Switzerland
Carnage - 2011 - France
Carry On Screaming - 1966 - UK
Case Of The Krimi, The - 2018 - USA
Case Of The Scorpion’s Tail, The (La Coda Dello Scorpione) - 1971 - Italy
Catching Milat - 2015 - Australia
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams - 2011 - Canada
Century That Wrote Itself, The - 2013 - UK
Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) - 2010 - France
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary - 2016 - USA
Châteaux de Sable, Les (Sand Castles) - 2015 - France
Chefs: S01 - 2015 - France
Cheri - 2009 - UK
Children Of The Century, The (Les Enfants du Siècle) - 1999 - France
Chi-Raq - 2015 - USA
Cible Émouvante (Wild Target) - 1993 - France
Cinderella - 1977 - USA
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood - 1995 - UK
Circus Of Books - 2019 - USA
Citizen Jane: Battle For The City - 2016 - USA
City And The City, The - 2018 - UK
City Hunter - 2011 - S Korea
Cloverfield Paradox, The - 2018 - USA
Cold Comfort Farm - 1995 - UK
Cold Prey (Fritt Vilt) - 2006 - Norway
Collateral Beauty - 2016 - USA
Color Out Of Space - 2019 - USA
Columnist, The (De Kuthoer) - 2019 - Netherlands
Coma - 2005 - S Korea
Comedy Of Power (L’ivresse du Pouvoir) - 2006 - France
Complete Unknown - 2016 - USA
Confession, Theory, Actress (Kokuhakuteki Joyûron) - 1971 - Japan
Conflict - 1945 - USA
Control - 2007 - UK
Cool Air - 1999 - USA
Corruption - 1983 - USA
Count Dracula (Les Nuits de Dracula) - 1970 - Spain
Counterfeiters, The (Die Fälscher - 2007 - Austria
Crawl - 2019 - USA
Creep - 2004 - UK
Critico, El (The Film Critic) - 2013 - Argentina
Crooked House - 2017 - UK
Cuadecuc, Vampir - 1971 - Spain
Cuerpo, El (The Body) - 2012 - Spain
Cyborg Girl (Boku no Kanojo wa Saibogu) - 2008 - S Korea
Damo (Damo: The Legendary Police Woman) - 2003 - S Korea
Dancing Outlaw - 1991 - USA
Dangerous Fortune, A (Die Pfeiler der Macht) - 2016 - Germany
Danger Pays (Yabai Koto Nara Zeni ni Naru) - 1962 - Japan
Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler, The - 2012 - UK
Darkman - 1990 - USA
Dark Matter - 2015 - Canada
Dark Song, A - 2016 - Ireland
Dark Valley, The (Das Finstere Tal) - 2014 - Germany
Date With The Falcon, A - 1942 - USA
Daughter Of Darkness - 1948 - UK
Daughter Of Dracula (La Fille de Dracula) - 1972 - France
David Crosby: Remember My Name - 2019 - USA
Dawson City: Frozen Time - 2016 - USA
Day Of Resurrection (Virus) - 1980 - Japan
Day Of The Jackal, The - 1973 - UK
Day Of The Wolves, The - 1971 - USA
Dead Room, The - 2018 - UK
Dead Time: Kala - 2007 - Indonesia
Dear Prudence (Belle Épine) - 2010 - France
Death Fever: News From Antwerp (Totenfieber: Nachrichten aus Antwerp) - 2019 - Germany
Death In Leon (Muerte en León) - 2016 - Spain
Death Note (Desu Nōto) - 2006 - Japan
Death Of A Corrupt Man (Mort d’un Pourri) - 1977 - France
Death Of A Scoundrel - 1956 - USA
Death Smiles On A Murderer (La Morte Ha Sorriso All’assassino) - 1973 - Italy
Deep Blue Sea, The - 2016 - UK
Deep End - 1970 - UK
Dekalog (The Decalogue) - 1989 - Poland
Délice Paloma (Paloma Delight) - 2007 - Algeria
Demon Eye - 2019 - UK
