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Kind Hearts and Coronets (Blu-ray)
by Oktay Ege Kozak

The Movie:

Having the tone and content match in film is important in terms of creating narrative that suits the expectations of the target audience. Wildly playing with those expectations is a major risk, but can create some of the most original and refreshing work if handled with focus and grace. Kind Hearts and Coronets is such a timeless and singular masterwork; a dark with a capital D comedy told from the perspective of an unapologetic serial killer with clear narcissistic personality disorder, executed with the calm, posh, and static self-assuredness of a Jane Austen period romance.

Director Robert Hamer's stubbornly deadpan approach to depicting what are essentially a series of horrific murders brought upon a series of bourgeoisie caricatures (All played hilariously by the great Alec Guiness) by a wily, status-obsessed man (Dennis Price) consumed by a desire of vengea...Read the entire review »

 

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Polyester (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

1981's Polyester marked a change in direction for Waters in that everything just started to look better with this film. This may have had something to do with the fact that it was his first studio picture, but the fact remains. The early movies were almost like a perverted Basil Wolverton meets Robert Crumb comic book come to life, but from here on out, his movies were, well prettier. Not glossed up like most Hollywood product is, his characters still had plenty of interesting flaws and they were hardly beauty queens, but things were a little more polished than they had been in the past even if Divine, formerly the 'filthiest person alive,' was back in the lead role.

Divine plays Francine Fishpaw, a bored suburban housewife living away her life in the lovely city of Baltimore, Maryland. She's an upstanding citizen and a good Christian woman who happens to be mar...Read the entire review »

Who Saw Her Die? (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

From Aldo Lado, the director of the notorious Night Train Murders, comes Who Saw Her Die?, a giallo starring the one and only George Lazenby of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and The Man From Hong Kong.

Lazenby plays a man named Franco Serpieri, a sculptor whose red-headed daughter, Roberta (Nicoletta Elmi of Deep Red), is murdered by a maniac clad in black while he's off making time with his hot ex-wife, Elizabeth (Anita Strindberg). It seems that this killer has ties to a murder from a few years ago and since the local fuzz keep coming up empty handed, Franco decides to take Elizabeth with him and solve the crime on his own.

Similar to Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now, though pre-dating that film by a year or so, Lado's giallo is a slick and stylish thriller with plenty of legitimate suspense and a genuinely clever script...Read the entire review »

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