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The Dogs Of War Review


Very Good
Part Apocalypse Now, part The Passenger, part any commando movie ever made, The Dogs of War is a guilty pleasure that is now old enough it sometimes actually pops up on Turner Classic Movies. Christopher Walken is a mercenary sent to a fictional African country on reconnaissance by a corporation looking to stage a coup there. After he's caught and beaten within an inch of his life, he's hired again to lead that coup, which has... interesting... consequences. Bloody and fun, this is old school Walken at his best. Don't go looking for a ton of meaning here, though.

The Pink Panther Strikes Again Review


Very Good
More absurdity in this fourth Sellers-as-Clouseau flick, arguably the most ridiculous in the series as his former boss (Herbert Lom) has been finally driven insane, so much so that he orders a hitman to off the bumbling inspector. And not just one hitman, 20 of them -- including Omar Sharif in a cameo -- anything to be rid of the menace of Clouseau. There's also a doomsday machine/end of the world ransom plot (later re-spoofed in the Austin Powers series), but this is of course all just the backdrop for Sellers to do his thing.

Equus Review


Good
Why did Alan (Peter Firth) blind six horses one night? Because he's totally frickin' nuts, that's why. Nonetheless, it takes 137 minutes to drive that point home in Equus, wherein Richard Burton (playing Alan's psychiatrist) draws out Alan's bizarre mental confusion of religion, sex, and horses. In a series of intense shrink sessions, the truth is eventually made clear, well, as clear as possible, considering Burton's own insane rants, delivered directly to the camera. Good Will Hunting's got nothing on this looney bin! (Of note, since Equus, Firth has somehow made a career out of playing doctors and military officers.)
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