Gang War in Milan (1973)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

I finally found an excellent Italian crime film in 1080p HD! This is a little slower paced for an Umberto Lenzi poliziotteschi, but very well made. It’s also a bit more serious than say, The Tough Ones. This was a total pleasure to watch as Raro Video’s restoration is fantastic. It features super saturated colors and deep shadows. Highly recommended.

Blu-ray available from Raro Video.

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Killer Joe (2011)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is a very dark, but funny film based on a stage play. It’s so ugly and violent Matthew McConaughey almost threw the script in the trash. Almost. I’m glad he didn’t. Killer Joe is a unique movie that I definitely enjoyed.

Available on Blu-ray from Lion’s Gate.

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The Baby of Macon (1993)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | no trailer available

This is about as arthouse as you can get. The Baby of Macon is up there among director Peter Greenaway’s better movies. The story is a critique of societal corruption that takes place during the Italian Renaissance. It’s set up like a stage play, the costumes and sets are very elaborate, and the cinematography is stunning. Sounds nice right? Maybe you could watch it with your mom to show her how sophisticated you are? Not at all. This movie has several extremely disturbing scenes that would send your mom through the roof. Some parts remind me a bit of Ken Russell’s The Devils. It also shares the same frantic energy and borderline overacting. If you can make it through the whole thing, you should get some kind of certificate. However I honestly think this is a fantastic movie. Oh and for you English comedy fans, look out for a young Jessica Hynes from Spaced.

Available on Blu-ray from Atlantic Films.

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Tubi List

By request, here’s a quick list of good to great movies currently streaming on Tubi…

This list has been updated as of 4.2.20

Amores Perros – also on Amazon Prime

Borgman

Castle of Blood

The Crazies (2010) – also on Amazon Prime

Cube

High-Rise – also on Hulu

In a Glass Cage

Kill or Be Killed (1980 – martial arts film)

May (FYI – Her last name is the same as mine?!?!)

Melancholia

Road to Perdition

Tangerine Dream Live at Coventry Cathedral (Not the actual live audio but still good if you like this era of the band.)

Trollhunter

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Haywire (2011)

Streaming on Netflix | imdb | trailer

Women’s MMA badass Gina Carano plays a super soldier out for revenge. This one took me by surprise the first time I saw it. Non-stop action from Steven Soderbergh?!? Yes. It isn’t a realistic fight film, but damn it’s fun to watch.

Available on Blu-ray from Lion’s Gate.

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For Sama (2019)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

I do my best to avoid Academy Award nominated films, but this documentary is just too good to not share. Almost every bit of footage was shot by one woman during the fall of Aleppo, Syria. Right off the bat, if you are squeamish or sensitive to real life violence and/or emergency medical footage, skip this one. It is brutal at times, but manages to be very uplifting in the end. I am blown away by how courageous Waad al-Kateab and her family are. Do not miss this movie.

Not available on Blu-ray.

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Update / Patreon Launch

Thank you for your patience folks. Regular recommendation posts will begin again on Wednesday. For now I’m going to try posting recommendations here AT LEAST every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I hope to get back to a daily schedule eventually, but it was too much to juggle at the moment.

For those of you that want to support this website directly, I just started a Patreon page. All I ask is $3 a month and you get a new list of micro-recommendations / movie related links every week. You also get an exclusive advanced look at the reviews that will be in my Anomalous Cinema book. Yep, I’m working on a book of recommendations of my tippity-top favorite films. This publication will be for all of my most beloved movies, ignoring format availability, as long as they have not gotten an Academy Award nomination. To sign up just go to: patreon.com/anomalouscinema

My best to you and yours during this sucky time. -Jonathan

100th Post / Break Time

As of yesterday, I posted my 100th recommendation, so I am taking a week off to recharge my batteries. Anomalous Cinema will be back next Wednesday, March 25th. From that point on I will be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, as well as at least once a week for any folks that want to support this site on Patreon. More on that later.

In the meantime, you can get a lot out of the existing recommendations by using the tags. There’s one for each subscription service and movie genre.

To tide you over in case you’re in isolation, here’s some quickie recommendations (I suggest you them look up on imdb before watching):

Netflix:
City of God (2002)
Filmworker (2018)
Green Room (2016)
Magnolia (1999)
Train to Busan (2016)

Amazon Prime:
The Act of Killing (2012)
Downfall (2004)
The Mechanic (1972)
Milius (2013)
The Street Fighter (1974)

Hulu:
Coherence (2013 – Also on Amazon Prime)
Das Boot (1981)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011 – Also on Amazon Prime)

Please comment or email me with any questions.

Thank you for your support. Please stay safe out there. -Jonathan

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Gangster No. 1 (2000)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

I enjoyed watching this on cable several years ago, so what a pleasant surprise to find it on Hulu. This is a solid English gangster riff on Goodfellas, but way more violent. Need I say more?

Oh yeah and keep an eye out for Dr. Channard from Hellraiser 2. He even has a scene with Uncle Frank.

Not available on domestic Blu-ray.

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An Honest Liar (2014)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

The Amazing Randi is a stage magician, escape artist, and enemy of all paranormal fakers. The man’s life story is enhanced by a few totally unexpected turns. I was entertained, and I learned a thing or two.

Available on Blu-ray from Passion River.

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