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  • Elvis 1979

    ★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2015

    Perhaps most notable as the first collaboration between director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell (the two would later collaborate on THE THING, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and ESCAPE FROM L.A.), ELVIS remains an interesting curio that never quite manages to get past the surface of its wondrous subject. Russell, still trying to break free of his child actor image, tries really hard in the lead, but his affectations occasionally overwhelm the performance, and he isn’t…

  • Tribulation 2000

    Rewatched 23 Jan, 2015

    Gary Busey starring in an end-of-the-world religious thriller might sound like the recipe for plenty of unintentional comedy, but this Ontario-lensed snoozer finds Busey at his most restrained, though it at least picks up slightly after a dreadful first half hour. Atheist cop Busey discovers a plot by a new age guru (read: Antichrist) to infect the brains of non-believers, and ends up in a coma while the world goes to pot. He wakes up with a big shaggy beard,…

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  • The Artist 2011

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2012 4

    It looks great. It - perhaps ironically - sounds great. The acting is fine, particularly from Jean Dujardin and Uggie the dog. But while the novelty of a modern silent film is fun (with all due respect to Mel Brooks SILENT MOVIE), it feels more like a stylistic exercise or a short film stretched to feature length rather than a complete work. It's so slight and breezy, and instantly forgettable.

  • Miami Connection 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2013

    It's the same old story. A group of orphan Taekwondo experts form a synth-pop band and fight ninja drug dealers while fending off attacks from rival bands and celebrating peace and friendship. Yet, somehow this lost 80s oddity manages to add the element of EXTREME VIOLENCE just to give it that certain je ne sais quoi. Thank goodness this bizarre action picture was rescued from obscurity.