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  • Hired to Kill

    Hired to Kill 1990

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jun, 2016

    Brian Thompson was always a reliable heavy, but you can see why casting directors would balk at bringing him on as a hero - his voice has got "villain" all over it, and despite his high-grade beefcake he's...uh...not conventionally handsome. And I say this as a fan, but c'mon, dude's got serious face-puff. This is not the kind of thing out of which leading men are generally made.

    But he did get this one (I think?) chance to play the…

  • Deadly Eyes

    Deadly Eyes 1982

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2016

    The city on the poster looks like New York, but this so obviously Canadian it has a character named Hoserman. Shot in Toronto, which apparently has rats. I never saw one there, but I'm sure they're there.

    They're not rats like this though, which are giant rats. Dachshunds in rat costumes, no kidding. As a group they look pretty convincing - zoomed in on their rat faces, they're sometimes not great, but they have their moments. Anyway, the first rat…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2015 2

    George Miller had been talking about this - or at least, had been persistently asked about it in interviews - for like twenty years now, and I don't know what's different about now that he finally got around to making it but I'm glad he did. The response on this has been gobsmacking, though I was willing to chalk a fair bit of it up to Peak Gen-X Nostalgia, and it coming at a good time to be heralded as…

  • The Beastmaster

    The Beastmaster 1982

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Jun, 2016 1

    This movie starts with a fetus being teleported out of the womb of its mother and into that of a...water buffalo?...and never bothers trying to salvage any good taste after that. Despite being rated PG, this really is one of the best of the post-Conan sword-n'-sorcery movies, delivering all four food groups (blood, steel, fire and tits) with some aplomb. Also, cute pet ferrets! That somehow makes the gross stuff even worse.

    Dar, the Beastmaster, makes friends with the beasts.…