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  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    Action with a capital A. The story is somewhat a generic excuse to have action scene after action scene ('undercover cop caught in gang war relations' type deal), but it's well-constructed with some decently written, albeit stock characters.

    But this is an action film, and the action is spectacular, varied, and never-ending. Roll on The Raid 3. We need more back-to-basics, gritty, practical effects-driven action films like this.

  • Ikiru 1952

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2015

    The slow pacing of Ikru holds it back from greatness - as does the slightly overdone, self-pitying portrayal of it's lead character - but that doesn't make it any less life-affirming as a man with bowl cancer slowly comes to terms with his impeding demise, and the beauty of life itself.

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  • Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Sep, 2012

    To mention or attempt to compare this film to the Hunger Games would be doing a huge disservice to it. One film is pre-occupied with turning the concept of child murder into entertainment: Into building a sci-fi world around that concept, developing a straight-forward commentary about gladiatorial reality television, making it clear who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are within 5 minutes of the story starting, then throwing in the melodramatic love story here or there. The other film…

  • Airplane! 1980

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2012 1

    No wonder this movie is always listed as one of the funniest ever made. It's completely random, it's stupid, it's irrelevant, it's got no character development whatsoever, and it's absolutely hilarious every step of the way.

    You really can't keep up with the jokes in Airplane. There's one every 20 seconds and every one is ridiculously funny. They're all really inventive and unique and you'll be saying to yourself "..the Hell?" half of the time with their irrelevance as you…