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  • The Big Boss

    The Big Boss 1971

    ★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2015

    See my review of Way of the Dragon. It all but mirrors my thoughts on this film exactly, except the fight choreography in The Big Boss isn't as good and the sound effects are even worse. Still, an enjoyable Kung Fu film if that's what you're in the mood for.

  • Way of the Dragon

    Way of the Dragon 1972

    ★★½ Rewatched 31 Aug, 2015

    This isn't a particularly good film - the acting is serviceable at best, the story is paper-thin, the humor uniformly doesn't work, there's random nudity (no doubt to entice the film's likely all-male audience), Rome seems to be populated entirely by Americans, and Bruce Lee's character isn't really a character so much as he's a male power fantasy come to life. But damn if the fights aren't terrific.

    The legend of Bruce Lee is not without merit; he fights with…

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 9

    I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.

    The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Mar, 2013 2

    This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.

    I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…