Save The Tiger (1973)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1973.  Filmways Pictures, Cirandinha Productions, Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by Steve Shagan.  Cinematography by James Crabe.  Produced by Martin Ransohoff, Steve Shagan.  Music by Marvin Hamlisch.  Production Design by Jack T. Collis.  Costume Design by John A. Anderson.  Film Editing by David Bretherton.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973. Screenwriter Steve Shagan barely conceals his contempt…

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

MARK HARTLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/Israel/Australia/USA, 2014.  Fury Productions, RatPac Documentary Films, XYZ Films.  Screenplay by Mark Hartley.  Cinematography by Garry Richards.  Produced by Veronica Fury, James Packer, Brett Ratner.  Music by Jamie Blanks.  Film Editing by Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards, Mark Hartley.  Toronto International Film Festival 2014. They’re described as the Weinstein Brothers except without any taste, which should sum…

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Desert Heat (Inferno)

BB.5 (out of 5) Jean-Claude Van Damme stops in the middle of the desert to get drunk and pass out which, unfortunately, means he’s too wasted to fight off a group of trashy guys from the nearby town who beat him up and take his motorcycle. Thinking him dead when they leave, the bad guys go…

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A Decade Under The Influence

BBB (out of 5) The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating documentary that hearkens back to the days when the major studios’ main goal was to make good movies as well as profitable ones. The film starts by showing the influence of European films of the sixties and goes through to the…

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The Karate Kid Part II

BB.5 (out of 5) Taking up exactly at the moment that the first film ended, this one has Mr. Miyagi even the score with the unreasonably tough Martin Kove before preparing for a long, wonderful summer with his star pupil (Ralph Macchio) living in his newly built guest house. All plans are thrown aside, however, when…

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The Karate Kid

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Eight years after Rocky brought him critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Director, John Avildsen returns to the underdog formula with equally enjoyable results. Ralph Macchio is wonderful as a Brooklyn kid whose mother transplants the two of them to California for work, rendering him alone in a school with…

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A Night In Heaven

B (out of 5) Hilariously bad movie is lamentable for wasting the superb talents of Lesley Ann Warren in a rare leading role.  She plays a pent-up schoolteacher whose emotionally bankrupt husband loses his job at NASA and sleeps with her even less than he did before (which was not at all, just to be clear)….

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Rocky

BBBB (out of 5) Sylvester Stallone wrote and stars in this subtle drama that took audiences by storm in the seventies and inspired a string of unremarkable sequels. He plays a Philadelphia loan shark’s runner who once had dreams of being a great boxer but now only hits the ropes every once in a while to…

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Joe

BBB (out of 5) This interesting, grungy little drama captures the frustrations of regular middle-aged folks and their reactions to the hippie movement of the sixties and seventies. Peter Boyle plays an incredibly angry bar patron whose railing against overly liberal youth attracts the attentions of a businessman (Dennis Patrick) whose young daughter (Susan Sarandon in her…

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