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  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    The Cat o' Nine Tails

    ★★★½

    Surprised by the generally lukewarm reviews of this film. I thought the performances were good as was the general tone/atmosphere which was enhanced by Morricone’s score (at times sounding like a precursor to Miles Davis On the Corner) and Argento’s Cinematography. Intriguing - good stuff!

  • Deadbeat Forever

    Deadbeat Forever

    ★★½

    This definitely captures Van Bebber’s passion but it would have benefitted from more interviewees and more focused questions on Van Bebber’s approach.

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★½

    I’ve seen the word vital tossed around for this film and Lee’s use of archival footage and photographs definitely enhances the punch he is aiming for in relation to the parallels between the African-American experience in Vietnam and the unstable social situation in the US In the late 60s (most obviously in the scene with Hanoi Hannah). I liked the choice of leaving the 4 leads as their older selves in the flashbacks BUT the netflix visual aesthetic is a…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

    A well executed murder/mystery cop procedural thriller. The tone is spot on with nicely placed comedic interjections throughout. The characters were all well developed, as their ethics swing throughout the runtime, and their obsessions to solve the case intensify creating dramatic spikes in the narrative.