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  • Pulp Fiction
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Adaptation.
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • San Francisco International

    ★★½

  • Hell Comes to Frogtown

    ★★

  • Black Belt Jones

    ★★½

  • The Blue-Eyed Bandit

    ★★½

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  • San Francisco International

    San Francisco International

    ★★½

    Sometimes when watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies the color or sound seems off, and it’s hard to tell what’s a consequence of the actual print we’re watching and what’s a consequence of the movie being projected. This is one of the brownest movies they’ve ever shown.

    Directed by a pretty talented John Llewellyn Moxey, the movie tries to serve as a pilot for a TV show.

    As an episode of Mystery Science Theater it’s probably one of the mediocre…

  • Hell Comes to Frogtown

    Hell Comes to Frogtown

    ★★

    This feels like such a quintessential B-Movie, that I honestly don’t know what to say. There’s more production value in it than I expected, and some of the action is okay. It’s interesting to see this and They Live came out in the same year.

    Week 20/52 of the Cult Movie Challenge: It’s fun.

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  • Black Belt Jones

    Black Belt Jones

    ★★½

    I feel very mixed about this one. I think it’s because while I can see why they made the decisions that they made I also think that a lot of them don’t work.

    For example, Jim Kelly as Black Belt Jones yelling “Batman Motherfucker!” after hitting a bad guy in the face? That’s great.

    Immediately after that, we get a scene of Jones fighting the bad guys in the dark, punctuated by the lights coming on, and a dramatic musical…

  • The Blue-Eyed Bandit

    The Blue-Eyed Bandit

    ★★½

    At this point, the golden age of the Polizioteschi movie is kind of gone, and the Eurocrime umbrella genre feels like it’s going too.

    Franco Nero plays a con man who goes into work pretending to be a milquetoast middle-aged paper pusher. In reality he is a daring thief. There’s a decent origin to his character, and the movie actually does have one kind of interesting idea. The heist happens about halfway through the film. Instead of a big leadup…

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  • Point Blank

    Point Blank

    ★★★½

    There’s a scene about halfway through the movie where we see a group of guards patrolling the top of a building. Their boss is inside. The camera pans over to see a hidden Lee Marvin in the shadows, ready to strike. It’s like something out of a video game. Establish the level, show the target and the badguys, and pan around to show where you are.

    Based on Donald Wastlake/Richard Stark’s Parker character, Lee Marvin anchors a performance in revenge…

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★

    It’s held up as one of the most important films ever. I want to try to unpack some of that. The movie is basically an extended look at a span of days dealing with the fans, artists, performers, politicians, and other individuals in and around the country music scene in Nashville, TN during the mid-1970s. It’s long, and I think it’s really a testament to Robert Altman that he makes the film so interesting and engaging.

    The movie grapples with…