Finally, The Warriors come out to play
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Finally, The Warriors come out to play

Having been a cinephile for over 30 years now there is one thing that I have learned that will always be true – the more movies you watch, the more you expose yourself to new filmmakers, the more you realise that there are huge gaps in your film knowledge. Each time I look at the filmographies of my favourite directors I will see films listed I have never sat down and watched before and the more I listen to recommendations from people I like and admire (both filmmakers and fellow cinephiles) I discover yet more films that I should have seen but haven't got round to yet.

Universal Monsters: the search for a new Cinematic Universe

Universal Monsters: the search for a new Cinematic Universe

Whatever you think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is absolutely no doubt that it's impact has been tremendous. — Firstly, and most obviously, the box office has been huge. According to Boxofficemojo.com the fourteen films Marvel has so far released as part of the MCU have generated over $4.2 Billion at the US box-office in less than 10 years (that's an average of over £300 million each!).

First Blood: The vulnerability before the heroism
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First Blood: The vulnerability before the heroism

When we watch First Blood (1982) today, 35 years after its release and having had our thoughts coloured by three sequels and countless wannabes, we are faced with a contradiction. On the one hand you have the John Rambo we all think of when we hear is name, the fighter, the warrior, the Reagan era American hero. As Colonel Trautman explains, Rambo is ‘an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who's the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke. In Vietnam his job was to dispose of enemy personnel. To kill! Period! Win by attrition. Well Rambo was the best.’

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