|60 35%||Land of Doom (1986) - Mar 30, 2020
"It's a crappy Mad Max clone. It's pretty bad, but as a low budget, probably direct to VHS , movie, it's not all bad. It actually has a nice message of cooperation and not raping people with a decent pace and plot. It goes off the rails at the end though. What's with the music? Cheesy Saturday morning cartoon music during the big shootout. And then rock pillars start blowing up for some reason. If you like bad movies, this is a fun easy to watch romp."
|100 92%||Death of a Cyclist (1955) - Mar 30, 2020
"This was excellent; a smart, well throughout Spanish Noir with social critique. Lucia Bose plays the coldest of cold bitches. She is the meanest Femme Fatale I've seen so far. And Carlos Casaravilla plays the slickest and most exciting blackmailer I've ever seen. When the two share the screen, the verbal jousting is too much! As a whole, Death of a Cyclist's biggest strength is its ability to be completely over the top in direction, but its story holds back to emphasize the big moments."
|90 79%||Crime Wave (1954) - Mar 30, 2020
"This 74 minutes of pure noir goodness races by too quickly. Probably one of the most straightforward noirs I've seen, Crime Wave does almost everything perfect to separate itself from other crime thrillers of the era. There are noirs with more to say and others are more original, but Crime Wave is probably the purest form of pulpy American film noir."
|50 22%||House of Wax (1953) - Mar 29, 2020
"Pretty much exactly the same as the original except this one has Vincent Price."
|10 2%||New Gladiators (1984) - Mar 29, 2020
"It's sad that I wish this was Deathsport (1978). At least the miniatures are cool, and there is nothing scarier than white guys dressed in all white."
|60 35%||Super Fly (1972) - Mar 26, 2020
"I'm trying to keep this movie in the context it was made -- New York in the 70s, but it isn't easy. The mindset behind this movie is a relic. The glorification of selling drugs and toxic attitudes is a little unsettling. I understand the context of crime as a method of escaping racial oppression but seeing it as power fantasy on-screen... well, it is something we would never see today. And for its uniqueness, I like a lot about Super Fly. It knows what it is and what it wants. I respect that."
|85 72%||Across 110th Street (1972) - Mar 26, 2020
"The best Blaxploitation film I've seen. It takes the hallmarks of police brutality, racism, crime as an escape, community strength, gangs, and a strong black presence and mixes it with noir's flair for melodrama and sense of style. It's not perfect, the middle sags due to too many thin characters and not enough focus, but the strong style and gritty story kept me watching. There was one "what moment" where it cuts to a night scene to a daytime scene and back to a night scene."
|100 92%||Elevator to the Gallows (1958) - Mar 26, 2020
"This was my first non-English speaking noir film. Despite not personally loving this movie, I can't recommend it enough. Malle has successfully merged French sensibilities -- this movie is French New Wave before French New Wave was a thing -- with the gritty American melodrama. Malle's obsession with Parians streets and highways in this movie are striking."
|80 64%||I Wake Up Screaming (1941) - Mar 16, 2020
"My brain hurt from I Wake Up Screaming's tonal whiplash. My brain hurt from I Wake Up Screaming's tonal whiplash. It's like they took two films, a dark and gritty thriller and a light romantic comedy, and spliced the reels together to make one movie. I counted three groan-worthy jokes in a movie where a young woman has to help track down her sister's murderer. But it doesn't suck and everything makes sense! Strong visuals, a breakneck plot and a villain who is possibly the best I've ever see."
|65 44%||The Big Doll House (1971) - Mar 16, 2020
"I hope there is something more to The Big Doll House because I feel dirty for watching it and I liked it. I'm not deluded enough to think there is some high-minded message or meaning in TnA films like this, but there is something about revelling in the filth. Roger Corman knew what people liked and gave us juuuuuust enough to keep it out of porno theatres, under budget, and how to keep our attention. It is salacious, taboo, and not wholly likeable. I think there are lessons to be learnt here. "