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  • Moving Violation

    Moving Violation

    ★★

    I love these 70s drive-in carsploitation flicks, but Moving Violation is pretty unremarkable, humdrum fare. The script feels incomplete and the plot is only loosely held together. It's still a fun watch if you like this kinda stuff, mostly due to some inventive stunt work and a better-than-it-deserves cast of grindhouse character actors.

    A drifter named Eddie (Stephen McHattie) finds himself at the hurtin' end of a billy club when he rambles into a Texas oil town policed by corrupt…

  • Shoot

    Shoot

    ★★

    This paranoid Canadian Deliverance knock-off really disappoints. Cliff Robertson leads a cast of aging tough guys (including Henry Silva and Ernest Borgnine) in this preposterous story of a bunch of weekend warriors who wage a private war after being fired upon by other weekend warriors during a hunting trip. Borgnine is the group's sole voice of reason, but he inexplicably still joins the others when they march off for battle. It's a dumb, silly movie that requires more sympathy for…

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  • The Eyes of the Mummy

    The Eyes of the Mummy

    ★★½

    At the time of this viewing, The Eyes of the Mummy, aka Die Augen der Mumie Ma (1918) is 100 years old, and it is certainly a product of its time. It's a silent drama with proto-horror elements partially set in "the Orient" (which in 1918 was still considered Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean) that features a white savior hero and a black-faced villain. But if you can look past the more cringe-inducing elements of the film, it's definitely worth…

  • Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter

    ★★★★

    "It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the homes way down the canyon."

    So begins the book, and so begins the movie based on the book.

    I don't know why it took me so long to finally see this, but I really should've tackled it sooner. I'm a bit of a history nut when it comes to the Manson Family, having read most…