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Back in 1982, director Ridley Scott dropped the audience into the then-future world of 2019 Los Angeles. It’s a seedy environment of perpetual darkness, rain, and urban sprawl. In this sci-fi noir, the police bring Rick Decker (Harrison Ford) back into work after a self-imposed

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Retro Movie Review: Splendor (1990) Greg Araki was a key contributor to the buzzing New Queer Cinema movement of the 1990s. Born in Los Angeles and raised within the Santa Barbara city limits, Araki after completing college with a MFA began his film journey with the

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This movie is painfully entertaining. The basic formula for cheesy 90’s cinema; if you didn’t see it in a matinee then you probably rented it from the local video store. Schlocky leftover clichés from the previous decade: firearms that sound like explosions, urban cowboy boots, duster

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In recent years, I’ve seen a small backlash against the character Ferris Bueller. One sometimes hears the trite, overused buzzwords such as “out-of-touch,” “entitled,” and “privileged." I remonstrate against this dismissive characterization of one of the most potent symbols of youthful exuberance and freedom. Both

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What makes a film art? Is it subtext? The collage of mediums blanketed onto film with music and mood layering the textures, emotions and the suspension of disbelief? Well, the time has come. Yes, I did forget but, I remember now.  This month's Retro Movie is

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Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) This will probably be the most serious movie I’ve ever viewed and reviewed for your nostalgic pleasure. Fort Apache the Bronx is a 1981 American crime drama film directed by Daniel Petrie. The film is about a hard-drinking, lonely veteran cop, Murphy

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It seems like during the nineties someone in Hong Kong decided to make a live-action Wicked City adaptation. What could go wrong, right? Well I’m here to give it you and break it down (lightly). The movie is mediocre. It’s bland. The effects leave a lot

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Highlander directed by Russel Mulcahy (The Shadow, The Real McCoy, Razorback) and starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as the Kurgan. Set in both medieval Scotland and 1980's New York City and revolves around the centuries old battle between mysterious immortals all in competition

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It came from the back of the video store. The ghost of VHS past. Gregg Araki's final installment in his apocalypse trilogy. A trio of unrelated yet somehow very California films that track the lives of young people living in the vapid and pretentious world

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CREEPSHOW (1987) iT's the late eighties and you're five years old up late. You're watching cable television and this rolls across your screen on the cable-TV guide channel, "CreepShow 2". Do you watch it? Yes, you do. Creepshow is the sequel to the original film from the minds

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Moon Over Parador (1988) Directed by Paul Mazursky I was very recently pleased to find that one of my favorite films of all time was on youtube. MOON OVER PARADOR was released on September 8, 1988 and stars Richard Dreyfus (JAWS, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Sonia

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