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  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher

    ★★★★

    I’m sure I’m rating this high due to low expectations, but I really liked this one. I was expecting a dopey action film, and it sort of is. It’s a modern pulp hero film, it plays like Doc Savage Meets Se7en, but fuck it, it worked. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is supernatural in both physically and deductive power, poor Rosamund Pike gets an absolutely thankless “Watson” role but does a great job of it, and Werner Herzog is an…

  • Django

    Django

    ★★★★

    Franco Nero stars as the lead in this Spaghetti Western classic as the coffin dragging Django on a quest for gold. What helps to set this one apart is Nero is perfect in this role as the morally ambiguous Django who plays much more like an anti-hero than the typical leads. It lends this one a nasty streak, which is great since part of the baddies are a group of extremist Klansman stand-ins. So while it may lack some of the Leone style, it more than makes up for it with the action, and the soundtrack is a banger.

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  • Nothing Sacred

    Nothing Sacred

    ★★★

    Fun screwball comedy about a newspaper man that brings a young, terminally ill woman to New York to whip up some hoopla for the paper. It’s good stuff, but Fredric March is a bit too stiff in the lead for this kind of comedy, though Carole Lombard is so great she almost makes up for it was the ill woman. Almost.

  • Executive Suite

    Executive Suite

    ★★★½

    The president of a fancy corporation unexpectedly expires and the VPs are in a scramble to seize control. Will money conquer dreams? Honestly, me today could give zero fucks about any of them, they can all rot. But this is from the ‘50s, the “American Dream” still seemed possible, the cast is great (Stanwyck is always great) and Robert Wise directs the shit out of it. It makes for a pretty great drama, especially with it taking place basically over a weekend.

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  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★½

    It feels wrong to call this a classic, but it really is. It’s offensive, horrific, gross, and leaves you feeling almost despondent. Which means it absolutely succeeds in it’s goal in a way few films ever have. This was my 4th time watching it and it hasn’t lost any of it’s impact. It’s a real shame that they had to have animal cruelty in it. I can’t imagine the movie will ever have a better presentation than what GRINDHOUSE RELEASING has done with this blu-ray. If you’re a fan, it’s a must own.

  • The Fiend

    The Fiend

    ★★½

    British thriller about a man twisted by his moms devotion to the cult like Brethren is attacking women who give him a sinful boner. It’s actually pretty well done, the cult stuff is bonkers with some super tight rock song stand out and weirdo Patrick Magee as the head priest. The moms relationship with reality is very twisted yet sweet and there’s more than a handful of sleeze to the graphic murders to keep you interested. If you want to…