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Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo/Even the Wind is Afraid (1968)

Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo/Even the Wind is Afraid (1968)
Shown on Mexican television every Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) , Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo (Even the Wind is Afraid) has long been a cult classic among Mexican horror cinephiles. Released in 1968 and written and directed by Carlos Enrique Taboada, it is also widely considered the best Mexican film of the horror genre. Mexican movie studios did produce a number of horror movies during the 1950’s- 1960’s (Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age), but they were largely mediocre movies featuring masked wrestlers. What sets Hasta el Viento Tiene Miedo apart from the latter is Taboada’s...
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Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
This past May British screenwriter and director Bryan Forbes passed away at age 86. Best known for directing the 1975 cult classic The Stepford Wives, Forbes career spanned over 30 years and included actor and novelist, in addition to director, producer, screenwriter. Today, I wish to discuss one of his lesser known films; the darkly brilliant Séance on a Wet Afternoon. Shot in the gritty black and white, kitchen sink style of early 1960’s British cinema. Adapted from the novel by Mark McShane, Séance on a Wet Afternoon tells the story of middle-aged, childless married couple Billy and Myra Savage’s...
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Cul-de-Sac (1966)

Cul-de-Sac (1966)
Movie Review Roman Polanski’s black comedy thriller, Cul-de-Sac is at last available on DVD to American audiences thanks to Criterion. I had wanted to see this movie for many years and finally got the chance recently. This visually riveting black and white exploration of comedic cruelty and the absurd within tense suspense takes place on Lindisfarne Island, Northumberland (it’s actually Holy Island) and revolves around a mismatched trio. George (Donald Pleasance) is a retired businessman who has sold his factory and escaped to a secluded castle with his younger French wife Teresa...
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Tony Rome (1967)

Tony Rome (1967)
Movie Review Evocative of a Raymond Chandler mystery populated with sleazy characters and the troubled offspring of the wealthy, Tony Rome is an entertaining whodunit set in sunny Miami Beach. Frank Sinatra stars in the lead role as a former cop turned private investigator who lives on a houseboat (when he’s not placing bets with his bookie) in the first of a series of retro hardboiled detective movies filmed in the late 1960’s. Daughter Nancy sings the title track. When his former partner Ralph Turpin (Robert J. Wilke) calls in a favor to remove a drunk and unconscious Diana Pines nee Kosterman (Sue...
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Movie Review   John Frankenheimer’s chilling masterpiece The Manchurian Candidate was the first and remains the best political thriller ever produced by Hollywood. Adapted from Richard Condon’s controversial novel (which I regret to admit not having yet read but intend to very soon), the Manchurian Candidate takes place in the early 1950’s. On the heels of the Korean War, this was a time when the country was in the grip of the Red Scare and the McCarthy hearings. While it’s true that there was a certain amount of paranoia and deplorable political witch hunting at this time, it’s also true that...
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