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Cover image   Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Michel Subor, Benjamin Boyer, Philippe Torreton, Denise Aron-Schropfer, Léna Breban
Genre: Drama
Studio:   Release date: 1978   Rated:   
Language (Country): English (USA)
Summary: An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.
My Rating:
My Review: A 1970s (1978) film about the Vietnam war. An Oscar-winning film about the Vietnam war. An awesome movie about war, its consequences, the personal toll it takes on one group of young men from the tiny steel town of Clairton, Pennsylvania. Michael (played by Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) are best of friends in this tiny workers slum of middle-class America. Filled with patriotic fervor, the group enlists in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. They're all sent into the shit together, and they eventually end up captured by the Vietcong. After enduring torture and psychological terror they escape, but they carry the scars with them from that day forward. Michael and Steven make it back to the U.S., but both are damaged goods. Nick is A.W.O.L, but eventually Michael figures out that Nick is still back in Vietnam. With Saigon on the verge of collapse, Michael travels back to the hell hole they escaped and seeks out Nick. He finds him, and the two must endure the horrendous events of their POW experience in order to escape from the nightmares that have trapped them forever in their own personal hells. The movie is a triumph of acting, writing and direction. Despite the length of this film (180+ minutes), the time flies by as you watch the raw emotion of this powerful drama unfold in a glorious display. Outstanding movie of epic proportions. I give it a 5 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Michael Winner
Starring: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Vincent Gardenia, J.D. Cannon, Anthony Franciosa
Genre: Action
Studio:   Release date: 1982   Rated:   
Language (Country): English (USA)
Summary:
My Rating:
My Review: Charles Bronson may have rugged good looks (arguably), but he can't act. That didn't stop producer's from casting him in a series of marginally rated movies throughout the 70s. One of those movies was a series based on the vigilante character Paul Kersey. In this movie, Charles Bronson reprises his role as the urban vigilante. Here the plot is superficial and redundant. Criminals target Kersey and his family for some good old fashioned crime. Rape, murder, robbery - The usual fare for mid 70s thugs of Los Angeles. In reprisal fashion, Kersey hunts down and kills the guilty bastards. This movie/this series played upon societal fear of escalating crime, and may have led to more than one instance of violence patterned after the vigilante justice framed by the movies. Exceedingly violent and brutal in its depiction of inner city violence, this movie has very little to redeem it. The soundtrack features guitar work by Jimmy Page (former Led Zepplin lead guitarist). The direction, pacing and editing were all well done. I give this movie a 2 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh
Genre: Sci-Fi
Studio:   Release date: 1982   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, French, Italian (USA)
Summary: Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker...
My Rating:
My Review: My favorite sci-fi movie. Directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James and others. This movie is based on a novel by Philip K Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), the quintessential cyber-punk author. Many of his books have been made into movies (Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Minority Report, Paycheck, A Scanner Darkly), and this is one which received some excellent attention. Ridley Scott's direction and the screen play writers did an outstanding job, as did the actors. Harrison Ford plays a less than heroic detective in a seedy, down-and-out dark future, where clones, robots and people are packed together in an increasingly tense and violent existence. Rutger Hauer and a group of his friends? play model 6 replicants, searching for mortality and morality beyond their programmed termination dates. This movie isn't a simple, single genre, single theme movie. It's deep, layered, subtle and complex. The brooding, moody, 80's music was as dark as the film, and fit as snuggly as a synthetic hand. The performances in this movie were exceptional. The sets, lighting, and costumes helped created a vision of the future that has been often emulated but never duplicated. The special effects for their time were astonishing. A technological achievement seldom equaled, never exceeded. A great movie. A genre defining/defying 5 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Lila Kaye
Genre: Comedy
Studio:   Release date: 1981   Rated:   
Language (Country): English (USA)
Summary: Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
My Rating:
My Review: Unfortunately, my VHS copy is in very bad shape. The entire movie seems like it was shot in the dark. Despite the poor quality of my VHS copy, I still enjoyed this movie. Here's another John Landis directed movie (Director of Animal House). This time it's a humorous horror movie. Something that was fairly novel at the time. The acting was pretty good, but the character direction poor. There were plenty of laughs, and the special effects (for the time) were great. The transformation scenes were particularly graphic. The ending wasn't all that satisfying, but the middle was full of savory meats. The writing and dialog (Attacked by a Lunatic - Beware the Moon! - carnivorous lunar activities - Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads) were outstanding. I give it a 4 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: John Badham
Starring: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Daniel Stern, Paul Roebling
Genre: Action
Studio:   Release date: 1983   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, French (USA)
Summary: The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
My Rating:
My Review: Starring Warren Oates, Roy Scheider, Candy Clark, Malcolm McDowell, Daniel Stern and others. While testing out a new 'super-copter', Roy Scheider (playing a helicopter pilot on the L.A. police force) and his partner (played by Daniel Stern) learn of a government plan to use police helicopters on rioting civilians. The plot is very simple, and that helps to keep the focus in this action packed, police drama. The acting was great. Roy Scheider was exceptional, and Malcolm McDowell made for a perfect 'A-Hole'. Made in 1984, the special effects were pretty good for the time, and the helicopter's capabilities provided for a great third character. The technology, terminology and theatrical performances raise this action vehicle above the crowd of 80's police dramas. The only problems with this movie were minor editing/production work. I give it a 5 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton
Genre: Horror
Studio:   Release date: 1979   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, Spanish (USA)
Summary: Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
My Rating:
My Review: A masterpiece of terror. This 1979 thriller is supposedly based on the 'True Story' of George Lutz and his wife Kathleen. Played by James Brolin and Margot Kidder. George and Kathleen move into their new dream home and begin settling in. Unfortunately, the house doesn't take kindly to their intrusion. In no time at all the paranormal haunting and demonic possessions start to ramp up. Even a priest is no match for the evil forces inhabitting this house. The murders that happened years ago have corrupted the very fabric of reality and this house is a nexus where evil resides. The music in this movie was fantastic. The editing, direction and pacing were perfect. The acting was very good and the spare story kept this viewer focused on the terror. The best part of the movie was the music. I give it a 4 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Jerry Paris
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Bruce Mahler
Genre: Comedy
Studio:   Release date: 1985   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, French (USA)
Summary: When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.
My Rating:
My Review: The first Police Academy movie was pretty good, but here's the first sequel to a franchise with ever diminishing returns. Starring a no talent cast (Steve Guttenberg, Bob Goldthwait, Bubba Smith (yes the American Football player, Colleen Camp, Howard Hesseman, Julie Brown and others). In this sequel the graduates of 'Police Academy' go on their first assignment. The story; a sad little plot about common criminals who's biggest crime is the defacing of public property with graffiti. These saps in blue are put on the case to capture these no good hooligans. While their hi-jinks may not be enough to entertain, there's plenty of sub-plot on inter-office politics to keep you entertained. The writing is purile, boring and uninspiring. The best part of this movie? It's short. At only 87 minutes, the pair subsides quickly. I give it a 2 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: Buzz Kulik
Starring: Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton, Ben Johnson
Genre: Action
Studio:   Release date: 1980   Rated:   
Language (Country): German, English, French, Italian, Spanish (USA)
Summary: The story of professional bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson.
My Rating:
My Review: Steve McQueen's last film. McQueen plays Ralph "Papa" Thorson, a Bounty Hunter. Based on the exploits of a real-life bounty hunter. Here's a film with some original themes. Papa Thorson doesn't pretend to be tough guy, and there's no posing for the camera in this dramatic story of a man with a job to do. Plenty of focus on the character and his social life. Not an action movie by design, but a damn fine character study. The acting was outstanding, natural and well matched across the cast. Production is TV quality, but the direction and acting make up for any production problems. Excellent movie. I give it a 4 out of 5.



