It’s hard out there for a Samurai…

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Make your decisions in the space of seven breaths, because

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Sean ‘Hollywood’ Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: I think I pronounce Jim Jarmusch’s last name about ten different ways in this recording about a movie involving urban samurai, aging gangsters, icecream, and a boat on a roof. I don’t even know who I am any more. What year is this?

This movie contains:
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Henry Silva, keeping it real.

Clint Eastwood, you are not Sean Connery.

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Strap in your caribiners, because The Eiger Sanction is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: A spy movie based off of a deadly serious reading of a satirical novel by Trevanian, The Eiger Sanction captures the zeitgeist of the Seventies in a way that few other films do, not that this is always a good thing. The mountain-climbing scenes in the third act are breath-taking.

A Day in the Life of Tim Maughan (Inside Joke)

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Boot up your computer-generated parrots, because Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the Japanese DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Andrew from The Veef Show and Collection-DX.

Review in a Nutshell:  Low budget but groundbreaking, 20 Minutes into the Future is one of the few films that really deserves the term ‘cyberpunk’.  It has a droll, British sense of humor and great production design, and I highly recommend it to anyone that can manage to track it down.

Wild West Cat Fight?

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Strap on your sidearm, because Johnny Guitar is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring guest host Neil Nadelman.

Review in a Nutshell:  An atypical Western filled with strong feminist themes, male insecurity, and sublimated sexual tension, Johnny Guitar is an oddly subversion film from the 1950s.  It’s little wonder that French New Wave directors loved this film.

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My Brother’s Keeper

Beware of bargains that you can’t refuse, because The Proposition is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  A bleak film filled with complex characters and a plot of primal simplicity, The Proposition transplants the modern revisionist Western into the Australian Outback.  Savage and starkly beautiful, it can be difficult to watch, but it’s impossible to ignore.

It’s actually pronounced LUM-bear.

Buy those tickets to bunraku, because The Hunted (1995) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the DVD cover of the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  The Hunted (1995) is a movie with an identity crisis.  Half of the film is a modern samurai vs ninja drama, a nihilistic tale of men with antiquated values carrying out their ancient war in the streets of modern Japan.  The other half is Christopher Lambert being a total goober.

Magnificent Martial Violence!

Sharpen your machetes, because The Raid: Redemption is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring guest hosts Daryl Surat of AnimeWorldOrder and Rachel Pandich, author of Aspire.

Review in a Nutshell:  An Indonesian martial arts movie written and directed by a Welsh man, The Raid: Redemption is not just a typical action movie.  It blends drama and suspense with some of the most breath-taking and technically accomplished fight choreography in recent cinema history to create a tight, tense, thoroughly engrossing experience.

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How Mr. Miyagi Got His Groove Back

Watch out for flying net hooks, because The Karate Kid, Part II is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  Although the details of the first three Karate Kid films are hopelessly muddled in our heads, we still enjoyed this entry in the series, which focuses even more on Mr. Miyagi’s character.

FINAL THOUGHT:

Curse you, ice blocks!

Bonus Content: Catch-22

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While I’m working on editing this week’s GME episode proper, have a little bonus content to tide you over.  Once again I make a guest appearance on Jon Brescia’s book club podcast, this time talking about Joseph Heller’s classic novel of war and paranoia, Catch-22.  Click on the book cover or title above to download the discussion.

Ernie Dickerson Strikes Again!

Break out the turn-tables, because Juice is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  At times darkly humorous, at times lyrical and surreal, Juice is a crime drama that explores the lives of four poor black youths in the ghettoes of Harlem.  Tupac Shakur delivers a scene-stealing performance.

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