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  • Macon County Line

    Macon County Line


    Usually I'm down for a '70s good-ol'-boy flick, but this one was a disappointment. Jethro Bodine himself, Max Baer, wrote the screenplay and gives a great performance as the Southern sheriff. I wish the film had spent more time on his character rather than focusing so much on the two annoying young redneck reprobates (played by the Vint brothers) and their long drawn-out negotiations with a goofy mechanic (Geoffrey Lewis). The film has great '70s atmosphere, but the story is…

  • Ursus in the Valley of the Lions

    Ursus in the Valley of the Lions


    Valley of the Lions looks like it might have been quite a lavish spectacle back in its day, but who's to know it if it's shot in murky black and white? Baby Ursus escapes the assassination of his royal parents and is raised by lions in a cave until the day comes to reclaim his throne. Muscleman Ed Fury does a fine job playing the babe-in-the-woods turned avenger. What sets this movie apart from so many other ancient sword-and-sandal pics…

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  • The Lost World

    The Lost World


    Beyond the basic premise of dinosaurs in South America, the plot of this adaptation bears little resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original novel, but it does manage to evoke the general atmosphere of the story. Claude Rains captures the blustery arrogance of Professor Challenger, Conan Doyle's sci-fi hero. Performances by the rest of the cast are pretty dismal, except for maybe Fernando Lamas as a creepy, guitar-wielding helicopter pilot.

    Instead of using claymation for the dinosaurs, the special effects…

  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon


    Bogart is at his best in this classic proto-noir thriller. For a guy who played so many anti-heroes, his portrayal of Sam Spade may just be his anti-est. It's a joy to watch a movie with so many despicable yet magnetic characters. The rest of the cast is phenomenal as well, and the rapid-fire dialogue is some of the best of its era. If the film has a flaw, it may be that it's TOO talky. Would it have killed…