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  • Karate Bullfighter 1977

    ★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    In my youth I did karate for many years, and my school of choice (or chance, really) was Kyokushinkai. Its founder was Masutatsu Oyama, and the stories of him back then were many and reverential, to the point that separating fact from embellished legend was difficult. Nevertheless, Kyokushin became an undisputably successful style of karate the world over, attracting many famous practitioners. One of them was Sonny Chiba, and in the mid-70s, he starred in a trilogy of movies purporting…

  • Rise of the Legend 2014

    ★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    A rather astonishing number of movies have been made about Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hong over the decades, but the most popular incarnation probably remains Jet Li’s, in Tsui Hark’s Once Upon a Time in China movies. Balancing expertly on the edge between serious and humorous, the movies sported really excellent fights, and could always fall comfortably back on Li’s undisputable charm, should the stories ever threaten to flag a bit.

    But that was the early nineties. Now it’s…

  • Fist of the North Star 1986

    ★½ Rewatched 08 Feb, 2015 1

    Mullets and exploding heads. The post-apocalyptic gore fest Fist of the North Star struck me as a pretty crummy film twenty years ago, and I decided on a whim to find out whether time had improved it or not.

    It had not.

    The movie is still a dull and utterly generic genre exercise, peopled exclusively with grotesque male power fantasy caricatures, and festooned with ridiculously gory bells and whistles in an obvious and failed attempt at masquerading the mediocrity of…

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    The Black Swan of jazz.

  • 21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    A shallow, superficial celebration of Richard Linklater – not a proper documentary - but an enjoyably good-natured and sweet celebration of the filmmaker, certainly. Some of the (famous) talking heads are more interesting than others – Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke probably come out on top, especially McConaughey with his spot-on Linklater impressions.

    Strictly for fans only.

  • Wild Card 2015

    ★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2015

    What I wanted was a movie with Jason Statham beating the crap out of everybody, but what I mostly got was a neo noir-wannabe with Jason Statham wasting his and my time at black jack tables. And there's nothing more boring on film than gambling.

    The few instances of The Stathe unleashing his stylishly choreographed fury on mob goons are pretty good, though. Even a spoon and a butter knife are terrifying implements of doom his hands.

    Aim higher next time though, Statham!

  • Blackhat 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2015

    After a few year's absence, director Michael Mann is finally back with another movie. A highly particular filmmaker, adept at weaving tense tales of moody moments and professionalism, he sort of began to lose his mojo with the advent of digital filmmaking. Collateral still retained enough of the old Mann magic to work just fine, but with the subsequent Miami Vice and Public Enemies, clarity and disciplined storytelling got sacrificed in favor of experimentation and deeply unsatisfying forays into "realism."…

  • Vice 2015

    ½ Watched 31 Jan, 2015

    An artless, soulless, and terminally boring hodgepodge of elements ineptly ripped off from Blade Runner, Westworld and The Matrix. There's nothing new to enjoy, nothing of value to see here. Move along, move along!

  • Escape from New Jersey 2010

    ★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    Terrible by any professional standard, but fair enough as an amateur fan film production – which it most definitely is.

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015 4

    – “They know you’re coming!”
    – “Of course, but it won’t matter.”

    A straight up B-movie action flick, dressed up in fancy A-movie clothing, John Wick casts Keanu Reeves as the deadliest and most singled-minded killer since the original Terminator. A former hit man for the Russian mob, he got out after finding love, and doing one last, impossible job for boss Viggo Tarasov (Sweden’s Michael Nyqvist, cast amusingly against type). But as fate would have it, a terminal disease…

  • Taken 3 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2015 1

    Liam Neeson does his action thing again, sort of following in the footsteps of The Fugitive. And while Chaos Cinema rears its hideous head too, Taken 3 is at least a step back up from its dire predecessor – especially due to some genuine chemistry between Neeson and Maggie Grace, as father and daughter.

    No classic by any means, but it works well enough within its intended framework.

  • Room in Rome 2010

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    Exploitation masquerading as art. I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy watching the two very beautiful women lounging about sans clothing for close to two hours, though.