Hopscotch

1980 Avco Embassy Pictures Directed by Ronald Neame Produced by Edie Landau/Ely A. Landau Written by Bryan Forbes/Brian Garfield Based on the novel “Hopscotch” by Brian Garfield I have always been impressed by the genius of Walter Matthau in that he’s equally at home in comedic and dramatic roles. It’s a gift he shared with […]

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Shakedown

1988 Universal Pictures Written and Directed by James Glickenhaus Produced by J. Boyce Harman, Jr.  Ask most fans of 1980s Action Movies what their favorite movie of that decade is and I think it’s a safe bet that you’ll get either “Die Hard” or “Lethal Weapon” as an answer. You’ll also get “Predator” “48 Hours” “Rambo: […]

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Freebie and The Bean

1974 Warner Bros. Directed and Produced by Richard Rush Written by Robert Kaufman/Floyd Mutrux You ask most people what’s a Buddy Cop Movie and I’m willing to bet you next month’s rent they’ll say; “Lethal Weapon.” And actually I got no problem with that. The “Lethal Weapon” series is without a doubt The Gold Standard […]

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Vice Squad

1982 Embassy Pictures Directed by Gary Sherman Produced by Frank Capra, Jr./Brian Frankish/Frank Hildebrand/Sandy Howard/Robert Rehme Written by Sandy Howard/Robert Vincent O’Neill/Kenneth Peters/Gary Sherman Let’s be upfront about one thing right at the start of this review: there’s not a single thing original about the plot of VICE SQUAD. I’m willing to bet you that […]

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Pray For Death

1985 Transworld Entertainment Directed by Gordon Hessler Produced by Don Van Atta Written by James Booth Sho Kosugi made PRAY FOR DEATH after the popular and successful “Ninja Trilogy” he did for Cannon Films: “Enter The Ninja” “Revenge of The Ninja” and “Ninja III: The Domination.” And if you don’t mind taking some advice, I’d […]

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Lone Wolf McQuade

1983 Orion Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Directed by Steve Carver Produced by Yoram Ben-Ami/Steve Carver Written by H. Kaye Dyal/B.J. Nelson Music by Francesco De Masi In “Star Trek” there’s an alternative/parallel dimension called The Mirror Universe. If you’re a good guy in this universe, in The Mirror Universe you’re a bad guy and vice versa. I only […]

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Enter The Ninja

1981 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Menahem Golan Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by Dick Desmond/Story by Mike Stone Music by W. Michael Lewis/Laurin Rinder Cinematography by David Gurfinkel Edited by Michael J. Duthie/Mark Goldblatt I can hear some wise ass in the back saying; “If this is the first movie in the […]

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Ninja III: The Domination

1984 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Sam Firstenberg Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by James R. Silke Music by Udi Harpaz/Misha Segal Cinematography by Hanania Baer What’s the one thing movie fans can unite behind no matter their race, religion or film preference? Remakes. Mention to movie fans that there’s going to be […]

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Revenge of The Ninja

1983 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Sam Firstenberg Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by James Silke Music by W. Michael Lewis/Laurin Rinder/Robert J. Walsh Cinematography by David Gurfinkel Edited by Michael J. Duthie/Mark Helfrich/Daniel Wetherbee He never achieved the same level of popularity that say, Chuck Norris or Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven […]

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The Last Dragon

1985 Motown Productions/TriStar Pictures Directed by Michael Schultz  Produced by Berry Gordy Written by Louis Venost I’ve got a personal cosmology in my head that is kinda like the celebrated and legendary Wold Newton Universe created by the science fiction master Philip Jose Farmer. I connect movies, TV shows, comic books, pulp characters together in […]

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