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Anyone can post reviews in this thread. I am neither possessive nor territorial.
If you viewed a movie or TV show and want to rate it, great. Mainstream - indie - foreign - doc - cult.
Please try to share what you liked or disliked about the film or series. Details.
Note: My own scribbles seldom focus on popular flicks. Thank you. Good luck.


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3% - 2016 - Brazil
10 Rillington Place - 1970 - UK
99.9 - 1997 - Spain
100 Streets - 2016 - UK
2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts Live Action - 2017 - USA
Abwege - 1928 - Germany
After.Life - 2009 - USA
Air Doll - 2009 - Japan
Altes Geld - 2015 - Austria
American Mary - 2012 - Canada
Another Heaven - 2000 - Japan
Anthropoid - 2016 - Czech
Apocalypse: World War I - 2014 - France
Are You Listening? - 1932 - USA
Art Of The Steal, The - 2009 - USA
Assassination - 2015 - S Korea
Atami Police Investigators - 2010 - Japan
Atomic Submarine - 1959 - USA
Attack On Titan - 2015 - Japan
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution - 2005 - UK
Bad Lieutenant - Port Of Call New Orleans - 2009 - USA
Baise Moi - 2000 - France
Beasts Of No Nation - 2015 - USA
Begin Again - 2014 - USA
Behind Green Lights - 1946 - USA
Berkeley In The Sixties - 1990 - USA
Berlin Syndrome - 2017 - Australia
Best Offer - 2013 - Italy
Best Worst Movie - 2009 - USA
Beware Of Mr Baker - 2010 - UK
Beyond The Black Rainbow - 2010 - Canada
Bien Aimes, Des - 2011 - France
Big Combo, The - 1955 - USA
Big Eyes - 2014 - USA
Bigger Splash, A - 2015 - Italy
Big Steal, The - 1949 - USA
Big Sur - 2013 - USA
Big Switch, The - 1968 - UK
Black Widow, The - 1947 - USA
Blade, The - 1995 - Hong Kong
Blind Love - 2004 - Japan
Blonde In A White Car - 1958 - France
Blood And Roses - 1960 - France
Bluebeard - 2009 - France
Bonnie Parker Story - 1958 - USA
Borderland - 2007 - USA
Bothersome Man - 2006 - Norway
Bridal Mask - 2012 - S Korea
Bridge, The - 2006 - USA
Bright Leaves - 2003 - USA
Bron Broen: S01 - 2011 - Denmark
Bukowski At Bellevue - 1970 - USA
Byzantium - 2013 - UK
Cafe Society - 2016 - USA
Calvary - 2014 - Ireland
Cass - 2008 - UK
Caught On A Train - 1980 - UK
Cérémonie, La - 1995 - France
Chronicle Of The Third Reich - 2006 - Germany
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood - 1995- UK
City Hunter - 2011 - S Korea
Cockneys Vs Zombies - 2012 - UK
Code Inconnu: Récit Incomplet de Divers Voyages - 2000 - France
Collateral Beauty - 2016 - USA
Come And See - 1985 - Soviet Union
Conspiracy In The Court - 2007 - S Korea
Copie Conforme - 2010 - France
Crimean War, The - 1997 - UK
Criminal Lovers - 1999 - France
Crimson Rivers - 2000 - France
Crimson Peak - 2015 - USA
Cry Danger - 1951 - USA
Cry Of The Owl, The - 2009 - UK
Dancing Outlaw - 1991 - USA
Darkman (fanedit) - 1990 - USA
Daughter, The - 2015 - Australia
Deep Crimson - 1996 - Mexico
Devil - 2007 - S Korea
Devil’s Hand, The - 1961 - USA
Devil’s Needle, The - 1916 - USA
Devil’s Rock, The - 2011 - New Zealand
Diabolique (fanedit) - 1996 - USA
Dix Pour Cent - 2015 - France
Dorian Gray - 2009 - UK
Dreams Of A Life - 2011 - UK
Drive-In Massacre - 1976 - USA
Dr Mabuse, Der Spieler - 1922 - Germany
