Obsolete Review: K-9000

Obsolete Review: K-9000

The cop-dog buddy movie (TURNER AND HOOCHK-9, this dreck) is a much-maligned genre of filmmaking magic. In the best cop-dog film, the canine pal becomes closer than a human partner, a true confidant that will take a bullet for ya and still hump your leg after a long day. But it's a genre that seems not to have made it into the new millennium. Maybe we just need a gritty, Jason Bourne-style techno-update. Instead we get K-9000.

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8 Great Summer Blockbuster Movie Flops

8 Great Summer Blockbuster Movie Flops

Summertime brings heat, vacations, and a load of blockbuster movies. All are vying for a piece of the popcorn pie, the last chunk of change in our pockets, and Hollywood immortality. But there’s a dark side to the dream: box office flops, those movies that for any number of reasons can’t win the popularity contest.

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Obsolete Review: Meet Wally Sparks

Obsolete Review: Meet Wally Sparks

The horror. It's well established that we love Rodney Dangerfield, but then there's MEET WALLY SPARKS. There are some things in life you can’t ‘unsee.’ Rocketing up the list is the spectacle of a middle-aged Cindy ‘Shirley Feeney’ Williams romping in her under-things as a pale Rodney Dangerfield bangs out the ivories during his badly lip-synched rendition of Bob Seger’s ‘Old Time Rock n’ Roll.’ This misplaced RISKY BUSINESS homage is merely one in a series of disturbing scenes in this bottom-of-the-barrel Rodney vehicle.

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EUROCRIME! Mike Malloy's Italian Crime Film Doc Released on VHS

EUROCRIME! Mike Malloy's Italian Crime Film Doc Released on VHS

For hardcore film genre fans, Italian crime films of the '70s (aka poliziotteschi) have always been the bastard cousins of the better known giallo thrillers. But a few years ago, director Mike Malloy set out to change all that with his documentary EUROCRIME!, giving these hard nosed flicks the star treatment in all their groovy glory. Now, Celluloid Apocalypse is giving Malloy's film a limited edition VHS release. (Those seeking immediate gratification can stream the film on Amazon Prime.)

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Obsolete Review: Fear City, aka Ripper

Obsolete Review: Fear City, aka Ripper

FEAR CITY is an OK, seedy Abel Ferrara thriller with a glimpse of the real pre-Giuliani NYC, and more than a glimpse of Melanie Griffith’s boobies. It’s a modern take on Jack the Ripper (ever heard of him?), as a psychopathic stalker hunts Times Square strippers. Tom Berenger and Jack Scalia play the Rossis., two brothers running a stripper-placement agency forced to deal with the extinction of their talent. Oh yeah – Berenger’s ex-boxer also killed a guy in the ring once and has some kind of romantic history with Griffith.

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