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Blue Steel (1989)

Blue Steel (1989)

Most male critics of cinema will never fully understand that for women, stalking is a very real issue. Every woman has found herself the recipient of unwanted, aggressive male attention. And far too many have experienced attentions that escalate to psychological and...
Extreme Prejudice (1987)

Extreme Prejudice (1987)

Despite a solid premise, an epic movie poster, and enough 80s action-dude power to stun a small donkey, 1987’s Extreme Prejudice did not achieve its hoped-for commercial success as an homage to Western action. The film has not aged well and, despite many charms,...
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

I don’t know why this film isn’t more roundly praised. It is, for the genre it embodies, note-perfect. I kicked off my week with this one as part of a self-imposed “80s action noir” bender – and I couldn’t help observing how each of...
Feel-Good Friday Film: 1st Edition

Feel-Good Friday Film: 1st Edition

A recent conversation with a girlfriend revealed that life can get kinda messed up. Too many feels, not enough sleep, not enough belly-laughter. To that end, I’ve brought out some classics – and a couple recent films – you might have missed: ten...
Slow West (2015)

Slow West (2015)

Kodi Smit-McPhee apparently has the kind of face that attracts filmmakers who make “You Don’t Deserve A Childhood!” kind of movies. To that end, Slow West out-bleaks every bleak Western ever in the first twenty minutes of runtime – slaughtering...