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  • Cosh Boy

    Cosh Boy 1953

    ★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2015

    Released in America as The Slasher(though no one is ever slashed in the film), this one came in the same Film Noir DVD set as Twilight Women. Cosh Boy is a bit more understandable as noir, dealing as it does with crime and shadowy alleyways, yet it's still misleading to apply that label to it. The violence and fatalism in films noir tend to be more baroque, but here those elements are earthier and more depressingly mundane.

    This is a…

  • Women of Twilight

    Women of Twilight 1952

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2015

    I watched this as part of a collection of British films noir, but that distinction is highly misleading. Although not quite as misleading as the poster you're probably seeing here on letterboxd.

    In actuality, this is a straight up postwar melodrama focusing on a sprawling cast of women who come and go through a boarding house for unmarried women with children. It's possible to see tinges of noir here and there, in some scenes of expressionistic lighting and a subplot…

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  • Not Quite Hollywood

    Not Quite Hollywood 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2013

    A highly entertaining look at the Australian exploitation cinema of the 70s and 80s, with equal time given to sexploitation, action flicks, and gory horror pics. The documentary does a great job of capturing the joyous sense of anarchy that comes from a group of young punks breaking the rules. Extra points for treating even the sleazy hucksters only in it for the cash as groundbreaking pioneers in their own right. A few points off for how it glosses over…

  • The Room

    The Room 2003

    ½ Added

    This film is atrocious, and my ranking represents a clear-eyed, objective view of this film's merits. My personal, subjective rating would be around a 4. This movie is fascinating, and very entertaining. There is nothing in this film that accurately represents human emotion or behavior. Nothing in this film represents reality, and that is awesome.