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  • The Unknown

    The Unknown

    ★★★★

    Even unarmed men are dangerous.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    "Why are people always so willing to believe that the worst is over?"

    In a critique of the Nazis' appropriation of paganism and occult belief, the famed psychoanalyst C.G. Jung penned a 1936 essay titled "Wotan" (German for the Norse god Odin) in which he articulates that the modern spirit could not be understood through economic, political or psychological factors alone but rather through mythical ones that seized upon a state of primal fury. The term he used to encapsulate…

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  • Roadgames

    Roadgames

    ★★★★

    Plucky yet relentless. Stacy Keach nails it as the gregarious guy-who-drives-a-truck-but-is-not-a-truck-driver and JLC cements her scream queen reputation as an inquisitive hitcher in this 80s gem that features one of the weirdest car chases I've ever seen.

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    The sheer brutality and nihilism of Koike's writing doesn't really make the transition from manga to screen but enough of it bleeds through to give you this fresh sense of alien doom that is otherwise lacking in other chanbara before or since. I remember watching the New World Pictures mash-up as a kid feeling utterly disturbed by Itto Ogami's almost vile single-mindedness. At least in comparison to other samurai flicks I'd seen. Wakayama suffused his portrayal of Ogami with an…