Tomas Milian, RIP

I never thought he carried poliziotteschi films as well as Maurizio Merli, but he had some superb spaghetti western roles, particularly in Sergio Corbucci’s Companeros.

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Hacksaw Ridge (USA 2016)

If this steaming pile of garbage could get nominated for Best Picture, I guess that is definitive proof that Mel “Sugar Tits” Gibson has been forgiven by the Hollywood community. Hacksaw Ridge commits the worst sin of war movies – being both schmaltzy and gory. The script is absolutely terrible – full of cheese and hoary clichés – and Andrew Garfield plays the lead as a kind of borderline slow Forrest Gump, while the direction could not be more trite and unsubtle. Continue reading

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Death Race 2050 (USA 2017)

Well, that was more entertaining than I expected. Don’t get me wrong, this remake of the Roger Corman/Paul Bartel 1975 trash classic Death Race 2000 is total garbage, mostly stupid and low budget as hell. But compared to the other recent remake – the bland, gritty prison-set 2008 Death Race starring Jason Statham – Death Race 2050 at least has the courage of its convictions and is in the spirit of its forebear, filling the screen with gore, tits, half-baked political statements, silly cars and sillier outfits. Continue reading

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Royal Flash (UK 1975)

To date, the only film adaptation of George MacDonald Fraser‘s highly entertaining Flashman novels, which follow a Victorian-era British officer’s globetrotting misadventures as he snivels and connives his way to women, wine and safety, while maintaining the appearance of a virtuous hero. Continue reading

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Love and Friendship (UK 2016)

I have had a deep affection for Whit Stillman since his Barcelona helped open my eyes to indie cinema in the 90s, and I also love me some Jane Austen (though generally the books far than the movie adaptations). So being able to see Stillman’s take on Austen was a special treat. Continue reading

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Arrival (USA 2016)

This big budget, somewhat highbrow science-fiction picture ultimately glossed over potentially interesting scientific and technical material in favor of an emotional angle on the material, and also forced me to watch the pile of anti-charisma that is Jeremy Renner. Continue reading

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Suicide Squad (USA 2016)

Based on the critical reaction, I went to this with very low expectations, and the film lived down to every single one. The first third of the film is a series of progressively less interesting introductions, the overarching plot is completely uninteresting, and not one of the characters pops. I love the old John Ostrander-Kim Yale Suicide Squad comics from the 80s and 90s. They took the chicken shit of DC’s goofy pre-Crisis villains and turn them Continue reading

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Best of 2016 (so far)

So, my thoughts on the year’s best before Oscar anoints La La Land. As noted before, I tend to catch a lot of the late year prestige films … well, late, so my Oscar-time opinions have some caveats. That said, here is my “Best of 2016” as of now:

Best Picture of 2016:
⦁ Everybody Wants Some!!

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Rebuilding

Please excuse us while we get the site fixed up – we’ve migrated from our original server and need to get the visuals and content in order.

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