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  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★

    When Brando speaks Spanish...

  • Innocence

    Innocence

    ★★★★★

    Lucile Hadzihalilovic, the director and co-writer of "Innocence," must've felt as I did after watching Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock": That the oneiric first act should've been the tone of the whole film. Hadzihalilovic does just that with this one, although in a more subdued and ambiguous manner, with a touch of "The Handmaiden's Tale" in keeping with the film's source material ("Mine-Haha, or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls " by Frank Wedekind).

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  • The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

    The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

    ★★★

    This seems like the ultimate Something Weird movie: low budget, mostly poorly done, with scenes ranging from the stylish and exciting to the bizarre to bad then dull. It's lo-fi mania, a Southern nightmare like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, just much less terrifying and oddly charming.

    What stood out the most was the masked yet nude blonde killer and her knifed kills. Lots of cuts and fast editing of bodies standing as if still in each shot yet wavering in space-time,…

  • Eyeball

    Eyeball

    ★★★

    Umberto Lenzi might’ve been the goofiest of all the Italian B-movie mavericks. He dabbled in every genre cycle, reliably replicating the standard forms of narrative and style with some technical competence. Yet, as he went for excess and intensity he simultaneously induced laughter, likely unintentionally. This placed him at a lower quality level than directors like Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci, but it made him enjoyable nonetheless.

    “Eyeball” is no deviation. It’s a familiar type of giallo and by its…