Stefano Monteforte

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  • The Devils
  • Craze
  • Joe
  • The World's Greatest Sinner

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  • Kill Them All and Come Back Alone

  • The Deadly Duo

  • Barbie

  • Savages

    ★★★★

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  • Movie Hoarders: From VHS to DVD and Beyond!

    Movie Hoarders: From VHS to DVD and Beyond!

    ★★

    I feel like a liberal dose of smash cuts and/or jump cuts in the editing room could have whittled this down to a half hour running time, and spared audiences much of the obsessive/compulsive cringe that permeates the production. As a collector that pre-dates Blockbuster Video, Mom and Pop video stores, and even the concept of video rentals themselves (you had to BUY a movie if you wanted it at the outset, and they were rarely cheap), I can relate…

  • Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    ★★★★★

    As I sat down to mull over my thoughts on this two hour documentary on the late Gonzo journalist/counterculture god, Hunter Thompson, I was instantly bedeviled by a perturbing question, posed by my own superego, rendered even more critical than usual by hours of self-medication leading up to it.

    Have I done my best to adequately self-medicate prior to this wild spectacle of excess, gunpowder, and hallucinogenic psychobabble I was about to bear witness to?

    Sure, I smoked a pack…

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  • Savages

    Savages

    ★★★★

    On September 11th, 1974, ABC rolled out this excellent made-for-television production of Robb White's 1972 novel, Deathwatch, directed by Lee H. Katzin (Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?, World Gone Wild) and starring Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock) and Sam Bottoms (Apocalypse Now, Up from the Depths).
    Ben (Bottoms) temporarily curtails lying nude face down in the Mojave Desert for his loopy collegiate experiments with buzzards (!) and filling gas tanks at the local station to guide affluent cripple…

  • Solomon King

    Solomon King

    ★★

    When the black community complained about blaxploitation flicks all being helmed by white filmmakers like Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem), Jonathan Kaplan (Truck Turner), and William Girdler (Sheba Baby, Abby), it took Sal Watts, an enterprising soul brother from Oakland who ran a chain of clothing stores, to raise one hundred forty G's and make one his own GOTdamned self, a la Duke Mitchell (Massacre Mafia Style, Gone with the Pope). And like Mitchell's Pope, all printing…

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  • Bastard, Go and Kill

    Bastard, Go and Kill

    ★★

    Long before Luigi Montefiori (Absurd, Rabid Dogs) gobbled his own entrails in front of Aristide Massaccesi's lens, he paid his bills with roles in spaghetti westerns for directors like Alberto De Martino (Django Shoots First), Ferdinando Baldi (Django, Prepare a Coffin), and this late entry from Gino Mangini, where he plays Chako, a half-Mexican peon/lothario on the run from a gringo bounty hunter (Lincoln Tate), a smitten spinster señorita (Antonella Steni), and a killer (Franco Lantieri) wearing a pre-Jacko red…

  • The Super Inframan

    The Super Inframan

    ★★★★

    When Princess Elzibub (Terry Lau Wai Yue) and her army of Ice Age mutants and skeleton warriors awaken from their earthen slumber with designs on conquering the world and enslaving the human race from their headquarters inside Mt. Devil (what an aptly named mountain), a Chinese professor with a position-shifting toupee and a silver lamé lab coat, named Lui (Wang Hsieh) tasks a heroic young fellow named Reyma (Danny Li Hsiu Hsien) from his Science Research Center staff with becoming…