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  • Cobra
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • King Kong

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  • A Candle for the Devil

    ★★★

  • Scanner Cop II

    ★★★½

  • The Surgeon

    ★★

  • Rumble in the Bronx

    ★★★½

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  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★★

    Several years before Citizen Kane, King Kong set a standard for the cinematic experience, opting for spectacle and breakthrough special effects. If Kane is a seminal film from an all-around quality point of view, then Kong is a seminal film that built the stage for future blockbusters like Jurassic Park. King Kong is the great grandaddy of the modern summer tent-pole action/adventure blockbuster.

    The special effects by Willis O'Brien were surprisingly sophisticated for 1933. He had shown off his work…

  • Cobra

    Cobra

    ★★★★★

    Well, I know I teased a review of The Arena in my last review, and I still plan to unleash it upon you, but something caught my eye along the way. I read someone's review for Cobra, realized that I held Cobra among my favorites list in my profile, and yet *gasp*....I did not have a review for it. Heaven's to Betsy! Think of my credibility!! So let's take a sidetrip before I sit and watch half-naked female gladiators throw…

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  • A Candle for the Devil

    A Candle for the Devil

    ★★★

    MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS PURE TERROR

    Disc Twelve, Movie Forty-Eight

    IT HAPPENED AT NIGHTMARE INN

    As per the usual for this set, this is a chopped up version of the original print, more than likely for television. Pretty much every scene containing violent death or nudity has been removed. There may also be some key character-building scenes that have been left out, as the version I watched ran about 74 minutes, with the original running time clocking in somewhere around…

  • Scanner Cop II

    Scanner Cop II

    ★★★½

    Institute Director: Four dead security guards, one dead scanner and one escaped prisoner. We've had a bad week."

    Sam: "It's only Wednesday."

    That's exactly what I say at the office. Why does everyone hate Mondays? In the working world, Friday can be just as bad as Monday. If you're the kind of person that says "Well, it is Monday!", or "TGIF, y'all!", then just know that I hate you, and I never say "TGIF!" until it's actually 5:00 on Friday.…

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  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    Alfred Hitchcock has stated in the past that his film The Birds is about complacency. It contains characters that have varying degrees of self-absorption, like Melanie and how she goes extremely out of her way to attract the attention of Mitch; she buys the lovebirds, drives 60 miles up the California coast to Bodega Bay, rents a boat to cut across the bay just so she can arrive by surprise, then sneaks back out. When she knows that she's been…