Descent, The - 2005 - UK
Devil’s Honey, The (Il Miele del Diavolo) - 1986 - Italy
Dickensiana - 2015 - UK
Dirty God - 2019 - UK
Disappearance Of Alice Creed, The - 2009 - UK
Ditch Day Massacre - 2016 - USA
Dogtooth (Kynodontas) - 2010 - Greece
Dolemite - 1975 - USA
Dolemite Is My Name - 2019 - USA
Donkey Punch - 2008 - UK
Don’t Drink The Water - 1994 - USA
Don Wilson Of The Navy - 1942 - USA
Doriana Grey (Die Marquise von Sade) - 1976 - Switzerland
Dorian Gray - 2009 - UK
Double Lover (L’Amant Double) - 2017 - France
Down Three Dark Streets - 1954 - USA
Dreams Of A Life - 2011 - UK
Duke Of Burgundy - 2014 - UK
Echo In The Canyon - 2019 - USA
Eclipse, The - 2009 - Ireland
Eden And After (L’éden et Après) - 1970 - France
Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive - 2016 - USA
Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death, and Women - 2010 - UK
Edie - 2017 - UK
Ein Krimi aus Passau (A Thriller From Passau) - 2020 - Germany
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads - 2009 - France
Elusive Justice - The Search For Nazi War Criminals - 2011 - USA
Elvis Vs Cthulhu - 2047 - R’lyeh
Empire Of The Wolves (L’empire des Loups) - 2005 - France
Enemy At The Gates - 2000 - Ireland
Enemy’s Enemy (Fiendens Fiende) - 1990 - Sweden
Escape, The - 2017 - UK
Eternal Beauty - 2019 - UK
Everyone Else (Alle Anderen) - 2009 - Germany
Everything: The Real Thing Story - 2020 - UK
Exit Through The Gift Shop - 2010 - UK
Exploding Girl, The - 2009 - USA
Eye Of The Storm, The - 2011 - Australia
Eyes Of Crystal (Occhi di Cristallo) - 2004 - Italy
Face - 1997 - UK
Falcon Takes Over, The - 1942 - USA
Fallen Angel - 2007 - UK
Family Romance, LLC - 2019 - USA
Family Weekend (Familieweekend) - 2016 - Netherlands
Fantastic Mr. Fox - 2009 - USA
Fantastic Woman, A (Una Mujer Fantástica) - 2017 - Chile
Fascism In Colour - 2007 - USA
Fat Black Pussycat, The - 1963 - USA
Faust (Lesson Faust) - 1994 - Czech Republic
Fear By The Lake (Peur Sur Le Lac) - 2020 - France
Femmes Disparaissent, Des (Women Disappear) - 1958 - France
Festival! - 1967 - USA
Fifth Cord, The (Giornata Nera per l’Ariete) - 1971 - Italy
Fighting With My Family - 2019 - UK
Fig Leaves - 1926 - USA
Fille Inconnue, La (The Unknown Girl) - 2016 - Belgium
Film Unfinished, A - 2010 - Germany
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story - 2013 - Canada
Fishermen’s Friends - 2019 - UK
Flavor Of Green Tea Over Rice, The (Ochazuke No Aji) - 1952 - Japan
Fleabag - 2019 - UK
Flirting With Fate - 1916 - USA
Flood, The - 2019 - UK
Flu That Killed Fifty Million, The - 2018 - UK
Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate - 2011 - China
Forbidden Door, The (Pintu Terlarang) - 2009 - Indonesia
Forbidden Lie$ - 2007 - Australia
Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion (Foto Proibite di Una Signora Per Bene) - 1970 - Italy
Forbidden Room, The - 2015 - Canada
Forbidden Siren (Sairen) - 2006 - Japan
Ford V Ferrari - 2019 - USA
Forever Amber - 1947 - USA
Forgotten Plague, The - 2015 - USA
Four Flies On Grey Velvet (4 Mosche Di Velluto Grigio) - 1971 - Italy
