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  • The Killing of America

    The Killing of America

    ★★★½

    This land is Mondo land.

  • Alley Cat

    Alley Cat

    ★★★½

    This movie features the following: 1) Karin Mani telling off a potential rapist about how his nefarious doings are "not nice!" 2) Karin Mani punching a dude off the roof of a 10-story building. 3) Karin Mani plotting revenge while chowing down at Arby's. Karin Mani is one of the GOATs.

    Ace exploitation diamond-in-the-rough that's simply a blast from the word go. Grants Mani's slick martial arts expert more agency than one might surmise granted the premise: she's more than…

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  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★★

    "I'm a cop. You're a drug trafficker. I didn't betray you; I busted you."

    First-rate entertainment, and with some profound social commentary (which will be further inspected upon a necessary rewatch) underneath it all. Full proof that meat-and-potato crime/thriller outings aren't synonymous with Z-grade filmic idiocy punctuated by killer one-liners. (Although Captain Zhang's quote [see above] is pretty sick!) Taking the simple premise of a drug lord evading execution by assisting a police unit in taking down fellow drug barons,…

  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★½

    Quirky oddity elevated by some terrific location shooting. Allen Baron's non-actorly demeanor works well enough, so long as he’s not required to exhibit any sense of emotion/feeling. (The “Laurie” subplot constitutes the script's worst tendencies; it's not that a self-pitying need for connection doesn't inherently work in such a scenario as much as it messes with the consistency which propels the movie forward.) Nevertheless, Blast of Silence is a thoroughly gripping bruise of a movie. Smacks of the plot threads…