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  • Of Unknown Origin

    Of Unknown Origin

    ★★

    Peter Weller versus a vindictive rat. That's all this movie is. Weller plays a New York City businessman whose wife and son go on a trip to visit her parents, leaving him to stay at home in their newly renovated brownstone and work on the big, career-changing deal he's embroiled in. Once they're gone, a large (but not unrealistically large) and intelligent (but not thaaaaaat unrealistically intelligent) rat decides to trash the place and make Peter's life a living hell.…

  • Cleopatra Jones

    Cleopatra Jones

    ★★★

    Cleopatra Jones is a relatively run-of-the-mill blaxploitation film about a badass, sexy FBI agent who fights back against the forces of a female drug lord named Mommy (Shelly Winters!) to take back her inner city turf. There's not much more to say about it than that. It's fine for what it is, but there's no noteworthy action set pieces to speak of (even the mid-movie car chase is pretty weak) and Tamara Dobson doesn't set the screen on fire in the title role. My one real takeaway from this viewing: I wonder if Mommy was in any way an inspiration for Mom from Futurama.

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  • Harbinger Down

    Harbinger Down

    ★★

    I’m a big fan of horror films, but I’m a HUGE fan of monster movies. The more disgusting, unusual, and bizarre the monster, the better. Among my favorite films of all time are the likes of Alien, Aliens, Predator, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Tremors, The Fly, etc. So naturally, when I discovered the Kickstarter campaign for Harbinger Down (a practical effects driven monster movie made by some of the special effects guys who helped bring several of the aforementioned classics…

  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    ★★★

    After his wife is beaten to death and his daughter is orally raped to the brink of insanity by Jeff Goldblum, New York City architect Charles Bronson takes to the streets to put a stop to violent crime in his neighborhood armed only with a revolver and his mustache. That's essentially the entire plot. Bronson, whose character used to be a fairly passive individual, grows a profound, yet misguided set of balls as soon as he finds himself with a…