Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Shot at the same time as the second film in the Stray Cat Rock series, Wild Jumbo, this third film has the return of director Yasuharu Hasebe. This time around, the Alleycats -- led by Mako, played by series star Meiko Kaji -- battle the male gang the Eagles. Look -- any movie that starts with a girl versus… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Released only three months after the first film in the series, Toshiya Fujita's replaces Yasuharu Hasebe for the second of five Stray Cat Rock films. No worries -- they'll split directing duties for the rest of these films. This one is concerned with five friends who come up with a plan to rob 30 million yen (about… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

Also known as Alleycat Rock: Female Boss, Female Juvenile Delinquent Leader: Alleycat Rock and Wildcat Rock, Yasuharu Hasebe directed this "violent pink" film, which is stylish yet grim, presenting a Japan that's been through hell and refuses to look back. Everyone dresses well. Everyone is ready to fight. Everyone is prepared to die. Roger Corman’s 1966 outlaw biker… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

The Glorious Seven (2019)

Seven mercenaries make up The Glorious Seven in writer-director Harald Franklin’s homage to Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film The Seven Samurai. The film has already been remade before. In 1960, director John Sturges turned it into The Magnificent Seven, which led to three sequels, Return of the Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Magnificent Seven Ride. There was also a… Continue reading The Glorious Seven (2019)

Space Mutiny (1988)

Somebody, somewhere, probably in South Africa where this was made, thought that Space Mutiny was a good idea. Certainly, it has an all-star cast (well, for me). It has great special effects (stolen from Battlestar Galactica). And it has...well, nothing else going for it. I really can't even fathom how anyone looked at the final results and… Continue reading Space Mutiny (1988)

Stargate (1994)

Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich were the dynamic duo of the 1990's, between blockbusters like Universal Soldier, Godzilla and Independence Day. They always envisioned Stargate as being part one of a trilogy, but the other two films have never been made. It's a total popcorn film, unafraid of its own silliness, a movie that Roger Ebert selected as one… Continue reading Stargate (1994)