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  • The Devil Rides Out
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Ghostwatch
  • Duck Soup

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  • Winnetou: The Red Gentleman

    ★★★★

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

  • The Jungle Princess

    ★½

  • Love Story

    ★★★½

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  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★★★

    This isn't a movie. This is more like a visual album. Each murder is a track, "Bats", "Locusts", and so on, the Ten Plagues of Egypt, re-imagined in the style of a murderous Batman or Avengers TV episode. Vincent Price leads his mechanical band on the organ. The end credits might clue you in on who to root for and who is just part of the ensemble, organized into "Interested Parties", "The Law", "The Victims", "The Girl" (the wonderfully enigmatic…

  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

    Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

    ★★★★★

    There's that moment in every vampire movie where the Van Helsing-alike scoffs at existing vampire lore and lays down new facts as if they were always the truth (e.g., "Of course they can come out in the daylight, you watch too many movies!"). But there's only one movie that attempts an explanation that accounts for ALL of the different permutations of vampire lore, those already created and those not yet invented: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. There are all different kinds…

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  • Winnetou: The Red Gentleman

    Winnetou: The Red Gentleman

    ★★★★

    If I watch too many more of these, I'm going to start pricing airfare to Croatia. The Zrmanja Canyon, Tulove Grede ridge, Plitvice Lakes National Park, and Postojna Cave - and that's just for starters. The series really showcases gorgeous "Croatia as the West" scenery throughout, and it really draws the eye in a way that the Spanish locations of many Italian westerns simply don't. What's especially striking are the vast distances. A scene will take place between Winnetou and…

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    I love everything about this movie. Stunning visuals. Concepts, creatures like nothing you could have imagined. Miyazaki is the Jim Henson of anime, boundless creativity with a kind heart. Why are there a million movies and TV shows set in the so much more mundane Star Wars universe and only one Nausicaa?

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  • The Jungle Princess

    The Jungle Princess

    ★½

    Dorothy Lamour was my first 1940s movie crush, when I was a kid, sitting with my dad watching the "Road" pictures. But all these years later, I've actually never watched her in anything else. So now I see her in her first "sarong" picture, her breakout hit, and she looks like a child at 22. She's beautiful anyway, the camera lingering on her face and her beaming smile. I wish it were enough to carry a picture but it's not…

  • Love Story

    Love Story

    ★★★½

    Melodrama? You're soaking in it! Two people afflicted with movie illnesses (those are the ones that are chronic, fatal even, yet leave no outward marks and everyone just goes about their days like everyone else) meet and fall in love but know that it can never be, and never last. Alas! Poor Margaret Lockwood, concert pianist, and Stewart Granger, mining engineer. Only chain-smoking theater manager and actress Patricia Roc is ready to embrace the reality, or so she says, anyway.…