July 1, 2015 08:59
The success of Jaws (1975) spawned myriad knock-offs including this endearingly silly 1977 shocker produced and directed by Ovidio Assonitis (the latter under the pseudonym “Oliver Hellman”), whose previous money-spinner Beyond the Door (1975) was a Rosemary’s Baby/Exorcist hybrid....
June 24, 2015 08:23
Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke are a marvelous duo in this 1984 adaptation of Vincent Patrick’s novel that didn’t find its audience until cable-TV and home-video. Michael Cimino was slated to direct, but was replaced by Stuart Rosenberg. (Cimino then joined Footloose, but left that, too....
June 17, 2015 09:53
By 1990, some felt that filmmaker Robert Altman’s best years (and films) were behind him. Although he worked steadily through the ‘80s, none of his films achieved the success of M*A*S*H (1970) or Nashville (1975)....
June 10, 2015 08:07
Before Star Wars changed cinema, British impresario Sir Lew Grade financed this big-budget 1977 throwback to the Hollywood epics of yesteryear in the spirit of Beau Geste (1939) and Rudyard Kipling, produced by preblockbuster Jerry Bruckheimer and director Dick Richards, the latter coming off the 1975 Raymond Chandler hit Farewell, My Lovely....
June 3, 2015 07:57
Iconic cult auteur Larry Cohen’s 1976 shocker (also released as Demon) is one of his most fascinating films, alternately creepy, bizarre, thought-provoking and ragged around the edges – a true original....
May 27, 2015 08:05
Set in a bleak future where civilization hangs by its last thread, Gibson’s Max Rockatansky is a rough-and-tumble cop who embarks on a high-speed mission of vengeance when a gang of bikers (including Hugh Keys-Byrne, who appears in the new Max Mad: Fury Road) murders his family....
May 20, 2015 09:27
Veteran Army sergeant Hackman escorts military prisoner Tommy Lee Jones (at his steely, sinister best) – the titular “Package” – stateside, but Jones escapes and Hackman is thrust into a treacherous web that reaches the top echelons of military power – on both sides....
May 13, 2015 08:02
When good directors go bad … C.W. McCall’s 1975 song inexplicably became a smash hit, leading inexplicably to this 1978 feature film, which was inexplicably directed by no less than Sam Peckinpah. The end result is, simply, a mess … but a fascinating mess, with moments of unexpected, even misplaced, fascination....
May 6, 2015 08:03
Jamie Bamber is terrific in the title role, a mysterious and masked avenger who metes out retribution not arbitrarily, but specifically targeting those who have avoided detection and prosecution. By broadcasting his actions, “John Doe” becomes an international media sensation....
May 6, 2015 08:03
Of course, the matter of the day will be to save the day, so the Avengers again unite to defeat a common foe, the titular Ultron, a Tony Stark experiment gone wrong. James Spader has fun voicing the metallic monster, but essentially Ultron is just a special effect, a big robot – backed by a legion of lookalike robots....

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