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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Blade Runner
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Night of the Living Dead

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  • The Imprudent Iron Phoenix

    ★★★

  • Hapkido

    ★★★½

  • Rambo III

    ★★★½

  • Escape from the Bronx

    ★★½

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  • The Imprudent Iron Phoenix

    The Imprudent Iron Phoenix

    ★★★

    Revered policewoman Chia Ling is rewarded with a month's holiday and decides to spend it in the country with relatives. Will this supercop stand by when crimes occur during her time off? The comedy falls pretty flat, but this Taiwanese cheapie becomes highly agreeable whenever Chia is spin-kicking the shit out of various drug runners and casino cheats. Also worthy of note for featuring some of the strangest use yet of "Jill's America" from ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.

  • Hapkido

    Hapkido

    ★★★½

    Yes, it's the 8000th iteration of the "evil Japanese discrediting kung fu" plot, but if you love Angela Mao, this is absolutely required viewing. She's terrific, and there are plenty of other genre favorites, including Sammo Hung and Carter Wong in lead roles, plus many anonymous fighters, including Jackie Chan and Lam Ching-ying. Oddly, the word "Hapkido" is never mentioned once in the very simplified Old School English dub.

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  • Breach

    Breach

    Bruce Willis’ latest DTV joint is now out and let’s not bury the lede – BREACH is a terrible movie. It has nothing you haven’t seen many times before and often can’t even deliver the sci-fi/action essentials with baseline competence. However, if you are still hate watching these Bruce Willis cheapies, it does offer a sight rarely seen: Bruno is in much of the movie and actually trying in a good percentage of his scenes. Oh, his double is here,…

  • The Farmer

    The Farmer

    ★★★

    Tough to see since its brief 1977 theatrical release, this much sought after revenge thriller surfaced on YouTube for a hot second in a poor quality EP VHS rip apparently composited from a pair of 3/4 inch tapes. It's hard on the eyes, but you can still appreciate the atmosphere and power of individual sequences. The film's main stumbling block is its flimsy storyline, which proceeds with few surprises and has a main villain who doesn't make much of an…