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  • Blackie the Pirate

    Blackie the Pirate

    ★★

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

    Everyone gets a pirate film.

    About six months ago, I watched another, rather unremarkable, early 60's Italian pirate movie, Queen of the Seas, directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Maria Rohm doppelganger Lisa Gastoni. It was bland to the extreme. And, a few weeks ago, Legend of the Sea Wolf, an Italian production as well, eponymously starring Chuck Conners in addition to Barbara Bach and Ivan Rassimov.

    And here we have what, on paper, should be a load of fun.…

  • Hunt for the Skinwalker

    Hunt for the Skinwalker

    A cinematic equivalent of a dry hump.

    Pads its 2+ hour running time with a whole bunch of nothing disguised as "portentous" or "scary" moments of foreshadowing, all of which lead precisely nowhere.

    A couple of "witness" interviews and a few interesting stories do not a compelling documentary on the paranormal make.

    Now I don't claim to be a professional ufologist, cryptozoologist, or paranormal researcher...but I have seen a whole lot of Bigfoot, UFO and ghost documentaries and read not…

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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…