February Fisticuffs: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)

It’s February and everything sucks right now, so it’s time to unwind with February Fisticuffs – a punchy look at some of the best, worst and most average boxing, kung fu and martial arts movies. Isaac Florentine’s Undisputed III: Redemption continues the surprisingly effective series with more blistering, no-nonsense ass-kickery. The 2010 follow-up to Undisputed […]

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Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

The fourth and (so far) final installment in the Jaws series is often cited as one of the worst movies of all time. It was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards and was made in about nine months, sure evidence of its lack of quality. It does feature some questionable if awful special effects and […]

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Jaws 3 (1983)

With 3D making yet another comeback in the 1980s, it stands to reason that Universal would want its piece of the action with Jaws 3. Initially, the plan was to make the third entry in the series a spoof with John Hughes and Todd Carroll among the names involved. Sadly, Universal balked and Joe Alves’ […]

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Jaws 2 (1978)

Steven Spielberg wanted nothing to do with a sequel to Jaws, saying he was “done with the ocean” after the 1975 picture. Universal, on the other hand, wanted everything to do with a sequel and threw a ton of money at Jaws 2. The results are mixed, but there is a lot more shark in […]

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Jaws (1975)

There’s no denying the importance of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. The 1975 motion picture has been credited with establishing the modern blockbuster template, with the focus on a succinct premise to draw big box office numbers. There is more to this beast than establishing Hollywood business models, though, and it remains a work of art worth […]

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

The upheaval of the 1970s is the backdrop for Sidney Lumet’s brilliant Dog Day Afternoon, a 1975 crime drama that is as much about the personal as it is about the political. The picture features a screenplay by Frank Pierson and is based on P.F. Kluge’s 1972 Life magazine article “The Boys in the Bank,” […]

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The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers is at once a scintillating form of entertainment and a dazzling historical document. The 1966 motion picture was shot on location by cinematographer Marcello Gatti and features a somewhat subdued score by Ennio Morricone, with the screenplay by Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas.

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