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  • Frankenstein
  • Shoah
  • After Life
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

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  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    ★★★★

  • The Mighty Peking Man

    ★★

  • The Devil's Rain

    ★★★½

  • The Sound of 007

    ★★★★

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  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    Lady Chatterley's Lover

    ★★★★

    This is probably the best version I’ve seen of LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER, although I haven’t had the stamina to see all of them.  Most seem to dwell on the “sexy” factor in dire consequence to the storyline.  This one seems a bit underwritten regarding character depth, but the performances go far in making up for that.
       
    The story is a famous one.  A Baronet, disabled during the war and paralyzed from the waist down, wants an heir to…

  • The Mighty Peking Man

    The Mighty Peking Man

    ★★

    I had heard of THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN for many years, and usually that it was a poor knock-off of KING KONG.  Actually, there’s more than a casual nod to SHEENA, QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE, too.  Of course, it gained lots of notoriety when Quentin Tarantino acknowledged his appreciation of it.  All in all, it seemed like a very promising Saturday matinee movie.
       
    The version I watched on the Arrow Channel was the original Mandarin language release.  Would…

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  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★★

    When I first saw DIRTY HARRY, I was several months underage.  The older brother of my best friend worked at the theater as an usher and agreed to “pass” me.  I was so excited to be seeing a film in the theater that had nudity and bloody violence.  (Hey, I led a sheltered life.)
        
    What I took away from it was a healthy respect for an incredibly intense story, the most believably real psychopathic villain I’ve still ever…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★

    When I saw the original 1947 film and learned that Guillermo del Toro would be doing a remake, I was in “Film Fan Heaven.”  As much as I enjoyed NIGHTMARE ALLEY with Tyrone Power, I thought that it missed details that would have made it great (although some of the omissions were probably due to the Production Code).  Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t miss the details.
       
    And he didn’t.
       
    From FREAKS to SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES,…