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  • Carne

    Carne

    ★★★

    Fairly good exploitation melodrama from the winning team of filmmaker Armando Bó & sex-goddess Isabel Sarli, and yet a very strange one at it. Simply --and even when, it seems, this kind of situation isn't as infrequent as you might think in the movies-- there is no way I would get turned on by the sight of Sarli while her character is going through some evil circumstance such as the whole rape ordeal she has to endure here.

    Bó goes even…

  • Born to Kill

    Born to Kill

    ★★★½

    "Lawrence Tierney stars in a sumptuous melodrama directed by Robert Wise"

    Like many other reviewers, I got to know this man's man, tough-as-nails character who was a star of B productions and film noirs for a little while during the 40s thanks to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Now, having watched two of Lawrence Tierney's most significant outputs side by side, his breakthrough role in Dillinger (1945) and this sumptuous yet gritty melodrama nicely executed by Robert Wise, I can get…

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  • 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…

  • 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…