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  • Angels of the City

    Angels of the City

    ★★★★

    I really enjoy writer Chester Himes' series of Harlem Detective novels. There have been a few attempts to adapt these into films, including Ossie Davis' Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), an original sequel, and Bill Duke's A Rage in Harlem (1991). Both of which are wonderful, but neither completely captures the spirit of the original novels. Although this features a cameo from an African American detective character, please don't mistake that observation for being racially motivated. Nor is it suggesting…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★★

    Buster Scruggs ranks amongst the Coen's greatest works.

    ...But he's only in the first twenty minutes.

    The rating remains for a magnificent Tim Blake Nelson performance in one of the funniest, charming, and technically marvelous short films every created.

    Sadly, there are five more segments.

    All the stories have the charm and masterful story telling approach of the film makers, they just represent different aspects of their careers. I have liked each narrative approach in feature form, its just a…

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  • East L.A. Warriors

    East L.A. Warriors

    ★★★

    Because when you think of Social Commentary... you think of PM Entertainment.

    Addison Randal: "Steel Wheels... reflect the NIGH-T.
    Street Children worry... ready to FIGH-T.
    Warlords and Warriors... death in their EYES...
    No past and no future - just livin' to die.
    Living to die... living to die..."
    Backup singers: L-i-v-i-n-g to d-i-e
    Addison Randal: "Never ask questions... never ask wwwwhy"
    Addison & Backup singers: Living to die, living to die, no past and no future... just waiting to die...
    Jastereo…

  • The Killing Zone

    The Killing Zone

    ★★½

    Unlike everyone I follow on here... I absolutely DESPISE Shotgun. Placing most of the blame on director Addison Randall - an early hand for PM Entertainment - and have been avoiding the rest of his oeuvre. ...But its a starring vehicle for Malibu, so I'm once again down the rabbit hole... or as the American Gladiator's called it, The Atlasphere.

    The Killing Zone deals with a Cartel Boss (James Dalesandro) who comes to California seeking revenge for his murdered brother,…