Ricochet (1991)

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A brash young police officer named Nicholas Styles (Denzel Washington), drifting apart from his childhood friend Odessa (Ice-T), rises up in the ranks of the force after taking down hitman Earl Talbot Blake (John Lithgow). Years later, Styles has become District Attorney, married with children, and Odessa is a criminal drug lord. Blake, stewing in prison with a huge chip on his shoulder, makes a plan for revenge. After a violent jail break, Blake enacts plan for vengeance that includes destroying Style’s career through a smear campaign. Will Styles lose it all or will Blake’s plan RICOCHET? Continue reading

Phantasm II (1988)

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Sometime in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, I was hanging out in the lobby of a movie theater with my parents looking at posters and being enthralled at one for an upcoming film called Phantasm II.  “What’s a phantasm?”, I asked my mom, followed by “There’s a Phantasm part one?”.  I immediately had to look up the word “phantasm” in the dictionary, and tried to get my parents to let me rent the first movie.  I was unsuccessful on the latter, but somehow managed to get them to rent Phantasm II for me shortly upon it’s release on VHS.  We had a car that was broken down and I think they were more preoccupied with getting it fixed than what I was watching on TV.  And so I finally saw a film that would become one of my favorites and introduce me to a series that would become a lifelong obsession. Continue reading

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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There isn’t a whole lot I can add to the subject of this film after it’s been the topic of so many film historians, critics, and hipsters since it first came out. However, I feel I should write up a review regardless as I finally watched it for the first time yesterday and also since this year marks it’s 50th anniversary. It’s a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo (another film I need to watch — I’m not sure if I ever have) and directed by the amazing Sergio Leone. The rather simple story follows a drifter into a small Mexican town besieged by criminals and a corrupt sheriff. The drifter uses his wits and quick trigger finger bring justice to the town, as well as making a huge profit in the process. The only two honest men able to make a living in the town are the saloon keep and the undertaker (not the wrestler who was defeated at WrestleMania 30 by Paul Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar) whom aid our hero with shelter, whiskey, and key information at various points in the film. Continue reading