Freebie and The Bean

1974 Warner Bros. Directed and Produced by Richard Rush Written by Robert Kaufman/Floyd Mutrux You ask most people what’s a Buddy Cop Movie and I’m willing to bet you next month’s rent they’ll say; “Lethal Weapon.” And actually I got no problem with that. The “Lethal Weapon” series is without a doubt The Gold Standard […]

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Vice Squad

1982 Embassy Pictures Directed by Gary Sherman Produced by Frank Capra, Jr./Brian Frankish/Frank Hildebrand/Sandy Howard/Robert Rehme Written by Sandy Howard/Robert Vincent O’Neill/Kenneth Peters/Gary Sherman Let’s be upfront about one thing right at the start of this review: there’s not a single thing original about the plot of VICE SQUAD. I’m willing to bet you that […]

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Heavy Metal

1981 Columbia Pictures Directed by Gerald Potterton Produced by Ivan Reitman Screenplay by Daniel Goldberg/Len Blum Based on original art and stories by: Richard Corben Angus McKie Dan O’Bannon Thomas Warkentin Bernie Wrightson Music by Elmer Bernstein Strictly for those of you weren’t around in the 1970’s here’s the thumbnail history of “Heavy Metal”, the […]

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The Right Stuff

1983 The Ladd Company/Warner Bros. Directed by and Screenplay by Philip Kaufman Produced by Irwin Winkler/Robert Chartoff\ Based on “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe Music by Bill Conti Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel One of the reasons why THE RIGHT STUFF stands out in my memory is because I saw it during its original theatrical […]

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Pray For Death

1985 Transworld Entertainment Directed by Gordon Hessler Produced by Don Van Atta Written by James Booth Sho Kosugi made PRAY FOR DEATH after the popular and successful “Ninja Trilogy” he did for Cannon Films: “Enter The Ninja” “Revenge of The Ninja” and “Ninja III: The Domination.” And if you don’t mind taking some advice, I’d […]

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Enter The Ninja

1981 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Menahem Golan Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by Dick Desmond/Story by Mike Stone I can hear some wise ass in the back saying; “If this is the first movie in the Ninja Trilogy then why are you reviewing it last, Ferguson?” Because even though this is indeed […]

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Ninja III: The Domination

1984 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Sam Firstenberg Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by James R. Silke What’s the one thing movie fans can unite behind no matter their race, religion or film preference? Remakes. Mention to movie fans that there’s going to be a remake of a beloved movie and stand back. […]

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