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  • Hour of the Wolf

    ★★★★

  • Onibaba

    ★★★★½

  • The Evil Dead

    ★★★½

  • A Bay of Blood

    ★★★

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  • Little Murders

    Little Murders

    ★★★★½

    In this New York of snipers, phone breathers, roving gangs, constant brownouts, and 345 unsolved homicides, Alfred Chamberlain (Elliot Gould) has responded in the best way he can, he shrugs and tries to avoid it; apathy is his armor. When he is rescued from a seemingly daily beating by Patsy (Marcia Rodd) he doesn't bother to thank her, or to extricate her from the thugs, he just moseys away as though he was in a dream. This irritates, but also…

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★½

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    #14 of 52
    If you want your dreams to come true, then you first need to have dreams. Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph)doesn't seem like a guy that dreams much beyond what he was told that he should want, and now that he has achieved it, he feels hollowed out. If he had ever gotten beyond job, wife, house (birth, school, work, death) none of this would have been a temptation in the first place. But he…

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  • Hour of the Wolf

    Hour of the Wolf

    ★★★★

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    #9 of 31
    I wish Bergman had delved more into horror, because his and Nykvist's style are well-suited to it. Mind you, this wouldn't pass muster with the jump scare and gross body horror fans, but it does combine that existential dread of possible madness with nightmares that might be real, but might just be nightmares. I couldn't really tell whether the action was taking place in Johan's (Von Sydow) head, as a remembrance of Alma (Liv Ullmann)…

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★½

    OCTOBER
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    #15 of 31
    Desperation turns a woman and her mother-in-law into murderers and scavengers. This is a very pessimistic film, beautifully shot, about how war and destruction destroy our human identity. Left to fend for themselves while son/husband, Kichi is at war, the mother (Nobuko Otowa) and wife/daughter-in-law (Jotsuko Yoshimura) have their crops destroyed by war and weather, and now live in a hut in a grassland by a river. The constantly whirling tall grass is inviting for…

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  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    ★★★★½

    OCTOBER
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    #25 of 31
    The Maitland's (Geena Davis & Alec Baldwin) had to die, otherwise their toxic cuteness might have created an impenetrable zone of sacchariferous sweetness that would envelop large parts of Connecticut. Kind of like The Zone in Stalker. This couple clearly needed someone like Beetlegeuse (Michael Keaton) or at the least Delia Deetz, (Catherine O'Hara) to counter their contagious mushiness. Look what they did to nice, self-respecting proto Goth-girl, Lydia (Winona Ryder). By the end of the…

  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    I don't know what else can be said about this, aside from it being one of the most incredible examples of cinematic art ever filmed. Part Italian Neo-realism, part Hollywood drama, great New York location shooting, fabulous script, absolutely jaw dropping acting, and an amazing score. I think it's safe to say that this is like the Continental Divide of American films. There's American films before On The Waterfront and American films after On The Waterfront. Everything and everyone in…