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  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Suspiria
  • Flamingo Road

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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    ★★★★★

  • The Bloodstained Shadow

    ★★★½

  • The Hills Run Red

    ★★★

  • Park Row

    ★★★★

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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    ★★★★★

    Kind of the best example of 60s Cold War spy movies capturing the essence of being a Cold War spy. The lecture is the West is a purely defensive alliance but cannot let that take away from taking measures that might be as cruel or crueler even than what the East was using. Coming in from the cold in this movie becomes much more than moving from operations to a desk in personnel. The Cold War was remarkable for how…

  • The Bloodstained Shadow

    The Bloodstained Shadow

    The pace dragged at times but the setting was always interesting and atmospheric with an alluring soundtrack. Subdued films can come to llife and when they do, the pleasure is greater? An island a ferry boat ride away from Venice with its own cathedral and assortment of characters including the priest, a woman who does seances, a wealthy aristocratic pedophile, and some dark secrets to conceal when the priest's younger brother arrives to visit accompanied by a young woman he…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    A crew of scientists and assorted oddballs at a US research station in Antarctica confront an alien monster from space introduced into their midst by a cute Husky being chased from above by a couple of crazed Norwegians in a helicopter trying to shoot and kill it. It's such a deceiving setup. That opening segment is what introduces both the monster and the paranoia the monster's going to provoke as the Americans eventually get a handle on why the Hell…

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★★★

    For John Wayne to hate it, High Noon must have been a pretty groundbreaking film. It's not only that the "hero" Gary Cooper pleads with the citizens of Hadleyville for "brave" deputies to ostensibly eliminate a potential threat, an ex-convict who the film implies was released from a date with the gallows by "northern" politicians along with three gunmen which include the likes of Lee Van Cleef himself but also Robert J Wilke, but the citizens, in church on Sunday…