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  • Hercules Against the Barbarians

    Hercules Against the Barbarians

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When is a Hercules movie NOT a Hercules movie?

    When he's fighting against Genghis Khan.

    Then it's a Maciste film that AIP heads, Sam Z. Arkoff & James H. Nicholson, bought and slapped a "Hercules" moniker on it to bring in the drive-in crowd.

    I'm been watching a lot of these peplum films over the past few months (check my diary) through Amazon Prime and the aspect ratios on all of them are truncated from what looks like 2.35:1 down to…

  • The Crimson Ghost

    The Crimson Ghost

    ★★

    Cut down version "Cyclotrode X".

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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★

    In a Tom Waits song come to life, Tony Quinn plays an itinerant strongman who buys a mildly retarded girl and trains her to be his clown/assistant. They lead a miserable life on the road, which leads to accidental murder.

    Fellini's film is full of beautiful b&w photography of bleak post-war Italy and Dick Basehart appears in what I can only describe as the "Danny Kaye" role.

    Recommended for fans of depressing cinema.

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is as much a movie about family as it is about revenge.

    Oh...and it's very much about revenge.

    When "Blue Ruin" begins, Dwight is homeless and living out of his car. He's dirty and bearded (non-hipster) and is sneaking into people's houses to take surreptitious baths. Speaking as someone who has lived in his car for short periods of my crazy past, I can tell you that the time we spend with Homeless Dwight is pretty realistic.

    Except that…