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  • That Malicious Age

    That Malicious Age 1975

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2015

    With just two conflicting reviews on a certain site and a low overall score I was not expecting much from this but couldn't resist the presence of Gloria Guida. Much to my surprise I enjoyed it a lot. The opening sequence is inaccurately described in one of those reviews but does represent a stunning opening. It also gives the film a certain edge that it retains till the end. The imbalance between the sexes as
    portrayed in Italian films is…

  • Double Suicide

    Double Suicide 1969

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2015

    Fine film. I usually prefer non historic Japanese films but this is really very good and the tendency to being ponderous is not here at all. Watched this after seeing the wonderful Pale Flower, directed by Masahiro Shinoda a few years before this and was not disappointed. The film opens with a discussion as to how the suicide sequence is to be shot and we see traditional Kabuki puppets, all during the opening credits. Historic setting and very traditional goings…

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2015 1

    This is a profound and engrossing film. Peter Strickland is clearly less a fan of cinema than a fanatic for film and there is a difference. He believes that film does not depict reality but is a reproduction of reality and therein lies his fascination. He is excited by this process and through his films similarly excites us. In this film, ostensibly about a couple of ladies living out a BDSM relationship in a rambling old mansion, his filmic inspiration…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    Strip Nude for Your Killer 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2013 1

    I didn’t think much of this when I first saw it and don’t think much of it now. It’s terrible really because the girls are great and it looks good most of the time with plenty of sexy kills. The title, salacious though it is, is pretty accurate, but the predictable tale plods along and in the end produces a killer we have not only not seen but did not know existed! Distortion on the soundtrack doesn’t help this one.…