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  • A Hijacking

    A Hijacking

    ★★★★★

    Harrowing. I don't have any other words for this film.

  • On Dangerous Ground

    On Dangerous Ground

    ★★★★★

    Not sure I've ever seen a noir end with a happy ending. Lean and efficient filmmaking at it's finest, On Dangerous Ground charts the redemption of a lonely, tough city cop who trusts no one, with the help a a lonely, blind woman who has to trust everyone. Ida Lupino especially shines in this film as Mary Malden, the blind woman trying to hide her brother accused of murder.

    A simple film, and a wonderful example of Film-Noir.

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's hard to remember, because of the awful sequels that came after, but First Blood's Rambo is not a macho 80's action hero. He's a broken man who's climactic final scene is him breaking down in tears, recounting how one of his squad mates and friends in the Vietnam War died. This was not how other 80's action hero's ended their films. The empathy First Blood shows for its leading hero, John Rambo, makes it special in the canon of…

  • The Last Stand

    The Last Stand

    ★★★½

    The Last Stand, Jee-woon Kim's American debut, is a goofy blockbuster staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Peter Stormare, and Jaimie Alexander. The action is goofy, some of the characters are weird, and the premise is a little hokey. But there's a strange endearing quality to the whole film, which is probably thanks to Jee-woon Kim. I have yet to see any of his Korean films, but I want to rectify that situation as soon as possible.