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  • The Big Knife

    The Big Knife

    ★★★★½

    The Big Knife was right up my alley and I quickly fell in love with it.  Palance plays a womanizing actor that is being pressured to sign a contract by an outrageously menacing Rod Steiger who knows a secret from Palance’s past that puts him in a vulnerable position.  Ida Lupino plays Palance’s wife who is fed up with his ways and threatens to leave him if he goes and signs the contract.  An extremely tense film that is all about the performances, which the film is stacked.  Palance, Lupino, and Steiger are all on fire for the entire film.

  • Hangmen Also Die!

    Hangmen Also Die!

    ★★★★

    Fritz Lang’s WWII noir that is about Nazi oppupied Prague where the Nazi Administrator has just been assassinated and the killer is helped by the ever growing resistance.  The Nazis are depicted as heinous overlords that will turn on their informants as soon as a new opportunity presents itself.  The film was made in America before the US was involved in WWII and has a strong propagandistic vibe to it that isn’t a distraction.  The noir theme is much stronger than the war themes, which is also a nice touch.

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  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★★

    Forget Requiem for a Dream, Less Than Zero, or The Basketball Diaries.  Brain Damage is the ultimate of anti-drug films.  The film has a perfect mix of comedy, horror, and tragedy.  Somehow this film has hit it's apex now, this is Frank Henenlotter's magnum opus.  From his typical NYC locales, the insane amount of practical effects, a protagonist that you can sympathize with, and a great use of self-referencing with characters from other Henenlotter films to show the fact that…

  • Thunder III

    Thunder III

    ★★½

    Thunder started as a straight riff on First Blood, but at this point in the series it’s almost like the filmmakers forget what film they are trying to emulate in between scenes.  There’s a little Rambo 3, quite a bit of Road Warrior, and a lot of Walking Tall.  Mark Gregory style that is!!!