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2016.09.10  This movie has an online cover Fantastic Planet, The (1973)A-
2016.09.05  This movie has an online cover Basket Case (1981)B+
2016.09.04  This movie has an online cover Fast And The Furious 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The (2003)B+
2016.09.04  This movie has an online cover Fast And The Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, The (2006)C
2016.09.04  This movie has an online cover Fast And The Furious 1, The (2001)A-
2016.08.26  This movie has an online cover American Ninja (1985)C-
2016.07.30  This movie has an online cover Crimes Of Passion (1984)A
2016.07.30  This movie has an online cover Caligula (1980)A-
2016.07.30  This movie has an online cover Leprechaun 3 (1995)B-
2016.07.28  This movie has an online cover Leprechaun 2 (1994)B-
2016.07.28  This movie has an online cover Leprechaun 4, In Space (1996)C
2016.07.28  This movie has an online cover Leprechaun 5, In The Hood (2000)B
2016.07.28  This movie has an online cover Leprechaun 6, Back 2 Tha Hood (2003)C+
2016.07.28  This movie has an online cover Leprechaun 1 (1992)C+
2016.07.27  This movie has an online cover Conan 1, The Barbarian (1982)A
2016.07.27  This movie has an online cover Hired To Kill (1992)B
2016.07.27  This movie has an online cover Lady Snowblood 1: Blizzard From The Netherworld (1973)A
2016.07.27  This movie has an online cover Jaws 3-D (1983)C
2011.09.09  What Does Horror Mean To You? at Brutal As Hell
2011.08.25  Not Quite Hollywood review at Brutal As Hell
2011.08.03  Wolfen At Brutal As Hell
2011.08.03  Confessions At Brutal As Hell
2011.03.06  30 Fulci Blvd., A Lucio Fulci Primer
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2011.09.09 - What Does Horror Mean To You? at Brutal As Hell

I am starting to write this article right after I just finished watching Dario Argento?s Stendhal Syndrome for the third time in about two years. I am fascinated by it because it is likely Argento?s last good/great film (Dracula 3D doesn?t look very promising so far), and because surprisingly, what disturbs me the most is the brutality of the film and that Dario put his own daughter Asia at the center of it. Talk about a Freudian setup. Additionally, the movie is gorgeous. Yes, its use of digital effects is very crude, even for the time, but the film is otherwise very polished in the greatest Argento tradition. I appreciate that. I also appreciate Asia greatly....

Read the rest at Brutal As Hell at http://www.brutalashell.com/2011/08/what-does-horror-mean-to-you/.


2011.08.25 - Not Quite Hollywood review at Brutal As Hell

 Documentaries about films are a tricky affair. Either they have to be about an incredible film, or the documentary itself has to be cool and uncover little known nuggets about a cult classic, or they have to paint an epic movement and give you tons of information, references, and cool interviews. Not Quite Hollywood is of the latter kind, but unlike the recent American Grindhouse, it manages to pile on so much energy, laughs, outrageous interviews and cool film bits...

Read the rest on Brutal As Hell at http://www.brutalashell.com/2011/08/review-not-quite-hollywood-the-wild-untold-story-of-ozploitation/.


2011.08.03 - Wolfen At Brutal As Hell

An old review of mine about  Wolfen (1981) got re-published at Brutal As Hell recently: http://www.brutalashell.com/2011/07/retro-review-wolfen/.


2011.08.03 - Confessions At Brutal As Hell

My recent review of Confessions (2010) at Brutal As Hell: http://www.brutalashell.com/2011/06/18107/.

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Fantastic Planet, The (1973) reviewed on 2016.09.10Rated 4.5 stars. Click here for details...

A beautiful, poetic and haunting piece of sci-fi that owes a lot to Planet Of The Apes 1 (1968). On some alien planet, humans are nothing more than Pets or pest to a race of giant beings with ultra-advanced technology. That is, until one human who was educated in the ways of the Alien race mounts a rebellion. Can the two races survive together on the fantastic planet?

What immediately gets you is how sophisticated the depiction of the race of aliens is, and how detailed the planet, with its fantastic fauna and flora, is represented. Clearly, the lineage that leads to films such as Avatar starts here and you'll notice many resemblances.


