RSS feed for Nathaniel

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Act of Vengeance

    Act of Vengeance

    ★★★

    A fascinating exploitation stab at telling a rape-revenge story from the point of view of a group of women who have all suffered at the hands of the same attacker. As you'd expect from a '74 AIP film it's definitely not one for the feminist hall of fame thanks to the wildly gratuitous nude scenes and odd music choices, but it also does a surprisingly solid job of capturing the rage and frustration felt in dealing with the police and…

  • Who Saw Her Die?

    Who Saw Her Die?

    ★★★½

    Sedate but creepy giallo from Aldo Lado is a marked change from his paranoid Short Night of Glass Dolls but just as memorable in its own way, complete with one of Ennio Morricone's most aggressive scores thanks to a howling children's choir. George Lazenby and Anita Strindberg make for an unexpected choice as an estranged couple reunited when their daughter (Nicoletta Elmi, the busiest child actress in 1970s Italy) falls prey to a maniac in a black veil. Lots of moody Venetian locales and seedy suspects make this one a keeper.
    mondo-digital.com/whosaw.html

Popular reviews

More
  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    A raw, screaming art film with a capital A that I deeply enjoyed but would probably never outright recommend to anyone else. Those of us emotionally attached to the Dario Argento film of the same title will have the toughest hill to climb here as Luca Guadagnino doesn't even try to outdo it, veering instead into guilt-ridden, traumatized waters where the only way to survive is either mentally purge your sins or hope someone next to you gets destroyed instead.…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★

    If we don't get a sequel down the road with Jibrail Nantambu going after Michael for killing his babysitter, I give up on Hollywood.

    Perfectly efficient, middle of the road Halloween entry is pretty much a redo of H20 with more mythic aspirations. Some potent Michael moments (a great extended tracking shot in particular), a fun but too short babysitting detour in the middle, and a committed performance by Curtis manage to justify this one's existence and help it over…