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(Neo-noirs for November.)

Favorite films

  • Le Samouraï
  • Blow Out
  • Blood Simple
  • American Gigolo

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  • Vicious Lips

  • Nemesis

  • Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

    ★★★★

  • Another Day, Another Man

    ★★★½

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  • Inferno

    Inferno

    ★★★★½

    I last watched this around eight years ago, and at the time found it to be one of my least favourite Argentos. I must have been in a bad mood at the time, because revisiting it now, it’s gone up significantly in my esteem. So naturally I went back to my old review and tried to unpack, at least for my own benefit, what my issues were at the time and why it worked better for me this time around.…

  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★★★

    I've seen Scanners a few times now, and with each viewing I seem to go back and forth on Stephen Lack's performance. No, I've never thought that it was actually "good", but I'm torn between whether he's a bad actor who is used well in the movie or a bad actor who deflates the centre of the movie. With this viewing, I'm leaning towards the former. To put it kindly, Lack is a limited actor, perhaps because he wasn't primarily…

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  • Vicious Lips

    Vicious Lips

    I’ve struggled to gel to the Pyun films I’ve seen previously, but I think this one with its incident-lite structure gives space to his aesthetics to breathe, contacting the visual and narrative clutter that’s kept his work at arm’s length from me. The lack of plot and flashback-heavy structure suggest that money ran out faster than anyone expected, but they enhance the hangout vibes. There’s a good amount of Café Flesh in this (minus the 👉 👌), but where Sayadian uses these aesthetics ironically and to create a sense of purgatory, Pyun’s love for them feels 100% sincere.

  • Another Day, Another Man

    Another Day, Another Man

    ★★★½

    I'd been less than eager to get to this movie as I understood that it used a fair amount of footage from Bad Girls Go to Hell and My Brother's Wife, and the latter I hadn't been a fan of. I'm glad I held off for a bit, as I don't think I would have gotten as much out of it if I hadn't been immersed in this mode of Wishman's work for the last few weeks as I've been…

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  • The Seventh Curse

    The Seventh Curse

    ★★★★

    We open with a standoff between cops and crooks. The cops have the crooks surrounded but the crooks have a sharpshooter. Our hero, proving what great big cojones he has, enacts a scheme to surprise the bad guys by pretending to be a doctor, but it nearly goes awry when the nurse who's supposed to accompany him turns out to be a pesky reported not in on his idea. What erupts is as rollicking as any action scene in mid-'80s…

  • Commando

    Commando

    ★★★★½

    I'm trying to picture what was going through James Horner's head as he composed this movie's soundtrack. I can picture him, sitting in the recording studio, shaking his head as he listened to each iteration of the score. No, no, no. More drum machine. More weird wind chimes. More wildly inappropriate sexy saxophone music. More moody synth undertone that doesn't mesh at all with any of the other instruments being used. More tense pan flute. More steel drums. Never mind…