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A Week In Film #421: West is best

The Godfather Part II title screenThe Godfather Part II
Cuba libre!

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The Last Grenade
Grizzled mercenary Stanley Baker faces off against former comrade American soldier-for-hire Alex Cord in Hong Kong. Could have been much better if only it hadn’t got sidetracked with a tedious and melodramatic romantic subplot involving general’s wife Honor Blackman. Last film directed by Gordon Fleming, of Dalek movie fame.

Tell Spring Not To Come This Year title screen
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year
Fly-on-the-wall documentary about the Afghan National Army’s first year without NATO support in Helmand. From directors Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy.

Tombstone title screen
George P Cosmatos brings together a sturdy cast including Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Billy Bob Thornton and Micheal Biehn and tells the tale of the gunfight at the OK Corral and subsequent Earp Vendetta Ride with aplomb. Rollicking old fashioned Western.

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Wyatt Earp
Lawrence Kasdan brings together a sturdy cast including Dennis Quaid, Michael Madsen, Gene Hackman, Isabella Rossellini, Tom Sizemore, Bill Pullman and Mare Winningham and tells the tale of the gunfight at the OK Corral and subsequent Earp Vendetta Ride with a plum. A PLUM NAMED KEVIN SODDING COSTNER. Turgid pseudo legend-building.

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The Getaway
Unnamed ice-for-blood getaway driver Ryan O’Neal tries to stay one step ahead of excitable detective Bruce Dern who is increasingly determined to nail him. With Isabelle Adjani as the woman who complicates matters. Sterling work from writer/director Walter Hill.

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Kiss Me Deadly
Robert Aldrich’s noir classic, with punch-drunk private dick Mike Hammer scowling and sneering his way through early fifties LA as he tries to figure out why a hitchhiker he picked up (Cloris Leachman) was murdered. Superb on all levels.

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Early doors noir, with lovestruck loser Tom Neal drawn into a fast-spiralling nightmare, thanks to peerless femme fatalery by Vera Savage. Certainly the best known work by Edgar Georg Ulmer, if not his best.

A Week In Film #013: Unlucky for some

Detour title screen

Classic early film noir, with pretty much the greatest femme fatale ever!

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The Dead Zone
David Cronenberg tackles a Stephen King story about a New England (where else?) school teacher put into a five-year coma who comes back to consciousness with the power of foresight; Chris Walken does an early version of the Chris Walken panto turn, and Martin Sheen gives good creepy politician.

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Harsh Times
Christian Bale as a whacked-out, fucked-up military veteran failing to adjust to civvie life in South Central LA. Written and directed by David Ayer, the Training Day script dude.

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Plunkett & Macleane
Class conscious highway robbery anachro-action comedy. Critics hated it, I enjoyed it. “Surrender’s for wankers!”