Darktown Strutters

1975 New World Pictures Directed by William Witney Produced by Gene Corman Written by George Armitage  “In fact, if you look from today’s perspective at 1970’s exploitation movies, they look like they were made on another planet. The basic elements in these movies are things you couldn’t put in movies today” -Joe Dante This is […]

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Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

2020 DC Films/Warner Bros. Pictures/LuckyChap Entertainment/Kroll & Co. Entertainment Clubhouse Pictures Directed by Cathy Yan Produced by Margot Robbie/Bryan Unkeless/Sue Kroll Written by Christina Hodson Based on “Birds of Prey” by Jordan B. Gorfinkel/Chuck Dixon Harley Quinn created by Paul Dini/Bruce Timm Music by Daniel Pemberton Cinematography by Matthew Libatique Edited by Jay Cassidy/Evan Schiff […]

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Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

2019 Seven Bucks Production/Chris Morgan Productions/Universal Pictures Directed by David Leitch Produced by Dwayne Johnson/Jason Statham/Chris Morgan/Hiram Garcia Screenplay by Chris Morgan/Drew Pearce Story by Chris Morgan Music by Tyler Bates Cinematography by Jonathan Sela Edited by Christopher Rouse Two thoughts occurred to me about an hour into FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW. […]

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D.C. Cab

  1983 Universal Pictures/The Guber-Peters Company/RKO Pictures Directed by Joel Schumacher Produced by Topper Carew Screenplay by Joel Schumacher Story by Topper Carew/Joel Schumacher Music by Giorgio Moroder Cinematography by Dean Cundey Edited by David E. Blewitt Recently I was involved in a discussion in a Facebook group about the animated television show “Archer” where […]

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Juanita

2019 Homegrown Pictures/Mandalay Pictures/Netflix Directed by Clark Johnson Produced by Stephanie Allain/Jason Michael Berman/Mel Jones Screenplay by Roderick Spencer Based on “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof” by Sheila Williams Cinematography by Luc Montpellier Edited by Cindy Mollo Music by Kevin Lax The main character in JUANITA does something that I’ve heard a lot […]

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Happy Death Day 2U

2019 Blumhouse Productions/Universal Pictures Written and Directed by Christopher Landon Produced by Jason Blum Based on characters created by Scott Lobdell Cinematography by Toby Oliver Edited by Ben Baudhuin Music by Bear McCreary One thing I love about the two “Happy Death Day” movies is that they are not ashamed of or try to hide […]

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The Upside

2019 STX Films/Lantern Entertainment Directed by Neil Burger Produced by Todd Black/Jason Blumenthal/Steve Tisch Screenplay by Jon Hartmere Based on “The Intouchables” Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh Edited by Naomi Geraghty Music by Rob Simonsen There are some things in this country we never get tired of. Football. Junk food. Gossip about celebrities. Porn. Zombies. Netflix. […]

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Happy Death Day

2017 Blumhouse Productions/Universal Pictures Directed by Christopher Landon Produced by Jason Blum Written by Scott Lobdell Music by Bear McCreary Cinematography by Toby Oliver Edited by Gregory Plotkin I love how HAPPY DEATH DAY is blatantly upfront with its premise. It doesn’t try to pretend it’s something groundbreaking or particularly innovative in its premise. It […]

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The 10th Victim

1965 C.C. Champion/Les Films Concordia/Interfilm Directed by Elio Petri Produced by Carlo Ponti Screenplay by Tonino Guerra/Giorgio Salvioni/Ennio Flaiano/Elio Petri/Mickey Knox (English Dialog) Based on “The Seventh Victim” by Robert Sheckley I used to watch this movie a lot back in the 1970s when it was shown fairly often on Channel 9 here in Brooklyn, […]

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Smokey And The Bandit

  1977 Rastar/Universal Pictures Directed by Hal Needham Produced by Mort Engelberg/Robert L. Levy Screenplay by James Lee Barrett/Charles Shyer/Alan Mandel Story by Hal Needham/Robert L. Levy Music by Bill Justis/Jerry Reed There’s a scene early on in SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT where Bo Darville/The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) is outrunning the police in his Trans […]

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