When I first saw this film in theaters, I wasn't fully sold on it. I thought it was good, albeit somewhat boring. Rewatching it for the Blood Brothers Horrorthon 2014 though, the film is remarkably thoughtful in its detail and scares. It's still not perfect, the opening is a bit scattered, but dammit if this doesn't succeed with its atmosphere.
Take classic Chang Cheh, mix it with a little Akira Kurosawa, and punch it with John Woo's focus on brotherhood and loyalty (sans guns) and that's the awesomeness you get with Last Hurrah for Chivalry. It's tight in its script with a slew of twists, the acting and charisma of the two leads is infectious, and the swordplay/kung fu is rapid fire choreography at its best. This is easily one of the best martial arts movies in my collection.
Still perhaps John Woo's best film to date.
Take it as you will, but The Equalizer is a blast. Sure it's a bit cliche at times and it certainly owes a big slice a cheese to some of the 80s style and punch it uses (I swear, that in 1986 this would have been a great Charles Bronson vehicle), but dammit I had a ton of fun with the film. Denzel eats the scenery with his blend of heart and hurt, the villain is delightfully over the top…
If you thought The Avengers had great banter and chemistry, then Guardians of the Galaxy will make you pee yourself a little. James Gunn goes epic with his space opera in the film, but his roots in genre filmmaking (horror, dark comedy) still freely float through the film. Truthfully, the only thing that was weak was the villain (again). Marvel needs to move away from stoic villains. Otherwise, this film was impressively executed.
I also think that James Gunn should remake The Ice Pirates. That's my big take away from this film.