Balladeer’s Blog’s annual end of year retrospective kicks off with this look at January’s best:
DEATH MACHINES (1976) – Martial Arts meets science fiction meets spy antics in this odd, feverish cult film starring a young Ron Marchini. You can read my review of the movie HERE.
FIREPOWER (1979) – Sophia Loren, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Jake LaMotta, O.J. Simpson and others star in this espionage/ caper film that I reviewed HERE.
UGLY MOVES TOWARD A ONE-PARTY NATION – Read it HERE.
HUNTERWALI – India’s films about their Zorroesque masked heroine who uses her sword and whip against a tyrannical Vazier and his men. There were Indian-made movies about the character in 1935, 1959, 1972, 1977, 1988 and 2017.
There was also a movie about the Daughter of Hunterwali (again with Fearless Nadia in the title role) in 1943. Read about all of them HERE.
AUSTRALIAN NEWS ON JOE BIDEN’S UNFITNESS FOR OFFICE – Watch it HERE.
BRUM (1991-2002): FORGOTTEN TELEVISION – A neglected children’s series from the U.K. I reviewed the adventures of the living toy car HERE.
CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON: 1970s CLASSICS – My reviews and cultural examinations of memorable Cap and Falc stories pitting them against the Red Skull, the Secret Empire, Nightshade, Solarr, the 2nd Baron Zemo and others.
See the Falcon get his wings from the Black Panther, see the long-lost Peggy Carter return, see Captain America get his Spider-Man level strength (that lasted from 1973-1978) and so much more HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
JIREL OF JOIRY – Female author C.L. Moore’s short stories about her 1930s sword-wielding warrior woman Jirel of Castle Joiry.
Jirel really was what a lot of people mistakenly think Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya (not Sonja) was. My review of Jirel’s six stories can be read HERE.
A BOTTOMLESS MORASS OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION – Multiple accounts of such covered HERE.
MISTER NO-LEGS (1978) – Ted Vollrath, a legend among the differently abled, portrays a gangster in a wheelchair that he has outfitted with built-in shotguns, ninja stars and other weapons. He’s also a martial arts expert and even without legs defeats multiple opponents at once.
My review of this VERY odd movie can be read HERE.
JANUARY 6th-A-PALOOZA – I reviewed it HERE.
FORCE OF LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT: TWO LADIES WITH HOT TAKES – A brief look at two ladies who offer lengthy video reviews of movies and television shows both old and new. Read about them HERE.
BIG ZAPPER (1973) AND ZAPPER’S BLADE OF VENGEANCE (1974) – My review of the two action movies featuring Harriet Zapper, a two-fisted private investigator who works in London. Read it HERE.
NINETEEN MARTIN LUTHER KING PEOPLE OF COURAGE – Read about them HERE.
KID MONK BARONI (1952) – My review of LEONARD NIMOY’S boxing movie made when he was very young. You can read it HERE.