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  • Cloak & Dagger

    Cloak & Dagger 1984

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 May, 2016

    This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I re-watched it countless times. I've been nervous to revisit it as an adult, but honestly it was just as enjoyable as it ever was.

    And as with almost all '80s kids movies, I don't think they'd make a movie like this, with as much actual peril and violence, for today's overprotected kids. I wonder if movies like this psychologically affected my generation in any significant way.

  • Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

    Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street 1973

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 May, 2016

    The director's cut is a much more satisfying and well-paced film, but somehow I still feel about the same overall as I did when I watched the 90-minute TV cut a few years ago. Initially I hoped the Blu-ray would have both cuts, but after seeing Fuller's intended cut there's no need whatsoever to see the other one. Thanks to Olive for finally getting this one out in US!

  • The Magic Serpent

    The Magic Serpent 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 May, 2016

    So basically this movie is like a samurai/ninja/kaiju wuxia-like thing. Which is to say, it's a total blast. Ridiculously fun.

  • A Fuller Life

    A Fuller Life 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2016

    Samantha Fuller hasn't put together a documentary, but more a concise, visual version of Sam Fuller's memoir, A Third Face. This approach seems like an odd choice at first, but much like the films of Sam Fuller himself, A Fuller Life carves its own path and succeeds in creating something unique and worthwhile.

    The script is composed of selections from A Third Face, read by his friends, colleagues and admirers. Each person puts their own energy and interpretation into the…

  • Island of Fire

    Island of Fire 1990

    ★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2016

    Island of Fire is such an oddly structured movie. It boasts a fantastic, all-star cast, but the way the story is crafted the characters never really come together to form a cohesive movie. Each person's story could have been its own movie, but since this was a low-budget production hoping to capitalize on its cast, they just threw everything they had into it and hoped for the best. And by "everything they had," I mean a bunch of recycled prison movie stuff, mostly from Cool Hand Luke.

  • Na Cha and the Seven Devils

    Na Cha and the Seven Devils 1973

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    Na Cha and the Seven Devils is the type of movie that only certain people will like. It's essentially an FX movie --- nearly every scene has some form of supernatural shenanigans going on --- and while the FX are quite ambitious, they don't necessarily hold up well to modern standards. To be honest, they don't even necessarily hold up to 1973 standards; everything looked at about a similar level to the work seen in Ho Meng-Hua's four-film Journey to…

  • Evil Bong: High 5

    Evil Bong: High 5 2016

    ★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2016

    I’ll assume you’ve seen all the previous incarnations of this franchise, and therefore will be aware that multiple films in the series have used the “We’re selling stuff in a shop” script formula. I didn’t like it in Evil Bong 3: The Wrath of Bong, I put up with it in Gingerdead Man vs. Evil Bong, I grinned and bore it in Evil Bong 420, but with Evil Bong: High 5 I’m drawing the line. I just hope Band doesn’t…

  • The Kid & I

    The Kid & I 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2016

    Surprised how much I liked this. Great cast, and they won me over instantly with the unexpectedly dark suicide humor that opens the film. Really well put together, too; I should look into other Penelope Spheeris movies.

  • Kill and Pray

    Kill and Pray 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2016

    Kind of sedated for a Spaghetti Western, but that's not a bad thing. It reflects the main character well, who, through sheer force of will, happens to be the most ridiculous crack shot ever, even by Spaghetti Western standards.

    It's a good movie, but it could have been great had some of the themes been better developed and focused on.

    Also: the new Arrow blu-ray is a real treat. I'm not used to seeing these kinds of mid-range Spaghetti Westerns in such awesome quality.

  • The Pirate

    The Pirate 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2016

    I get the feeling that The Pirate isn't that well-loved of a Shaw picture, but it's every bit the first-rate film that the talent involved would suggest. This leaves me to think that it's more of a question of access than dislike, but you've got no excuse now, as the film received its first home video appearance in the West (as far as I know) just a few weeks back via iTunes and other digital platforms. So if you've never…

  • Payment in Blood

    Payment in Blood 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2016 2

    Payment in Blood is one hell of a revenge film, unfortunately it's also extremely rare and the only known-to-exist version is from a German-dubbed VHS without subtitles. Kuei Chih-Hung is quite the dynamic visual filmmaker, though, which makes the experience of Payment in Blood visceral and engaging even without understanding a single word of dialogue. It helps to have a general idea of how revenge films work, but seriously just about everything you need to know about the movie is…

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ 1999

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2016

    Wow, I literally loved everything about this. The best Philip K Dick movie that's not actually based on a PKD story.