• The Covenant

    The Covenant

    Dudes rock.

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★½

    This is genuinely not good.

  • Raw Deal

    Raw Deal

    ★★★

    I love this phase of Arnold's career, where Hollywood knows they've got a golden god on their hands and no exact idea how to use him. This honestly feels like a Burt Reynolds or even Joe Don Baker drive-in programmer from the '70s, and director John Irvin (TINKER, TAILOR... for the BBC, the excellent DOGS OF WAR) isn't exactly the right man for the job, never quite hitting the balance between street-level undercover drama and XXL Arnold actioner (this needed…

  • CyberTracker

    CyberTracker

    I watched this late at night and a little under the influence. The evil politician's name is Dilly, and whenever he dispatched his minions against Don the Dragon I was all "That's a Dilly of a pickle!" Nothing much more to add, really, although I'm always there for the magnificently named Jim Maniaci.

  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    Bit overcooked, this one. And I can't buy Michelle Dockery as anyone anyone would be obsessed with.

  • Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed

    Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed

    THREE COOL MOVIES
    NO BLU-RAY SET
    HOW COME CHIEF WILLOUGHBY

  • Jack's Back

    Jack's Back

    "What's a nice young man like you want with a piece?"
    "Wedding present."

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★★

    "From here on, nothing goes down unless I'm involved. No blackjack, no dope deals, no nothing. A nickel bag gets sold in the park, I want in. You guys got fat while everybody starved on the street.

    ...it's my turn."

    Writing down the dialogue is like writing down the music for 'A Love Supreme' - it's not till you hear Walken *say* it that it truly takes flight. The rat-a-tat-tat of "No blackjack, no dope deals...", the emphasis on "in",…

  • Six-String Samurai

    Six-String Samurai

    ★★½

    I've had the R1 DVD of this one on my shelf since the early 2000s, and after a few false starts I committed to watching this in its entirety once and for all. Do I regret it? Not completely. This is capably made, even stylishly so, but it also demonstrates that ambition and imagination MUST be complemented by technique and energy because it's also kind of...inert? It didn't come off as the 'pre-fab cult hit' it seems to present itself…