Bob Cashill

Bob Cashill

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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★★

    After the success of the live-action ALADDIN, which no one over age 10 will ever cop to seeing, Ritchie made one of his "lad" crime movies, THE GENTLEMEN. The bantering beginning and characters with wise guy nicknames may trick you into thinking that another one is inbound but the portentous "Biblical" title gives it away--what we have here is his contribution to the cycle of LA-set heist thrillers still inspired by HEAT (95), one that takes place under milky, smoggy…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★

    Combining the talents behind THE LEGO MOVIEs, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, and TV's GRAVITY FALLS (a favorite around here) might have resulted in something unique. But other than some wildly funny and inventively animated chase scenes (likened to "Journey album covers") this is happy to color inside the lines of PG-rated family entertainment, as a modestly dysfunctional family (analog dad doesn't understand his plugged-in daughter, who's off to film school) confront a (non-lethal) robot apocalypse led by "PAL" (Olivia Colman),…

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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★

    Friends at the Mobius Home Video Forum have been recommending this for years and now that it's hit Blu-ray (in an extras-stacked edition from MVD Rewind) I can confirm that, yes, it's excellent--one of the best tries at an "American Hong Kong movie" (as director Steve Wang, better known as a makeup ace, puts it in a retrospective documentary). Like the same year's FACE/OFF it has a sci-fi premise, and its teaming of a martial arts star with a Black…

  • The Whistle at Eaton Falls

    The Whistle at Eaton Falls

    ★★★

    Produced by the creator of "The March of Time" newsreels and directed by noir veteran Robert Siodmak this promptly fell off the face of the earth 70 years ago, as serious Hollywood-produced dramas about labor relations tend to do. (The late-'70s, with BLUE COLLAR, F.I.S.T., and NORMA RAE in release, were a high-water mark.) Filmed in New England (itself a rarity back then) it's a sanitized but compelling film starring Lloyd Bridges as a plant supervisor forced to announce layoffs…

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  • Saint Jack

    Saint Jack

    ★★★★★

    A cable favorite in my teens, finally available in a good quality DVD, anamorphically enhanced at last. (Why no Blu-ray?) Its frank, febrile atmosphere is one of those things that got me to Asia, though Singapore was a disappointingly authoritarian place by the time I got there. There's nothing disappointing about the film, though, Bogdanovich's return to movies after a string of flops, a Paul Theroux adaptation made with a dummy script to fool the authorities into thinking it was…

  • Sands of the Kalahari

    Sands of the Kalahari

    ★★★★

    Endfield's followup to the hit ZULU isn't the baboon horror movie I'd always thought; they're there, but until the coda mostly in the background, observing plane crash survivors go ape over the female (Susannah York) in their party and their dwindling prospects. The sexual politics are 1965, but all credit due the film for detailing them, as York passes from the loutish pilot (Nigel Davenport) to the brutish alpha male (Stuart Whitman) to an injured, initially diffident fellow passenger (Stanley…