Tag Archives: USA

Review: Behemoth (USA 2021)

Horror is traditionally one of those genres where you can do a lot on a wing and prayer, and where you can show off your chops despite a low budget. Here, director Peter Szewczyk (coming out of major shops like … Continue reading

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Review: Free Guy (USA 2021)

A pinch of Matrix, a healthy smatter of Lego Movie, two tablespoons of They Live, and a dusting of Truman Show, stir in some Ready Player One. Let sit for one year and serve slightly cold.

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Review: Death Promise (USA 1977)

Gritty NYC! Halfway into this, I legit had to check to make sure Death Promise wasn’t a modern parody along the lines of Black Dynamite. Nope, near as I can tell all this low budget action insanity is for real, … Continue reading

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Review: Death Force (USA/Philippines 1978)

Cirio Santiago week! That was strangely classy for a Santiago movie. James Iglehart (Savage!) is strong as a Vietnam vet betrayed by his buddies and left to die on an island inhabited solely by Filipinos playing long lost Japanese WW2 … Continue reading

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Review: Hired to Kill (USA 1990)

Nico Mastorakis’s Hired to Kill is another cheesy Distaff Dirty Dozen, in the vein of Mankillers but with slightly more appropriate combat garb (not booty shorts and tank tops), with soldier of fortune Brian Thompson masquerading as a fashion designer and leading … Continue reading

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Review: The Ring (USA 2002)

Finally watched the American remake after all these years and … not overly impressed. I’ve had people argue to me that it’s better than the original but I don’t see it. Seemed largely an adequate copy with some minor cultural … Continue reading

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Review: The Beach Bum (USA 2019)

Why do I keep watching Harmony Korine movies? I hate Harmony Korine movies. I can only imagine the pitch on this one: “Spring Breakers, but with old people!” I spent the whole first half of this movie thinking these people are … Continue reading

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Review: The Old Guard (USA 2020)

Solid sci-fi actioner with a Highlander twist from the Netflix factory, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Greg Rucka (and man does this feel like a Rucka joint thematically). Weakened a bit by low stakes and a really lame villain (Harry Melling doing … Continue reading

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Review: Da 5 Bloods (USA 2020)

I liked it just fine overall, but didn’t think it was one of Lee’s stronger films – too much that didn’t work. But in lieu of a real review (having trouble being coherent on this one – hard to disentangle … Continue reading

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Review: The Lodge (USA 2019)

I didn’t much care for Goodnight Mommy, but I thought it had a certain undeniable level of quality and creepiness. This? This was straight up garbage, with plot points lifted from much better movies and noisy music cues substituting for … Continue reading

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