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1309 - The Easy Life / Il sorpasso (1962) - 8.5/10 - Roberto is a serious law student who meets Bruno, a seemingly carefree man who talks Roberto into joining him on a road trip after Bruno missed meeting up with friends. They spend a couple of days driving fast, passing cars dangerously, and meeting each other's family. Bruno appears to have boundless energy and flirts with just about any attractive female that he encounters, but Roberto is much more shy and reserved.

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1310 - Nanny (2022) - 7.5/10 - Aisha is an immigrant from Senegal who works as a nanny for a wealthy white couple in Manhattan. She is saving up money to bring her son over to the U.S. with her, but the women that she works for doesn't do a good job of paying her the money that she is owed. Aisha starts having disturbing dreams and visions which can sometimes overwhelm her even when she is awake. This was a fairly slow moving film, but one that managed to keep my interest throughout. Anna Diop is very good in her role as Aisha.

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1311 - The Night of the Devils (1972) - 5/10 - The beginning and ending are good. The rest was a slog.
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1312 - A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) - 5.5/10 - A woman starts having dreams about sex parties and murdering her neighbor. Then the neighbor really is murdered. Did the woman do it or is she being set up? There were parts of the film that were interesting, but large parts of it were just tedious.

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1313 - Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) - 6.5/10 - A drummer has been receiving strange phone calls and someone has been following him. When he confronts the person following him, he accidentally kills the man. It turns out that the caller took photos of this and continues the harassment. The film starts out really well, but got kind of dull after a while before picking up again toward the end. Overall, it was okay

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1314 - Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) - 5/10 - John runs a bridal gown factory and is stuck in a loveless marriage with his wife supporting him and his factory financially. John is crazy and murders various young brides to be while they are wearing their wedding gown. I couldn't really get into this one.

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1315 - Shock (1977) - 6.5/10 - A woman moves back into the home she once shared with her late husband. She is accompanied by her 7 year old son and her new husband. The son seems changed at times and the mother comes to fear that he is possessed by her late husband's spirit. Frightening nightmares also come her way.

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1316 - The Sect (1991) - 7/10 - A Kindergarten teacher almost hits an older man with her car and brings him into her home to recover. It turns out that he is a member of a Satanic cult and she has been chosen for a special purpose. This was better than I expected.
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1317 - L'ultimo treno della notte / Last Stop on the Night Train (1975) - 7/10 - Two thugs sneak aboard a train while on the run from station police. A couple of college age girls help hide them when the conductor comes around, but are later terrorized by the pair. The film borrows a number of aspects of the plot from other films, but is still fairly entertaining through much of it.

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1318 - Le Notti Bianche / White Nights (1957) - 9/10 - A man arrives in the city of Livorno and sees a woman crying on a canal bridge. He approaches her, but she is shy and runs away at first. Eventually she talks to him and explains that she was waiting for the man she loves to return after a year away. The man falls for her and tries to get her to fall for him as well. Maria Schell and Marcello Mastroianni are excellent in the lead roles here in a beautifully told story. The music and cinematography are each very nice.

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1319 - Il bidone / The Swindle (1955) - 7.5/10 - Three conmen travel around the countryside ripping off farmers and others out of their savings with various cons. Two of them start having pangs of conscience after incidents involving family members and for other reasons.
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1320 - Prima della rivoluzione / Before the Revolution (1964) - 5.5/10 - The film is competently made and has nice cinematography, but I was pretty bored with it, especially during the first 30-40 minutes. It never really captured my interest.

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1321 - The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) - 7/10 - Asia Argento stars as a young police detective who is tracking a serial rapist/murderer and becomes a victim herself. She starts seeing a psychologist after being raped due to her altered state of mind. I liked Argento in this and the film itself isn't bad, though not Argento's best.

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1322 - Two Evil Eyes (1990) - 6.5/10 - Two stories are presented here which are adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories. In the first one, a wealthy man is dying and his cheating wife and her lover try to steal a large sum of money from him before he dies. In the second one, Harvey Keitel stars as a photographer who kills a cat that his girlfriend brought home. Then things escalate. Each story was decent.

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1323 - The Day of the Beast (1995) - 7.5/10 - A priest spends Christmas Eve committing a number of crimes in an effort to thwart the coming of the Antichrist. He is assisted by a guy who sells death metal albums in this entertaining horror comedy.

