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  • The Funeral

    ★★★★

  • 49th Parallel

    ★★★★

  • Gridlock'd

    ★★★★

  • Deep Cover

    ★★★★

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  • The Funeral

    The Funeral

    Like The Godfather, this movie begins with a long scene of a family of gangsters at a ceremonial function, in this case not a 40s wedding but a Depression-era funeral. The house is less impressive, the patriarch, Ray Tempio (Christopher Walken), less a figure of reverence--he's more chilly and aloof, with a nihilism to him, and his wife Jean (Annabella Sciorra) quietly resents his criminality. Ray's brother Chez (Chris Penn) seems more likable and in touch with his feelings, but there's…

  • 49th Parallel

    49th Parallel

    49th Parallel focuses on a group of Nazis who escape an attack in their U-Boat and make a trek through Canada to try to reach the US, since this is the very early 1940s and the US has yet to enter the war (but would be in it by the time the film had its US release in 1942). It’s therefore a movie where the villains become the protagonists, and the good people are the ones they come across on…

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  • Dream Demon

    Dream Demon

    Dream Demon has the structure of a gothic ghost story, with dark family secrets behind all the evil unrest, but filtered through an 80s aesthetic that is slick and chilly without being overly stylized. The men in this film are grotesque in different ways--some are literal deformed ghouls, while others are just run-of-the-mill blowdried narcissists--but they're all basically tormenting the women at its center. One of those women, Diana (Jemma Redgrave), is rich and somewhat sheltered--although to be fair, she…

  • Pikadero

    Pikadero

    Ane and Gorka, two young Basques in Spain, are on a date at a bar. Things start going well, and they go into the bathroom to have sex in one of the stalls, but are interupted when a guy comes in to take a very long, noisy piss in the urinal next to them. This scene establishes the plot of Pikadero, which is about two underemployed people, both still living with their families, who can't ever seem to find a…