A Handful of 90s British Classics

The nineties was the last great decade for movies. Here we had the likes of Goodfellas, Unforgiven, Pulp Fiction, Thelma and Louise, Fargo, Se7en, Silence of the Lambs and Schindler’s List while (as detailed below) those Limey bastards also coughed up a good few belters. Yes, terrific movies still get made post-2000 (e.g. Requiem for […]

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Film Title

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Synopsis

Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit for revenge of the murder of his family. The ensuing bloodshed leaves him as an outlaw on the run.

Director

Clint Eastwood

Cast

Clint Eastwood
Sondra Locke
John Vernon
Chief Dan George
Bill McKinney
Geraldine Keams
Paula Trueman
Will Sampson

The Outlaw Josey Wales is not just another Clint Eastwood revenge movie, but a unique Western that focuses on the continuing violence, hate and treachery following the American Civil War. Josey Wales is minding his own business as a sod-buster when a bevy of Yankee Redlegs unexpectedly show up to torch his spread and kill […]

Starring debuts #10: Bo Derek in 10 (1979)

Film Title

10

Synopsis

A middle-aged man risks everything by pursuing a new bride  

Director

Blake Edwards

Cast

Dudley Moore
Julie Andrews
Bo Derek
Robert Webber
Brian Dennehy
Dee Wallace

Bo Derek is actually rated a Spinal Tap-esque 11 in this successful sex comedy but that still might be underscoring her. She looks sensational here and it’s not hard to see why George Webber (Moore) gets hit by an Apollonian thunderbolt as he mundanely waits in his open top Roller at a Californian stop sign. […]

The Matrix Resurrections

Film Title

The Matrix Resurrections

Synopsis

Control-Alt-Delete

Director

Lana Wachowski

Cast

Keanu Reeves
Carrie-Anne Moss
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Jessica Henwick
Jonathan Groff

Way back in 1999, the idea of a Matrix sequel was a no-brainer. Neo had just destroyed Agent Smith, warned the artificial intelligence that he was going to set everyone’s minds free, and flew off into the sky like Superman. Four years later, the two-part sequels released and were a bit of a letdown, to […]

Blaxploitation #6: The Black Gestapo (1975)

Film Title

Black Gestapo

Synopsis

Don’t be silly/Be a Smarty/Come and join/The black Nazi Party

Director

Lee Frost

Cast

Rod Perry
Charles P. Robinson
Phil Hoover
Wes Bishop
Ed Cross
Angela Brent

What the hell are these cats up to? Rape and castration, mainly. General Ahmed (Perry) has started an inner-city People’s Army in south LA to improve everyday black life and tackle pressing issues like drug addiction. However, he runs into big trouble with the Mob, leading him to grant permission for his deputy Colonel Kojah […]

Starring debuts #9: John Amplas in Martin (1978)

Film Title

Martin

Synopsis

A serial killer tries to work through an identity crisis

Director

John Romero

Cast

John Amplas
Lincoln Maazel
Christine Forrest
Elyane Nadeau
Tom Savini

Martin on the hunt with a syringe clamped between his teeth is one of the great sights of 70s horror. We know he’s a serial killer, but is he a vampire? As played by the superb Amplas, we never get a telling answer. The movie continually toys with conventions and expectations so that facts and […]

Blaxploitation #5: Three the Hard Way (1974)

Film Title

Three The Hard Way

Synopsis

White supremacy, black coolness and red berets

Director

Gordon Parks Jr.

Cast

Fred Williamson
Jim Brown
Jim Kelly
Jay Robinson
Sheila Frazier

What the hell are these cats up to? After watching this mess, I only have the vaguest of ideas. I think there are three black dudes (Williamson, Brown and Kelly), who somehow know each other, and they team up to tackle a white supremacist’s genocidal plan to poison the water supply so that only the […]

Pliers, Pussies & the Enduring Class of John Vernon

In the flat blaxploitation parody I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, baddie John Vernon prickles at the insinuation that playing an exploitation villain is beneath him. “Lots of famous people have done exploitation movies,” he tells the hero before listing the likes of Shelley Winters and Angie Dickinson. OK, mate, fair point, but I doubt you […]

Nightmare Alley-Devon’s Slant

Film Title

Nightmare Alley

Synopsis

An analysis and comparison to the 1947 classic

Director

Guillermo del Toro

Cast

Bradley Cooper
Kate Blanchett
Willem Dafoe
Toni Collette
Ron Perlman
Richard Jenkins
David Strathairn

2 Hours 30 Minutes, R for Face-Smashing and Eating Live Poultry Fair Value of Nightmare Alley: $18.00. This remake stands tall and proud as the equal of the original 1947 noir classic, yet is still distinct and memorable in wholly different ways. What in this world is so depraved and terrible as the Geek? That […]

Christmas Twister (2012)

Film Title

Christmas Twister

Synopsis

The worst tornado movie ever made

Director

Peter Sullivan

Cast

Casper Van Dien
Victoria Pratt
Richard Burgi
Dmitri Schuyler-Linch
Madelyn Deutch

Unless I am struck down with a Paul to Damascus type inspiration, this will be my last Christmas movie review of the season. It is just as well because the  pickings this year are almost non-existent. I refuse to watch and review Home Sweet Home Alone, that is just not going to happen. Ditto for […]