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  • Blow-Up
  • White Heat
  • Inherent Vice
  • Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

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  • Knife of Ice

    ★★★★½

  • Deep Red

    ★★★★★

  • Belle de Jour

    ★★★★½

  • A Quiet Place to Kill

    ★★★★½

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  • Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    ★★★★★

    I'd be hard-pressed to name a more vile human than the disgusting Olviero Rouvigney (Luigi Pistilli) in Sergio Martino's "Vice".

    In the first 15 minutes of the film, he verbally abuses and beats his wife, makes bigoted remarks and sexually harrasses the maid, cheats on his wife, threatens to kill his wife, lies to the cops, tries to sleep with his own niece, scares a nice elderly woman, locks his wife in a closet, and stashes a body in the…

  • Confessions of a Police Captain

    Confessions of a Police Captain

    ★★★★★

    Damn!

    Luciano Catenacci, the actor who plays bad guy Dubrosio in "Confessions of a Police Captain" is an all-time Mafia character. I'm really surprised Scorcesi never used him. Maybe he can't speak English. But for my money, he's right up there with Dennis Farina, Gandolfini, Pesci in "The Irishman", all the greats. This guy seems to be more pure evil than any of them though; he's got no qualms with killing innocent women on the streets of his Palermo, throwing…

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  • Knife of Ice

    Knife of Ice

    ★★★★½

    This is a bizarre one from Umberto Lenzi. Bizarrely fantastic!

    Part of the reason it seems so weird is because of the oddball dubbing job--the characters' voice actors play it totally campy, almost like an episode of the Brady Bunch or something. Except instead of "Marsha Marsha Marsha" it's "Martha Martha Martha".

    The camp dialogue contrasts sharply with the viciousness happening on screen. For example, a little girl gets a kitty for her birthday, and the kitty promptly gets covered…

  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★★

    With so much else going on in "Profundo Rosso", I just wanted to mention how skillfully Argento takes the piss out of the cops.

    At the crime scene, they are more interested in drinking espresso out of a thermos than investigating the crime scene.

    An even bigger indictment is when the lead detective makes fun of Hemmings for being a musician. The cop is a complete ignoramus, and Argento shows us that through the vocal criticism of Hemmings' art. A…

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  • Who Saw Her Die?

    Who Saw Her Die?

    ★★★½

    Who Saw Her Die is a grim giallo directed by Aldo Lado and Vittorio De Sisti. Unfortunately, even two directors together weren't able to turn this into a very top tier tale.

    The film is set in a cold, dreary Venice. A brutal opening flashback scene kicks the movie off, wherein a little girl is killed and hastily buried in the snow just seconds before her mother arrives on the scene. Flash forward to the present, where Franco Serpieri (George…

  • Belle de Jour

    Belle de Jour

    ★★★★½

    ⭐Spoiler Below⭐

    "Belle de Jour" is a master class in the art of film-making by Luis Buñuel, and a master class in acting by Catherine Deneuve.

    Ambiguity is the name of the game for Buñuel, letting the viewer decide what parts of the action are real and what parts are dreams.

    Some might sum the film up with something like "rich bitch goes slumming, jealous trick shoots husband". But there is more to this than that. Deneuve is an ice…