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Jack Lee – A Circle of Deception (1960)

I looked out for this movie way back then because it starred Bradford Dillman who had made such a big impression as the charismatically cheerful but murderous Artie Strauss in “Compulsion”.”Circle of Deception” proved something of a letdown because Dillman, as a man taken to drink through self-hatred was hardly sympathetic and his costar, the ex-model Suzy Parker was no less unemotive than she had been before. As it happened I think this was Dillmans last gasp at starring roles, but he became an extremely busy TV and film supporting player for many years thereafter. The film itself predated the downbeat spy genre in which our spymasters were portrayed for once as being as devious and viscious as their spymasters, but it was barely noticed, and it was later that “the Ipcress File” got the genre going. What “Circle of Deception” did have going for it for me was the shock revelation that, well, Dillman had been disgracefully set up. I remember it for that,if nothing else.
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Elia Kazan – Splendor in the Grass [+Extras] (1961)

It’s 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are “good” kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. Read More »

Michael Raso – The Seduction of Misty Mundae [+Extra] (2004)

An innocent teenage girl undergoes her sexual coming of age at the hands of her older aunt. Read More »

Don Siegel – Telefon (1977)

Storyline
The KGB is looking for one of their people, a man named Dalchimsky because he has stolen something important but, unfortunately, he manages to get through the border. Later in the U.S. some seemingly ordinary people after receiving a phone call go out and destroy key American military installations. Back in the U.S.S.R. General Strelsky and Colonel Malchenko send for Grigori Borzov, a KGB agent who has been to the U.S. on missions before. Read More »

Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton – The General (1926)

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When Union spies steal an engineer’s beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. Read More »

Lamberto Bava – Morirai a mezzanotte AKA Midnight Ripper (1986)

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After finding out that his wife is secrectly seeing someone else, Nicola storms out of the family home. His wife decides to have a shower to cool off and is hacked to death by an unseen assailant. Inspector Pierro Terzi is brought in to handle the case and it seems the crime is an open and shut case – a crime of passion. A psychologist (Valeria D’Obici) is brought in to evaluate the case and she thinks there’s more to it. Read More »

Kelly Reichardt – Old Joy (2006) (HD)

Two old friends reunite for a quietly revelatory overnight camping trip in this breakout feature from Kelly Reichardt, a microbudget study of character and masculinity that introduced many viewers to one of contemporary American cinema’s most independent artists. As expectant father Mark (Daniel London) and nomadic Kurt (Will Oldham) travel by car and foot into the woods in search of some secluded hot springs, their fumbling attempts to reconnect keep butting up against the limits of their friendship and the reality of how much their paths have diverged since their shared youth. Adapted from a short story by Jonathan Raymond and accompanied by an atmospheric Yo La Tengo score, Old Joy is a contemplative, wryly observed triumph whose modest scale belies the richness of its insight. Read More »