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1324 - Sílení / Lunacy (2005) - 5.5/10 - An odd film from Jan Švankmajer about a mentally ill man who suffers from hallucinations who becomes acquainted with a man who dresses and acts like he is the Marquis de Sade.
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1325 - Pearl (2022) - 8/10 - Mia Goth stars as Pearl, a 20 something woman who lives on her German immigrant parents' farm in rural Texas in 1918. Her husband Howard has been away at the war for some time, her father is a non-speaking invalid, and her mother is fairly strict. Pearl longs to get off the farm and have a chance at stardom. An upcoming audition may give her that opportunity. Pearl is also somewhat mentally disturbed. Mia Goth is excellent and the colors and stylized atmosphere worked pretty well for me. I thought it was a touch on the slow side at times, but overall is very good.

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1326 - X (2022) - 8/10 - A group of amateur filmmakers head to a rural Texas farm in 1979 to make a pornographic film with the aim of getting rich or becoming a star. The elderly couple who own the farm (Howard and Pearl) aren't too friendly and take offense once they learn the true purpose that the people renting a cabin from them have for being there. Mia Goth and Jenna Ortega were each pretty good here.

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1327 - Thirst (2009) - 6/10 - A Catholic priest becomes infected with a deadly virus that causes blisters all over his body, eventually leading him to vomit blood and die. Before it gets really bad, he volunteers for an experimental treatment and with a blood transfusion, makes a miraculous recovery. The downside is that it also turns him into a vampire. The film has pretty nice effects, but I didn't really care for the pacing and the story itself wasn't all that interesting much of the time.

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1328 - The Wailing (2016) - 7/10 - A policeman in a small village investigates a case where a person got an illness which led them to massacre their family. It turns out to not be an isolated case, though, and he gets very worried when his young daughter becomes infected. There is a lot in this film that I liked. The plot gets a bit too intricate and the film is a bit too drawn out, but overall it's good.

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1329 - The Love Witch (2016) - 5.5/10 - They did a great job capturing the look and feel of the 1960s and Samantha Robinson isn't bad, but the movie is very dull. The story is just not really interesting, except for a bit here and there.

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1330 - This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967) - 5/10 - Coffin Joe is back and continues to torture people while looking for a woman to bear his son. I liked this even less than the first Coffin Joe film.
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1331 - The Third Part of the Night (1971) - 6/10 - A Polish man witnesses the murder of his wife, mother, and child by the Nazis during WWII. He joins the resistance, but a number of strange things happen to him, including meeting a pregnant woman who is the double of his wife. I really liked the first part of the movie with the setting and the action and so on, but as the film progressed, it became much less interesting. The setting and look of the film were still good, but the story less so.

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1332 - Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) - 5/10 - The beginning section of the film is fun with two warriors from rival factions working together to survive. Once the supernatural comes into play, the film becomes much less interesting. The special effects are so-so, but not horrible considering how low their budget probably was.

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1333 - M3GAN (2022) - 7.5/10 - A little girl named Cady loses her parents in an accident and goes to live with her aunt Gemma. Gemma is a talented robotics engineer who seems to be more interested in her work than in becoming a parent. She takes a prototype life size robotic doll in the form of a little girl and makes it Cady's companion. Things go well at first, but the doll (M3GAN) soon develops her own way of protecting Cady and dealing with others. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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1334 - Who Can Kill a Child? (1976) - 8/10 - An English couple are vacationing in Spain while awaiting the birth of their third child. They travel to an island in the Mediterranean that the husband had visited many years earlier, but find the place strangely deserted, except for some children. The children stare and smile and mostly seem happy, but seem off and the couple soon learns why. This is pretty well done.

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1335 - A Quiet Place in the Country (1968) - 5/10 - An artist travels out to the countryside to find inspiration. He becomes obsessed with an abandoned villa where a countess died during WWII. He rents the place, works at restoring the property, and starts to lose his mind. He seemed pretty weird to begin with. The soundtrack is good, but the lead character and the story just didn't work very well for me.
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1336 - Fear (1954) - 7/10 - Ingrid Bergman stars as Irene, a woman who is married to a German scientist, but had an affair with another man. The former girlfriend of the man that she had an affair with starts blackmailing her, making threats to tell her husband and extorting money. Irene lives in fear that her husband will find out about the affair.

