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  • Appointment in Beirut

    Appointment in Beirut

    ★★★

    This is an Italian/Spanish/West German/Argentinian collab production, set in Beirut. It's almost a forgotten film unless you're a die hard Ann-Margret fan (and, if not, what's wrong with you?), or you know the Luis Bacalov score.

    This is an interesting mix of a heist film with the popular James Bond rip-offs of the period. The much underappreciated Laurence Harvey stars as an alcoholic croupier, recruited by the cops to catch a gang of international thieves. Ann-Margret is a stunning femme…

  • Death Race 2050

    Death Race 2050

    ★★★

    I'll never poo-poo the idea of a remake. Well, almost never. I mean, if you can improve on the original or go in a new and interesting direction, then why not do it? Not everything is just a cynical cash-grab.

    This serves as a really decent updating of the original - something that the remake series from a few years back totally fucked up. The humor is back, and the effects are pretty decent. Not every try for current social…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    Remember "Shoot'Em Up"? This is that, with more jokes, and less smarts. From what I understand about the character of Deadpool (I've never read the comics) this seems pretty true to what that character is about. A fourth wall-breaking, super-powered anti-hero hit man. Outside of some of the jokes and performances, most of the plot is ho-hum, and the action scenes were competent, but only had real sizzle when they are set-ups for jokes. No doubt the hype train and the die-hard fans of this character will make this a "classic". This was fun, but I never need to see it again.

  • Torso

    Torso

    ★★★★

    After a few rewatches, I've come to like "Torso" far much more than I previously had. Classic giallo elements are highlighted by some fairly intense proto-slasher film trappings, not always present in its contemporaries. There seems to be a more modern feminist slant to this film, far ahead of its time, minus the final girl trope (as it really wasn't a trope in 1973), in that it presents all the male characters as drooling creeps at best and murderous misogynists…