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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

Sahara (1995)

Sahara (1995)

No war without honor, and no honor quite like this one!

It's like a sand-based take on The Alamo. That legendary battle in the Sahara in which... well, let us not reveal too much, but it involves a group of allies, and a group of Nazis, and it takes place in 1942, and it stars Jim Belushi as the main Sarge.

It's an American war movie, but the patriotism doesn't take over, the characters have personality, and the sets are well-designed. It might not all seem like real war when it starts out, but you get into it after a bit: ride those dunes and see what impressions you get.

I was just made aware there was an earlier version of this movie made all the way back in 1943, just moments after the event itself; while the war was still going! Intrigued to see how they made it back then. Up next.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Street Dreams - Los Angeles (2018)

Street Dreams - Los Angeles (2018)

It starts like any B-movie but then... parkour, damn! With restraint, but still. Skills.

There's not that much of it after the intro, but they bring in cars, and guns (crappy effects though), and bombs... it's not all bad. I feel like certain scenes redeem the movie more than others though. The sceneries, maybe. They gave me some real GTA SA vibes in the beginning. The rest of it... it's not all on par.

But the thing they really need to do something about are those boom mics. Or if they don't have them: get some. The audio quality is bad. Especially when they talk loudly. And in some scenes it almost seems like they're intentionally keeping their voices down as to not make the audio clip.

But I appreciate the message: it's not all about being gangster this time around. It's an FBI dream. It's something new and positive, and the characters aren't bad. Props Jordan Cann. They seem to make the most of a very limited budget, and I just feel like the dialog could've been just a bit more polished, the audio could really have used a raise, and the CGI: don't bother. It messes a movie like this up all too easily. Would be better without.

 rated 2.5/5: almost not bad

The Tracker (2019)

The Tracker (2019)

Dolph Lundgren's back, baby!

...is what I wish I'd say, but unfortunately it's a bad name for a not-so-good movie.

It's not his fault though. He did alright, and so did the Italian Keanu Reeves (Marco Mazzoli), but the intro sequence that explained the title seemed like it was there just to progress the plot, and explain how the main character so easily manages to find the bad guys, even when there are no perceivable leads.

The action's sub-par, the explosions look fake, the intrigue's alright but lacks both believability and that something extra. And those baby pictures, man, newborns don't look like that!!!

It wasn't all bad, it had a few twists, and some unconventional and authentic choreography, but in the end it all boils down to one more mediocre bout of human trafficking action/thriller drama that I doubt I'll remember much of in long. It reminds me a little of the action movies of the early nineties, which is a redeeming quality to me, but probably not for everyone. Not all bad, but not much more than that.

 rated 2.5/5: almost not bad

The Seduction (1982)

The Seduction (1982)

Time for a semi-erotic stalker story starring Morgan Fairchild and Michael Sarrazin/Andrew Stevens? Why not!

I was expecting less quality. More B-movie. More nudity. But there wasn't all that much of the latter, and the quality: way better than expected! They build up the mood masterfully - both the intimacy and the threat. That of a stalker, a man who believes that the main character, a newscaster, is in love with him, and though he starts the stalking with good intentions it quickly gets out of hand. I think that's part of what makes this one stand out among similar competition: that the bad guy's not inherently bad. Relations are complicated, and the plot is a butterfly effect of small and correlated events.

The script's perfect; fleshed-out in moderation. The cast is small, all with designated roles. The sets are classy and luxurious. The panning's slow and tasteful - or drawn out and foreboding when they go for that.

All in all it's a thriller with everything the name implies, and a complex intrigue that weaves around the characters, and couples, and paves the way for an inevitable bedside tragedy.

This might be a classic. I've seen it before too, a few years back. Think I appreciated it a lot more this time around.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Nekromantik (1987)

Nekromantik (1987)

What lives that does not live from the death of someone else?

Fornicating with the dead: that's what it all about. A select few characters with their own morbid fantasies, gruesome props, flayed chickens, horrible accidents, sex and death... it's an experimental montage of the macabre. Not badly done, though some of this stuff... not really up my alley! I don't easily get grossed out but seeing animals getting flayed in particular... I could've done without that bit.

It's all about a couple of necrophiles. The husband works as a street cleaner, and one day brings home a corpse that his wife is just fascinated by, and from there on things really start to go downhill...

It's not as gruesome as what you'd get with something new in the same genre, or as authentic, but the plot: that bit will be difficult to match. It's authentic, as bizarre as it is. All the stories of the Cannibal Cafe and what-not come flooding back. Don't Google that. But if this is your thing it's... pretty gritty.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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