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  • Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw

    ★★★½

  • Descent Into the Maelstrom: The Untold Story of Radio Birdman

    ★★★½

  • All the Colors of the Dark

    ★★★½

  • Lady in Cement

    ★★★

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  • Paranoia

    Paranoia

    ★★★★★

    A Psychedelic Psychosexual Thriller!

    Carroll Baker gives a fantastic no-holds-barred performance as a wealthy, MILFish, alcoholic, recently-widowed socialite. She spits out lines like, “When I think of myself I want to vomit!” while portraying the closest thing this film offers to a sympathetic character. As the story’s troubled protagonist she gets dragged through a living hell, hitting every mark between enchanted, inebriated, tormented, and gaslit. But the real star performance here is Umberto Lenzi’s direction. Lenzi’s lens zooms, rack-focuses, and…

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  • Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw

    Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw

    ★★★½

    Rural sexploitation/action/comedy flicks were a dime a dozen in the 1970s. Judging Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw within the scope of that subgenre, I’d rate it above average by virtue of AIP’s usual quality-on-a-budget production standards.

    Whether through ace exploitation casting savvy or sheer luck, this film really capitalizes on its stars. Lynda Carter, who appears topless in several scenes, became a household name by playing Wonder Woman on TV around the same time this film was released. The male lead, Marjoe…

  • Descent Into the Maelstrom: The Untold Story of Radio Birdman

    Descent Into the Maelstrom: The Untold Story of Radio Birdman

    ★★★½

    Functional but unremarkable documentary about a dysfunctional but remarkable band. 

    Descent Into the Maelstrom attempts to tell the story of Australian outlaw proto-punk band Radio Birdman. During the interviews band members sometimes contradict each other, but it all serves to illuminate the volatile chemistry behind the great music. Director Jonathan Sequeira himself singled out the best aspect of this production, “One of the things I’m proudest of is that there are no guest musicians telling you why they like Radio Birdman. No…

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  • Pistol

    Pistol

    ★★★★

    Let’s get a couple disclaimers out of the way, shall we? First, every episode of Pistol begins with an onscreen message that reads, “The following is inspired by actual events.” Inspired by, not based on, so it should go without saying that some liberties were taken for economy of storytelling. Second, this is a rise-and-fall band biopic and it adheres closely to that established formula. If you are willing to accept this miniseries on those terms, there’s a lot to…

  • All the Colors of the Dark

    All the Colors of the Dark

    ★★★½

    Unusual giallo with occult and gothic horror elements. The opening psychedelic nightmare sequence is wild. After that attention-grabbing phantasmagoria, the story settles in with Jane (Edwige Fenech) suffering from depression and recurring bad dreams as she struggles to cope with past trauma, including a recent miscarriage. A neighbor suggests that attending a Black Mass might help lift her spirits! 

    All the Colors of the Dark is original and artful but it didn’t rock my world like The Strange Vice of Mrs.…