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Little Mad Guy 1982
From a resin-stained abyss of outerboro marginalia gallops LITTLE MAD GUY, projected off of a discount-rack VHS dubbed into Australian English – perhaps the only extant version of the film today. Ming-Tsai Wu stars as shirtless field-urchin Little Fatty, the titular MAD GUY on the hunt for Wu (Tiger Yang) – a notorious outlaw with a steep bounty on his head. Wang’s film is essentially one long tilt-a-wheel of skull-crushing, capillary-busting wall-to-wall wuxia, interspersed with some attempts at comedy and…
On the occasion of Raoul Peck’s new THE YOUNG KARL MARX – to say nothing of a Black History Month celebrated under the most aggressively white-supremacist-friendly White House in at least one generation – it might be prudent to reexamine LUMUMBA, Peck’s breakthrough 2000 biopic of the Congolese pan-Africanist leader kidnapped and murdered by a CIA-backed Belgian death squad in 1961. Played by a fire-and-brimstone Eriq Ebounay, this Lumumba is a figure both complicated and heroic, whose oratory finesse sees…
In My Skin 2002
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Prophecies of Nostradamus 1974
Irwin Allen could only wish his name were attached to a spectacle as merciless and disgusting as THE LAST DAYS OF PLANET EARTH (also known as THE LAST DAYS OF MAN ON EARTH.) But the cataclysm is on both sides of the screen: LAST DAYS is a gone-atomic reedit of the far superior psych-out shockumentary PROPHECIES OF NOSTRADAMUS, threaded through with painfully overdubbed English dialogue. (In total, there are six versions of the film in question – including a re-edit…