Four Nights Of A Dreamer (Quatre Nuits d’un Rêveur) - 1971 - France
Fox With A Velvet Tail, The (El Ojo Del Huracán // In The Eye Of The Hurricane) - 1971 - Spain
Framed For Murder: A Fixer Upper - 2017 - Canada
Frankie - 2019 - France
Frankie Boyle: Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved - 2016 - UK
Frantz - 2016 - France
French Cancan - 1955 - France
French Sex Murders (Casa d’appuntamento) - 1972 - Italy
From Caligari To Hitler: German Cinema In The Age Of The Masses - 2014 - Germany
Frozen - 2010 - USA
Full Circle (The Haunting Of Julia) - 1977 - Canada
Future, The - 2011 - France Germany
Galaxy Britain Built, The - 2017 - UK
Games Of Clouds and Rain (Les Jeux Des Nuages et de la Pluie) - 2013 - France
Gantz - 2010 - Japan
Gantz: Perfect Answer - 2011 - Japan
Gentle Creature, A (Une Femme Douce) - 1969 - France
Gentlemen, The - 2019 - UK
Georgia O’Keefe - 2009 - USA
Ghost House - 2017 - Thailand
Ghoul - 2018 - India
Giallo - 1934 - Italy
Girl From Monaco, The (La Fille de Monaco) - 2008 - France
Girl In The Fog, The (La Ragazza Nella Nebbia) - 2017 - Italy
Girl Shy - 1924 - USA
Girl Who Knew Too Much, The (La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo) - 1963 - Italy
Give 'em Hell (Ca va Barder) - 1955 - France
Give Me Your Hand (Donne-moi la Main) - 2008 - France
Gloria Bell - 2018 - USA
Gogol (Гоголь) - 2018 - Russia
Gold - 1934 - Germany
Golden Exits - 2017 - USA
Gone Girl - 2014 - USA
Good Hair - 2009 - USA
Good Liar, The - 2019 - UK
Good Morning, Mister Hitler - 1993 - UK
Good Woman Is Hard To Find, A - 2019 - Ireland
Goodnight Brooklyn - 2016 - USA
Gorilla Gang (Der Gorilla von Soho) - 1968 - Germany
Grand Seduction, The - 2013 - Canada
Great Battle, The (Ansisung) - 2018 - S Korea
Great Nazi Cash Swindle, The - 2004 - UK
Great War, The - 1964 - UK
Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, The - 2018 - UK
Guest, The (The Hand) - 2018 - S Korea
Gumshoe - 1971 - UK
Gwen - 2018 - UK
Hagazussa (A Heathen’s Curse) - 2017 - Austria
Halloween Party - 2019 - Canada
Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years - 2018 - USA
Harbinger Down - 2015 - USA
Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais) - 2012 - France
Have Sword, Will Travel (Bao Biao) - 1969 - Hong Kong
Headless Woman, The (La Mujer Sin Cabeza) - 2008 - Argentina
Hermann Goering: Nazi Number One - 2006 - Germany
Hesher - 2010 - USA
Hexer, Der (The Ringer / The Magician) - 1964 - W Germany
History Boys, The - 2006 - UK
History Of Horror, A - 2010 - UK
Hitchcock - 1986 - UK
Hitler’s Rise: The Colour Films - 2013 - UK
Hollywood: A Celebration Of American Silent Film - 1980 - UK
Holocaust Concentration Camps - 2006 - UK
Home For The Holidays - 1995 - USA
Hope Gap - 2019 - UK
Horrible Dr. Hichcock, The (L’orribile Segreto del Dr. Hichcock) - 1962 - Italy
Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss - 2012 - UK
Hourglass Sanatorium, The (Sanatorium Pod Klepsydra) - 1973 - Poland
House By The Cemetery, The (Quella Villa Accanto al Cimitero) - 1981 - Italy
House Of Shame, The - 1928 - USA
Hungry Hearts - 2014 - USA
