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  • Streets

    Streets 1990

    ★★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016

    If they'd waited another five years to make Angel, it might've turned out something like this - over the late 80's, the LAPD was getting enough of a bad reputation that it even started getting reflected in entertainment about white people.

    The serial killer in this place is a uniformed cop - beating Terminator 2 at using that distinct image of helmeted, mirrored-shades motorcycle cop as a figure of relentless menace by well over a year. (not to put this…

  • London Has Fallen

    London Has Fallen 2016

    ★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2016 2

    Olympus Has Fallen might've been the underperformer of the Die-Hard-In-The-White-House movies, but it found its audience, who saw in it a throwback to bystander-killing, nakedly xenophobic hardass-yet-silly 80's action movies like Invasion USA.

    This nominally promises more of the same - London comes under simultaneous attack by an amazingly well-coordinated series of bombings, assassinations and massacres, even one of which depends on the kind of planning that would be impressive even if London hadn't been, supposedly, locked down for a…

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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 Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) 2015

    Watched 25 Jan, 2016

    Tom Six, like a lot of people whose art is childishly offensive and basically stupid, considers himself a warrior for free speech. (o, how hard he fights. On Twitter.) He dresses like the French guy in Raiders Of The Lost Ark and has so far shown the world exactly one idea, which he's flogged out for three movies now. I am caught between befuddlement and admiration.

    This third gulp at the can dispenses with the dropout-Cronenberg medical horror of the…