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  • A Fuller Life

    A Fuller Life 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2016

    Samantha Fuller hasn't put together a documentary, but more a concise, visual version of Sam Fuller's memoir, A Third Face. This approach seems like an odd choice at first, but much like the films of Sam Fuller himself, A Fuller Life carves its own path and succeeds in creating something unique and worthwhile.

    The script is composed of selections from A Third Face, read by his friends, colleagues and admirers. Each person puts their own energy and interpretation into the…

  • Island of Fire

    Island of Fire 1990

    ★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2016

    Island of Fire is such an oddly structured movie. It boasts a fantastic, all-star cast, but the way the story is crafted the characters never really come together to form a cohesive movie. Each person's story could have been its own movie, but since this was a low-budget production hoping to capitalize on its cast, they just threw everything they had into it and hoped for the best. And by "everything they had," I mean a bunch of recycled prison movie stuff, mostly from Cool Hand Luke.

  • Na Cha and the Seven Devils

    Na Cha and the Seven Devils 1973

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    Na Cha and the Seven Devils is the type of movie that only certain people will like. It's essentially an FX movie --- nearly every scene has some form of supernatural shenanigans going on --- and while the FX are quite ambitious, they don't necessarily hold up well to modern standards. To be honest, they don't even necessarily hold up to 1973 standards; everything looked at about a similar level to the work seen in Ho Meng-Hua's four-film Journey to…

  • Evil Bong: High 5

    Evil Bong: High 5 2016

    ★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2016

    I’ll assume you’ve seen all the previous incarnations of this franchise, and therefore will be aware that multiple films in the series have used the “We’re selling stuff in a shop” script formula. I didn’t like it in Evil Bong 3: The Wrath of Bong, I put up with it in Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong, I grinned and bore it in Evil Bong 420, but with Evil Bong: High 5 I’m drawing the line. I just hope Band doesn’t…

  • The Kid & I

    The Kid & I 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2016

    Surprised how much I liked this. Great cast, and they won me over instantly with the unexpectedly dark suicide humor that opens the film. Really well put together, too; I should look into other Penelope Spheeris movies.

  • Kill and Pray

    Kill and Pray 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2016

    Kind of sedated for a Spaghetti Western, but that's not a bad thing. It reflects the main character well, who, through sheer force of will, happens to be the most ridiculous crack shot ever, even by Spaghetti Western standards.

    It's a good movie, but it could have been great had some of the themes been better developed and focused on.

    Also: the new Arrow blu-ray is a real treat. I'm not used to seeing these kinds of mid-range Spaghetti Westerns in such awesome quality.

  • The Pirate

    The Pirate 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2016

    I get the feeling that The Pirate isn't that well-loved of a Shaw picture, but it's every bit the first-rate film that the talent involved would suggest. This leaves me to think that it's more of a question of access than dislike, but you've got no excuse now, as the film received its first home video appearance in the West (as far as I know) just a few weeks back via iTunes and other digital platforms. So if you've never…

  • Payment in Blood

    Payment in Blood 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2016 2

    Payment in Blood is one hell of a revenge film, unfortunately it's also extremely rare and the only known-to-exist version is from a German-dubbed VHS without subtitles. Kuei Chih-Hung is quite the dynamic visual filmmaker, though, which makes the experience of Payment in Blood visceral and engaging even without understanding a single word of dialogue. It helps to have a general idea of how revenge films work, but seriously just about everything you need to know about the movie is…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ 1999

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2016

    Wow, I literally loved everything about this. The best Philip K Dick movie that's not actually based on a PKD story.

  • Dave

    Dave 1993

    ★★½ Watched 17 Feb, 2016

    Ivan Reitman made Dave in-between two Arnold vehicles (Kindergarten Cop and Junior), and Dave is every bit as unbelievable and outlandish an idea as Arnold teaching five-year-old kids or carrying a baby to term. Dave is a regular guy who gets to be the President of the United States after the real guy has a stroke. At first he’s just a simple stand-in, but as Dave’s personality shows through, the people love him. He cuts budget items as quickly and…

  • Happy Anniversary and Goodbye

    Happy Anniversary and Goodbye 1974

    ★★★ Watched 09 Feb, 2016

    I’ve been a Lucille Ball fan for pretty much my whole life, but I’d never seen anything other than I Love Lucy and The Long, Long Trailer. Judging on Happy Anniversary and Goodbye, I don’t know that I was missing much. The hour-long TV special presents the story of Norma and Malcolm Michaels, a married couple who have exhausted about every shred of love their relationship once had. After the first scene, composed almost solely of yelling, name-calling and snide…

  • Beretta's Island

    Beretta's Island 1994

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Mar, 2016

    A horrible movie, but in all the best ways. Great fun. Plus an Arnold cameo!

    You've never lived until you've seen a shirtless bodybuilder jump onto a motorcycle to chase the drug lords he recognized in the crowd of the boxing match he was coaching and then started fighting himself because the opponent was on cocaine.