Hunt, The - 2020 - USA
Hysteria - 2011 - UK
I Am Mother - 2019 - Australia
I Called Him Morgan - 2016 - Sweden
Ice House, The - 1978 - UK
Ides Of March, The - 2011 - USA
Illusionist, The (L’illusionniste) - 2010 - France
I’m Thinking Of Ending Things - 2020 - USA
In Fabric - 2018 - UK
Infamous - 2006 - USA
Infinity Chamber - 2016 - USA
Influenza 1918 - 1998 - USA
Innocente - 2016 - France
Inside The SS - 2017 - USA
Interpol (Pickup Alley) - 1957 - UK
Into The Night - 2020 - Belgium
Inugami Family, The (Inugami-ke No Ichizoku) - 1976 - Japan
Invisible Man, The - 2020 - Australia
I Remember You (Ég man þig) - 2017 - Iceland
IRIS (Airiseu) - 2009 - S Korea
I Wake Up Screaming - 1941 - USA
Jan de Lichte (Thieves Of The Wood) - 2019 - Belgium
Jasper Mall - 2020 - USA
Jerichow - 2008 - Germany
Jo - 1971 - France
Joanna - 1968 - UK
Jour J (Wedding Unplanned) - 2017 - France
Juarez 2045 - 2017 - USA
Juha - 1999 - Finland
Kafka - 1991 - France
Kampf um Norwegen: Feldzug 1940 (Battle For Norway: 1940 campaign) - 1940 - Germany
Karppi (Deadwind) - 2019 - Finland
Kaydara - 2011 - France
Kelin - 2009 - Kazakhstan
Kfulim: S01 (False Flag) - 2015 - Israel
Kfulim: S02 (False Flag 2) - 2018 - Israel
Killer-K (Little Girl K) - 2011 - S Korea
Killer Must Kill Again, The (L’Assassino è Costretto ad Uccidere Ancora // Il Ragno (The Spider)) - 1975 - Italy
Kill Me Three Times - 2014 - Australia
Kindness Of Strangers, The - 2019 - Denmark
Kingdom: S01 - 2019 - S Korea
Kingdom: S02 - 2019 - S Korea
Kings Of Pastry - 2009 - France
Kisses - 2008 - Ireland
Knives Out - 2019 - USA
Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains - 1982 / 2008 - USA
Ladies Should Listen - 1934 - 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
Lang Historie Kort (Long Story Short) - 2015 - Denmark
L’année Des Méduses (Year Of The Jellyfish) - 1984 - France
Last Black Man In San Francisco, The - 2019 - USA
Last Breath - 2019 - UK
Last Exorcism, The - 2010 - USA
Last Legion, The - 2007 - UK
Last Night - 2010 - USA
Last Train Home - 2009 - China
Last Tree, The - 2019 - UK
Late August, Early September (Fin Août, Début Septembre) - 1998 - France
Leisure Seeker, The - 2018 - Italy
Le Mans - 1971 - USA
Lesson Of Evil (Aku No Kyôten) - 2012 - Japan
Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur) - 2017 - France
Life At Stake, A - 1955 - USA
Like Crazy - 2011 - USA
Limits Of Control, The - 2009 - USA
Linkeroever (Left Bank) - 2008 - Belgium
Little American, The - 1917 - USA
Little Match Girl, The (La Petite Marchande d’Allumettes) - 1928 - France
Live Forever - 2003 - UK
Living And The Dead, The - 2016 - UK
London - 1994 - UK
Lost In Austen - 2008 - UK
Love, Cecil - 2017 - UK
Love Crime (Crime d’amour) - 2010 - France
Love In Memory - 2013 - S Korea
Lucky Jo - 1964 - France
Luna Nera (Black Moon) - 2020 - Italy
Luther: S01-S05 - 2010 - UK
Macabro (Macabre) - 1980 - Italy
Made In Dagenham - 2010 - UK
Madness Of King George, The - 2018 - UK
Mado - 1976 - France
Maelström - 2000 - Canada
Maiden - 2018 - UK
Main Passe, La (The Table Turns) - 2014 - France
Malina - 1991 - France
