Ed Küpfer

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  • TNT Jackson

    TNT Jackson

    ★★½

    TNT Jackson
    She’ll put you in traction

    As usual for a New World production, the best thing about this movie is the trailer (cut by Joe Dante and Allan Arkush). This is Roger Corman's attempt to merge kung fu and blaxploitation, and one wonders why Pam Grier did not star (no need to wonder, it was probably money). Instead, Playboy playmate Jeannie Bell plays that part of Diane "TNT" Jackson, and this hitlady's charms will break both your arms!... sorry,…

  • On the Run

    On the Run

    ★★★★½

    Hong Kong take on the traditional innocent-man-chased-by-a-sinister-cabal thriller, with Yuen Biao in the Harrison Ford role, as a man whose wife is killed by mysterious assassin and then is framed for her murder. Gritty and violent and lean. Pat Ha steals the show as the assassin who teams up with Biao when the bad guys target her as well—in a movie full of cold ass motherfuckers, her character is the coldest.

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  • City Cops

    City Cops

    ★★

    Don't be fooled by the cover: Cynthia Rothrock is only a side character in this action comedy (light on the action), the plot of which is not worth spelling out. There are some good stunts (and a couple of decent fights) in this, but insofar as it is possible to call any 80s Hong Kong action movie inessential, this one qualifies.

  • Bohachi Bushido: The Villain

    Bohachi Bushido: The Villain

    ★★★

    Sleazy exploitation flick about a samurai caught in a gang war. This doesn't appear to be a sequel to the more famous Bohachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight, as there is no continuity or carry-over in cast or crew, but it features the same nihilistic antihero protagonist in a similarly trashy story filled with nudity, torture, gore, and other exploitation staples. Also features a freaky Moog synth-infused soundtrack, if you're into that kind of thing, and who isn't?

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  • Escape Plan: The Extractors

    Escape Plan: The Extractors

    ★½

    Escape Plan 2 is letterboxd's worst rated movie in Sylvester Stallone's filmography—worse than Burn Hollywood Burn, worse than Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, worse even than Backtrace, a recent DTV thriller I never heard of till now. So bad was EP2, that just the idea that another one of these movies existed was ludicrous. But the reviews were unanimous: better than the last one. So I watched EP3, which was indeed better than the last one, which is maybe the lowest bar to clear in any creative endevour. That's pretty much my review summary: I watched it.

  • Rambo

    Rambo

    ★★★★½

    I had to euthanise my dog yesterday and the only way I could think of to relieve my sadness was to watch a condom full of walnuts shoot hundreds of Thai stuntmen with a machine gun. I don't know what that says about me or about grief, but there is something soul-soothing about action cinema that means a lot to me.