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  • Taxi Driver
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  • Singin' in the Rain
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  • The Coca-Cola Kid

    ★★½

  • Heroes of the East

    ★★★½

  • A Night at Halsted's

    ★★★

  • AEW Full Gear

    ★★★★

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  • Crippled Avengers

    Crippled Avengers

    ★★★★

    639: This one was a jaw dropper. Billed as a sequel to the FIVE VENOMS when it came out in North America I was expecting more of the same. Instead this one goes its own way using the “Venom Mob” template to do its own thing. After an attack leaves a martial arts master's son with no arms, he trains him with deadly gimmick iron arms and they go out on a vengeance streak crippling all that come in their…

  • The Sadness

    The Sadness

    ★★★★½

    574 2022SMC101: I’ve been avoiding pandemic-set films for obvious reasons so that probably helped this one to hit me like a ton of bricks. At it’s heart its basically a 28 DAYS LATER remix about a flu virus that mutates to stimulate and infect the brains agro and sexual centers. Relentlessly grim and graphic, I absolutely loved it. It wields its politics like a sledgehammer - which will be a huge turn off for some - but I can’t think…

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  • The Coca-Cola Kid

    The Coca-Cola Kid

    ★★½

    646: A whiz-kid salesman arrives in Australia to kick up the sales of Coke and butts up against the culture of the land. There's some obvious political colonial commentary to be found as the Kid goes against an old man bottler who owns the cola sales in a local valley. Part of the problem with this is Roberts is basically playing a nice-guy version of the swinging-dick capitalist that Michael Douglas would portray a few years later as Richard Gekko…

  • Heroes of the East

    Heroes of the East

    ★★★½

    645: Last thing I was expecting was a domestic comedy about an arranged marriage but here we are. A Chinese man trying to find common ground with his Karate fighting Japanese wife ends up having to face off against a series of Japanese masters. It's a better setup than it sounds, and the different Japanese techniques means that Gordon Liu gets to go all out in the fights using all manner of weapons. It’s played pretty light yet the fights are just gorgeous and some of the best you’ll see.

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  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★½

    It feels wrong to call this a classic, but it really is. It’s offensive, horrific, gross, and leaves you feeling almost despondent. Which means it absolutely succeeds in it’s goal in a way few films ever have. This was my 4th time watching it and it hasn’t lost any of it’s impact. It’s a real shame that they had to have animal cruelty in it. I can’t imagine the movie will ever have a better presentation than what GRINDHOUSE RELEASING has done with this blu-ray. If you’re a fan, it’s a must own.

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

    Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

    ★★★★

    Adamson, the director of bad movies that are actually bad but became a exploitation drive-in legend regardless gets the documentary treatment and I can’t imagine any filmmaker of his genre getting a better one. It’s a remarkable journey, this one follows Al’s hustle through Hollywood to a legit ghastly end. What’s great is it’s packed with interviews of contemporaries where most of these docs are packed with experts of dubious experience. So you get personal stories as well as historical…