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  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    Four Flies on Grey Velvet

    ★★★★

    This is a film that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it is an example of enthralling style transcending the narrative substance, and in a way that is defiant and excellent. And at the same time, there are moments where the narrative resonates with deep emotional impact and even tragedy. This is why this film is a brilliant masterpiece for me, and arguably the best of the “Animal Trilogy” for me. Mimsy Farmer’s performance in particularly is tonally…

  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    The Cat o' Nine Tails

    ★★★½

    I have an up-and-down relationship with this film: sometimes I really love this film, and other times I think it’s just good but not great. But even with that, I never think this is terrible, and indeed, I think that even on an off day, this film is intriguing and very entertaining in parts. It has some great POV camera work, and some eerie shots and exhilarating and devastating murder scenes (in particular one scene taking place in public in…

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  • Manila in the Claws of Light

    Manila in the Claws of Light

    ★★★★★

    If this does not blow your mind by the film’s closing seconds, I don’t know what else to say.  Just watch it.  Believe me, it is a masterpiece.  I just watched it for the first time, without much knowledge of the cinema of the Philippines, and I am numb and my senses are fried.  This is a powerful and shocking work, with a killer musical score.

  • Clue

    Clue

    ★★★★★

    It is like happiness distilled into 90 minutes of film.  
    Its mission is to entertain and make you smile.  And it succeeds and then some.   It is CLUE.

    CLUE is a mystery thriller and screwball comedy.  And its brilliance is how breathless its pace is with its comic lines, each of which shines like gold and miraculously gets BETTER as the film ages.  
    I love this film with great affection and it never fails to make me laugh and smile and laugh again.  

    And the caliber of the quality of the dialogue is so strong that this should be studied in screenwriting classes.