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  • Lancelot and Guinevere

    Lancelot and Guinevere

    ★★★

    In continuing Arthurian Films Studies, we find LANCELOT AND GUINEVERE (aka SWORD OF LANCELOT, which I suspect but cannot prove is a phallic symbol), a somewhat silly but colorful take on the Arthurian Legend which makes a few interesting choices. And those choices are all at least a little more cohesive than the listless and haphazard FIRST KNIGHT, for the simple reason that they all seem to have come from one man: Cornel Wilde, a Slovakian*-born journeyman actor who had…

  • First Knight

    First Knight

    ★★

    So, this year I took the plunge and read Le Morte d'Arthur, Thomas Malory's* compendium --anthology, really-- of Arthurian legend, compiled from a variety of French and English sources and woven together into a not-wholly-consistent epic work of prose which nonetheless managed to define the tale for future generations (particularly after the resurgence of the Arthur mythos in the 19th century). I can't really recommend that you do the same; by modern standards, it's a meandering and frustrating read, at…

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★½

    After noticing how janky and malnourished TERMINATOR 3 and DARK FATE are despite featuring plots virtually identical to the universally beloved JUDGEMENT DAY, I decided to go back and check if this was really as good as I remembered.

    And it is! I'm happy to inform you that this fucking rocks. It is not, on the whole, very different from those two sequels, except that instead of being middling and muddled, it's in fact very excellent and focused.

    Part of…

  • The Debt Collector

    The Debt Collector

    ★★★

    An all-too-common Achilles heel of low-budget DTV action movies is that they shoot for a scale and scope that they can't possibly back up with their limited resources. So it's honestly kind of refreshing to see a relatively small-scale story about unflashy working stiffs who never get embroiled in an international conspiracy or find the fate of the world in their hands. They do still manage to constantly get into extended, no-holds-barred street fights with various gigantic opponents, of course;…