REVIEWS OF A FORMER FILM CRITIC – A long time ago I was a film critic. This is a collection of my best reviews, movies I loved, and some that I hated. 12 YEARS A SLAVE (originally reviewed December 2013) Watching director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, it was impossible to keep my mind…

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THE LANDLORD 1970 director: Hal Ashby; starring: Beau Bridges, Diana Sands, Lou Gossett, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Marki Bey, Lee Grant Before the blaxploitation revolution kicked off with an explosion in 1971, there were films in the late 1960s and 1970 that helped to lay the groundwork for what was about to come. While many of…

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  The Shaw Brothers studio in Hong Kong was responsible for producing some of the greatest Wushu (martial arts) films of all time. In the 1970s kung fu flicks flooded American drive-in theaters and grindhouses, and some of the most memorable films came courtesy of Shaw Brothers. But the style and genre of film most…

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If there was ever a film I thought would never see the light of day on home video, it would have to be director Sam Fuller’s White Dog. Regarded by many as one of the most controversial films of all time—unwarranted hyperbolic exaggeration if there ever was any—White Dog languished, practically unreleased since its production…

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Over four decades ago, Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers was considered one of the most provocative, politically incendiary movies of its time. The Black Panther Party used it as a training film, the French government banned it, and lovers of cinema revered it as a masterpiece. In 2003, the Pentagon hosted a…

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