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1337 - L'Amore (1948) - 6/10 - Anna Magnani stars in two short stories. In the first one, she has on the phone with her former lover through most of it. This one sided conversation just isn't very interesting, even though Magnani acts the heck out of it. In the second story, Magnani portrays a simple woman who unknowingly becomes pregnant. She is very religious and thinks it is a blessing, but finds herself ridiculed by townspeople. This story was definitely better than the first one.

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1338 - Red Wood Pigeon (1989) - 6.5/10 - Nanni Moretti stars as Michele, a Communist Party parliament member who loses some of his memory in a car crash, but his friends don't seem to notice. He is a member of a water polo team and they pick him up and take him to an important match. Throughout the match, he starts to remember things from his past. The film was interesting and kind of fun at first, but the political talk throughout were less so. Still, there was enough of interest during the rest of the film that overall it was okay. I do know that he should have his driver's license taken away, though.

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1339 - The Mass is Ended (1985) - 7.5/10 - Nanni Moretti stars as a priest who has been away for many years in a remote part of the world, but returns home to Rome and is assigned to a small, neglected parish. He tries to renew relationships with his family and friends, but finds that much has changed and that it is not in his power to fix everything. There is plenty of humor mixed in with the drama.

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1340 - My Mother's Smile (2002) - 8/10 - Ernesto is a well known painter who is informed that his mother is up for canonization as a saint. Ernesto is an atheist with a young son who has recently taken an interest in religion. Ernesto has some inner conflict about religion due to his upbringing and we learn a bit about his family as the film progresses. This was a pretty good film.

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1341 - Vincere (2009) - 7.5/10 - The film tells the story of Ida Dasler, Mussolini's first wife. They were married in 1914 and she bore him a son, but he later abandoned her and once he came to power, had his agents work to eliminate all traces of their relationship. She was eventually committed to an asylum.

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1342 - The Profession of Arms (2001) - 7/10 - The film shows the battles between German mercenaries and the Papal armies in the 1520s. The Papal armies were led by Giovanni de'Medici and this film was a lot better than Condottieri (1937) which also featured de'Medici. They do a great job with the setting and feel of the film. War and medicine in the 16th Century could be pretty brutal. The narrative wasn't as interesting, but it's still worth seeing.
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1343 - USS VD: Ship of Shame (1942) - 4/10 - A navy scare film about the dangers of getting a venereal disease while on shore.

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1344 - The Undertaker and His Pals (1966) - 3/10 - An undertaker and a couple of restaurant owners ride motorcycles and kill a variety of people to get meat for the restaurant and customers for the undertaker. It's pretty bad.

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1345 - Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965) - 4/10 - A woman is raped and then kills the man who raped her. She flees and goes on the road, one step ahead of the police at times. The acting is pretty bad.

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1346 - The Killer Shrews (1959) - 5.5/10 - A small group of people get trapped on an island during a storm and find out that a scientist there has been experimenting on animals. This has led to a pack of giant shrews roaming the island and these shrews are hungry. They have to fight off the shrews to survive. This wasn't too bad, really. It certainly wasn't great and the shrews looked pretty bad, but it was still somewhat entertaining.

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1347 - Test Tube Babies (1948) - 3/10 - This film is kind of weird. There is a couple that fall in love and get married. She walks around the house in skimpy outfits, even when visitors are over. He seems to work late all the time while she hosts parties for a bunch of drunks who like to make out, strip, and act boorishly. Eventually, they decide to have a baby and have no luck so they visit the doctor only to find out the husband is sterile. The doctor recommends artificial insemination. If the film had left out the earlier section, it would have been a fairly routine educational/informational film from that era.

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1348 - The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) - 6/10 - Two men discover a newly created cave and one of them has his brain subjugated by an evil alien brain bent on world domination. A 'good' alien brain later shows up to help. Some of the special effects are pretty dated, but this wasn't too bad overall.

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1349 - Beast from Haunted Cave (1959) - 5/10 - It starts out at a ski resort in South Dakota. A small group of people decide to rob a bank, but run afoul of a spider-like creature that they riled up with a mine explosion they set as a distraction. It was pretty boring for the most part.

