• A Shot in the Dark

    A Shot in the Dark

    ★★★½

    The first sequel in the Pink Panther franchise, they remove David Niven, give the lead to Peter Sellers, and introduce us to some series mainstays such as Herbert Lom's Inspector Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk's Cato. Admittedly it's a bit of a rough start with the joke about everybody in the mansion cheating on each other running too long and the post opening credits interview moving too slowly before things kick into gear. Even those opening credits aren't the greatest as…

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★½

    Another visually stunning work from Studio Ghibli with some very gorgeous art and backgrounds and a story about a young woman cursed to live in an old body and looking for a way out while working for a young wizard who lives in a castle that has legs and literally walks around. One of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki's most popular films I can't help but be a bit disappointed I couldn't quite connect with the story as much as I…

  • The Killers Edge

    The Killers Edge

    ★★★½

    A counterfeiting operation is stopped and all the workers are found murdered with the important printing parts missing so Wings Hauser is hired to investigate. As he does he is led to believe his old buddy Robert Z'Dar from his days in Vietnam is responsible. The Killers Edge aka Blood Money is often more focused on the past relationship of the two characters and Hauser's borderline abusive relationship with his fiance than it is a crime investigation yet it somehow…

  • Night Shadows

    Night Shadows

    ★★★½

    It seems like this movie doesn't get talked about enough and I think part of that comes down to it generally going under the unoriginal and uninteresting title of "Mutant" and the default poster here on Letterboxd doesn't help. What exactly is this about anyways?? Wings Hauser and Lee Montgomery are brothers who find themselves in a small southern town on vacation. Being a horror movie they are unsurprisingly unwelcome and the sheriff played by Bo Hopkins wants them out…

  • Nightmare at Noon

    Nightmare at Noon

    ★★★½

    My first Nico Mastorakis directed film. Brion James, as The Albino, leads a group of scientists who poison the water supply of a small town causing the residents to go crazy and try to kill each other. Inside the town Wings Hauser and his wife, hitchhiker Bo Hopkins, and sheriff George Kennedy among others try to make it out alive. The problem is the scientists have also set up an invisible barrier that kills the engines of any vehicles trying…

  • Blackbelt

    Blackbelt

    ★★★

    Don "The Dragon" Wilson is an ex-cop turned martial arts trainer hired to protect an upcoming female rock star from Matthias Hues who is killing people and leaving a severed finger and playing card to mark his crimes. There isn't really much to say about Blackbelt. It's not particularly well made, but it's not terrible either. It's mostly forgettable. Wilson is pretty wooden yet likeable all the same and Hues does pretty well in limited screen time. Really bad sound…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★½

    I finally got to watch a movie with a live orchestra for the first time and what better choice than an epic film such as this and an equally epic score from Howard Shore. Performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Amadeus Choir's 250 musicians at Meridian Hall in Toronto it's interesting seeing how many parts it takes to bring such a sweeping composition to life. The film looked great too and subtitles were present which helped when the music was…

  • The Phantom Empire

    The Phantom Empire

    ★★★

    When I saw this was directed by Fred Olen Ray I almost decided to watch something else. He just seems to be the poster boy for taking a cool idea and failing to capitalize on it, though to his credit he usually doesn't have much to work with. The Phantom Empire takes an old school adventure film and tries to make it work on a low budget and it's actually not too bad. It still has that written over a…

  • I Think We're Alone Now

    I Think We're Alone Now

    ★★★

    If we actually found ourselves in a post apocalyptic world we would all have different views on how to approach life from that point. Some would party and drink everyday, others would destroy property while others would try to restart a society if there are enough people surviving. In the case of Peter Dinklage's character in I Think We're Alone Now he decides to gather the dead bodies, bury them and generally clean up the neighbourhood.

    No zombies or infected…

  • Bloodfist

    Bloodfist

    ★★★½

    Yet another fighter movie that pretty much does exactly what you think it will. This time Don "The Dragon" Wilson takes the role and we get the usual stuff like a dead half brother, befriending an over the top guy who is also a fighter, romancing his sister, getting training from a mysterious older fighter, a fighting tournament where some of the fighters die, and training montages set to wailing guitars. Bloodfist most closely resembles Jean Claude Van Damme's Bloodsport…

  • Slugs

    Slugs

    ★★★★

    When people are dying mysterious and gruesome deaths it is up to health inspector Michael Garfield to investigate, but when he discovers it may be mutant slugs nobody wants to believe him. From the director of Pieces, Slugs features some over the top performances and a score to match, but it doesn't detract from the film since the premise is so silly. The star here though is the special effects where they use thousands of large real slugs and fantastic…

  • At the Earth's Core

    At the Earth's Core

    ★★

    This is what happens when you try to make a big adventure film and possess neither the budget nor the skill to make it happen. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, Doug McClure and Peter Cushing team up to drill into the earth in their drill-craft, but a malfunction finds them stuck inside the earth's core and prisoners of a reptile species where they must work with the people of the land to achieve freedom for all.

    Boasting terrible…