Last movie you purchased (or obtained)?

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  1. Matt89

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    Brute Force (Arrow)
    The Naked City (Arrow)
    Thieves’ Highway (Arrow)
    The Killers - 1946 (Arrow)
    The Hired Hand (Arrow)
    The Ox-Bow Incident (Arrow)
    The Witches (Arrow)

    Figured I’d get one last order in before the sale ends. Let’s see what does and doesn’t come with a booklet. Lol.

    ~Matt
     
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    Nice haul with some great noir!
     
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    Yeah I’ve been on a bit of a classical Hollywood/film noir kick lately. Aside from The Naked City, I haven’t seen any of these. I love noir and I love westerns so I can’t wait to check these out!

    ~Matt
     
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    I like snake movies and I like sleaze, but I haven't taken the chance with a blind buy. I'd love to read your thoughts on when you have a chance to watch it.
     
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    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    Will do. I'm fascinated by Joe D'Amato, but I expect a slow, bad film.
     
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    I grabbed the 88 Films release of Anthropophagous, but have yet to watch it. Looks like it has an...interesting mood to it lol. (Isn’t it super gory?) Might check it out this weekend.

    ~Matt
     
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    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    I love Anthropophagous. Slow, moody, gory at times. Similar vibe to Beyond the Darkness. He directed Horror like he directed adult films - like someone desensitized to it all. Makes for interesting execution.
     
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    Over the last couple of weeks got these in the mail:

    Beyond the Seventh Door (Intervision DVD)
    Future War (Trinity DVD)
    Empire of the Dark (VCI DVD)
    5 Movie Action Collection, Vol.3: Evasive Action/The Spy Killer/A Father's Revenge/The Sweeper/Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice (Mill Creek DVD)
    Ed Wood (Touchstone Blu-ray)
    They Call Me Bruce? (Kino/Code Red Blu-ray)
    Star Crystal (Kino Blu-ray)
    Dangerous Men (Drafthouse Blu-ray/DVD combo)
    Millennium/R.O.T.O.R. (Scream Factory Blu-ray)
    Blind Fury/Silent Rage/White Line Fever (Mill Creek Blu-ray)
    Tremors Attack Pack (Universal Blu-ray)
    Twin Peaks: The Return (Paramount/CBS Blu-ray)
     
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    I'm a huge noir fan. Personally, I tend to lean toward the B-noirs. Don't get me wrong, the big names like Mitchum, Bogart, Widmark, etc. are fantastic, but I also feel like noir benefits from lesser/unknown actors. It feels more real to me. Detour, for example, is excellent. Here are two other B-noirs I reviewed:

    For You I Die (1947) - http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/for-you-i-die-1947

    Try and Get Me! (1950) - http://www.midnightpalace.com/film-reviews/try-and-get-me-1950
     
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    Same here, which is why I'm holding off. I'd be more inclined to take a chance on Erotic Nights of the Living Dead if for no other reason than that the title is a hoot.

    I really enjoy it - it's rather well-shot, the titular cannibal has a gnarly, iconic look, and the atmosphere is better than its companion Absurd. The gore in both range from nasty, mean-spirited and fairly convincing to obviously fake.
     
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    I've seen Erotic Nights and Porno Holocaust. Erotic is at least kitschy but Porno Holocaust manages to be terrible porn AND terrible horror. I will be buying both from Code Red, however.
     
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    I LOVE Detour. I took a film noir course in my undergrad and we watched some good B grade noir. I watched so much of it at the time it wasn’t a genre I went back and revisited until recently. Well, whether or not it’s a genre or style is up to debate lol. Paul Schrader wrote a really good essay defending noir as a style of filmmaking as opposed to a genre with certain tropes and conventions.

    Have you picked up the Arrow 4 Film Noir Classics box set? That might be my next Arrow purchase. How are the films in that set? I haven’t seen any of them but there’s a Fritz Lang and Robert Siodmak film in there, which sounds intriguing. Also that booklet looks gorgeous and the set is jam packed with features.

    ~Matt
     
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    I have a course on my website that was originally offered by Barnes & Noble and taught by a film critic. They decided to end the course after two years and gave me permission to keep it in perpetuity: http://www.midnightpalace.com/online-courses/online-course-film-noir-danger-darkness-and-dames

    As for the genre vs. style debate, I've read arguments on both sides. I get why it would be considered a style and not a genre (many noirs are crime films but not all crime films are noirs, etc). Plus, the gritty, unforgiving nature of noir was supposedly born from the spoils of WWII. My understanding is that soldiers returned home expecting to be lauded as heroes, but instead found that their jobs had laid them off, their wives had been unfaithful, and the country had basically turned its back on them. Filmmakers represented this cynicism in their work, hence the constant theme of isolation and the idea that nice guys finish last. Still, I choose to look at noir as a genre rather than a style. I might say, "I'm really in the mood to watch a noir" the same way I might say, "I'm really in the mood to watch a horror film." Even though there are tons of different horror "styles," horror is the umbrella genre. Noir, to me, is an umbrella genre, because there are crime noirs, but there are also psychological noirs (Sunset Boulevard). What I'm really looking for is that existential angst. I would also argue that slashers are a genre in their own right, though still horror. I guess that's the way I view noir.

    As for the Arrow set, do you mean this one?

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    If so, go for it. Force of Evil is excellent and John Garfield is always great. I also really like The Dark Mirror, and I know I've seen the other two but I'll need to revisit them because it's been a long time.
     
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    The Killers - 1964 (Arrow)
    Motel Hell (Arrow)
    White of the Eye (Arrow)
    The Visitor (Arrow)
    Sisters (Arrow)
    Pan's Labyrinth (New Line)

    ~Matt
     
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    Goon: last of the enforcers (blu)

    Finally pulled the trigger on the Goon sequel. Can't wait to watch......keeping my expectations low however, it'll be tough to come close to the original..... love that flick.
     
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    Be real careful with a blind buy. My quick take:
    - Very slow. Marginal title. You better want to like this.
    - Feels like Giallo-Adjacent. soundtrack, nice photography (from D'Amato himself, credited in his Italian name), plot (to some degree).
    - There's maybe 15 minutes of plot here.
    - The lesbian relationship between Gemser and the other female lead is handled less exploitatively than I would have expected. The script actually plays up the character development and relationship (though there is a fair amount of the exploitation, too)
    - The more sexual bits are horribly dated. Very tame.
    - Jack Palance was probably there for two days of shooting and had no idea what film he was making.
    - Presentation is OK - a few emulsion scratches, speckling, but overall a higher end Italian scan (but still an Italian scan).
    - There's one bit of animal violence in it as well - I'm sure they just caught it happening on the street, but still - if you object to that - beware.

    If you're not on a run of seeing all of his films - very little rewatch value.
     
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    Thank you, Angelman - very useful and detailed overview. I've decided it isn't for me. Badly made I can live with. Offensive I can live with. But boring? No thanks. Bill would probably have been better off releasing the two other d'Amato flicks. And yes, I've seen P**** Holocaust - and while I found myself fast forwarding through the naughty bits, at least it was silly enough for me to see it through to the end.
     
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