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Thursday, August 31, 2017

One More Shot (1984)


After Tap-Tap, a known criminal, is released from prison, he sets out on a revenge mission against former boxer, Johnny Tough, who was responsible for his incarceration.

Teaming with his friend, Fly, a scum-bag crime boss involved in human trafficking, they set a trap for Johnny by kidnapping his lawyer friend’s beautiful daughter, with the intention of selling her into slavery to a man known as the “Arab”.

But Johnny isn’t called Tough for nothing, and together with his Chinese pal, they systematically take down the syndicate before finally reuniting father and daughter.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (1981, TV Movie)

Othello, a Moorish general in the service of the Venetian state, is disdained for his race but valued for his military skills. He weds Desdemona in a mixed-race marriage that offends her father. Jealous of Othello's triumphs and high-standing, and suspicious that his commander may once have bedded his own wife, Othello's lieutenant Iago plots to sabotage Othello's career and marriage. He plants in Othello's mind the suspicion that Desdemona is unfaithful and provides false evidence of that infidelity. Though noble and initially trusting, Othello is led into a jealous rage that proves tragic for all involved. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crash Course [a.k.a. Driving Academy] (1988, TV Movie)


Some students taking driver's ed during the summer. Among the students is Riko, a cocky guy; Chad, a guy from a privileged background, who's terrified to get behind the wheel; Vanessa, who's over protective mom who wouldn't allow her to take the course, who went behind her back; and Maria, a spoiled foreign student. Now the principal wants the students to pass so he tells the instructor, who's still not over his wife leaving and is not exactly up to the task, that it's important for the students to pass so he brought in a special instructor, who's very tough. And the principal also tells one of his teachers to let, one of the students Maslanski who's the school football star, pass the test he failed so that he can concentrate on driver's ed. But the teacher, seeing this as an opportunity to expose the principal as not doing his job and thus paving the way for him to be the new principal, makes Maslanski take a make up test.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Naked Evil (1966)


"Smash the bottle and you unleash the devil!" What looks like an innocent piece of pottery filled with dust and feathers holds the key to terror in NAKED EVIL, an eerie horror gem that historically proceeded the Black horror trend of the 1970s and explored the terrifying themes of possession and exorcism years before THE EXORCIST. Two street gangs are tearing each apart an English town, and now one of them is turning to Jamaican black magic in the form o an "obi" - a bottle containing a ruthless demon which kills it recipient when opened. Violent deaths and graveyard desecrations lead the police to a local youth hostel, where Father Goodman and headmaster Mr. Benson - both experts in voodoo traditions - are the only chance of stopping this nameless, faceless evil!