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  • Heartbreak Ridge

    Heartbreak Ridge

    ★★½

    Clint Eastwood A Retrospective - Week 31

    Marine Sgt. Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood) is a decorated veteran of two wars. On his last posting before retirement, he is surrounded by officers with no combat experience who view him as an odd, even dangerous, holdover. Highway is assigned to train a group of undisciplined recruits including Cpl. Stitch Jones (Mario Van Peebles), a slick hustler who has previously encountered Highway. As the old soldier prepares his men for a war they…

  • Lust for a Vampire

    Lust for a Vampire

    1971 In Review - January
    #4

    In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla.

    This is bottom of the barrel for Hammer, with very little of its main stars, not many actual vampires and blood,  in fact the only thing it has going for it is…

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  • Kagemusha

    Kagemusha

    ★★★★

    1980 In Review - April 

    Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief (Tatsuya Nakadai) who is recruited to impersonate Shingen (also Nakadai), an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into battle against…

  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★

    1981 In Review - January
    #4

    Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. There are many who exercise the benefits of their special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. However, there is a group of renegade scanners who plan to create a race that will rule the world.

    This is a movie that is famous for one scene in particular, the head explosion one, that happens pretty early on. After that there’s not really…