Man In The Back Seat, The - 1961 - UK
Martha Marcy May Marlene - 2011 - USA
Marshland (La Isla Mínima) - 2014 - Spain
Marwencol - 2010 - USA
Mask Of Dimitrios, The - 1944 - USA
Maudie - 2016 - Ireland
Mausoleum - 1983 - USA
Meek’s Cutoff - 2010 - USA
Mega Python Vs Gatoroid - 2011 - USA
Memoirs Of A Murderer (22-Nenme no Kokuhaku: Watashi Ga Satsujinhan Desu) - 2017 - Japan
Memories Of The Alhambra - 2018 - S Korea
Mesrine: Part 1 - Killer Instinct - 2008 - France
Mesrine: Part 2 - Public Enemy #1 - 2008 - France
Messiah Of Evil (Night Of The Damned) - 1973 - USA
Mia Madre - 2015 - Italy
Middle Men - 2009 - USA
Midnight In Paris - 2011 - USA
Milius - 2013 - USA
Mill Of The Stone Women (Il Mulino Delle Donne di Pietra) - 1960 - Italy
Miniaturist, The - 2017 - UK
Misbehaviour - 2020 - UK
Miss Fisher & The Crypt Of Tears - 2020 - Australia
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: S01 - 2012 - Australia
Model Shop - 1969 - USA
Modern Life Is Rubbish - 2017 - UK
Moka - 2016 - France
Mongolian Death Worm - 2010 - USA
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday - 1953 - France
Monsters - 2010 - USA
Mountain Between Us, The - 2017 - USA
Mountain Of Storms - 1968 - USA
MOZU S01: Cries Of The Night (Mozu no Sakebu Yoru) - 2014 - Japan
MOZU S02: Wings Of Phantasia (Maboroshi no Tsubasa) - 2014 - Japan
Mrs. Lowry & Son - 2019 - UK
Mr. Sunshine (Miseuteo Syeonsyain) - 2018 - S Korea
Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries: S01 - 2019 - Australia
Murderer’s Muse, The (Die Muse Des Mörders) - 2018 - Austria
Murder In The Tarentaise Valley (Roches Noires) - 2018 - France
Murder Is My Beat - 1955 - USA
Murders At The Zoo - 1933 - USA
Murder, She Wrote: The Days Dwindle Down - 1987 - USA
My Life In The Air (Ma Vie en l’air) - 2005 - France
Natural City - 2003 - S Korea
Never Let Me Go - 2010 - UK
Nightflyers - 2019 - USA
Nightmare Cinema - 2019 - USA
Night Of The Devils (La Notte Dei Diavoli) - 1972 - Italy
Nobody - 1999 - Japan
North Of The Sun (Nordfor Sola) - 2012 - Norway
Nos Amours, À - 1983 - France
Not Of This Earth - 1957 - USA
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! - 2008 - Australia
November - 2017 - Estonia
N. Took The Dice (N. a Pris les Dés…) - 1971 - France)
Nuns That Bite (Onna Gokumon-chô: Hikisakareta Risô) - 1977 - Japan
Nun Va Goldoon (A Moment Of Innocence) - 1996 - Iran
Nuremberg Nazis On Trial - 2006 - UK
Nyrkki (Shadow Lines) - 2019 - Finland
Oculus - 2013 - USA
Okkupert (Occupied) - 2015 - Norway
Omniscient: S01 (Onisciente) - 2020 - Brazil
One Chance - 2013 - UK
One Child Nation - 2019 - USA
One Cut Of The Dead (Kamera Wo Tomeruna!) - 2017 - Japan
One Man, Two Guvnors - 2012 - UK
One Missed Call 2 (Chakushin Ari 2) - 2005 - Japan
Only The Animals (Seules Les Bêtes) - 2019 - France
Ordeal By Innocence - 2018 - UK
Ordinary Love - 2019 - UK
Ottomans, The: Europe’s Muslim Emperors - 2013 - UK
Our Kind Of Traitor - 2016 - UK
Outlaw, An (Narazumono) - 1964 - Japan
Out Of The Fog (Fog For A Killer) - 1962 - UK
Page Turner, The (La Tourneuse de Pages) - 2006 - France
Pain And Glory (Dolor y Gloria) - 2019 - Spain
