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  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up 1966

    ★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2015

    A nicely shot, and thoughtfully crafted film, with some interesting (if weird) performances. Suffers terribly from an incomprehensible plot that somehow manages to be both manic and meandering. In other words, one might call it ADD if it weren't incredibly dull. Just when you think a narrative with some vague thriller aspects is beginning to develop, and might result in something happening, the plot disappears without a trace, and we are left watching mimes pretending to play tennis. No...seriously. Mimes.

    Possibly something that a film student would gush about while drinking black coffee and smoking Gauloises, but pointless for anyone else.

  • Mantis Fists and Tiger Claws of Shaolin

    Mantis Fists and Tiger Claws of Shaolin 1977

    ★★½ Watched 05 Jul, 2015

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

    Strange and meandering (plot-wise), even for a kung fu flick. Kept waiting for someone to use some actual mantis fist techniques (I didn't spot any), and then had the most bonkers killer mantis monster in the history of film dropped on me out of nowhere. Truly a bafflingly weird film!

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  • Ninja III: The Domination

    Ninja III: The Domination 1984

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Feb, 2014 1

    Sort of like mashing together The Exorcist, Poltergeist, Samurai Cop, any Sho Kosugi movie, Flashdance, and Tron.

    So, awesome, obviously.

  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2014 2

    Even without having ever read the comic, I somehow feel that I can assure any fan that this is the best adaptation they will ever hope to see. The action is great, the conceit is superb, and it doesn't try to put on airs or be something it isn't. It's just a great action film, with some great characters.

    Removed a star because, let's face it, that helmet is just a tad to big for Urban's head. That or his…