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  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★½

    Dwight starts of as a vagrant living in his car in squalor, springing into action when his parent’s killer is released. Then Blue Ruin start subverting expectations when it turns out that the revenger is actually pretty bad at this whole revenging business, starting with that blackly comedic scene with the locked gun, with the rest of the film alternating between horribly messy violence and moments of black comedy. Dwght stabs his parent’s killer in the temple, and then he…

  • The Protector

    The Protector

    ★★★½

    I still kind of liked this as an American action movie that just so happened to star Jackie Chan. The actual fight aren’t really all that great, but Jackie still hits some fancy individual moves, like when he jumps of the wall and hits a spinning kick in the massage parlor. Danny Aiello is pretty fun as the incredibly obnoxious New Yorker who goes on a big nostalgia kick when he goes to Hong Kong, going to the aforementioned massage…

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  • Four of the Apocalypse

    Four of the Apocalypse

    ★★★★★

    Sad and mournful western, with a relaxed, unhurried pace and a tremendous hippy-ish folk soundtrack. Seems totally content to follow the characters around on their journey, until Chaco shows up, and everything goes to shit for them. But despite all of Chaco’s acts, it never descends into nihilism, with a lyrical section near the end set in an all-male mining town where the promise of new life seems to completely reinvigorate the formerly gruff and hostile townsmen. There’s also a…

  • Bloodmoon

    Bloodmoon

    ★★★★

    As far as movies about Kung Fu serial Killers go, it’s not quite Kung Fu Jungle, but Bloodmoon still works for me. The late, great Darren Shahlavi plays a very camp villain who dresses like a Las Vegas stage magician and quotes Van Morrison before he kills Rob van Dam. He has steel fingertips with which he punctures walls, steam pipes and human bodies.

    Frank Gorshin gets a part as the police chief who seems to exist in a state…