- Laurent Hasson

Basket Case (1981) reviewed on 2016.09.05Rated 3.5 stars. Click here for details...

This is a classic as classic underground cult 80's horror films go. Filmed all around what used to be the seedy Time Square area, this little gem captures a slice of the New York of the time like few other films have done. And that's not all. Done on a micro budget, the film manages to pull in a great creature effect. Yes, it looks rubbery and all, but there is something about it that is at the same time endearing and touching, yet scary. The film manages to be seedy yet, with its central performance, very human. Yeah, it's exploitative and all, and again, with close to no budget, it looks grainy, not well lit and all. But it's undeniable that it has heart and a vision. Get through its rough exterior and you'll find something quite unique.


- Laurent Hasson

Fast And The Furious 1, The (2001) reviewed on 2016.09.04Rated 4 stars. Click here for details...

One of the biggest blockbuster franchise of the last 20 years, and i have stayed clear of it till now because I simply have had zero interest in these flicks because, primarily, i have zero interest in cars (i don't even have a driver's license you see). It's not until my younger kid asked about it and the box set Blu-Ray was available on Amazon on sale, so i picked it up, and i must say that i had some great time. Part of it of course was to watch all 7 of the films with my son over a couple of weeks in August 2016, but i can say i genuinely enjoyed them as well.

The first film is fun and sets up the cast and the story for pretty much all of the franchise. Vin Diesel is great, and Paul Walker is very charismatic and charming. It really sucks he died so young. It's overall a good action film with lots of fun set pieces and most importantly, lots of fun characters and a great ensemble cast.


- Laurent Hasson

Fast And The Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, The (2006) reviewed on 2016.09.04Rated 2 stars. Click here for details...

One of the biggest blockbuster franchise of the last 20 years, and i have stayed clear of it till now because I simply have had zero interest in these flicks because, primarily, i have zero interest in cars (i don't even have a driver's license you see). It's not until my younger kid asked about it and the box set Blu-Ray was available on Amazon on sale, so i picked it up, and i must say that i had some great time. Part of it of course was to watch all 7 of the films with my son over a couple of weeks in August 2016, but i can say i genuinely enjoyed them as well.

The third film is imho the worst of the franchise. I guess it had to reach that low point for the producers to realize how to take the franchise into higher success territory. Without anyone recognizable from the cast of the original 2 films, this "episode" just cannot find its pace, and even worse, struggled thereafter to have a place within the franchise due to messed up timelines. Contents wise, the film is just not very interesting or particularly well done.


- Laurent Hasson

Fast And The Furious 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The (2003) reviewed on 2016.09.04Rated 3.5 stars. Click here for details...

One of the biggest blockbuster franchise of the last 20 years, and i have stayed clear of it till now because I simply have had zero interest in these flicks because, primarily, i have zero interest in cars (i don't even have a driver's license you see). It's not until my younger kid asked about it and the box set Blu-Ray was available on Amazon on sale, so i picked it up, and i must say that i had some great time. Part of it of course was to watch all 7 of the films with my son over a couple of weeks in August 2016, but i can say i genuinely enjoyed them as well.

The second film is pure popcorn fun. Vin Diesel disappeared, but Paul Walker is joined by cast newcomer Tyrese Gibson, and by the simply gorgeous Eva Mendes. The movie is definitely not as good as the first one, although it's more out there fun. It's also clear that the franchise didn't quite find its footing yet as the film is also in tone and contents quite different from the first one.


- Laurent Hasson

American Ninja (1985) reviewed on 2016.08.26Rated 2 stars. Click here for details...

This film does have the charm of a fun 80's action fare, but it's definitely second tier to the more outrageous ones such as, let's say, Chuck Norris' Invasion USA. the overall cast manages to be fun to watch, but the action scenes and the martial art is not great. I had never seen this movie and was surprised it had such a following back then, and spawned several sequels. Michael Dudikoff looks stoned, or autistic, for most of the film, and doesn't really do good action physically. But he has some charm. But the real fun star of the film has got to be Steve James. He looks good, and steals pretty much any scene he's in.


- Laurent Hasson

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