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  • Paradise

    Paradise

    ★★★½

    Razzies 1983 nominee
    Worst Actor - Willie Aames

    Even when I'm not looking for Razzie nominees, they seem to find me. I've unintentionally watched a handful over the past week. I'm going to retroactively need to cite those other flicks for their respective categories. Here we get Willie Aames earning a double nomination for this and one of my favorite sex comedies, Zapped!. Aames actually lost to Sir Laurence Olivier that year, for a movie I'd never heard of. Aames…

  • Rent-a-Cop

    Rent-a-Cop

    ★★½

    James Remar reminded me of The Exterminator and half a dozen giallo psychos clad in black, wearing motorcycle helmets. There's some great and excessive violence in his scenes and I wish there was more of that kind of action and bloodletting throughout.

    I'm a lifelong Burt addict and I need to see everything he did eventually. Been slowly making my way through some of his most maligned and forgotten pics over the past years and there are lots still to…

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  • Sabotage

    Sabotage

    ★★★★½

    Blissfully gritty and violent combination of pulp action and neo noir. It's the strongest in a string of distinguished work since Schwarzenegger has returned to movies. This is David Ayer's uncompromising reaction to The Expendables and it's not for wimps. Olivia Williams and Mireille Enos turn in exciting gender-defying performances as the hard-boiled women trapped in this nightmare of throbbing, reckless machismo.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★½

    EL James originally published a two-part piece of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe wherein Bella was sexually enslaved by Edward and, apparently, "fucked hard". Eventually, a publisher encouraged her to modify that into an original story, which became the ridiculously successful Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

    That may partly explain why this film seems aimed at younger women ready to move past soft titillation into soft S&M. It's a bit like a nineties erotic thriller, minus the…