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  • Original Gangstas 1996

    ★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2014

    Who would of thought you'd find an enjoyable Blaxsploitation flick from 1996? I surely didn't. Who would also have thought the 70s stylings of Soul Cinema would mix so well with the 1990s Ghetto crime scene. The only missing ingredient was Black Belt Jones himself. Larry Cohen directs a great, well paced actioner featuring Slaughter, Hammer, Shaft and Coffy. It's not as great as previous team ups like Three the Hard Way and One down, Two to go. It is…

  • The Swimmer 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    What starts as an absurd Sunday afternoon adventure slowly descends into a bizarre expose on the impact on keeping up with the Jones. Burt Lancaster is unsettling. I was shaking my head at his strange appreciation of pools. There was something not right about ol' Ned. What starts off as offbeat, slowly unravels into a character study about selfishness and greed. Given it was made in 1968, it was well ahead of its time and well worth a visit as a touch point on the society we find ourselves living in today.

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    ★★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2013

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  • Prince of Darkness 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 06 Apr, 2014

    Another strong John Carpenter effort that was broadly overlooked at the time of release. It is certainly a film that gets better through the number of rewatches as more is revealed to the keen eye. There are some great musings on logic and belief whilst also attacking organised religion. Very adult themes for a time when the industry was more interested in providing fodder for the teen demographic. There is so much great imagery that is well suited to the…