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1350 - Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962) - 7/10 - A movie that starts with narration telling us that in 2001, war is be a thing of the past and the UN is be the sole governing body plus most of the planets have been explored is one that gets off to an amusing start. However, the movie itself turned out to be good. A group of explorers are headed to Uranus where they discover an alien mind that can seize control of them and can also pick things out of their minds and make them real. They try to find the truth behind the illusions. It's done on a very small budget, but is done pretty well and I enjoyed it.

The Confession (1990) (8 minutes)
Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967) (29 minutes)
It's Wonderful Being a Girl (1968) (17 minutes)
LSD: Insight or Insanity? (1967) (18 minutes)
The ABC's of Sex Education for Trainable Persons (1975) (20 minutes)
Know for Sure (1941) (23 minutes)
The Last Prom (1980) (24 minutes)
Social-Sex Attitudes in Adolescence (1953) (24 minutes)
Should I Marry Outside My Faith? (1962) (30 minutes
Marijuana (1968) (34 minutes)
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1351 - Red Sonja (1985) - 5/10 - Brigitte Nielsen stars as Sonja in the sword and sorcery comic book adaptation. The acting here is generally not very good and the Sonja here is not really that close to the Sonja from the comic. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets top billing as Con.. Kalidor and pops up now and then to rescue Sonja. The story is also kind of lackluster.

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1352 - Lady in the Death House (1944) - 6/10 - Jean Parker plays a woman who was convicted of killing her blackmailer and is now awaiting execution. The twist is that the person who is scheduled to flip the switch is the man she loves. A criminologist works to prove her innocence before it is too late. The film cuts a number of corners and could definitely have benefited from being fleshed out by another half hour or so. I enjoyed the film for the most part, but it's just too bare bones.
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1353 - Accomplice (1946) - 5.5/10 - A private detective is hired by his former girlfriend to find her missing husband. There are plenty of twists and turns with girlfriends on the side, possible bank fraud, etc. It's pretty cliched and isn't very good really, but was still kind of fun to watch.

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1354 - Circumstantial Evidence (1935) - 4.5/10 - This one was pretty dumb. Two friends stage a fight and then stage the fake murder of one of them only for it to turn real. The other friend ends up on death row as a result.

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1355 - Year of the Dragon (1985) - 6.5/10 - Mickey Rourke stars as Stanley White, a police captain who gets assigned to Chinatown and is determined to clean up the crime there. This helps upset the uneasy peace between the police and the Triads. The Triads also have to deal with skirmishes with the Italians and also with an up and coming Triad member who claws his way to the top. White also gets involved with a Chinese-American TV reporter. The movie is kind of mediocre through the first 2/3, but picks up toward the end and becomes somewhat more interesting.

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1356 - The Big Knife (1955) - 6.5/10 - Jack Palance stars as Charlie Castle, an actor who wants to leave the business, except that the studio owner has blackmail material on him and is pressuring him to renew his 7 year contract. Charlie is estranged from his wife due to the situation and his womanizing.

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1357 - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) - 7/10 - A newspaper publisher and his daughter's boyfriend Tom (Dana Andrews) discuss their disdain for the use of circumstantial evidence in convictions by the local DA. They set up a scheme where they manufacture evidence implicating Tom in the death of a burlesque dancer who was recently murdered. Their plan is that the publisher will come forward with the evidence with Tom's innocence after he id convicted, except that a problem arises. The initial plot has a number of similarities with Circumstantial Evidence (1945), but is a lot better in terms of the acting and story. However, I still think it is a pretty dumb plot point to have somebody set up evidence to convict themselves of murder.
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1358 - The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975) - 7/10
1359 - The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976) - 7/10
1360 - The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979) - 7/10
- These three films look at the political unrest and the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973. The filmmakers had to smuggle the footage out of Chile and one of their crew was disappeared by the military junta. It's an interesting look at the events of which the CIA definitely played a role. The US obsession with fighting communism often had some really negative outcomes.

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1361 - The Moon in the Mirror (1990) - 5.5/10 - A bedridden former sailor lives with his adult son who looks after him. They live in Valparaiso near the top of one of the local funiculars. The son would like to get away with the woman that he loves, but the father is domineering and does what he can to keep his son with him. The father uses a variety of mirrors to see what is going on in other parts of the home.