Eclipse, The - 2009 - Ireland
Eglima Sta Paraskinia - 1960 - Greece
Elle - 2016 - France
Elusive Justice: The Search For Nazi War Criminals - 2011 - USA
Empire des Loups - 2005 - France
Exit Through The Gift Shop - 2010 - UK
Fast And Furious - 1939 - USA
Fast And Loose - 1939 - USA
Fast Company - 1938 - USA
Female Agents - 2008 - France
Femme Bourreau, La - 1968 - France
Ferme Aux Loups, La - 1943 - France
Fille Coupée en Deux, La - 2007 - France
Firebase - 2017 - Canada
First World War, The - 2003 - UK
Flesh And Blood Show, The - 1972 - UK
Forbidden Room, The - 2015 - Canada
For His Son - 1912 - USA
Founder, The - 2016 - USA
Frozen - 2010 - USA
Georgia O'Keefe - 2009 - USA
Gespenster - 2005 - Germany
Gift, The - 2015 - USA
Gimme The Loot - 2012 - USA
Girl From Rio, The - 1969 - USA
Glorious 39 - 2009 - UK
God Help The Girl - 2014 - UK
Good Ol’ Freda - 2013 - UK
Gothic & Lolita Psycho - 2010 - Japan
Grande Bellezza, La - 2013 - Italy
Great Passage, The - 2013 - Japan
Great War, The - 1964 - UK
Green Archer, The - 1940 - USA
Green Man, The - 1956 - UK
Hamlet Liikemaailmassa - 1987 - Finland
Hannah Arendt - 2012 - Germany
Hard Days Night, A - 1964 - UK
Hard Way, The - 1979 - UK
High-Rise - 2015 - UK
History Of Horror, A - 2010 - UK
Hollywood: A Celebration Of American Silent Film - 1980 - UK
Horror Europa With Mark Gatiss - 2012 - UK
House Of Bamboo - 1957 - USA
Hunderby - 2012 - UK
I Am Not Your Negro - 2016 - USA
I Bury The Living - 1958 - USA
Ice Sharks - 2016 - USA
I, Daniel Blake - 2016 - UK
I Married A Shadow - 1983 - France
Innkeepers - 2011 - USA
Inside The White Slave Traffic - 1913 - USA
In The Realms Of The Unreal - 2004 - USA
I R I S - 2009 - S Korea
I Smile Back - 2015 - USA
Jagten (The Hunt) - 2012 - Denmark
Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors - 2017 - UK
Jiu: Special Investigation Team - 2011 - Japan
John Cleese: The Alimony Tour - 2011 - UK
John Wick (fanedit) - 2017 - USA
Joseon X-Files - 2010 - S Korea
Juha - 1999 - Finland
Just A Sigh - 2013 - France
Kampen Om Tungtvannet - 2016 - Norway
KEDi - 2017 - Turkey
Killer-K - 2011 - S Korea
Kill Me Three Times - 2014 - Australia
Kill Your Friends - 2015 - UK
Kontroll - 2003 - Hungary
Last Exorcism - 2010 - USA
Last Cab To Darwin - 2015 - Australia
Last Legion, The - 2007 - UK
Lavalantula - 2015 - USA
Legend of Barney Thomson, The - 2015 - UK
Legend Of The Witches - 1970 - UK
Lidice - 2011 - Czech
Life - 2017 - USA
Lifeforce - 1985 - UK
Lila Lila - 2009 - Germany
Limits Of Control - 2009 - USA
Little Deaths (Obsession) - 2011 - UK
Live Forever - 2003 - UK
London Town - 2016 - UK
Lost In Austen - 2008 - UK
Louisiana Hussy - 1959 - USA
Love And Crime - 1969 - Japan
Made In Britain - 1982 - UK
Man From Beyond, The - 1922 - USA
Mantis In Lace - 1968 - USA
Man With The Glass Eye, The - 1969 - Germany
Marwencol - 2010 - USA
Mary Ryan, Detective - 1949 - USA
Meek's Cutoff - 2010 - USA
Mega Python Vs Gatoroid - 2011 - USA
Mesrine: Part 1 - Killer Instinct - 2008 - France
Mesrine: Part 2 - Public Enemy #1 - 2008 - France
Mil Sexos Tiene la Noche - 1984 - Spain
Moine, Le (The Monk) - 2011 - France
Mongolian Death Worm - 2010 - USA
MOZU S01: Cries Of The Night - 2014 - Japan
MOZU S02: Wings Of Phantasia - 2014 - Japan
