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XIPHOS LIST OF APPROVED BINGE WORTHY TV SHOWS

maninchairHEY LOOK A NEW POST! NO SERIOUSLY!!!!!!! I know, I know. I haven’t posted anything in awhile but in fairness nobody else has either so I thought maybe, just maybe, if I did it would get the ball rolling again. Let’s hope so!

Well anyway this isn’t going to be a long post. I’m just going to make recommendations for a bunch of TV shows I think are great for binge watching for different reasons. Most I’ve talked about before probably but this is just a post to get my feet wet for writing again. Let me know in the comments any shows I missed which will be many I am sure. One last thing, this isn’t in any sort of order it’s just as they occur to me.

 

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Django Unchained (2012)

Django_Unchained_PosterDjango Unchained, the 8th movie from Quentin Tarantino, was better than I
expected, but not quite as good as I wanted on a first viewing. As of now, I think Inglorious Bastards (I refuse to learn how to misspell that properly) is possibly QTʼs best movie since Pulp Fiction (though I readily admit I still have never seen Jackie Brown), and I may need another viewing of Django to decide which movie I think is best. Right now its Bastards, though that could change in the future.

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The Underrated: Electra Glide in Blue

Booed on release in Cannes for being fascist, in my opinion erroneously, even were Electra Glide in Blue rubbish, which it isn’t, that it was made at all would strike me as worthy of a review. The time was the early 1970’s, the counter-culture was in full force, still, and protests were raging across the United States. The studio decided to give James William Guercio, manager of rock/ pop group Chicago, $1m to make a film that asked the audience to sympathise, to some extent with the police. The resulting film, Electra Glide in Blue is a genre-crossing mish-mash that reflects Guercio’s love of early Westerns, particularly John Ford films, adds a dash of noir and was heavily marketed as “An American Movie by a New Director. James William Guercio”. Critically reviled for being, amongst other things, “Slick and exploitative”, Electra Glide in Blue has since been described as  “the most overpromoted and widely reviled film of the 1970s.”  Read More…

The Wild Bunch (1970)

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Starring: William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine

Release date: January 29 (UK). Wow, the 70’s already. Have to say I was long overdue a return to this one and thanks to a near as dammit UK release I finally get my chance. May contain cowboys and spoilers…

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Casper v Rootin- Tootin’ cowboys and gunslingers and whatnot in the Old West: Aces ‘N Eights.

This odyssey through the annals of Casper Van Dien films really wasn’t thought out properly. I mean, I did know that he’d been in a quite staggering amount of DTV crap, but I also made the foolish assumption that there were enough gems, hidden or otherwise, to carry me over the obligatory and inevitable rough periods. So far, I’m 4 films in (I am including Dracula 3000 for this) and I have to say that not one of them is acceptable. Meltdown had its moments of cretinous stupidity, and Revenant had a quite simply staggering amount of boob, but neither of them were what could be remotely described as actually good films (the less said about Dracula 3000 the better). I’m honestly starting to think that I should bump either Starship Troopers or Sleepy Hollow up the queue, as the forthcoming films are simply going to be a trial to get through. In the meantime, however, I’ll just post this review to a quite spectacularly misguided film- it’s Casper’s 2008 foray into the old west: Aces ‘N Eights.

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The Birthday Series – Mini Reviews 1989-1991

Droids Birthday Series 1989-1991

These next three film simply didn’t inspire me to do full reviews for them. So here we are, the famous mini review! Ready? Set? Go!

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Leprechaun: The Saga Continues.

Top O’ the Morning to ye!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

I love these films. They make me happy on a lot of different levels, and I don’t want it to end on the sour note of Back 2 da Hood. The following are my hopes for the continuation of the series, and many of these are things we’ve already talked about. However, because I can’t remember who said what- consider you all thanked:

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The Underrated: Behind the Sun

This film is a real surprise. It’s got stunning reviews, but still nobody has ever heard of it, let alone seen it. It should have garnered a huge amount of recognition, yet it seems to be slipping into obscurity. This strikes me as grossly unfair. Miramax clearly bought it as part of a predatory attempt to cash in on Central Station, but then inexplicably failed to market it in any meaningful way. Why do distribution companies insist on doing this?

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Droid defines the Decades best movies – #13 Open Range (2003)

open_range If there is one quintessentially American genre in cinema, it’s the western. But since it’s heyday in the 40’s and 50’s it’s been in a steady decline. I can think of only two in the last decade worth a damn. ‘3:10 to Yuma’ which saw the gimpy morals of Christian Bale contending with the charismatic outlaw Russell Crowe, and ‘Open Range’, Kevin Costners tale about a couple of tough old cattle grazers doing what’s right and stickin’ it to the Irish.

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