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  • Cobra
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • King Kong

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  • The Surgeon

    ★★

  • Rumble in the Bronx

    ★★★½

  • Fear Street: 1978

    ★★½

  • Fangs of the Living Dead

    ★★

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  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★★

    Several years before Citizen Kane, King Kong set a standard for the cinematic experience, opting for spectacle and breakthrough special effects. If Kane is a seminal film from an all-around quality point of view, then Kong is a seminal film that built the stage for future blockbusters like Jurassic Park. King Kong is the great grandaddy of the modern summer tent-pole action/adventure blockbuster.

    The special effects by Willis O'Brien were surprisingly sophisticated for 1933. He had shown off his work…

  • Cobra

    Cobra

    ★★★★★

    Well, I know I teased a review of The Arena in my last review, and I still plan to unleash it upon you, but something caught my eye along the way. I read someone's review for Cobra, realized that I held Cobra among my favorites list in my profile, and yet *gasp*....I did not have a review for it. Heaven's to Betsy! Think of my credibility!! So let's take a sidetrip before I sit and watch half-naked female gladiators throw…

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  • The Surgeon

    The Surgeon

    ★★

    In grand 90s tradition, The Surgeon is one of a rather surprisingly lengthy list of horror films based on career choices. The Dentist, The Ice Cream Man, Dr. Giggles, just to name a few. The Surgeon, however, is more of a thriller which just happens to have a doctor that has gone a little psycho. It has a great cast in the form of James Remar, Peter Boyle, Charles Dance and Malcolm McDowell, so with these names involved, this one…

  • Rumble in the Bronx

    Rumble in the Bronx

    ★★★½

    Gather 'round the ol' campfire, kids, and let me tell you about a time when stunts were done without green screen. In fact, some movie stars did their own stunts.

    Rumble in the Bronx was tabbed as Jackie Chan's coming out party into mainstream Hollywood, but really, the keen movie-going eye knew Jackie Chan long before that. I mean, has anyone seen The Cannonball Run? Rumble in the Bronx is a good entry point, however, for people looking to delve…

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  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★½

    Took a dive into the second entry in the Fear Street trilogy and I've come to the conclusion that this series is not meant for me. Although the bulk of the film takes place in 1978, it certainly feels like Leigh Janiak and company took 2020s kids and their attitudes and snark, threw them in a time machine back to summer camp in 1978, and said "Have fun!".

    The central performances here were okay, but the screenwriting is the issue…

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    Alfred Hitchcock has stated in the past that his film The Birds is about complacency. It contains characters that have varying degrees of self-absorption, like Melanie and how she goes extremely out of her way to attract the attention of Mitch; she buys the lovebirds, drives 60 miles up the California coast to Bodega Bay, rents a boat to cut across the bay just so she can arrive by surprise, then sneaks back out. When she knows that she's been…