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  • Hyde and Hare

    Hyde and Hare

    ★★★★★

    While in the process of writing some academic paper --yeah, I'm still at it--, I've rewatched (again) Rouben Mamoulian's unsurpassed classic, and, so all you know very well, this animated feature is included in the special edition DVD from 2004... Need I say more? Just like Dr. Jekyll himself(?) to his fatal formula, I couldn't say no (yet again) to one of the most memorable versions of the Stevenson nightmare of dual personalities, evil nightly escapades and untimely transformations, among…

  • Samson and Delilah

    Samson and Delilah

    ★★★★½

    I believe George Sanders to be my all-time favorite actor nowadays. Just a week ago saw him perfectly cast as Oscar Wilde's alter ego Lord Henry Wotton in the excellent adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray from 1945. If there has ever been a thespian, not only able but, rather born a Wilde incarnation on screen, that was Sanders --needless to say! His wit, irony and devilish charm are traits I for one cannot possibly resist. I could listen…

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★★

    "The nigger in the stable has a letter from Abraham Lincoln?"

    And that is just but one quote. This is Tarantino's greatest screenplay since Pulp Fiction (1994). Every word from it is pure gold. I could picture in my mind the ominous snowy scenery suddenly getting blood-stained by reading this literary masterwork alone. Then even I could put Tim Roth or Michael Madsen in roles other than the ones they do, since I couldn't get enough of them --one of…

  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential

    ★★★★★

    A bloody mess due to police corruption in 1950s' Los Angeles is handled expertly by director Curtis Hanson: both the ideal and the immoral, the gritty side and the Hollywood lights of lore unite to create a compelling picture that is neo-noir at its tightly exhuberant best.

    Based on James Ellroy's novel, it tells a grand epic but never loses its focus on the psychological motivations of its deeply faulty antiheroes, brilliantly played by Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and Kevin…