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  • Appleseed

    Appleseed

    ★★

    Disappointingly, two anime helicopters are get shot. There are small explosions and fires break out. However, they don't miss my threshold for categorising them as exploding helicopters.

  • Brothers

    Brothers

    ★★★★

    Another one for the exploding helicopter hall of shame. A Black Hawk helicopter is apparently fatally damaged but, in the seconds before we might see if it crashes and explodes, director Jim Sheridan cuts away from the action. Shameful.

    Otherwise, it's a decent film.

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  • Chandler

    Chandler

    ★★

    CHANDLER (1971) is an incomprehensible neo-noir with Warren Oates as a down at heel private eye. A promising idea flounders amidst an impenetrable plot.

    Apparently director Paul Magwood took out an advert after CHANDLER’s release to apologise for the film which was re-cut by the studio.

    The butchery is all too apparent. Little makes sense and scenes clearly ‘jump’ as whole sections have been hacked out.

    Still CHANDLER does find small roles for gravel voiced b-movie stalwart Charles McGraw and femme fatale Gloria Grahame.

  • It Started in Naples

    It Started in Naples

    ★★½

    A romantic comedy that lacks both a plot and chemistry between its stars.