Eliminators (1986)

For the most part, Eliminators is like Star Wars on an A-Team budget, but the comparisons don’t stop there.

Produced by low budget sci-fi maestro Charles Band, the movie is a savvy exercise in cultural marketing which taps into a plethora of 80s hits and features the kind of characters which probably would have resulted in a successful toy range were its financial aspirations just a tad higher […]

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The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

The mark of a good sequel is that it offers elements which are new and rewarding.

The first Karate Kid movie was one of the surprise hits of 1985, and one that famous critic Roger Ebert correctly predicted would earn itself a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 56th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, much to the mocking delight of fellow reviewer and long-time competitor Gene Siskel […]

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No Retreat No Surrender (1986)

Karate is an Eastern world philosophy which teaches students how to defend themselves rather than how to attack. Principle 12 of Funakoshi’s ’20 Principles of Karate’ instructs pupils thus: ‘Do not think you have to win. Think, rather, that you do not have to lose.’ This is a credo which would most likely baffle the vast majority of American patriots.

In 1986, those same patriots were in the grip of cold war paranoia, and would use an inherently fascist cinema, and, more specifically, Karate […]

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