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Look for it in October

My first pick is The Thing, by John Carpenter (USA, 1982, Universal). I love the horror and suspense that permeates this movie. It generates the feeling of paranoia and a Lovecraftian feeling of hopelessness. The ...

Perfect movie, perfect soundtrack

I have two go-to movies. First, there’s Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (USA/England, 1982, Warner Brothers), the director’s cut version, which removes the voice-over narration by Harrison Ford. Blade Runner’s dark, brooding style is like moving ...

Recommended by Netflix

Netflix recommended Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier to me (USA/France, 2013, Radius). I’d been on a roll of finding gems in the Net-flix catalog and decided to approach this viewing by avoiding any reviews, summaries, ...

The strangest chicken sex scene you’ll ever see

What’s there not to love about Pink Flamingos? It’s pure John Water’s B-movie gold with bad acting, horrible (but oh-so-good) dialogue, the late and fabulous Divine, the egg lady, and the strangest chicken sex scene ...

Monsters and swingers

The Monster Squad is Goonies meets every Universal Monster movie, and it doesn’t apologize for how it deals with it. It’s a combination of the macabre and the genre of kids getting shit done, with ...

An actress's movie recommendations

For TV shows, I really fell in love with Orphan Black. Not only is the show suspenseful and compelling but also, as an actress, I’m blown away by the performance that Tatiana Maslany gives. It’s ...

Great TV shows from across the pond

Idris Elba is fantastic as the title character in Luther, a homicide detective. Ruth Wilson (who many people know from The Affair) is wickedly brilliant! Luther is a well-written show with great pace and sublime ...

Gen Xer movie picks

If you’re a Gen Xer as I am, chances are your life has been greatly influenced by Ian Curtis. Control is a film directed by photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn. He brilliantly depicts troubled life, rise to ...

Hemlock Society movie picks

The right to a peaceful, humane death has been the subject of several dozen excellent films that the Hemlock Society of San Diego has been showing for free (usually at the La Jolla Library) every ...

Robots punching monsters

I’ve picked a big, technically advanced, epic-style movie, which is Pacific Rim (USA, 2013, Warner Brothers). It serves up robots punching monsters! I don’t really know what else needs to be said. There is a ...

Where score is central to movie plot

Blue is the first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy. Blue explores the life of a widowed composer trapped by the legacy of her husband. The story unfolds as the main character attempts to ...

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