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  • The Oblong Box

    The Oblong Box

    ★★½

    Has nothing to do with the Edgar Allen Poe story other than it uses the same idea of not knowing the exact identity of someone in a coffin or box. The Poe story is a lot better (read it yourself here). The movie is definitely not a “tale of the living dead” (neither is the poe story) like it says on the poster. It’s a Burke and Hare story more like R.L. Stevenson’s The Bodysnatcher. Also, with some things that…

  • R.O.T.O.R.

    R.O.T.O.R.

    ★★★½

    Supremely entertaining combination of 80s action movie cliches, deliberate comedy that works, deliberate comedy that fails so horribly you're not even sure what's happening, really funny bad acting, actors stumbling over hilarious awkward dialogue, and actually very decent action scenes.  When it's not busy being hilariously stupid the pacing is well done and keeps everything moving right along.  The soundtrack is way 80s and definitely has its moments (sounds like a Yamaha DX7).

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  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    ★★★½

    Now this is the real return to form Bond film they wanted to make with Diamonds Are Forever. It has everything you expect from a Bond film while also being one of the most oddly original movies in the entire series. They are going for a Blaxploitation angle here and while not totally authentic in that pursuit, they do have some great actors here including Yaphet Kotto and the movie is made in the 70s which goes a long way…

  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    ★★½

    So this time around it seems like they are trying to shed a lot of the Bond movie formula and make something more like a typical action movie. I don't know if the movie has just aged horribly or what, but outside of the limited appearance of the usual "Bond stuff" (MI-6, secret hideouts, actually being a spy) the movie is incredibly mediocre and dull. Christopher Lee appears as the villain but don't get your hopes up, he's really not…