Dead End City (1988) – “It’s showtime!”

Man this movie knows how to get your attention, coming at you hard and fast in the opening credits, leaving several bodies in its wake. The slickness of the production had me a little excited straight away – throw in Robert Z’Dar and a cheesy, pulsing, synthesiser score, and the whole thing comes out looking pretty promising…

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Killing American Style (1990) – Wholesome homestyle killing

Barely into the title cards you’ll be cheering for the American style killing to begin. Once the iconic jaw of Robert Z’Dar comes in, all set and ready for a heist, excitement abounds – with gunfights aplenty, sweet kickboxing action, a home invasion come hostage situation, and classic Amir Shervan narrative appropriation…

Samurai Cop (1991) – You’d better buckle up

What better way to kick off the year than with a fantastic piece of Hollywood imitating, Japanese culture appropriating, nigh unreleased cinema by an Iranian writer-director with an American Dream? This is a wild ride complete with shootouts and fist fights aplenty, flamboyant Costa Rican waiters, and Samurai Cop making passes at any pretty woman within 100 yards…