The Enforcer (1976)

Film Title

The Enforcer

Synopsis

The “dirtiest” Harry of them all!

Director

James Fargo

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Tyne Daly
DeVerne Bookwalter
Harry Guardino
Bradford Dillman
John Mitchum
John Crawford
Albert Popwell

Tagline:  The “dirtiest” Harry of them all!  Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Harry endures militants, radicals and, worst of all, women.  Homoeroticism:  The lead baddie, Bobby Maxwell (DeVeren Bookwalter) shares Harry’s love of the kill, a look of erotic rapture overtaking his face as he shoves his huge knife into […]

Magnum Force (1973)

Film Title

Magnum Force

Synopsis

Dirty Harry is now on the trail of rouge vigilante cops

Director

Ted Post

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Hal Holbrook
Mitchell Ryan
David Soul
Tim Matheson
Robert Urich
Kip Niven

Tagline:  This time the bullets are hitting pretty close to home!  Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Harry could just kill his Stupid Chief this time.  Homoeroticism:  Once again limited almost exclusively to the fetishization of guns, beginning with the opening credits sequence, which consists of a very long shot of […]

Dirty Harry (1971)

Film Title

Dirty Harry

Synopsis

Dirty Harry hunts down a psychopath punk who is terrorizing San Francisco

Director

Don Siegel

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Andrew Robinson
Harry Gardino
John Vernon
Reni Santoni
Ruth Kobart
John Mitchum

Tagline:  Dirty Harry and the homicidal maniac. Harry’s the one with the badge.  Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Only bullets can repair a broken system.  Homoeroticism:  Limited almost exclusively to the fetishization of guns, which of course represent dicks in the 80s Action canon, of which this is arguably the […]

Absolute Corruption: Citizen Kane, Scarface, Beauty and the Beast

Never before or since has any director made such an impressive feature film debut as Orson Welles with Citizen Kane, made when he was only 25 years old. Despite having no prior experience in filmmaking, Welles was given carte blanche on the production, and he delivered the most original, innovative, and provocative movie of its […]

Phantoms (1998)

Film Title

Phantoms

Synopsis

Something evil has wiped out a town in Colorado. Someone has to try to stop it

Director

Joe Chappelle

Cast

Peter O'Toole
Rose McGowan
Liev Schreiber
Ben Affleck
Clifton Powell
Nicky Katt

Phantoms is awful, in that special way movies like Lawrence Kasdan and William Goldman’s Stephen King adaptation Dreamcatcher are awful. Author and screenwriter Dean Koontz is often considered the poor man’s King (perhaps unfairly, as his novel Intensity is one of the best thrillers of the 1990s), so it is fitting that Phantoms should have […]

Monkey Shines (1988)

Film Title

Monkey Shines

Synopsis

Monkeys always eventually resent cripples. 

Director

George A. Romero

Cast

Jason Beghe
John Pankow
Kate McNeil
Joyce Van Patten
Boo
Stephen Root

George A. Romero’s Monkey Shines is the story of Allan Mann (Jason Beghe), an athlete who is struck down by a semi-truck at the start of the movie, rendering him quadriplegic. He is forced to use one of those wheelchairs operated by blowing into a straw in order to get around, and after he hits […]

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Film Title

Deep Blue

Synopsis

Sharks are not amused by human scientists trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Director

Renny Harlin

Cast

Thomas Jane
Saffron Burrows
Samuel L. Jackson
Aida Turturro
Jacqueline McKenzie
Michael Rappaport

Deep Blue Sea, like the slasher movies it emulates by way of movies like Alien and Predator, is less a compelling narrative than it is a sort of delivery system for gruesome death scenes. And that’s fine. When a movie realizes its ambition, however high or low that ambition may be, it succeeds. It is […]

Cuties (Mignonnes)

Film Title

Cuties

Synopsis

Eleven year-olds, Dude

Director

Maimouna Doucoure

Cast

Fathia Youssouf
Medina El Aidi-Azouni
Esther Gohourou
Ilanah Cami-Goursolas

Francois Truffaut famously stated: “There is no such thing as an anti-war film.”  In essence, what he was getting at is that any subject, when filmed and put on screen for viewers, inherently becomes glamorized and entertaining, and the filmmaker is therefore unavoidably subverted into creating entertainment out of the very thing which they set […]

Spoiler Alert! Some Thoughts on Twist Endings

Since M. Night Shyamalan’s much ballyhooed 1999 feature The Sixth Sense, twist endings have gotten something of a bad rap, and usually with good reason. After all, in many cases they are a cheap way to add excitement to the climax of an otherwise dull story. Sometimes they are a cop-out, negating all emotional involvement […]

The Art of Darkness: Apocalypse Now & Full Metal Jacket

“War is hell,” the cliche’ proclaims, but it seems to be entertaining hell. Along with other ghastly subjects such as murder and vampirism, war ranks among the most popular and commonly used subject matter of filmed entertainment, and no war has yielded more or better films than the one in Vietnam between 1955 and 1975. […]