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|50 T4||The Strange Tale of Oyuki (1992) - Jul 05, 2017|
|58 T6||It Comes at Night (2017) - Jul 05, 2017
"In same vein as recent horror films like It Follows & The Witch (also from A24). This one goes even further and doesn't really show any "monster" at all, which seems to be a big issue for a lot of viewers. I admired the effort, but felt that the film could have benefited from more exposition. Now it's a beautifully shot film with a strong atmosphere and good acting, but feels too much like an exercise. Writer/director Shults is definitely one to watch, but he could use a co-writer next time."
|59 T7||Tony Manero (2008) - Jun 28, 2017
"1st film from Pablo Larrain that I've seen. It's a grim film with a strange premise which works surprisingly well. Hard to label - I'd say that it's a drama with pitch black comedy and enough suspense and sleaze to turn into a horror/exploitation film in less competent hands. The film takes place in Pinochet's Chile which gives it another dimension altogether. Larrain's naturalistic direction aside, it's biggest asset is the creepy central performance by Alfredo Castro."
|54 T5||The Camp on Blood Island (1958) - Jun 26, 2017
"Compact Prisoner-of-War film from Hammer Films. You can't help but compare it to Lean's River Kwai and obviously this one was done on a much smaller budget & without technicolor. The monochrome scope cinematography works quite well and Guest's direction is effective. It gives a big role to women's camp as well. It's biggest problem is the portrayal of Japanese as one note savages and having British actors play them. Of course you have to remember that in '58 the end of war wasn't that far away."
|55 T5||Siivoton juttu (1997) - Jun 22, 2017
"Surprisingly good Finnish TV-film with a sort-of more mainstream Kaurismäki feel to it. It also works as a document of Finnish depression of the 90's."
|55 T5||Nightmare at Shadow Woods (1987) - Jun 22, 2017
"This is not exactly a good film; not even a good slasher like Halloween or The Burning. Nor is it a so-bad-that-it's-good type of film, but it's still a very entertaining combination of bad acting and good & gory FX. It's also helped a lot by an effective 80's synth score, fashion and details like video games. All in all a perfect film to watch with a bunch of like minded friends and a 6-pack."
|64 T8||Candy Tangerine Man (1975) - Jun 22, 2017
"I thought I had seen all the gems the Blaxploitation genre had to offer, but this surprised me. It's obviously quite modest budgeted, but manages to overcome it with some fresh ideas. Respected family man by day. pimp by night - is something that would be handled as a HBO series nowadays. Cool dialogue, ridiculous fashion and one bad ass pimp mobile. While it's not quite A-level, it's still a lot of fun."
|37 T1||Demonoid: Messenger of Death (1981) - Jun 21, 2017
"Surprisingly serious film considering the ridiculous concept of cursed hand. It does contain some nice Mexican locations and feels bigger scale than usual when it moves the the action to USA. It's all a bit stiff and feels a lot older than it's 80's release date might suggest. There are two versions of the film, but this US cut doesn't exactly make you rush out to see the international one."
|35 T1||Lady Cocoa (1975) - Jun 21, 2017
"I really liked Cimber's Candy Tangerine Man from the same year, which had some unique ideas and was able to rise above it's low budget origins. Same cannot be said of Lady Cocoa which is part odd couple comedy & part action. It could be argued whether it's a proper blaxploitation film, but I'd say it qualifies. There are some amusing scenes like a car chase inside a hotel, but in general it lacks the groove of better entries as might be obvious from hearing the first seconds of the title song."
|45 T3||The Crimson Cult (1968) - Jun 21, 2017|