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« Reply #2955 on: May 06, 2020, 05:44:44 PM »

Black Belly of the Tarantula
I love this movie but some people might find it slow and/or dumb. Definitely one to watch twice for max enjoyment. Also Barbara Bouchet is the ultimate giallo girl.

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
- Another absolute favorite. Barbara Bouchet as the lead is a huge draw.

What Have You Done To Solange?
What Have They Done To Your Daughters?
These two kind of shit all over all other gialli because the writing and plots seem more grounded and also more fucked up. The police procedural influence really helps.

I'd also hugely recommend Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling which is a rural giallo. And also has Barbara Bouchet.

Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri are reason enough to watch Amuck!.

What Have They Done To Your Daughters? totally floored me when I saw it. Loved every minute of it. The score, the camera work, the writing, the plot, the pacing, the reveals, the tease of sleaze, everything.

I really need to revisit Don't Torture a Duckling. I think after the Argento classics it may have been the first giallo I ever saw.
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« Reply #2956 on: May 06, 2020, 07:16:35 PM »

Black Belly of the Tarantula
I love this movie but some people might find it slow and/or dumb. Definitely one to watch twice for max enjoyment. Also Barbara Bouchet is the ultimate giallo girl.

The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
- Another absolute favorite. Barbara Bouchet as the lead is a huge draw.

What Have You Done To Solange?
What Have They Done To Your Daughters?
These two kind of shit all over all other gialli because the writing and plots seem more grounded and also more fucked up. The police procedural influence really helps.

I'd also hugely recommend Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling which is a rural giallo. And also has Barbara Bouchet.

Barbara Bouchet and Rosalba Neri are reason enough to watch Amuck!.

What Have They Done To Your Daughters? totally floored me when I saw it. Loved every minute of it. The score, the camera work, the writing, the plot, the pacing, the reveals, the tease of sleaze, everything.

I really need to revisit Don't Torture a Duckling. I think after the Argento classics it may have been the first giallo I ever saw.

Don't Torture A Duckling is one of the best. I would also recommend All The Colors Of The Dark. A bit different than those that have been listed because there's a psychedelic aspect to it. Stars Edwige Fenich and directed by the great Sergio Martino who did Torso, Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key, and others. I need go rewatch The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. I have the blu-ray, but didn't give it my full attention last time I watched it. Seemed decent enough.
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« Reply #2957 on: May 07, 2020, 03:03:57 PM »

thanks guys!

I had a few of those already in my Prime watch list - going to look for the others!
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« Reply #2958 on: May 07, 2020, 05:51:06 PM »

I really need to revisit Don't Torture a Duckling. I think after the Argento classics it may have been the first giallo I ever saw.

I think it's one that really holds up because it's got more of personal voice than some of Fulci's other work. His big fuck you to the Church, to the superstitious country folk, it's not thinly veiled or anything. It damn near ended his career. It feels much more "real" or "authentic" than the aesthetic exploitation of other contemporary italian films, even if some of the makeup and effects are little lackluster. It was also one of the first giallo I saw but I hope I'm not talking from rose tinted glasses but with some objectivity :P
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« Reply #2959 on: May 09, 2020, 10:40:08 PM »

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« Reply #2960 on: May 10, 2020, 01:00:42 AM »

I really need to revisit Don't Torture a Duckling. I think after the Argento classics it may have been the first giallo I ever saw.

I think it's one that really holds up because it's got more of personal voice than some of Fulci's other work. His big fuck you to the Church, to the superstitious country folk, it's not thinly veiled or anything. It damn near ended his career. It feels much more "real" or "authentic" than the aesthetic exploitation of other contemporary italian films

Rewatched last night. I fell asleep (seem to remember also falling asleep the first time I saw it), but all those points you mentioned are absolutely accurate. Very "authentic" feel.
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« Reply #2961 on: May 14, 2020, 07:38:58 PM »

Over the last few days I have been re-watching some of the Abel Ferrara classics - I guess the ones that are more well-known:

Ms. 45 - a movie I discovered way too late and that I now love. I cannot think of a better actress to be cast for the main character. Some truly epic imagery.
Bad Lieutenant - Keitel makes that movie work all by himself. There really is not much of a story but somehow it works. In a way, for me, the scene that starts with "your tail light is out" is something that is lacking in so many movies that fly the "dirty cop" flag. No prisoners taken. Nothing but damaged goods.
King of New York - Walken, Fishburne, Snipes, Caruso, Buscemi, Argo - drugs, guns, blood - in certain scenes to the point of caricature, what can go wrong? Schoolly D. on the soundtrack - very entertaining still.

I don't think I have seen any of Ferrara's other movies - anybody have any recommendations outside of those 3?
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« Reply #2962 on: May 14, 2020, 07:45:13 PM »

I don't think I have seen any of Ferrara's other movies - anybody have any recommendations outside of those 3?

New Rose Hotel is likely up next for me when I'm going back to his work.
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« Reply #2963 on: May 14, 2020, 08:51:03 PM »

New Rose Hotel is likely up next for me when I'm going back to his work.

Interesting cast for that one from the looks of it. I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
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« Reply #2964 on: May 15, 2020, 12:25:40 AM »

Over the last few days I have been re-watching some of the Abel Ferrara classics - I guess the ones that are more well-known:

Ms. 45 - a movie I discovered way too late and that I now love. I cannot think of a better actress to be cast for the main character. Some truly epic imagery.
Bad Lieutenant - Keitel makes that movie work all by himself. There really is not much of a story but somehow it works. In a way, for me, the scene that starts with "your tail light is out" is something that is lacking in so many movies that fly the "dirty cop" flag. No prisoners taken. Nothing but damaged goods.
King of New York - Walken, Fishburne, Snipes, Caruso, Buscemi, Argo - drugs, guns, blood - in certain scenes to the point of caricature, what can go wrong? Schoolly D. on the soundtrack - very entertaining still.

I don't think I have seen any of Ferrara's other movies - anybody have any recommendations outside of those 3?

I would definitely watch Driller Killer if you haven’t seen it. Bad Lieutenant is my favorite of his that I have seen, though.
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« Reply #2965 on: May 15, 2020, 01:31:19 PM »

All 80s and 90s Ferrara is good to great. Of the lesser celebrated, Driller Killer, The Funeral, and New Rose Hotel are top tier.
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« Reply #2966 on: May 15, 2020, 08:00:58 PM »

Rewatched Fulci's A Lizard in a Woman's Skin last night. Excellent in every regard, just a little too long. The Mondo blu-ray looks incredible.

Also watched Bava's Shock with Daria Nicolodi and that creepy asshole kid.
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« Reply #2967 on: May 19, 2020, 11:43:31 PM »

Finished season 3 of Fauda last nite. Loved seasons 1 and 2, and this one wasn’t terrible, but nowhere near as good as the previous ones.

What I liked about the show originally was the sense of realism (quite obviously I have no idea if it is really realistic, but it sure feels that way), but in this one they are just rampaging through Gaza pretty much at random, killing dozens of Hamas commandoes without breaking pace. Also the main character Doron (played by one of the creators of the show) is getting more and more annoying, as he has to always be the one who saves the day, gets the girl, has the tearjerking soulful profound moments, etc.

If there is a season 4, I’ll probably still give it chance, but only because the first two seasons were so good. If this had been the first season of the show, I’d probably write it off. 
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« Reply #2968 on: May 25, 2020, 02:17:57 AM »

Watched 5/6 episodes of The Plot Against America on HBO - I’m not familiar with the book but I really am enjoying this dystopian nightmare of a show. It’s really something. Will definitely check out Phillip Roth for a summer read.
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« Reply #2969 on: May 31, 2020, 08:22:52 PM »

Finally saw Parasite now that it came to my streaming platform. 5/5, definitely worthy of the hype surrounding it. Definitely one of the most interesting movies I’ve seen in years.
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