M R James: Ghost Writer - 2013 - UK
Mystery Of The Leaping Fish, The -- 1916 - USA
Nelly - 2016 - Canada
Never Let Me Go - 2010 - UK
Night Train To Lisbon - 2013 - Portugal
Nighty Night: S01 - 2004 - UK
Not Quite Hollywood: Wild, Untold Story Ozploitation! - 2008 - Australia
O J: Made In America - 2016 - USA
Okkupert - 2015 - Nprway
Oubliées, Les - 2007 - France
Obscene - A Portrait Of Barney Rosset and Grove Press - 2007 - USA
Operation Valkyrie: Stauffenberg’s Plot To Kill Hitler - 2008 - USA
Ouija: Origin of Evil - 2016 - USA
Page Turner, The - 2006 - France
Parasyte: Part 1 - 2014 - Japan
Parasyte: Part 2 - 2015 - Japan
Paris - 2008 - France
Passe, Le - 2013 - France
Paterson - 2016 - USA
Paul McCartney Really Is Dead - 2009 - USA
Pervert’s Guide To Cinema - 2006 - UK
Piranha 3DD - 2011 - USA
Play It Again, Sam - 1972 - USA
Prog Rock Britannia: An Observation In Three Movements - 2009 - UK
Pulp Empire - 1980/2013 - USA
Predestination - 2014 - Australia
Pride & Prejudice - Having A Ball - 2013 - UK
Quatermass And The Pit - 1967 - UK
Quiet Please: Murder - 1942 - USA
Rakka - 2017 - Canada
Rats - 2016 - USA
Red Queen, The - 2015 - Russia
Remember - 2015 - Canada
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles - 2011 - USA
Resurrection Of The Little Match Girl - 2002 - S Korea
Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match - 2016 - UK
Rouge - 1994 - France
Saint Amour - 2016 - France
Screaming Mimi - 1958 - USA
Secret Agent - 2016 - UK
Secret Agent X-9 - 1945 - USA
Secret Life Of Books, The: S02 - 2016 - UK
Secret Service Of The Imperial Court - 1984 - Hong Kong
Sense Of An Ending, The - 2017 - UK
Shiri - 1999 - S Korea
Sing Street - 2016 - Ireland
SiREN - 2016 - USA
Siren Of Atlantis - 1949 - USA
Sleep Tight - 2011 - Spain
Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers - 2016 - UK
Snodgrass - 2013 - UK
Somm: Into The Bottle - 2015 - USA
Split Second - 1953 - USA
Spring - 2014 - USA
Spring Breakers - 2012 - USA
Star Trek - Renegades - 2015 - USA
Star Wars - Blackened Mantle - 2015 - Japan
Stella í Frambðdi - 2002 - Iceland
Summer Of Love - 2003 - USA
Swamp Shark - 2011 - USA
Swing Girls - 2004 - Japan
T2 Trainspotting - 2017 - UK
Tabloid - 2011 - USA
Tag Along, The - 2015 - Taiwan
Testament des Dr. Mabuse, Das - 1933 -Germany
Their Finest - 2017 - UK
Things To Come - 2016 - France
Timi Nornarinnar (Season Of Witch) - 2011 - Iceland
Toten Augen von London (Dead Eyes Of London) - 1961 - Germany
Town That Loves Books - Arts At Hay - 2014 - UK
Tracks -i 2013 - Australia
Traffic In Souls - 1913 - USA
Troll Hunter - 2010 - Norway
True Story - 2015 - USA
Two Of Us - 2000 - USA
Under The Shadow - 2016 - Iran
Un Lever de Rideau - 2006 - France
Vengeance - 2006 - Thailand
Verdun - Visions d'Histoire - 1928 - France
We Are What We Are - 2013 - USA
What We Do In The Shadows - 2014 - New Zealand
When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World Of The Concept Album - 2016 - UK
White Lightnin' - 2009 - UK
White: Melody Of The Curse - 2011 - S Korea
Who Killed Nancy - 2009 - UK
Wild Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia, The - 2009 - USA
Witchcraft XI - 2000 - UK
Witness - 2015 - USA
World War One - 1964 - USA
Youth - 2015 - Italy
Zygote - 2017 - Canada


