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  • Manhattan Melodrama

    ★★★★

  • Torch Singer

    ★★★½

  • Rambo III

    ★★★½

  • The Boxer from Shantung

    ★★★★

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  • Manhattan Melodrama

    Manhattan Melodrama

    ★★★★

    Although it features the same lead actors and director and was even released in the same month as The Thin Man, Manhattan Melodrama ain't no The Thin Man. The title doesn't lie, as per the syrupy strings that swell over several set pieces. And it's frankly kinda ridiculous that this won an Oscar for best screenplay. All that said, this is still pretty enjoyable and is carried largely on the backs of its charismatic stars.

    More of a gangster picture than many…

  • Torch Singer

    Torch Singer

    ★★★½

    Four stars for Claudette Colbert, giving her all to material that's not quite deserving of her all. In a plot that loosely resembles Blonde Venus if you squint just right, Colbert is the titular torch singer who has a child out of wedlock and then gives her up for adoption once she recognizes that she's unable to provide for her. As success (both on stage and via an unexpected side career as a children's radio entertainer) remolds her life, she begins…

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  • Blood Rage

    Blood Rage

    ★★★½

    IT'S NOT CRANBERRY SAUCE!

    Louise Lasser's biggest claim to fame is the bizarro soap opera satire Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (and if you haven't seen it, stop what you're watching and go treat yourself to all 300+ episodes real quick!), and I feel like the people who cast Blood Rage knew exactly what they were doing when they hired her, as this is basically the slasher version of that show. It plays things straight enough of the time that if you come…

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★½

    Pretty much just a real satisfying 90-minute pursuit, wherein we get to watch the pigs choke down handful after handful of their own bullshit.

    I've seen this somewhere between a half dozen and a dozen times over the years and only just now realized that Rambo is the Viet Cong and Dennehy's swaggering sheriff is America, throwing everything he has at a dumb and pointless war that he never had a chance of winning. I wanna see a sequel about him coming to terms with the effects of the absolute hell he raised in pursuit of one shaggy dude who just wanted a bite to eat.