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  • Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

    Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 2011

    ★★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I saw "Warriors of the Rainbow" (Seediq Bale) today, a Taiwanese movie about an uprising of aboriginal Taiwanese against the Japanese colonists in 1930. It's an interesting movie, especially after films like Avatar on the one hand (glorifying any kind of revolt against an occupying power in very black and white terms), and Ip Man on the other (movies that use the Japanese occupation of China as a staging ground for ultra-nationalist pagentry), mainly because of how incredibly and relentlessly…

  • Dragon

    Dragon 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I watched this movie! It was also excellent. I'm sort of hesitant to say too much about it because I didn't really know what the plot was going in and I think that way it worked the best. You're expecting some kind of hyper self-aware, over the top historical action movie, but what you get sort of does to the genre what Kung Fu did for Westerns.

    If you want a description of the plot, a little of the film's…

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day 1991

    ★★★★★ Added

    Edward Yang's "A Brighter Summer Day" was shown at UCLA the other night. It is certainly a masterpiece (it is so technically/aesthetically stunning that it would qualify as such for me even if the narrative wasn't great) , but I feel that "Yi yi" is a similar film that exceeds it in many ways. In the end I think I am just at a point in life where a film with such a bleak conclusion rings somewhat hollow for me.…

  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

    Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 2010

    ★★★ Added

    So I finally got to see Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame, amazingly enough available on DVD from My Local Redbox, and as much as I enjoyed it for some reason it just made me appreciate let the bullets fly even more.

    BUT: It is awesome that Tsui Hark is displaying at least a little bit of Guillermo Del Toro influence, those are two great tastes that taste great together. This movie is basically Hellboy x Sherlock Holmes (RDJ version),…