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Nanni Moretti – Bianca (1984)

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Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods. After a woman in his neighborhood is murdered, Michele meets beautiful colleague Bianca, and a relationship begins between the two. Where is this relationship heading, and will Michele be able to help the police catch the murderer? Read More »

Rafi Bukai – Avanti Popolo (1986)

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Two Egyptian soldiers, Haled and Gassan, are stranded in the Sinai desert at the end of the Six Day War in 1967. This compelling and comical saga follows these soldiers’ attempts to find safety and water. The pair encounter Israeli soldiers on patrol, and Haled, (an actor as a civilian) attempts a virtuoso performance of Shakespeare’s Shylock. Eventually, the “enemies” stride across the sand singing “Avanti Popolo,” an Italian revolutionary song whose words neither side understands. An intelligent and artistic satire on the absurdity of war, this Israeli classic is the first film from acclaimed director Rafai Bukai. Read More »

Paul Schrader – Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

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Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an impossible harmony between self, art, and society. Taking place on Mishima’s last day, when he famously committed public seppuku, the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer’s life as well as by gloriously stylized evocations of his fictional works. With its rich cinematography by John Bailey, exquisite sets and costumes by Eiko Ishioka, and unforgettable, highly influential score by Philip Glass, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right. Read More »

Mike Wallington – Arcade Attack (1982)

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Half Documentary, Half Animation and a Helluva Lot of Fun!!
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Wiktor Grodecki – Body Without Soul (1996)

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An unflinching portrait of life on the post-Communist streets of Prague where young men find it all too easy to pick up extra money as porno models and hustlers. Their clients consist largely of German, Swiss, and Dutch tourists in search of cheap sex – and for additional income they make pornos on the side. Along the way they are ripped off, abused, and degraded until they simply wear out. Read More »

Dominik Graf – Die Katze AKA The Cat (1988)


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Bank robbery movie from Germany is hailed by some as the best of the genre.

The basic plot is simple, two guys rob a bank, however it quickly turns into something much more complicated as the police show up and the real brains behind the robbery proves to be outside the bank controlling events.

The film begins and I was struck by the sense that this was going to be a piece of Euro-sleaze, however it wasn’t long before the film had grabbed me and pulled me into its web of tension. You’re never really sure where this thing is going or what the ultimate plan or outcome is going to be. Its nice to see a movie that completely surprises you from start to finish. Read More »

Bill Milling – Lauderdale aka Spring Fever (1989)

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“Porky” style teen comedy with plenty of gross out jokes and nudity. A nerd and his out-of-control friend chase a dream girl to a beach on Florida where all the expected carrying on occurs. Written by John Sacksteder Read More »