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Cobra (Blu-ray)
by Ian Jane

The Movie:

Made hot on the heels of their first collaboration, that being 1985's Rambo: First Blood Part II, Sylvester Stallone and George P. Cosmatos teamed up once again a year later for the Cannon Films production that is 1986's Cobra.

The film starts off with a fantastic opening scene where a shotgun wielding maniac goes on a rampage in a supermarket. A 1950 Mercury with the license plate AWESOM 50' cruises onto the scene and a man dressed in black wearing mirrored shades emerges. He heads into the store, chugs a can of Coors, tosses said can to create a distraction and eliminates the problem permanently. Crime is the disease, and we've just met the cure: Marion Cobretti (Stallone), the toughest cop around. When he's not cutting pizza with scissors he's taking down bad guys for the L.A.P.D. and causing trouble for Captain Sears (Art La Fleur) and Chief Halliwel...Read the entire review »

El Paso (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

An unusual production, El Paso (1949) straddles the mostly segregated worlds of A- and B-Westerns. Pine-Thomas Productions had been producers of B-movie fodder for Paramount Pictures, churning out sometimes quite good little Bs meant to fill out of a fiscal year of block-booking and blind-bidding. William H. Pine and William C. Thomas were nicknamed the "Dollar Bills" because their cheap movies reliably made money, prompting their oft-quoted remark, "We don't want to make million-dollar pictures. We just want to make a million dollars."

But by 1949 the market for B-pictures was dwindling, and with El Paso Pine-Thomas decided maybe it was a good idea to make a million-dollar movie after all. It has the running time (103 minutes) of an A-picture and is in color, albeit the bi-pack Cinecolor process, which rendered great-looking blues, oranges, browns, and reds, but was lousy with g...Read the entire review »

 

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Johnny English Strikes Again (Blu-ray)
by Francis Rizzo III

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In 10 Words or Less

Rowan Atkinson's bumbling secret agent makes his return

Reviewer's Bias*

Loves: Mr. Bean, silly comedies, parodies
Likes: Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, spy movies
Dislikes: returning to the well
Ha...Read the entire review »

The Kid Who Would Be King
by Olie Coen


Director: Joe Cornish
Starring: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris
Year: 2019

I have always been fascinated by the Arthurian legends, from The Once and Future King to Over Sea Under Stone, from Pyle's illustrated classics to the classic film Excalibur. And not simply from media, I've enjoyed these tales from a historic perspective as well, wondered at the legends, and dreamed of someday seeing them come true. There will never be too many Arthur stories out there, or too many films using his mystique as a foundation, I for one simply can't get enough. The Kid Who Would Be King is a unique take on the old idea of seeing the king come again, but in the vein of a modern child...Read the entire review »

 

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Our Cartoon President: Season One with World Class Amenities
by Jesse Skeen

When political times are bad, humor is often the only remedy. Stephen Colbert tries to help here with an animated parody of President Donald Trump, his family and staff- first seen in small segments on his "Late Show" but expanded to a half-hour series for Showtime (where there's much less content restriction.) Everyone, on both political sides, is depicted here as caricatures as you'd see in newspaper political cartoons- Trump with an orange face and obviously fake hair, his wife Melania looking and talking a bit like "Natasha" from Rocky and Bullwinkle, daughter Ivanka as a stereotypical "valley girl" and (now-former) Attorney General Jeff Sessions oddly as a small gnome-like being, to name just a few. Each episode is given a loose plot that seems to exist mainly just to support the jokes the wri...Read the entire review »

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