Film #4 of The December Challenge 2
Cold Blooded is really strange to me. On the one hand, it is incredibly solid, well paced, and never boring. On the other hand there's not a lot to it, it's kind of silly, and I doubt it's gonna stay in my mind for much longer than a week.
Much of this might have to do with the premise of the film, essentially Die Hard in a hospital meets Assault on Precinct 13.…
Film #3 of December Challenge 2
**Part of a Wong Kar Wei Retrospective**
As a whole, As Tears Goes By plays like a forgotten typical 80s Hong Kong crime thriller, taking a riff on Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise and more importantly Martin Scorsese's landmark film Mean Streets. For the most part, if it wasn't WKW's debut film, it would have been forgotten. It lacks the grace, subtlety, nuance, and textual richness of his later films, only containing a resemblance…
Before I start this review, I’d like to say the following: If you liked or even loved the film, that is fine. I frankly envy you. This is a film I wanted to love. But I didn’t, for reasons I will go into during this review.
Previous to this rewatch, I had last seen The Dark Knight Rises at the midnight premiere. The idea of a filmmaker finishing off a comic book trilogy and summing up their run of a…