Howard Hawks & Richard Rosson – Scarface (1932)

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Plot Synopsis [AMG]
Completed in mid-1930, Scarface, based on Armitage Trail’s novel of the same name, might have been the first of the great talkie gangster flicks, but it was held up for release until after that honor was jointly usurped by Little Caesar and Public Enemy. Paul Muni stars as prohibition-era mobster Tony Camonte, a character obviously patterned on Al Capone (whose nickname was “Scarface”). The homicidal Camonte ruthlessly wrests control of the bootlegging racket from his boss, Johnny Lovo (Osgood Perkins), and claims Lovo’s mistress, Poppy (Karen Morley), in the bargain. But while Poppy satisfies him sexually, Tony has a soft spot in his heart only for his sister Cesca (Ann Dvorak). The film’s finale is one of the longest and bloodiest of the 1930s, maintaining suspense and concern for the characters involved even though Muni has deliberately done nothing to make Tony likeable to audience. Continue reading

Ozan Aciktan – Silsile AKA Consequences (2014)

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Cenk has just arrived back to Istanbul from the United States. Suppressed love slowly begins to resurface after he encounters Ece, a woman whom he had a romantic relationship with in the past. Suddenly, there is a robbery attempt in a quiet and gloomy house, which results in a crime being committed. Ece flees the scene of the crime and in comes Faruk, Cenk’s best friend and Ece’s fiancé. The two best friends struggle to keep their secrets hidden from one another. Intertwining chain of events follow as these three urban lives are put to the ultimate test; their sufferings and disappointments being exposed to the surface for all to see. Continue reading

Christian Petzold – Polizeiruf 110: Kreise (2015)

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German review by T. Groh:

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[…] Ein Meta-Fernsehkrimi. Für dieses Vorhaben bietet der BR-“Polizeiruf” um Kommissar von Meuffels einem etablierten Auteur wie Christian Petzold das ideale Experimentierlabor: Schon die Initialzündung im Jahr 2011 (Dominik Grafs “Cassandras Warnung”) setzte einen deutlichen Akzent, der sich im weiteren Verlauf der Reihe bestätigte: Der Münchner “Polizeiruf” (mit weiteren Beiträgen u.a. von Hans Steinbichler, Leander Haußmann, Hendrik Handloegten, Jan Bonny, nochmal Graf) ist im Wesentlichen ein Regieformat, das Reibeflächen zwischen Formatvorgabe und individueller Handschrift nicht nur zulässt, sondern offen sucht. In verlässlicher Regelmäßigkeit entstanden hier die besten oder wenigstens interessantesten Fernsehkrimis der vergangenen Jahre. Und mit dem von Matthias Brandt kongenial verkörperten Kommissar von Meuffels etablierte sich eine der spannendsten, trotz gedämpftem Spiel facettenreichsten Ermittlerfiguren. […] Continue reading

Shane Ryan – Amateur Porn Star Killer 3: The Final Chapter (2009)

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Brandon is back, and he has one last order of business as the Amateur Porn Star trilogy winds towards its shocking conclusion. Offered a ride by a handsome and kindly stranger, an aspiring actress (real life porn star Regan Reese) hops into the passenger seat of his car with no clue as to the horrors that await her. As darkness falls and the car pulls into an empty field at the edge of a small town, it doesn’t take Brandon long to reveal his murderous true intentions. With nowhere to run and a madman on her heels, the desperate girl is quickly caught up in a bloody game of cat and mouse. Continue reading

Shane Ryan – Amateur Porn Star Killer 2 (2008)

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Amateur Porn Star Killer director Shane Ryan continues to shock and offend with this faux-snuff follow-up to his controversial 2007 debut. Brutality knows no bounds when a killer posing as a porno director lures an unsuspecting beauty to his dungeon of death. But this actress isn’t about to go down without a fight, and when she realizes she’s signed on for her final role she strikes back against her attacker with everything she’s got. Continue reading

Shane Ryan – Amateur Porn Star Killer (2006)

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IMDB’s Plot Synopsis

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“The unofficial story of a killer who kidnaps and kills three girls is told through the tale of his last victim, ‘Amateur Porn Star Killer’ is about a girl he picks up on the street and convinces to go back to his hotel room. The girl, played by Michiko Jimenez, is shy, unnerved, and yet unable to take herself out of a bad situation. Shane Ryan himself is the killer, a guy who seems at first nothing more than your standard, 18 year old pervert with a penchant for filming his sexual escapades. What unravels is a story far darker, unsettling, and downright mesmerizing then what originally presents itself in the first few minutes of the story.” – written by Pretty-Scary, For Women in Horror by Women in Horror Continue reading