Very few films can effectively combine the gritty drama of a police action flick with science fiction (save for “Blade Runner”), but this film achieves that. Basically, a police detective played by Michael Nouri, along with a supporting cast played by Richard Brooks, Ed O’Ross and B movie veteran Clu Galager, are at wit’s end […]

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American astrophysicist David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) is a wimpy pacifist who grows tired of the strife and violence raging across America. Along with his pretty young wife, Amy (Susan George), he travels to George’s hometown in Cornwall, England. Sumner quickly finds that beneath the idyllic scenery and veneer of small-town friendliness lie a clannish society based on violence and exclusion-ism. A group of townspeople begin playing a series of increasingly […]

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“Phone Booth” is a one of a kind thriller even though the movie is under 90 minutes long, a rarity now a days for a feature film, not a minute or even second is wasted in the movie. “Phone Booth” could have easily been padded with extra and useless footage to make it seem impressive as a feature length film. It’s film-makers wisely left it at 80 minutes which gave […]

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From the off, this had the look and feel of a cult movie. Being neither an out-and-out comedy nor an action thriller, I personally feel that this movie was mis-marketed – however, at least the PR machine made me want to watch it in the first place and I’m glad I did. Feeling like a cross between “Father Ted” and “The Bourne Identity”, this is a beautifully shot film full […]

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The major plus of the film is its referencing of ancient Greek legend, so that this doesn’t simply inform the theme but really becomes the theme – when the Warriors finally have their moment on the beach in Coney Island, you really do get a glimpse of how Xenophon must have felt like the day he and his men at last came to the Aegean after their harrowing retreat through […]

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It’s probably the best feeling Western made since the heyday of Roy Rogers. It’s specially crafted to make us feel good. There’s no disturbing subtext, and it takes a very modern approach to the issue of racism. Yes, there is racism but only the bad guys exhibit it. And there’s no injuns, because you can’t have injuns in a Western nowadays without it dwelling on the redman’s plight and that’s […]

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This movie is grossly underrated, but I think that’s because people went into it expecting something entirely different from what they got. They went in expecting one of the following: Die Hard in space, Star Wars, or Independence Day. The first group saw the movie as cluttered — they were expecting a simple action thriller where the hero is one person, *maybe* with a sidekick, and plenty of villanous cannon-fodder. […]

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It is hard to believe that a man so obviously short of talent could have such a big influence over people who have such an abundance of it, but this biopic goes a long way to explain how. First, however, one must understand that this film was not intended to be a literal account of this period in Ed Wood’s life. It is easy to mistake it as such after […]

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There should be a periodical published on when critics are wrong. Dead Man is a film that was long overlooked upon its release. This was partly due to the fact that Miramax did a lousy job at distributing the film, but only a handful of critics like Jonathan Rosenbaum recognized this film as a masterpiece. I saw Dead Man on the first screening of its premiere. After my first viewing, […]

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Deliverance is mixture of drama and horror. The film manages to show how a group of ordinary men who are just taking are short break can get wound up in such meaningless acts of terror. The first half hour of Deliverance is like watching a different film to the one that comes out latter. The first scenes show these normal men just having a good time and some beautiful imagery […]

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