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  • Homicide
  • The Train
  • The Batman
  • Sid & Nancy

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  • Reservoir Dogs

    ★★★★

  • Across 110th Street

    ★★★★½

  • The 400 Blows

    ★★★★½

  • Secret Honor

    ★★★

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  • Across 110th Street

    Across 110th Street

    ★★★★½

    Terrific hybrids would do best to predate The Friends of Eddie Coyle and Homicide. At least when it comes to the mutual aspects of how theft and murder will lead to a risky getaway or why bitter police work is dictated by race. Aside from those contrasts, this film owns as a singular work (filmed with handheld brashness in Harlem's scuzzy streets) along with grippingly vast storytelling between the Italian Mob, Black gangsters, crooked hoodlums and enraged cops. Literally all…

  • Secret Honor

    Secret Honor

    ★★★

    Opening six minutes where Nixon is observed (as he wordlessly paces around with a loaded gun, a Chivas Regal bottle and a tape recorder) are the only moments of relief in this relentless one-man monologue. So anyone who's after a screed of self-justified rage for almost an hour and a half will likely be gripped. Anyone who's not, well, it'll seem damn near unendurable. "Testing, one, two, three, four", he tells someone named Roberto, before suggesting the tape should be…

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  • Heathers

    Heathers

    ★★★★

    Do a census and most people would favour John Hughes' coming-of-age misfits, the raunchier shtick in Porky's, or those hangout vibes in Fast Times. It's no surprise they were more palatable to the general crowd. On a more pungent note, there stood a revengeful, satirically anti-suicide black comedy which subverted American teen society with its cynical eyes. This movie is hilariously nasty, ahead of its time and still relevant. And no doubt, I get a sadistic smirk as liquid drainer…

  • Arabian Nights

    Arabian Nights

    ★★★★

    In which Pasolini's observance on life, death and prurience has now reached its peak. Took me until the third installment to get gobsmacked...but what he's learned and achieved in the final chapter is an ability to touch upon deeper, human qualities. Interestingly, the topics remain similar to The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, as does his dependence on untraditional storytelling to subvert traditional roles. If there's a key difference now, it's that wonderfully human edge. He's unlocked a magnificent feeling…