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  • The Desert Rats

    The Desert Rats

    ★★★

    The Desert Rats is a fairly standard 1950's World War II picture. The film focuses on a theatre of war that doesn't get covered as much in media. The action takes place in North Africa, and primarily the siege of Tobruk. As the British and Anzac forces had to repel Rommel's forces, wave after wave over the course of eight months, using every trick in the book to make sure that the German forces were unable to reach the Suez…

  • Rainy Dog

    Rainy Dog

    ★★★★

    I’m happy I can finally say that I’ve watched a great Takashi Miike film. Rainy Dog retains all the gritty, stylish motifs that Miike is known for, but this time his story is grounded in reality. Rainy Dog tells the story of a struggling Japanese hitman that hates the rain as he’s living out in Taiwan. His world is upheaved when a woman from his past informs him that he has a son, which she dumps on him.

    The film…

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  • 1922

    1922

    ★★★★

    1922 is a slow, methodical look at guilt and the consequences of moral compromise. Adapted from Stephen King’s novella, 1922 is a film that will divide certain audiences. After a summer of successful, suspenseful King adaptations (IT, Gerald’s Game), this is almost an anti-king film, it’s a film that basks in its atmosphere. It's also a film that's solely focused on its characters rather than plot. Thomas Jane stars as Wilfred James a dedicated ranch owner who conspires with his…

  • Hardcore

    Hardcore

    ★★★★

    Hardcore is Paul Schrader’s lurid odyssey into the seedy underbelly of pornography and prostitution in 1970’s California. George C. Scott stars a conservative midwestern businessman who scours every street corner and dirty back alley in search of his missing teenage daughter whose been spotted appearing in underground porno films.

    Coming off the success of writing Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece Taxi Driver, this film is essentially a B movie companion piece. Hardcore is a well written slow burn that has become slightly…