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  • Almost Human

    ★★★★

  • Boiler Room

    ★★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★

  • Redneck

    ★★★★

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  • Almost Human

    Almost Human

    ★★★★

    It’s a prime day for cowards in America so how better to recognize it than with the biggest Italian coward, Tomas Milian in Almost Human. This is the best Lenzi film of his ‘70s period — reckless, violent, angry and hateful, just a cascade of bad guys doing bad things to all sorts of people, sometimes just because, at a steady clip that builds up the suspense. Henry Silva is wooden as usual, and Ray Lovelock kinda figures how to keep up, but this is Milian’s show and he chews on every scene (and chews on something in every scene).

  • Boiler Room

    Boiler Room

    ★★★★

    Gets so much right, so much down, that the maudlin parts almost don’t register as the dumb blind pathos they are. Performances are career turns for sure, esp. Vin Diesel and Nicky Katt (where’d he go?). Absolutely nails the era and the white and Jewish deez dem and doze outer borough/bridge & tunnel guys who came up co-opting hiphop in the ‘90s, for better or worse; furthermore it recharges the discovery of self through work ethic vein that runs through both…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    35mm original Italian print at the Music Box. Decent translation in subtitles, which were being live projected from a PowerPoint deck from the booth — they missed a few cues but mostly did OK, and really revealed how wrong the English dubbing was for this one. The sound was greatly improved tonight as well, probably because I didn’t sit in the back, and it wasn’t some deafening modern surround sound experience. Really made me appreciate the film and its use…

  • The Farmer

    The Farmer

    ★★★

    Deeply weird, unsettling revenger from the ‘70s, thought to be lost. Released by Columbia in the David Begelman era, it’s fittingly the kind of movie a studio might want to wash its hands of. The copy going around is not great and a couple of scenes are dropped out, but the idea is definitely here. Troubled, debt-ridden WWII vet hero rural farmer (Gary Conway, absolutely wooden) saves the life of a gambler who just fleeced the syndicate, and through a…