Film Review: Apocalypse Now (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: “It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and US Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that officially ‘does not exist, nor will it ever exist’. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. REVIEW: Throughout the 80’s and well into the 90’s the production team of Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus were quite familiar to genre fans worldwide. Their company, The Cannon Group, was responsible for quite a few horror/sci-fi/fantasy/action films during this period. They even won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1986 for their Dutch production of a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s. REVIEW: Director – Philippe Mora Starring – Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil When I first saw that I had a western film to review I thought there might be some kind of mix-up. Then I saw that it was being re-released by Troma Films. Yep, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman is responsible. Okay, that’s cool but … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blue Velvet (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Jeffrey Beaumont is an honest young all American man. On an afternoon stroll he finds a human ear in a field near his home. His curiosities lead him to a twisted and wildly freakish syndicate of characters existing in his quiet picturesque little town, forever changing the way he views reality. REVIEW: Director: David Lynch Cast: Kyle Maclachlan-Jeffrey Beaumont Isabella Rossellini-Dorothy Vallens Dennis Hopper-Frank Boothe Dean Stockwell-Ben Laura Dern-Sandy Williams David Lynch is a … Continue reading

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Philippe Mora

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Depending on my critical faculties or level of intoxication, director Philippe Mora is either the unjustly neglected surrealist auteur of Australian cinema, or the nation’s very own Ed Wood Junior. Consider the wild array of evidence presented on a recently-released DVD simply titled Philippe Mora Triple (the distributors decided not to use the word Threat at the end). Where else could you find Dennis Hopper as a drunken Irish bushranger, Oscar-winner Alan Arkin as a … Continue reading

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