• Under the Sun of Satan

    Under the Sun of Satan

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    This was beautiful to look at. I loved the muted color palette and the natural lighting, which was occasionally broken up by very stylized high-contrast moments. But, overall this was very difficult for me to relate to. I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters emotionally, and lacking that emotional β€œin” sort of made me half-bored at the same time that I was fully engaged with the beauty of the images.

  • Pieces

    Pieces

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    Such a magical combination of terrible dialogue and nonsensical character behavior.

  • Angst

    Angst

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    So unsettling and disturbing. This is not a movie that I necessarily "like" so much as it's incredibly effective at putting the viewer in the shoes of the killer. More so than basically any other film I've seen. Not surprising that this is one of Gaspar Noe's favorites, except that this is way better than all of his films and a thousand times less self-indulgent. I really don't need to watch this ever again, but also a great piece of work.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

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    Everyone has said it a million times already, but this film is absolutely unforgettable. Still thinking about it 3 days later.

  • Cat People

    Cat People

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    A great technical achievement for such a low budget film, with by far some of the best lighting and use of shadow from this era. A+ for Nicholas Musuraca.

  • The Last House on the Left

    The Last House on the Left

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    Second viewing. Still don’t like it or find it very interesting.

  • Images

    Images

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    This film was visually gorgeous and had great sound design. I absolutely loved the mood, the style and the locations. That said, it's a pretty cold movie. Despite Susannah York's great performance, it's difficult to be emotionally invested in her character, but somehow I was okay with that. The coldness felt appropriate for the detached way in which she interacts with the ghosts of her past and present. This might not fully land emotionally, but I really liked watching it.

  • In Fabric

    In Fabric

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    This was a refreshingly weird film. Definitely not for everyone. This was my first Strickland film, so I had no idea what to expect, but I was all in especially with the giallo elements. Β I was slightly disappointed with the structure of this story, but I think it ultimately pays off.

  • The Passionate Friends

    The Passionate Friends

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    Expertly directed with profound character detail. Β Beautifully sad.

  • Fear Is the Key

    Fear Is the Key

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    This was unexpectedly entertaining. Great chase scenes. Great plot twists. I love it when what you assume to be a conventional action film surprises you like this!

  • Blood on the Moon

    Blood on the Moon

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    Loved this noir western combo. Mitchum is perfect for this role.

  • Cowboy

    Cowboy

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    Enjoyable watch, but kind of weird. This film's deconstruction of masculinity was refreshing to see for a film of this era, and Glenn Ford was good (maybe not quite as good as 3:10 to Yuma), but Jack Lemmon's shift from naive and ethical to hardened and callous was a little abrupt and unbelievable. Β That said, I love to watch any western directed by Delmer Daves.