Cover image   Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart, Victoria Racimo
Genre: Sci-Fi
Studio: Paramount Pictures   Release date: 1979   Rated: PG   
Language (Country): English (USA)
Summary: A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.
My Rating:
My Review: So bad it's funny. The story - Something or someone is killing locals in a remote community of Maine. The logging company and cops are pointing their fingers at a group of Native American environmentalists, but the evidence points to poison or some wild animal. Some digging by EPA investigators turns up the real cause of the deaths. Mother Nature's vengeance isn't pretty, tame or easy to handle. It's a 70s horror movie with mutants, an environmental message and some really bad production. When I first saw this movie, back in the 80s, I actually thought it was pretty good. It's amazing how 'different' my taste in movies was back then. Now it makes me laugh. Getting past the first half of the movie is excruciating. The acting was mediocre, and the dialog was completely predictable. The payoff comes in the second half. The special effects/costumes were so laughable I nearly busted a gut when I saw the 'ManBearPig' menacing the horrified humans. The preposterous death scenes were another source of laughter; especially the hopping, sleeping bag smack down! I give it a 3 out of 5. So bad it gets a 2, but funny enough to elevate the flick by one point.



Cover image   Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Terrie Kalbus
Genre: Sci-Fi
Studio:   Release date: 1979   Rated:   
Language (Country): English, (USA)
Summary: A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave-robber known only as the "Tall Man."
My Rating:
My Review: An independent, cult classic, horror flick with great chemistry, pacing and bizarre sci-fi content that never relents. The acting is amateur at best, but the cast has a great chemistry and their buy in is quite evident. Two brothers (the older Jody, played by Bill Thornbury - and the younger Mike, played by Michael Baldwin) live in a sleepy New England town where nothing much ever happens… Until, Jody's younger brother witnesses a creepy 'Tall Man' toss a coffin in the back of a hearse as if it were some sort of cardboard prop. After some curious investigating, Mike discovers a bizarre world of extradimensional portals, flying death machines, evil dwarves and a conspiracy of horrific proportions. Produced on a $300,000.00 budget, this 70s independent film ranks higher than many multimillion dollar hollywood flops. Can Mike, Jody and the Ice Cream man defeat the Tall Man and his infernal plans? The music was another reason to love this low budget masterpiece. Written, directed and produced by Don Coscarelli, I'm really impressed by the films Carpenter, Lynch feel. No wonder there were so many sequels. I give this one a 4 out of 5.



 
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