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Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight - 2011 - 6/10
AKA - Mientras Duerme



Suspenseful thriller about the creeper.
Barcelona concierge uses his pass key to unlock guest rooms in the middle of the night.
Chloroform ensures no one wakes up.
While tenants slumber, he explores, or pulls down bed sheets.
One habit he does is brush his teeth with their toothbrush, then wipe it dry.
That pales next to other actions which I won't spoil here.
Disturbing mix of home invasion and peeping.
Nice one for late night.
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Re: Sleep Tight

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Sleep Tight - 2011 - 6/10
AKA - Mientras Duerme

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The Page Turner - 2006 - 8/10
Yeah, I guess I liked these about the same as you.

Page Turner had the bonus of a lot of very nice music to enjoy, too.

Who provideth for the raven his food?
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Re: A few reviews

Great thread, Zaharoff. Appreciate the reviews. Will get to all of the "thanks" later.
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The Page Turner

The Page Turner - 2006 - 8/10



Déborah François in a poisonous turn.
During her tryout recital to get admitted into a prestigious academy, a young girl’s dreams are destroyed by one of the judges.
The judge was a famous performer in her own right. Only she was bored, indifferent, and keeps answering her cellphone. Even signed an autograph.
Ten years later.
The high strung pianist doesn’t recognize, let alone remember, the pretty blonde who becomes her page turner, confidant, trusted companion.
The young girl remembers the older woman, however. All too well.
Ice cold film of patience, leading to the twist of the knife.
Women seldom forgive, they never forget.

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Abwege

Abwege - 1928 - 7/10
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German silent, directed by Pabst.
Very much a precursor to Pandora’s Box and Diary Of A Lost Girl, this also explores moral shortcomings and the lifeless underbelly of the decadent Weimar.
Wife (Brigitte Helm), married to strait-laced fuss-bucket banker, deserts him one night to party with “more liberated” friends in hedonistic club.
Banker sits at home, window wide open, letting in blasts of freezing air, thinking of divorce options.
The club sequence, meanwhile, is a showstopper, and goes on for perhaps twenty minutes.



Pabst revels in the excitement, the loose morality, the sheer boredom, the drunken excesses, the hazy confusion.
Far better than most films I’ve watched, this gives a real feel to the jittery edge of Berlin before the street riots between Communists and Nazis.
Ending displayed the censor’s hand, unlike the bleak pit of Pabst’s next two films.
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Shiri - 1999 - 7/10



Shiri was one of those films that put Korea on the map for Asian action fans.
Also a viewed as a passing of the action genre torch following the Hong Kong takeover in 1997.
Narrative revolves around a breakaway N Korean unit trying to disrupt peace gestures.
Espionage cat and mouse punctuated with high voltage gunfire sequences.
In the midst of all that a love story tries to blossom.
Red meat for Asian fanboys. Loosely remade into IRIS.
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Re: A few reviews

I liked The Page Turner. One of those rare films that appear on television that I have no prior knowledge of, take a chance on, then enjoy a lot.

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Vengeance - 2006 - 5/10



How did I miss this one?
Wildly over-the-top Thai actioner.
Convicts bust out of the prison with determined police in pursuit, helped by local guides.
Until cons enter the forbidden jungle. Then guides flee.
Police charge in anyway!
Next thing, there are jungle maidens wielding crossbows.
Killer wasps. Menacing midget crocodiles. Giant snakes. The cursed village!
Terrible acting, ridiculous CGI, preposterous plot.
I gave it a 5, but it is brilliant for what it is.
Must see, if you are into this. I laughed throughout.
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Big Combo

The Big Combo - 1955 - 6/10



Daring, perverse Noir finds obsessed detective pursuing boss of major syndicate.
Cornell Wilde OK as cop, Richard Conte excellent as cool, controlled organization leader, always two steps ahead of authorities or slippery enough to glide out of snares.
Swanky jazz score along with fine ensemble acting drive this one.
Famous with Noir buffs for the dramatic lighting, every shot is a master study in black n white contrast.



The Production Code was pushed to the limits with this one.
Forgetting the strippers momentarily, the more I watched Conte’s two gun men (Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman), I noted they shared a room, one was bare chested, and they kept touching each other.
Also, Conte’s trophy girl tries to escape, complains how she hates him, but cannot break away.
In a key scene, boss Conte, standing behind her, drops quietly down, and her facial reaction is one of anticipated pleasure.
Conte’s hold on her seems a cunning one.
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