Matador

Nacho Martinez plays a lame former bullfighter who longs for the thrill of sex that ends in murder; Assumpta Serna plays a successful criminal lawyer with related sexual predilections and a comparable list of corpses to her credit. With a nod to the last scene of Duel in the Sun, Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodovar builds his grisly black-comedy melodrama around these two, using a more innocent couple (Antonio Banderas and Eva Cobo) as contrast; Almodovar himself plays a bit part as a fashion designer. This 1986 film is one of Almodovar’s better features, although, like many of the others, it partially plays the role of popularizing stronger stuff (in this case, Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses), and resorts to some contrived plot devices (including mental telepathy and a solar eclipse) in order to fuse its diverse story elements. Nevertheless, Almodovar manages to do something fairly interesting and watchable with his material. In Spanish with subtitles. NC-17, 102 min. (JR)

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I Married A Monster From Outer Space

The title tells all, or almost all, about this 1958 release in which Gloria Talbott discovers that her husband (Tom Tryon) is an alien monster, and that aliens are mating with earth women. Gene Fowler Jr. produced, directed, and scripted (with Louis Vittes). Other roles are played by Ken Lynch, Maxie Rosenbloom, and a German shepherd. (JR)

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Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers

A silly science fiction quickie (1956, 83 min.), directed by Fred Sears and featuring Ray Harryhausen special effects of various national monuments being demolished (Orson Welles borrowed a few clips for his F for Fake). With Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor. (JR)

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