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  • Voices from Beyond

    Voices from Beyond 1991

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    V is for Voices from Beyond

    I don't think it's possible to argue that this is a great movie, but I did enjoy quite a lot. The English dubbing is awful, but there were some killer lines that made it worth it. Stuff like, "Please, leave me on my own. Your stupid face is putting me off my breakfast." Besides gems like that, the film's mysterious, supernatural vibe really enchanted me. The dream sequences stand out,…

  • Petticoat Planet

    Petticoat Planet 1996

    ½ Watched 28 Nov, 2016

    Half star for a few incredibly hilarious lines. Everything else is just painful to watch. DeCoteau really phoned it in on this one.

  • Blonde Heaven

    Blonde Heaven 1995

    Watched 23 Nov, 2016

    One star for the wonderfully hilarious DeCoteau-isms sprinkled throughout this otherwise painful softcore "movie."

  • The Unseen

    The Unseen 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    U is for The Unseen

    Man, I loved this! I'd never even heard of it until I blind bought it after I recently saw and loved Savage Streets, Danny Steinmann's film after this. I think it's probably too odd, and possibly too slow, for a lot of people, but everything clicked for me. I recommend not knowing anything and just enjoying the ride. It's predictable to a certain point, but it's well made and the last…

  • Five Tough Guys

    Five Tough Guys 1974

    ★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2016

    There is an abundance of promise in Five Tough Guys. A dense, unique script from the illustrious Ni Kuang deals with the changing times when guns supplanted the years of training and expertise of kung fu masters. A group of excellent actors fill the roles, with superstar Chen Kuan-Tai heading up the cast, Ku Feng as the main antagonist, and Fan Mei-Sheng's best role since The Water Margin. And the fights are choreographed by the experienced and notable pair of…

  • Jackie Chan: My Story

    Jackie Chan: My Story 1998

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2016

    Whether you're an old fan or someone just discovering the work of Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan: My Story is a great overview of his career up to the point just before Rush Hour was made. It's pretty "fluffy," but this light tone reflects the jovial spirit of its subject and thus works well to convey the specific charm of Jackie (especially to newcomers). Even though I've seen so many Jackie films, I never feel like I know the real man…

  • Trick or Treats

    Trick or Treats 1982

    ★★★ Watched 15 Nov, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    T is for Trick or Treats

    Trick or Treats isn't much of a movie; it's more like a series of pranks played on the babysitter by a mean-spirited kid. A few years prior to this, a wife has her husband committed to the mental institution... even though he seems relatively normal in the minute or so we spend with him at the beginning of the movie. So he's trying to get back home to get even,…

  • The Strangeness

    The Strangeness 1985

    ★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    S is for The Strangeness

    On the surface, The Strangeness is a pretty boring movie where not much happens. Some people go underground into an old mine for reasons I forgot very quickly. What kept me going was the unique stop-motion monster with a strange vagina head that shows up once in a while, and the film's interesting and very dark cinematography lit by flares and flashlights.

    I'm also a big fan of this kind of…

  • Rush Hour

    Rush Hour 1998

    ★★★½ Rewatched 04 Nov, 2016

    In spite of whatever issues I take with the film, Rush Hour exists as a great example of letting Jackie be Jackie within the confines of an American film (and its insurance restrictions). It's not a great film --- flimsy story, the action is far from what Jackie was capable of at the time, it's filled with questionable Asian jokes --- but the pair of Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan is solid, and the supporting cast is quite strong. Rush Hour succeeds in reintroducing Jackie Chan to Hollywood filmmaking, but it's also mediocre by the high standards set by earlier films in Jackie's career.

  • Na Cha the Great

    Na Cha the Great 1974

    ★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2016

    Na Cha the Great is not all that it could have been, but it remains enjoyable and worthwhile for fans of Fu Sheng and Shaw Brothers FX fantasies.

    Keep your eyes peeled for a little "Wow, he's so young!" cameo from future superstar Eric Tsang, too!

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ½ Watched 02 Nov, 2016

    Wow, what an abysmal piece of shit!

  • Retribution

    Retribution 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2016

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    R is for Retribution

    Santa Maria, Mother of God, Help me!

    For a movie I hadn't heard of until a few months ago, I can't believe how good this was. This should definitely be more well known! I'm a sucker for supernatural horror, and this one was highly enjoyable.

    Great cinematography and imagery throughout. The kills are not plentiful, but they are all very memorable. It could definitely be tightened up a little, and some of…