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1362 - Largo Viaje (1967) - 8/10 - Chilean neorealism with a few characters whose lives intersect. The main character is a small boy from the slums of Santiago who ends up lost and wandering around the city where a wide variety of people are going about their daily (and nightly) business. He's on an errand that is pretty important to him, but doesn't know how to complete it. I thought it was pretty good.
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1363 - En la cama / In Bed (2005) - 5/10 - A couple who met at a party spend the night at a motel where they have long discussions inbetween bouts of sex. It was only infrequently interesting.

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1364 - Historias de fútbol (1997) - 6/10 - Three stories are told that revolve around football in some way. The first one is about a talented player who is hoping to get noticed by a higher league, the second is about a group of kids who get a football that is kicked out of the stadium during a match, and the third is about a young man who is stranded during a trip and two women who invite him to their home so that he can watch an important match on tv. The stories were mildly interesting, but underdeveloped as short as they are.

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1365 - The Life of Fish (2010) - 7/10 - Andrés has been living in Berlin for the past decade and has briefly returned to Santiago to wrap up his life there before making the move permanent. He attends a birthday party for one of his friends and it becomes apparent that there was a tragedy that prompted his leaving the country. I enjoyed it and the music in the film, too.

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1366 - El Chacal de Nahueltoro (1969) - 5.5/10 - A man is in prison awaiting execution. We learn that he is an illiterate drunk who murdered the woman he was living with and her five children after an argument while he was really blasted. The film tells his life story which is not a particularly happy one. I guess that the film was also an argument against the death penalty, but I wasn't really moved by it.

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1367 - Nostalgia for the Light (2010) - 7.5/10 - Astronomers at an observatory in the midst of a desert in Chile search the skies. Not too far away, groups of women search for the remains of their love ones near the remnants of a prison camp run during the Pinochet regime. The attempt to pair astronomy with the pain of the past is not entirely successful, but it still makes for an interesting film.
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1368 - La Flaca Alejandra (1994) - 7.5/10 - Carmen Castillo was captured along with other resistance members in Chile in 1974. She was tortured, but eventually sent into exile. The film centers around her conversations with a woman who was part of her group, but broke under torture by the secret police and identified other members who were subsequently arrested, tortured, and often killed. We get a bit of history about the secret police and their methods and also meet a couple of other survivors.

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1369 - Un hombre aparte (2001) - 6.5/10 - Ricardo Liaño is a former boxing promoter who is getting close to 80 years of age. The film follows Liaño as he tries to implement his big plan to make a million dollars through his youth anti-drugs campaign. It's really more of a fantasy, but he is oblivious to it.

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1370 - El pejesapo (2007) - 5.5/10 - The film deals with people who are marginalized in society, centering on a man named Daniel. Daniel is seemingly homeless, sometimes suicidal, and perhaps a bit mentally ill. He eventually goes in search of a job without success. It's not bad for what it is and what it sets out to do, but I didn't really care much about Daniel or most of the people that he met.
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1371 - Gloria (2013) - 7.5/10 - Gloria is a 58 year old woman who lives in an apartment by herself. She has been divorced for some time and her kids are grown so she starts going to singles parties/discos in search of companionship. She starts a relationship with an older man named Rodolfo who was an officer in the Navy. Things go fairly well, but he seems to be at the beck and call of his adult daughters. The movie doesn't have a lot of action/excitement necessarily, but the relationships are fairly well drawn and i enjoyed it.

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1372 - Johnny 100 Pesos (1993) - 7.5/10 - Johnny is a 17 year old who gets involved with a group of four criminals who try to rob a money laundering operation that uses a video club in an apartment building as cover. Things don't go according to plan and they end up trapped in the place they tried to rob with hostages while the police and media have the building surrounding. The media escalates things further by tracking down and interviewing Johnny's family and friends. It was pretty good.

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1373 - The Club (2015) - 6/10 - A secluded seaside village is the home of four disgraced Catholic priests who have been sent here as a sort of penance for their sins. A former nun runs the house and watches over them. I really couldn't get into this one, though I can see why others might like it. I mostly thought that it was dull.