Parasite (Gisaengchoong) - 2019 - S Korea
Paris - 2008 - France
Parfum (Perfume) - 2018 - Germany
Partners In Crime - 2015 - UK
Passionate Lovers (I Eromeni) - 1982 - Greece
Past Malice: Emma Fielding - 2018 - Canada
Paul McCartney Really Is Dead - 2009 - USA
Peony Lantern (Botan Dōrō) - 1968 - Japan
Perfect Getaway, A - 2009 - USA
Perrier’s Bounty - 2009 - Ireland
Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie, Les - 2009 - France
Phantom, The - 2009 - USA
Phantom Ship, The - 1935 - USA
Phyllis And Harold - 2008 - USA
Picking Up The Pieces - 2000 - USA
Pieces Of April - 2003 - USA
Piégés (The Reckoning) - 2018 - France
Pig Hunt - 2008 - USA
Piranha 3DD - 2011 - USA
Pit And The Pendulum - 1991 - USA
Place, The - 2017 - Italy
Planet Of The Humans - 2019 - USA
Please Give - 2010 - USA
Point Break - 1991 - USA
Poison Ivy (La Môme Vert de Gris) - 1953 - France
Poms - 2019 - UK
Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire) - 2019 - France
Possessed, The (La Donna Del Lago) - 1965 - Italy
Postcards From London - 2018 - UK
Prodigal Daughter, The (Die Verlorene Tochter) - 2020 - Germany
Professional Killer (Tecnica di un Omicidio // Hired Killer) - 1966 - Italy
Profit - 1996 - USA
Prog Rock Britannia: An Observation In Three Movements - 2009 - UK
Project Nim - 2011 - UK
Prophet’s Prey - 2015 - USA
Prowler, The - 1951 - USA
Psychedelic Britannia - 2015 - UK
Pulgasari (Chosŏn’gŭl) - 1985 - N Korea
Q (Desire) - 2012 - France
Quiet Please: Murder - 1942 - USA
Radioactive - 2019 - UK
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - 1981 - USA
Railroaded! - 1947 - USA
Rainy Day In New York, A - 2019 - USA
Razortooth - 2007 - USA
Ready Or Not - 2019 - USA
Red Queen Kills Seven Times, The (La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte) - 1972 - Italy
Red Rock West - 1993 - USA
Red, White And Zero - 1967 - UK
Reeds, The - 2010 - UK
Relic - 2020 - Australia
Rendez-Vous - 1985 - France
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles - 2011 - USA
Resurrection (Revenge) - 2005 - S Korea
Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl - 2002 - S Korea
Retreat From Kiska (Taiheiyô Kiseki No Sakusen: Kisuka) - 1965 - Japan
Revenge - 2017 - France
Revenge Of Doctor X, The (Venus Flytrap // The Devil Garden) - 1970 - USA
Rien Ne Va Plus (The Swindle) - 1997 - France
Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich, The - 1968 - USA
Rise Of The Nazis - 2019 - USA
Rivers Edge Okawabata Detective Agency (Ribasu Ejji Ookawabata Tanteisha) - 2014 - Japan
Roads - 2019 - Germany
Rolling Stones: Live In Fort Worth, Texas - 1978 - UK
Russia 1917: Countdown To Revolution - 2017 - UK
Russia’s Lost Princesses - 2014 - UK
Saint’s Double Trouble, The - 1940 - USA
Salesman, The (Forushande) - 2016 - Iran
Salón México - 1949 - Mexico
Sandy Denny: Under Review - 2006 - UK
Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelait Sarah) - 2010 - France
Satan’s Slave - 1976 - UK
Satan’s Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) - 2017 - Indonesia
Savage Wolf Pack (Yaju O Kese) - 1974 - Japan
