Shang-Chi And The Legend of The Ten Rings

Film Title

Shang-Chit and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Synopsis

Shang-Chi is forced to confront his past

Director

Destin Daniel Cretton

Cast

Simu Liu
Awkwafina
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
Menger Zhang
Fala Chen
Wah Yuen
Michelle Yeoh

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – I’ll try not to geek out too much on you. With the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we can officially say the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has really begun. Yes, I know Loki and WandaVision and Falcon […]

Regrets

Fresh off another round of treatment – not the noble, heroic, radiator treatment… but, you know, the other kind, I’ve been ruminating on a number of things. Specifically, regrets. Ways I’ve hurt others. Or, as those who have made to higher levels of Grand Theft Suboxone than me, the 9th Step. In most rehabs, addicts […]

The Late Show (1977)

Film Title

The Late Show

Synopsis

A P.I.’s search for a missing cat turns up a lot more than a missing pussy

Director

Robert Benton

Cast

Art Carney
Lily Tomlin
Bill Macy
Eugene Roche
Joanna Cassidy

For those who do not know, the 11:30 spot on KNXT (CBS here in the LA market back in the 60s) was filled with old movies five nights of the week. I saw many of the greats from the 40s and 50s on this, The Late Show. I watched the Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, […]

Targets (1968)

Film Title

Targets

Synopsis

An elderly horror movie star confronts a psychopathic Vietnam War vet who is a mass-murdering sniper

Director

Peter Bogdanovich

Cast

Tim O'Kelly
Boris Karloff
Arthur Peterson
Peter Bogdanovich
Nancy Hsueh

Back in Dear Old Blighty in 87 when I was a cherubic-faced schoolboy half-mesmerized by Tracey Sharpe’s swaying pigtails, a jobless loner in a nearby market town killed his mum, burned their house down and strolled around with an arsenal of high-powered weaponry slaughtering whoever he could find. Ho hum. Guess we all have days […]

Come And See (1985)

Film Title

Come And See

Synopsis

The most horrific and shocking war movie ever made

Director

Elem Klimov

Cast

Aleksey Kravchenko
Olga Mironova
Vasiliy Domrachyov
Viktors Lorencs
Vladas Bagdonas
Liubomiras Laucevicius

World War 2 was a horrific event. The figures are not exact, but reliable estimates put the total civilian and military dead at around 60 million people. The total dead in World War 1 was between 15-22 million people. Yes, it can easily be seen that war sucks and is bad for your health, especially […]

The Protege

Film Title

The Protege

Synopsis

Two old guys and a girl

Director

Martin Campbell

Cast

Samuel L. Jackson
Michael Keaton
Maggie Q
Patrick Malahide
David Rintoul
Robert Patrick

Is it just me or do assassin movies seem to be really hit or miss? Yep, an assassin pun right of the gates. It’s a serious question though. Leon: The Professional is pretty much the gold standard. The first three Bourne movies were pretty solid, but the last two were not. The Hitman and its […]

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 […]

Ad Astra: Another Look

This piece began life as an inquiry as to why whose in charge in Hollywood, whomever that might be, seldom if ever employ real science fiction writers to write the story for science fiction movies. Then I happened to see a movie from a couple of years ago titled, AD ASTRA (Latin for: Is this trip necessary?) After seeing it I […]

Wake In Fright: a.k.a. Outback

Film Title

Wake In Fright

Synopsis

Toxic masculinity

Director

Ted Kotcheff

Cast

Gary Bond
Donald Pleasence
Chips Rafferty
Sylvia Kay
Jack Thompson

Toxic masculinity. It’s a term bandied around by Nancy-boy progressives designed to make pumped-up, no-nonsense guys think twice about their actions. Bollocks, I say. What’s wrong with piling into a battered Ford with your mullet-headed mates and screeching round corners at breakneck speed while yelling abuse at passersby? Are you seriously saying I don’t have […]

The Suicide Squad

Film Title

The Suicide Squad

Synopsis

Time for Plan B to thwart enemies on the island of Corto Maltese

Director

James Gunn

Cast

Margot Robbie
Idris Elba
John Cena
Joel Kinnaman
Michael Rooker
Viola Davis

Let’s try plan B. It’s pretty clear by now that the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is essentially toast. Or, it’s a giant mess of barely connected movies that nobody has bothered to plan out, but really, it’s both. And that is how we got a sequel to Suicide Squad that is actually a remake, but, […]