Hellgate (1989)

Let me just start by saying that there isn’t a review on Earth that could do this movie justice.

It’s not what happens that makes the film such an inane wonder – although what happens makes it an inane wonder in itself – it is instead how those things happen, the lines the actors deliver and how they deliver them, the way in which a character’s personality can change from one sentence to the next […]

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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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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

In 1985 the World Wrestling Federation would take the mainstream media by storm.

Thanks to some savvy ties with MTV and pop culture icon Cyndi Lauper, promoter and owner Vince McMahon would conquer the sport’s low-key territorial system by taking his product national, sinking all of his capital into a make-or-break wrestling extravaganza known as Wrestlemania […]

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