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  • Gamera vs. Jiger

    Gamera vs. Jiger

    ★★★½

    A film I kind of dismissed as one of the lesser and sillier entries in the beloved Shōwa period run of Gamera flicks, now plays to me like the inspired kaiju fun for youngsters it was always aimed to be.

    That's not saying it isn't silly (oh, it is)...but the gonzo elements this series boasted throughout may reach a zenith here. Gamera is IMPREGNATED by Jiger! (By way of Jiger's secreting tail stinger during the film's second battle between the…

  • Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

    Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

    ★★★½

    Here's another head-scratching entry in the infamous 1978 book "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time". (You know, the same opus that also ranks "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia" and "The Omen" among all-time cinematic atrocities.) Fact is, this is a clear improvement across the board from the first film in RKO's run of Chester Gould's famous comic strip detective.

    "Police Behind Eight Ball, Can't Find Cueball!" (Newspaper headline in the film)

    The title villain, memorably played by…

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  • Cannonball

    Cannonball

    ★★★★

    David Carradine's tight pants bulge deserved its own steadicam.

    First viewing, and not surprisingly I loved this. What a treasure trove for die-hard fans of Corman's cast of regulars and New World Pictures. This and "The Gumball Rally" came out just over a month of one another in the Summer of '76, and both are easily superior to the more popular and successful film they directly led to..."Cannonball Run". Paul Bartel's entry to the 'large cast, long distance illegal vehicular…

  • The Bloodsucker Leads The Dance

    The Bloodsucker Leads The Dance

    ★★★

    I won't lie...I mainly watched this due to that awesome TITLE! (Which, it turns out, has absolutely nothing to do with the actual film, but cool name regardless.) Throw in beheadings, nudity, and a whacked English Dub that adds to the absurdity, and this meandering EuroSleaze hokum kept me entertained...despite it being a bit on the lumbering side.

    The standard tropes for a castle-based killer on the loose tale are here and accounted for, but the film admittedly suffers from…