Sling Blade (1996)

“Sometimes a hero comes from the most unlikely place.” Picture this scene: On the set of a forgettable 1987 HBO movie titled The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, Billy Bob…

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Trees Lounge (1996)

“A story about one man’s search … for who knows what.” If you’ve ever skipped out on your dull, mind-numbing job and spent the entire afternoon knocking back stiff drinks…

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Twister (1989)

“There’s a natural disaster in the heartland of America. It’s called the Cleveland family.” Alongside Eraserhead, I nominate Twister as one of the weirdest American films ever made. It’s definitely…

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Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

“… no beginning … no end … no speed limit!” An offbeat, existential road movie directed by Monte Hellman (The Shooting), Two-Lane Blacktop was billed as “The Far-Out World of…

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The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

“Oh, there’s nothing so different about them. After all, crime is only . . . a left-handed form of human endeavor.” My favorite film noir, The Asphalt Jungle, which involves…

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The Asphyx (1972)

“If It Were In Your Power … Would You Sacrifice Your Wife … Your Children For Immortality?” Definitely not for all tastes, The Asphyx (AKA The Horror of Death) is…

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The Beast Must Die (1974)

“One of our guests is a werewolf, I know it.” Directed by Paul Annett and based on the 1950 short story “There Shall Be No Darkness” by James Blish, The…

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