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136. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970)

Valerie a Týden Divu

“…one of those haunting, dream-like films that once seen is difficult to forget.”–Tanya Krzywinska

DIRECTED BY: Jaromil Jires

FEATURING: Jaroslava Schallerova, Petr Kopriva, Helena Anyzova, Jiri Prymek, Jan Klusák

PLOT: Young Valerie lives in a farmhouse on the edge of a small town with her Granny. She flirts with “Eagle,” a boy . . . → Read More: 136. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970)

CAPSULE: IT’S IN THE BLOOD (2012)

DIRECTED BY: Scooter Downey

FEATURING: Lance Henriksen, Sean Elliot

WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s not weird. Or at least it’s not as weird as horror movies like Don’t Look Now , The Cabin in the Woods, or High Tension, which are genuinely disconcerting and have truly bizarre plot twists. But, this movie does . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: IT’S IN THE BLOOD (2012)

LIST CANDIDATE: TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992)

DIRECTED BY: David Lynch

FEATURING:  Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Moira Kelly, Chris Isaak, Keifer Sutherland, Kyle MacLachlan

PLOT: This prequel to the events of the cult TV show explores the sordid story behind

homecoming queen/secret bad girl Laura Palmer’s last days before her brutal murder. WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: In terms of . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992)

SATURDAY SHORT: THE STAIN (1991)

Inspired by a brief obituary in the newspaper, this animation tells the tale of  severely flawed family that grows ever more dysfunctional with the passing of time.

CONTENT WARNING: Stain contains disturbing content including animated violence.

COMMON LAW WIFE (1963)

Common Law Wife (1963) is a hoot, as most period exploitation films are. This film, directed by the infamous schlockmeister Larry Buchanan and Eric Sayers, gets a lot of mileage out of the white trash melodrama genre.

Nasty old oil miser Uncle (love the name) Shugfoot Rainey (George Edgley) is bored with his worn out, . . . → Read More: COMMON LAW WIFE (1963)

113. CAREFUL (1992)

“The pandemonium of everyone, everywhere suddenly declaring all at once ‘and I too was molested by my father, or my mother; I too have recovered memories which have basically obliterated my chances of any kind of comfortable adult sexuality’—it seemed at that moment almost unthinkable to slant a movie—even going back into the German romantic . . . → Read More: 113. CAREFUL (1992)

108. BAD BOY BUBBY (1993)

“Christ, kid, yer a weirdo!”–Pop

DIRECTED BY: Rolf de Heer

FEATURING: Nicholas Hope, Carmel Johnson, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill

PLOT: With only a rudimentary vocabulary but a gift for mimicry, middle-aged Bubby has been raised by his mentally ill, abusive mother with no knowledge of the outside world inside what is essentially a fallout shelter. . . . → Read More: 108. BAD BOY BUBBY (1993)

THE UNCOMPROMISING ALBAN BERG: OLIVIER PY’S LULU (2011)

This is the first of a two-part series on adaptions of Alban Berg’s controversial operas.

Be forewarned: After watching these two productions of Alban Berg’s operas “Lulu” and “Wozzeck,” showering may be advisable. Alban Berg (1885-1934) may be the most notorious member of the Second Viennese School, even more so than leader Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) . . . → Read More: THE UNCOMPROMISING ALBAN BERG: OLIVIER PY’S LULU (2011)

84. TOTO THE HERO [TOTO LE HÉROS] (1991)

“I often have that strange and penetrating dream, of an unknown woman whom I love and who loves me.  And every time, she’s neither quite the same nor completely different…”–Toto the Hero

DIRECTED BY: Jaco Van Dormael

FEATURING: Michel Bouquet, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet, Sandrine Blancke, Mireille Perrier, Peter Böhlke, Didier Ferney, Hugo . . . → Read More: 84. TOTO THE HERO [TOTO LE HÉROS] (1991)

LIST CANDIDATE: KABOOM (2010)

DIRECTED BY: Gregg Araki

FEATURING: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Chris Zylka, James Duval

PLOT: A sensitive college freshman experiences sexual awakening, stumbles upon a murder

mystery, and uncovers secrets about his family while once in a while working on his film studies major, all set amidst scores of colorful visions, voodoo hallucinations, . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: KABOOM (2010)

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