Save Me - 2019 - UK
Scandal And Beauty - 2020 - UK
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark - 2019 - USA
Scent Of Mystery (Holiday In Spain) - 1960 - USA
School Of Flesh, The (L’ecole de la Chair) - 1998 - France
Scotland Yard Investigator - 1945 - USA
Scott Walker: 30th Century Man - 2006 - UK
Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood - 2017 - USA
Searching - 2018 - USA
Second Mother, The (Que Horas Ela Volta?) - 2015 - Brazil
Secret Life Of Mrs Beeton, The - 2006 - UK
Série Noire - 2014 - Canada
Seven Deaths In The Cat’s Eyes (La Morte Negli Occhi del Gatto) - 1973 - Italy
Seventeen Moments Of Spring (Семнадцать Mгновений Bесны) - 1973 - Soviet Union
Sex And Sensibility: The Allure Of Art Nouveau - 2012 - UK
Sex, Chips And Rock N’ Roll - 1999 - UK
Shadow Of The Cat, The - 1961 - UK
Shame - 2011 - UK
Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - 2019 - UK
Shinya Shokudô (Midnight Diner) - 2009 - Japan
Ship Of Lost Men, The (Das Schiff der Verlorenen Menschen) - 1929 - Germany
Shiri (Swiri) - 1999 - S Korea
Shockproof - 1949 - USA
Show People - 1928 - USA
Singin’ in the Rain - 1952 - USA
Sleeping Beauty, The (La Belle Endormie) - 2010 - France
Sløborn - 2020 - Germany
Snodgrass - 2013 - UK
Sobibór (Собибор) - 2018 - Russia
Social Suicide - 2015 - UK
Some People - 1962 - UK
Song Of Names, The - 2019 - UK
Son Of A Gun - 2014 - Australia
Sorry We Missed You - 2019 - UK
Soul Of Youth, The - 1920 - USA
Souvenir - 2016 - Belgium
Souvenir, The - 2019 - UK
Space Battleship Yamato - 2010 - Japan
Speakerine - 2018 - France
Spoorloos (The Vanishing) - 1988 - Netherlands
Spotlight On The Troubles: A Secret History - 2019 - Ireland
Sprengbagger 1010 (Explodigger 1010) - 1929 - Germany
Star Wars XXX - 2012 - USA
Steep - 2007 - USA
Storia Vera Della Signora Dalle Camelie, La (Lady Of The Camellias) - 1981 - France
Story Of Temple Drake, The - 1933 - USA
Strange Aeons - 2005 - USA
Strange Bargain - 1949 - USA
St. Trinian’s - 2007 - UK
Student, The ((M)uchenik) - 2016 - Russia
Styria (Angels Of Darkness) - 2014 - Hungary
Suburra - 2015 - Italy
Suite Française - 2014 - UK
Suite Noire - 2009 - France
Suzanne’s Career (La Carrière de Suzanne) - 1963 - France
Tamara Drewe - 2010 - UK
Tante Zita - 1968 - France
Tapas - 2005 - Spain
Taxi (Tehran Taxi) - 2015 - Iran
Témoin Dans la Ville, Un (Witness In the City) - 1959 - France
That Cold Day In The Park - 1969 - USA
Thelma - 2017 - Norway
They’re Playing With Fire - 1984 - USA
Thieves - 1977 - USA
This House - 2013 - UK
Three Identical Strangers - 2018 - UK
Tidelanders - 2018 - Australia
Tiger Bay - 1959 - UK
TiMER - 2009 - USA
Tokyo Vampire Hotel - 2017 - Japan
Tomb, The - 2009 - USA
To Sleep, So As To Dream (Yumemiru Yôni Nemuritai) - 1986 - Japan
Toten Augen von London (Dead Eyes Of London) - 1961 - W Germany
Town Called Panic, A (Panique au Village) - 2009 - Belgium
Town That Loves Books: Arts At Hay - 2014 - UK
Toy Box, The - 1971 - USA
Toys Are Not For Children - 1972 - USA
Tracks - 2013 - Australia
Trick R Treat - 2007 - USA
Trilogy Of Perils Unknown - 2047 - R’lyeh
