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Get Carter

1971 / 112m - UK
Crime, Thriller
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70s crime thriller. The era of drab colors and semi-gritty/realistic cinema, if that's your thing Get Carter's got you covered. It's certainly not my shtick, but Michael Caine's performance did make it a bit easier to sit through. That and a pretty decent ending. It's a shame the rest of the film couldn't have been more like that.

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Caine plays a London gangster, who travels to Newcastle for his brother's funeral. Once there, he starts to suspect that his brother might have been murdered, and so he throws himself into the local crime scene. Newcastle is a pretty grim and dangerous place, but Caine is no sweetheart either.

Caine is pretty badass, it's just that I don't really care for that bland 70s vibe. Everything looks so gray, desolate and drab, the characters aren't all that interesting and the plot isn't really a winner either. The last ten minutes are more stylized and show a different side, but not quite enough to save this film.

Flash Gordon

1980 / 111m - USA
Adventure, Sci-fi
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Oh boy. I kind of get how this film acquired its cult status. It is indeed a spectacle, certainly if you are the type of ironic film fan who gets a kick out of horrible, tasteless cinema. In that sense, Flash Gordon is one of the more interesting films out there. In any other sense, it's a complete disaster.

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Ming is an intergalactic ruler who has it out for planet Earth. From Mongo, a faraway planet, he plans his attack to get rid of all the people on Earth. A football player (Flash) and his girlfriend are hellbent on stopping him, and they travel through space to make sure Ming won't be able to execute his plans.

Everything is either incredibly cheap or incredibly kitsch. The costumes are horrendous, the score is maddening, the performances are soul-crushing and the film just keeps on going and going. Everything is just terrible and misguided, which I guess makes it funny to some. Not my kind of cinema. At least it's not boring.

Damien: Omen II

1978 / 107m - USA
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