JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998) is The Best of The Legend’s Later Films

John Carpenter had quite a decade from 1978 to 1988. In the years following the massive success of Halloween, Carpenter helmed a handful of genre films that, despite being commercial flops at the time, have been stamped as pure classics in the modern court of popular opinion. Now, fans flock to Carpenter's output during this decade, … Continue reading JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES (1998) is The Best of The Legend’s Later Films

Politics is Not the Issue With the Terrible RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

Rambo: Last Blood is a terrible movie. It is poorly written, even more poorly executed, it is stupid and half-hearted and insanely, excessively violent to the point of being repulsive, and it probably should have never happened in the first place. The critics may be right that it's bad, but trying to frame this as some … Continue reading Politics is Not the Issue With the Terrible RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO (2008)

It had been twenty years since John Rambo fought alongside the Afghan soldiers in Rambo III, a high-budget, low-profit misfire that seemed to wrap up the character for good. But Sylvester Stallone's nostalgia senses were tingling in the mid-2000s, and he had a sneaking suspicion that a fourth adventure with the reluctant super soldier would attract … Continue reading The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO (2008)

Thirty Years Ago, SEA OF LOVE Rescued Al Pacino’s Career

Al Pacino had a strange decade in the 80s, and it was Sea of Love that steered his career back on track. Yes, one of the greatest actors in a generation of all-timers, responsible for a staggering number of classics in the New Hollywood renaissance of the 1970s, had almost a solid decade of duds, save for … Continue reading Thirty Years Ago, SEA OF LOVE Rescued Al Pacino’s Career

The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO III (1988)

Rambo III was the most logical next step not only for our reluctant hero, but for Sylvester Stallone, who had managed to turn both of his successful franchises into political mouthpieces for correcting America's mistakes of the past, and securing the future. In the summer of 1985, First Blood Part II longed to heal the wounds of Vietnam … Continue reading The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO III (1988)

John McTiernan’s THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR is 20

In 1999, John McTiernan had quite a tumultuous month of August. Mired in the disastrous shoot/post-production/feudal malaise that was The 13th Warrior, which would open August 27 and promptly bomb, McTiernan released his remake of Norman Jewison's breezy caper picture at the beginning of the month. The original starred Steve McQueen as the debonair thief Crown, … Continue reading John McTiernan’s THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR is 20

The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)

Most action franchises, if they go on long enough, eventually stray so far from their source material that it's sometimes hard to even see the connective tissue under all the nonsense. Think about the chasm between the first Lethal Weapon and the farcical Lethal Weapon 4, or how Die Hard and whatever the fifth one is called aren't even in … Continue reading The RAMBO Revisit: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD is a Heartfelt, Hangout Masterpiece

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood delivers everything you would expect from the pop pastiche auteur. That is to say you have no idea where he is headed, or how he's going to get there. This masterfully-constructed, melancholy ode to a city in which he grew up - a city that has longe since disappeared … Continue reading ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD is a Heartfelt, Hangout Masterpiece