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  • Strange M. Victor

    Strange M. Victor

    ★★★★

    A dark reflection of the world of Pagnol's Marseilles films, where Raimu is not what he seems. A world where wrongly accused men spend years in a French penal colony, of informants eager to collect reward money, and cruel bullying children. I'm not sure how much you can read into the fact this film was produced in Berlin for UFA, after the studio had been nationalized by the Nazis for propaganda purposes.

  • Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom

    ★★★★★

    Commentary rewatch.

    Peeping Tom beats Vertigo's ass like a drum all day long.

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★

    Nancy: "Why do we always expect metal ships?"
    Jack: "I've never expected metal ships"

    The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out two years before I was born, and was one of the earliest horror / science fiction films I remember seeing. It was in regular rotation on late-night Creature Feature TV, and I probably saw it at least a half-dozen times by the time I saw Philip Kaufman's remake in 1978. Aside from a couple of key scenes,…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive

    ★★★★

    "I just feel like all the sand is at the bottom of the hour glass or something." – Adam (Tom Hiddleston)

    Midnight. Left the theatre I've been going to for almost a half-century, and walked the brick sidewalks and alleys I would know by sense of smell alone, feeling like a centuries-old vampire.