Magnum Force (1973 USA)

Just in case the viewer gets carried away, or the protagonists on the screen, Harry earnestly repeats throughout Magnum Force that “a man’s got to know his limitations” and “there’s nothing wrong with shooting, as long as the right people get shot.” So bullets in bare breasts are acceptable, because the topless ladies in a swimming pool or nudes stoned at “$900 an ounce,” reinforce the morality: people who take off their clothes may have been asking for it. There’s also a gratuitous murder of a prostitute, climaxed with a shot of her killer’s face grinning through her spread legs. If that’s not offensive enough, in a dvd extra from the copy I have, shady-looking script writer, John Milius, suggests that Italians are not real Americans. [Read more…]

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The Fog (1980 United States)

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For some reason, phones that begin ringing on their own and car alarms that go off without any reason, are still much more scary than a CGI-ghost appearing out of a wall. It is notable that this film had a low-budget which works perfectly for the dark, depressing atmosphere. The movie is quite short, and because of that, the story feels ‘incomplete.’ But this open-ending makes the whole thing more frightening. [Read more…]

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