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  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★★★

    This film is Argento's last great masterpiece. An all out assault on the senses akin to earlier works such as Suspiria but also completely different. Opera is Argento doubling down on style; fluid visuals mixing it up with story ideas borrowed from Gaston Leroux and superb sound from Claudio Simonetti. The central theme of the victim having pins put under her eyes to force her to watch was apparently born from Argento's dislike of viewers looking away during his films…

  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★★★★

    Every viewing of Inferno is a pleasure! There aren't many films that make perfect sense in their own right and no sense whatsoever simultaneously. Argento's story is carried not through logic but by feeling and sound. A curious girl looks for a key; drops her keys, then finds a key in a secret flooded room under a basement. A letter is carried from New York to Rome by notes of classic music. Time forsakes logic, spanning different periods in different…

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  • Devil's Possessed

    Devil's Possessed

    ★★★

    From the title, I was expecting Devil's Possessed to be some sort of Exorcist rip off, but it turns out it's actually a swashbuckling period adventure film! The plot focuses on a tyrannical despot seeking to increase his power on influence from his wife and a dodgy alchemist peddling fake science. Paul Naschy plays the aforementioned despot and makes for an effective villain, as the character is conflicted between his own desires and his nefarious influences. He also looks rather…

  • A Dragonfly for Each Corpse

    A Dragonfly for Each Corpse

    ★★★½

    Spanish Giallo done very much in the Italian style - right down to the Milan setting. The plot is pure Giallo and focuses on an investigation into a killer who is wiping the streets clean of various degenerates, and leaving each victim with a blood soaked dragonfly. The film has a very high body count and gets off to a good start with two fairly bloody murders. From there, each murder gets progressively less graphic...it's almost like they ran out…

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    This film is completely all over the place and not in good way. It gets off to a decent start, takes a sharp turn towards the end of the first third and then promptly proceeds to go down all the least interesting paths that it can find. The overall narrative makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and this is complimented by a boatload of completely unbelievable character actions. The film does succeed at creating a situation where it is difficult to…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    The Silence of the Lambs will stand forever as one of the greatest films ever made. A perfect intersection of high quality drama and nasty serial killer schlock. The multilayered story is perfectly pitched and perfectly paced. The central idea - young FBI agent works with brilliant but insane serial killer to catch another madman is wonderfully brought to life by the central cast. Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Hannibal Lecter is surely one of the best in all of cinema…