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Diamonds Are Forever Review


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While it's fun to wax nostalgic over Sean Connery's final appearance as James Bond (drawn out of retirement from the series for a presumably fat paycheck), it's still unfortunate that the film he appeared in is more than a little bit embarassing. Jill St. John is one of the least effective Bond girls: She's beautiful, but shrill and helpless (her scream of "Eeeeee!" during a fistfight in the film's final scene is one of Bond's noteworthy lowlights). The story is borderline moronic: Blofeld (now played by Charles Gray in his third incarnation) steals a load of diamonds in order to arm a laser-shooting satellite, to achieve, of course, world domination. How's that all work? No idea, and when we actually see his creation in orbit, it's laughable.

On the other hand, Connery is fine, as are some of the film's villains (hippie bodyguards named Bambi and Thumper), and the inimitable Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, who, while entertaining, certainly didn't do much for Hollywood's respectful treatment of homosexuals. The Las Vegas setting (for much of the film) is unfortunately and unintentionally cheesy, as well. It's fun at times but overall one of the most hopelessly dated 007 flicks ever.

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Walking Tall (1973) Review


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Joe Don Baker plays the "based on a true story" sheriff of a small Tennessee town, Buford Pusser, who cleans up the burg of gambling kingpins, whores, and murderers with the aid of a four-foot long cudgel and a style of justice not often seen in the days of the ACLU. (Illegal search and siezure? Police brutality? No problem!) Walking Tall spawned two sequels, a TV series, and a remake (30 years later!). Joe Don Baker pioneered the "hixploitation" genre with his performance here, and the film deserves credit for that. But don't forget the exploitation side of the film, which makes for some cheesy fights, cheesy one-liners, and a gaggle of cheesy villains. Still, there's no denying the power of Baker and his club.
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