Trilogy Of Terror - 1975 - USA
Trip, The - 2010 - UK
Trip To Italy, The - 2014 - UK
Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) - 2015 - Belgium
Two Evil Eyes (Due Occhi Diabolici) - 1990 - Italy
Two O’Clock Courage - 1945 - USA
Two Of Us - 2000 - USA
Uncertainty - 2009 - USA
Under Siege - 1992 - USA
Underverden (Darkland) - 2017 - Denmark
Undying Monster, The - 1942 - USA
Until Death (Per Sempre) - 1987 - Italy
Urban Explorer - 2011 - Germany
Urbanized - 2011 - USA
Utopia: S01 - 2013 - UK
Vagabond (Sans Toit Ni Loi) - 1985 - France
Valerie - 2006 - Germany
Vampire Prosecutor (Baempaieo Geomsa) - 2011 - S Korea
Vampyres - 1974 - UK
Vampyres - 2015 - Spain
Vanishing Point - 1971 - USA
Vanity Street - 1932 - USA
Velvet Vampire, The - 1970 - USA
Vengeance (Phairii Phinaat Paa Mawrana) - 2006 - Thailand
Verónica - 2017 - Spain
Victoria & Abdul - 2017 - UK
Victorian Sensations - 2019 - UK
Village In The Woods, The - 2019 - UK
Villainess, The - 2017 - S Korea
Vincere - 2009 - Italy
Viy - 1967 - Soviet Union
Void, The - 2016 - Canada
Wagon Tracks - 1919 - USA
Watcher In The Attic (Edogawa Ranpo ryôki-kan: Yaneura no sanposha) - 1976 - Japan
We Are The Best! (Vi är Bäst!) - 2013 - Sweden
Weather Girl - 2009 - USA
Web Of Death, The (Wu du tian luo) - 1976 - Hong Kong
We’ll Take Manhattan - 2012 - UK
Weinberg (The Valley) - 2015 - Germany
Wer - 2013 - South Africa
When Pop Went Epic - The Crazy World Of The Concept Album - 2016 - UK
When You’re Strange - 2009 - USA
Where’s My Roy Cohn? - 2019 - USA
Whip And The Body, The (La Frusta e il Corpo) - 1963 - Italy
Whirlpool - 1970 - UK
Whisperer In Darkness, The - 2011 - USA
White Lightnin’ - 2009 - UK
White Of The Eye - 1987 - UK
Who Can Kill A Child? (¿Quién Puede Matar a Un Niño?) - 1976 - Spain
Who Killed Nancy? - 2009 - UK
Whose Streets? - 2017 - USA
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship - 2008 - USA
Wicked Woman - 1953 - USA
Wildcat, The (Die Bergkatze) - 1921 - Germany
Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) - 2008 - France
Wild Target - 2010 - UK
Wild Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia, The - 2009 - USA
Witchcraft XI: Sisters In Blood - 2000 - USA
Witches Mountain, The (El Monte De Las Bujas) - 1973 - Spain
Wolf Creek 2 - 2013 - Australia
Wolf Creek: S01 - 2016 - Australia
Woman In Black, The - 2012 - UK
Woman In The Fifth, The (La Femme du Vème) - 2011 - France
Woman In The Shadows - 1934 - USA
Woman Men Yearn For, The (Die Frau, Nach Der Man Sich Sehnt) - 1929 - Germany
Woman Next Door, The (La Femme d’à Côté) - 1981 - France
Women Without Men - 1956 - UK
Wonderwall - 1968 - UK
X-Company: S01 - 2015 - Canada
X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Films Of All Time - 2015 - USA
Yakuza Goddess: Erotic Code Of Honor (Yakuza Kannon: Iro Jingi) - 1973 - Japan
Yellow Fever: The Rise And Fall Of The Giallo - 2016 - USA
You Don’t Know Jack - 2010 - USA
Young Doctors In Love - 1981- USA
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger - 2010 - USA
Zombiepura - 2018 - Singapore

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.