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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“If you believe in God, then you must believe in the Devil.

The Last Exorcism in many ways exceeded my expectations. It is simply too easy to dismiss this film after hearing the initial premise, but most of the time it works. It is scary a lot of the time, and often atmospheric. However, this went to waste with one of the worst, most rushed endings to a film I have ever seen. I’ve rarely come out of a cinema so frustrated. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“You understand, if we don’t find a stiff out here, we leave a fresh one?”

Miller’s Crossing was the Coen Brothers third feature length film, dating from 1990. While still in a fairly early stage in their careers, Miller’s Crossing shows off the confident flair that had been acquired from the critical hits of Blood Simple and Raising Arizona. It tells the story of Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne) as he flicks between to Prohibition-era gangsters and the crooked bookie, Bernie Bernbaum, played by the fantastic John Turturro. Miller’s Crossing is told at its own pace, and never struggles to do anything else apart from that. It floats along, doing the normal Coen genre-hybridisation along the way, and nearly always hitting the mark smack on. If you like most Coen Brothers films, this will be right up your street. (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

Better known as “Rambo 1” these days, First Blood by itself is actually a classic piece of American cinema. But wait it was just a big action flick with a lot of killing and no story right? Wrong! People who say that either didn’t understand the movie or have had their memories of it erased by the sequels. Something people don’t even remember is that only 1 person actually gets killed in the ENTIRE movie, and it’s more or less an accident even in that case. This film is actually a look at how the public treated Vietnam Veterans shortly after the war. Sylvester Stallone even describes it as a modern-day Frankenstein in that we (the American public) made him that way and we refused to accept him. Col. Trautman could also be looked at like the scientist. “God didn’t make Rambo, I made him!” Let’s take another look and see exactly why it’s not the brainless action flick the parodies and the sequels would have us believe. (more…)