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  • Big Jake

    Big Jake

    ★★★½

    1971 In Review - May
    #1

    The avenging head of the McCandle clan returns to his estranged family and leads the search for his kidnapped grandson. Big Jake (John Wayne) sets off, his sons in tow, to deliver the ransom to the kidnappers, but has little intention of handing it over without a fight.

    For some reason I have only watched one other John Wayne film before. There is no reason for this, I just never seem to get round…

  • King of the Mountain

    King of the Mountain

    1981 In Review - May
    #3

    A Loa Angeles mechanic (Harry Hamlin), songwriter (Joseph Bottoms) and record producer race sports cars on winding Mulholland Drive.

    This almost feels like an 80’s earlier version of The Fast and the Furious, only it spends too much of its time focusing on the characters trying to get into the music business when it should be more about illegal street racing which is so much more interesting. 
    We have Harry Hamlin and Dennis Hopper, but this never really gets going.

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  • Friday the 13th Part 2

    Friday the 13th Part 2

    ★★★

    1981 In Review - May
    #1

    The second entry in the long-running horror series focuses on a group of teenage would-be counselors converging on Camp Crystal Lake for training under the tutelage of head counselor Paul (John Furey). Inevitably, Paul relates the story of Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette), a boy who ostensibly drowned at the camp and whose mother murdered a group of counselors in revenge. No one takes the tale seriously until a very much alive Jason begins gruesomely…

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★★

    2021

    Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, The Post, Nebraska) stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life's indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody.

    Wonderfully fun and inventive action film that almost also doubles as Bob Odenkirk’s film audition to replace Liam Neeson as the next over 50’s action star. 
    From the same writer of John Wick, it’s hard not to compare it to those films. It’s a lot more…