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1374 - The Maid (2009) - 7.5/10 - Raquel has worked as a maid for a moderately wealthy family for the past 20 years and is turning 41. Recently, she has become more sullen and withdrawn while going about her duties. The family decides to bring in another maid to help, but Raquel plays pranks on her and makes life miserable for the new maid. Other maids follow with similar results until the right one comes along.

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1375 - Tres tristes tigres (1968) - 5/10 - A brother and sister run into each other and go out drinking with a stranger. Much alcohol is consumed. It wasn't a very interesting film.

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1376 - Tony Manero (2008) - 7/10 - Raúl is a 52 year old man who is obsessed with the character of Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. He's got a replica of Travolta's suit from the film and plans on entering a televised talent contest in the role. He's not really a nice guy, though women seem to dig him, and isn't above getting violent to further his obsession.

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1377 - Violeta Went to Heaven (2011) - 8/10 - This biopic tells the story of Chilean folk singer, Violeta Parra. In the film, she is taking part in a televised interview with flashbacks to her childhood and other parts of her life. I didn't know anything about her going in, but I enjoyed the story and the music. Francisca Gavilán does a great job as the adult Violeta.

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1378 - La expropiación (1974) - 3.5/10 - Chile is undergoing agrarian reform during the Allende years and the state is taking over large farms. One landowner is willing to hand over his property without a fuss and leave the country, but the people who work for him aren't happy about this. There are long discussions about expropriation and other political issues and the film is very boring.
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1379 - The Whistler (1944) - 7/10 - A wealthy businessman is despondent over the death of his wife. He uses an intermediary to hire an assassin to kill him, but wants to call it off when he gets a telegram that his wife may be alive after all. Nothing extraordinary here, but I thought it was pretty entertaining during its short runtime.

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1380 - The Mark of the Whistler (1944) - 6/10 - A drifter comes across a newspaper notice about an old bank account for somebody with his same name. He investigates, finds out more about his namesake, and then goes to the bank to claim the money. This leads to complications, though, since a pair of men have been on the lookout for the man that he is impersonating.

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1381 - The Power of the Whistler (1945) - 7/10 - A young woman who is an amateur fortune teller sees death in the cards for a man she sees in a restaurant. She soon learns that the man has amnesia and doesn't remember who he is so she sets out to try and help him discover his identity. I liked this entry in the Whistler series.

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1382 - Voice of the Whistler (1945) - 6.5/10 - A millionaire is dying, but takes the advice of a doctor to move close to the sea in New England for his health. He convinces a nurse to marry him and care for him, even though they don't love each other. Then he starts to get better... I liked the first half of the film more than the second half.

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1383 - Mysterious Intruder (1946) - 7/10 - A music shop owner hires a sketchy private detective to track down a young woman that he hadn't seen since she was a teen. He found something that his mother sold him which might be valuable. This leads to murder, police investigations, and criminals showing up in search of the valuable items.

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1384 - The Secret of the Whistler (1946) - 6/10 - A wealthy woman has been having a series of heart attacks and seems likely to die soon. Her husband finds companionship in an artist's model and falls for her, but then his wife's health seems to improve. I didn't like this one quite as much as the last few films in the series.

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1385 - The Thirteenth Hour (1947) - 7/10 - A truck driver gets a bum drunk driving conviction and has to hire other drivers for his truck for a while. He then gets framed for killing a motorcycle cop and goes on the run. His girlfriend and her son still believe in him, though.

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1386 - The Return of the Whistler (1948) - 7/10 - Michael Duane does a nice job stepping into the lead role in place of Richard Dix, who retired. He plays a man traveling with his fiancée when their car breaks down in a small town. He checks her into a hotel while going to get the car fixed, but she has disappeared when he returns the next morning. He desperately starts trying to find out what happened to her. The film is shot very well and moves a a pretty good clip.

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1387 - Mr. Arkadin (1955) - 8/10 - A small time crook named Guy working in Naples witnesses a man die whose last words are the names Gregory Arkadin and Sophie. Guy tracks down Arkadin, a wealthy man living in Spain, and Arkadin hires him to discover what he can about his past since he says that he has no memory prior to 1927. Guy gets to work and has quite a bit of success, but his work also deepens the mystery.
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