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  • The Wicker Man
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • 3 Women
  • Irreversible

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  • Dead Girls

    ★★★

  • The Young Nurses

    ★★★½

  • The Fool Killer

    ★★★★★

  • Knock at the Cabin

    ★★★½

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  • Dead Girls

    Dead Girls

    ★★★

    I love how this the deranged professor's theory is supposed to be all about physics, while it is apparently all about chemistry. Complete with bubbling beakers and test tubes. Also there is animal testing.

    In the prof's apartment, all the beakers bubble with no heating element underneath them. Far out.

    1980s frames freakout.

    "OK class, tomorrow we will continue our discussion on the black holes."

    Did Bikini Kill ever go on retreats to "get their heads together" as a group?…

  • The Young Nurses

    The Young Nurses

    ★★★½

    Early, dark New World Pictures madness on par with the other great films in the early 1970s "nurses" cycle.

    I don't want to give anything away, except that there are drug cartels, motorcycles, yacht races, throat stabbings, emergency vehicles, equal opportunity club scenes, embezzlement, and of course, politically-minded young nurses with principles and no boundaries.

    Also, I got points toward my Sam Fuller and Dick Miller merit badges.

    With a mad crowd at The New Beverly Cinema.

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    Anytime, anywhere. For my money, Spielberg made 5 perfect films, and this one is at the top. Not a wasted shot, pitch perfect casting, pitch perfect dialogue. No sentimental hokum, and a Mamet ending.

    I find when talking to others that the legacy of this film (in terms of "inventing the summer blockbuster," "shark movie," etc.) tends to overshadow what a finely crafted thriller it, so much so that it I think it might be called one of the few "creature" films of the 1970s with an auteur stamp.

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★★★

    Masterpiece.

    As much as in her legendary performance in FAT CITY, Susan Tyrell takes this completely insane horror hayride to the next level. It would have been a fine movie without her, more than likely, but she gives it life.

    I have asked three cinephile friends for their theories on the the family history here, and have gotten three different answers.

    Code Red blu-ray.