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  • Samurai Wolf II

    Samurai Wolf II


    Hideo Gosha's name is rarely brought up in discussions of the great directors of samurai films, possibly because of the way he focuses so much attention on the action scenes, which is perhaps too déclassé for movie critics. I would argue that many of his films are meaty enough to deserve comparison with the Kurosawas and Okamotos—but not this one. Don't get me wrong: although Samurai Wolf II is nobody's idea of high art, it is entertaining as hell. And…

  • Escape Plan 2: Hades

    Escape Plan 2: Hades

    Not just terrible, but also bad. And awful. I don't mind a lot of stupid in my movies, or movies that aren't particularly well made—in fact, you may say that I have a taste for that sort of thing—but the combination of dumb and unwatchable just makes for the worst kind of viewing experience. For example, these are the sorts of action scenes featured in this movie: the filmmakers resort not only to the shakiest of shaky cam and undercranking…

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  • Bread, Gold, Gun

    Bread, Gold, Gun


    During the chaos of the Russian civil war, a woman (party member Olga) attempts to transport grain to some starving orphans, accompanied by a Soviet secret policeman, a Soviet sailor, and a (non-party affiliated) railroad stationmaster. The music cues are pretty cool. They didn't have the budget for squibs, but the locations look great.

    I got there first!

  • Guns of the Magnificent Seven

    Guns of the Magnificent Seven


    Third entry in the series, a step up from the previous disappointment. No siege this time, the Seven are hired to free a Mexican rebel leader being held as prisoner in a fortress. Nothing exceptional here, just a genre picture done well, with hilarious accents, including Michael Ansara's Mexican-by-way-of-New-England accent. George Kennedy steps in as Yul Brenner's Chris, and I am never going to forget the many shots of him and his large armpit sweat stains. Speaking of which, Kennedy…

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  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning


    A martial arts re-imagining of Heart of Darkness, shot as if it was a horror flick. Tremendous sound design and motivated lighting effects. This is one of my favourite movies of all time, but it's so intense I can only stand to watch it every couple of years.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road


    I've seen this movie a thousand times. I've watched it on a big screen in front of a yelling crowd. I've watched it in an empty theatre on a Wednesday afternoon. I've watched it on a shitty airplane headrest monitor. I've watched it on road trips, during cab rides, and between subway stops. I've watched it on my phone while walking my dog. I've watched the fan edit on a tablet in an airplane toilet. I've watched it projected on…