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  • The Last Frontier

    The Last Frontier

    ★★★

    Victor Mature really is the missing link between Dean Martin and Paul Stanley.

  • The Week Of

    The Week Of

    ★★★½

    Ode to Cheapness.

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  • Tough Guys Don't Dance

    Tough Guys Don't Dance

    ★★★

    Two things:

    1. My grandfather had a huge pulp novel library (mostly spy, war & police stuff), and the one title that always stood out to me as a kid was Tough Guys Don't Dance (a perfect trochee in German: Harte Männer tanzen nicht). It sounded simultaneously ridiculous and cool, like a whole macho philosophy of life condensed into a punchline to a dumb joke. After reading The Naked and the Dead in high school and being duly impressed by it,…

  • Fear of Fear

    Fear of Fear

    ★★★½

    Irm Hermann: So, Rainer, what's my role this time?
    RWF: Take a wild guess.
    IH: Umh... the horrible cow everyone just wants to slap in the face non-stop?
    RWF: Why'd you even ask.