Best and Worst of 2008 – a Review of Reviews in Review.

reviewIt’s the last day of the year 2008, and this marks the first year that we’ve been reviewing films.  Well, it hasn’t been a full year – we started this current incarnation of the website on March 8th, 2008 with our first review of Larry Cohen’s “The Stuff” (note to ourselves – review more Larry Cohen films!).  Anyhow, since it’s the end of the year, we figured if you really wanted to you could browse around the site and look at all the stuff we’ve covered, but if you’re the lazy type like us, this condensed view of some of our highlights and lowlights might be right up your alley.  In this post you’ll find some clips and summary of our highest rated films and lowest.  So… without further adieu, let’s get on with the show:

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Blastfighter

Often times when movies are touted as a cross between this movie and that movie they fall short of either.  Today’s movie, Blastfighter, has been said to be a cross between First Blood: Rambo and Deliverance.  It would be an understatement to say that even coming close to those movies is impossible.  But at Internal Bleeding we don’t look for Oscar caliber performances, we grade on entertainment value.  So a cross between 2 classic hicksploitation movies is right up our alley!

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The Barbarians

In the days of my youth, my sister and I would rent videos every weekend.  Some of our favorites were action/adventure movies, and particularly those that existed in the realm of fantasy – like Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian or Beastmaster.  We always scoped out which ones looked the worst, and thanks to just about everything being released on VHS those days, there were a lot of movies to go around.  One movie I never got to see was 1987’s The Barbarians, starring the ridiculously well built Paul Brothers (David Paul and Peter Paul), aka The Barbarian Brothers, where they play the titular (I always wanted to use that word… Titular…) Barbarians.

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2019 – After the Fall of New York

If there’s anything we’ve learned from writing on this website, Italian cinema loves Snake Plissken and Escape from New York. They are also obsessed with the post apocalyptic era because I swear they made at least 5,792 films about it in the 80’s. 2019 – After the Fall of New York (aka Dopo la caduta di New York) is another one of those films that blends both the post apocalypse and Snake Plisken, with a little bit of Planet of the Apes, and The Road Warrior thrown in there too. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that director Sergio Martino and writer Ernesto Gastaldi were predicting the future with 2019, because it shares a main plot point with the 1992 novel by P.D. James “Children of Men” as well.

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