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  • Dick Barton Strikes Back

    ★★★

  • The Horror of Frankenstein

    ★★

  • The Suicide Squad

    ★★★½

  • Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror

    ★★★★

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  • Un Chien Andalou

    Un Chien Andalou

    ★★★★★

    It's all about sex, or Freudian notions of sex, and interpretations of dream - where falling represents sexual anxiety, running on staircases indicates desire, being hit by a car symbolizes intercourse - or sexual violation. Stripes are not simply stripes, boxes are more than boxes, they signify the phallic or vaginal. Sexual inhibition and identity, emasculation, want, sexual aggression, sexual awakening is ever-present. And all of these seemingly random incidences follow this through-line, that all of our desires will ultimately…

  • The History of the Seattle Mariners

    The History of the Seattle Mariners

    ★★★★★

    More than any other sport, baseball loves its stats.

    Bearing that in mind, this 6-part, SBNation miniseries doesn't go the traditional 'talking heads' interviewed route found in other docs. No, appropriately enough, numbers drive the story. This is Mariners history as relayed through stats and graphs. And while that sounds like it would lend itself to a telling that's cold and remote, it actually generated a lot of warmth and intimacy. The data and charts were fascinating, the quirky oddball…

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  • The Horror of Frankenstein

    The Horror of Frankenstein

    The tagline read… “New Thrills! New Faces! New Horror!”

    It should have said… "No Cushing! No Fisher! No Good!"

    So it’s Hammer in the 70s - the decade where the studio is struggling to stay relevant - a studio that is both rehashing old plot lines, and yet is also trying out new styles and talents. Some of it works, some of it fails miserably, which takes us to "Horror", which is a horror, the worst Frankenstein by miles. It…

  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

    ★★★½

    Summary: Dr. Simon Helder, sentenced to an insane asylum for crimes against humanity, recognizes its director as the brilliant Baron Frankenstein, the man whose work he had been trying to emulate before his imprisonment.

    End of an era - Hammer’s time is winding down - This will be their final Frankenstein movie, and the last picture Terence Fisher would direct. (BTW: It was filmed in '72, but not shown until '74, and then it suffered edits to remove gore).

    The…

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  • Lilith

    Lilith

    ★★★

    Oh if only Warren Beatty had been a stronger actor, and was able to bring some nuance to the part of Vincent - the war vet who takes a job at a sanitarium and gets too involved with a female patient. If he was able to convey the idea of a man going from point A to point B during the course of the film – and gradually falling to ruin after betraying his core principals - this movie might…

  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★½

    One-Eyed Jacks isn’t a universally hailed western like say a Stagecoach or High Noon. But it has its devoted fans, and I number myself among them. The film has been in a sorry state for decades, so I was elated when I found out that Criterion was releasing a restored version of Brando’s lone directorial effort. And when I hit play I was blown away. They did a beautiful job. Though I’ve seen the picture at least a half dozen…