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A peaceful planet called Akira is visited by the conqueror Sador.  He promises to return with an armada that will overrun the planet if they do not willingly submit to them.  A young man named Shad goes on a mission to get weapons and warriors to fight off Sador and his forces. He assembles six unique individuals, including a vengeance seeking lizard man, a young scientist, a clone race, a haunted assassin,… Read More

Being set in sixteenth century Japan, some might question including this film in my series on westerns.  But having run through the Magnificent Seven films, not looking at the film that inspired them, that created one of the most memorable western motifs seemed downright criminal. A small mountain village is being raided by bandits and after they leave, the town sends out a party to find help. They find Kambei, an older… Read More

While there had been a two season TV series in the late 90’s, the Seven Samurai inspired franchise had remained quiet. Certainly, plenty of films have used the “group of gunslingers or outlaws step up to help people in need.  It is one of the most popular western motifs.  But it took until 2016 for it to come back to life. Set in 1879, Tycoon Bartholomew Bogue has overtaken the town of… Read More

Years after the original film, Chris Adams is a marshal. A friend seeks his help with a gang of bandits.  He refuses, but after both his wife and friend are killed in a robbery and attempted apprehension, he brings in a group of men to take out the bandits. And Van Cleef is certainly a better choice of stand in for Brynner, even making a lot of sense as an older and… Read More

Revolutionary Quintero has been captured by the Federale.  He gets $600 to Max to continue the cause.  Bandit and revolutionary Lobero wants him to use the money for guns and ammo, but instead he hires Chris Adams.  They put together a new Seven to free Quintero. The film attempts to ground itself in a sense of social awareness (in part with characters like Bernie Casey’s ex-slave Cassie and the treatment of the… Read More

Chico settled down in the village that the Seven defended years before and now they face a new threat by Rancher Lorca.  He has kidnapped the town’s men to force them into labor. The town seeks the help of Chris and Vin (Vin now played by Robert Fuller) who assemble a new crew to help the town. I do not have a tremendous amount to say about this one.  I like Yul… Read More

Bandit Calvera and his gang are terrorizing the people of a small Mexican town. After one raid, he promises to return to steal more from the people. The leaders of the village put together what they have to invest in weapons. Chris Adams steps in suggesting hiring gunfighters.  While reluctant, after helping select the other gunfighters, Chris agrees to help defend the town. The Magnificent Seven cleverly sets up it’s two main… Read More