• Woman Haters

    Woman Haters

    ★★★½

    The first ever Three Stooges short, and it's not too bad. More wordplay than Curly, Larry, and Moe would come to be associated with, but it's interesting to see how the basic foundations of their slapstick were already in place.

  • The 36 Crazy Fists

    The 36 Crazy Fists

    ★★½

    Not bad chopsocky. This bills Jackie Chan as the star, even though Chan is in it for maybe all of 15 seconds. Despite this, it's modestly entertaining, and the dubbing is hilarious, often to the point where it's like a Monty Python sketch.

    There's got to be a better print of this somewhere though; the version I saw looked like it was projected from a VHS onto a screen, and then somebody filmed the projection onto another VHS.

  • Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter

    ★★★★

    Exceptionally well-made for a made for TV movie. A little long perhaps, and it is restrained by the network TV standards of the 1970s. However, it, benefits from its close proximity to the actual crimes (Helter Skelter aired only a few years after Manson was found guilty), and is thus not heavily influenced by the myth of Manson that grew in the decades after the trial.

  • 3 Days of a Blind Girl

    3 Days of a Blind Girl

    ★★½

    OK. This is basically Wait Until Dark if it were remade as a Cat III film. For Hong Kong completists only.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★½

    As an action film, it's kind of meh.

    As a militaristic work of propaganda, it's rather effective.

    As a heartwarming story of a closeted gay man who comes to accept who he is and finds contentment in life, it's wonderful.

  • Petty Blue

    Petty Blue

    ★★½

    This could have been much better. It rushes through Richard’s career too quickly, and some of the most important moments are minimized or overlooked entirely (there’s nothing in this about the 1979 Daytona 500, one of the most iconic of Petty’s wins). Plus, there’s practically nothing heard from any of the drivers who competed against Petty. At the time this film was produced, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, and many other contemporaries of Petty were alive and could have been interviewed. Such a shame. There’s a good documentary to be made about the Petty family, but this isn’t it.

  • Queen Kelly

    Queen Kelly

    ★★★★½

    An incomplete vision. Queen Kelly hints at what was likely an epic tale of human corruption. We'll never know what this film might have looked like had von Stroheim been allowed to film it the way he wanted, but what is here is spectacular.

  • 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York

    1931: Once Upon a Time in New York

    ★★★

    Modestly entertaining Italian gangster film produced to quickly profit off the success of The Godfather. Nothing too special, but never overstays its welcome either.

    Of note: Though the title is Once Upon a Time in New York, none of the film actually takes place in New York.

  • 18 Shaolin Riders

    18 Shaolin Riders

    A rare kung fu film in which the plot actually matters. Trouble is, the dubbing is so atrocious, the editing so slipshod that it's damned near impossible to figure out what is going on. I was bored the whole time. Perhaps this film would be better if it could be understood.

  • MLK/FBI

    MLK/FBI

    ★★★½

    A solid documentary, but not truly transcendent. For those familiar with the history there's not much new here, but those unfamiliar will likely find it interesting.

  • The Poseidon Adventure

    The Poseidon Adventure

    ★★★★

    Disaster movie cornball cheese. But it's cornball cheese done the right way; it's one hell of a morning after.

  • 18 Heroines Of The Martial World

    18 Heroines Of The Martial World

    ★★

    So-so Brucesploitation that doesn’t make much sense. The last fight is wonderfully cheesy though.