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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 May, 2015


    So goddamned good. Abso-fuckin'-lutely incredible. George Miller, at 70 years old, showing everyone how it's done. My hat is off to the design department, too. Best Everything of 2015.

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max 1979

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 May, 2015

    I still think this could actually be "a few years from now..." if technology fails and society goes along with it. There will be the people holding onto the old idea of what life used to be like, and there will be the ones embracing the chaos that true freedom brings.

    Jeez... I should probably start watching more upbeat movies.

  • Catacombs

    Catacombs 1988

    Watched 17 May, 2015

    Ugh. Sooooooooo boring.

    The old, dying priest had some great lines, though.

    "When I die maybe I'll have great sex with God. But I wish I had sex with Dolores."

    "You have the power of God on your side, and he can be one tough bastard."

    "I am going to God now, John. Maybe we will have sex, maybe not. It's up to him."

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2015

    I'm sure this joke has been made by many before me, but this seemed more like the Marvel film the MCU needed, instead of the MCU film we wanted.

    Lots to like, but I'm in no hurry to see it again. The bits of setup for Infinity Gauntlet and Civil War were my favorite parts, which is kinda sad for a movie this long (but I guess it makes sense because most of the plot is fairly standard superhero formula).…

  • Karate-Robo Zaborgar

    Karate-Robo Zaborgar 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2015

    Pure fun and wonderful Japanese WTF. Absolutely hilarious from start to finish, too, with stand-out bits involving Muay Thai, Diabetes, and Breastfeeding. Can't forget the Diarrhea Robot either. I gotta see more Noboru Iguchi movies!

  • Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist

    Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 02 May, 2015

    I'm watching this film and one other (Black List) before I jump back into my chronological Shaw Brothers project and start 1973. These two films were in the Top 10 Hong Kong Box Office for 1972, and I figured they'd add an interesting context to what else was going on in 1972 HK other than Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest/Bruce Lee films that I've already seen.

    The story in Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist is as generic as "Kung Fu…

  • Blind Woman's Curse

    Blind Woman's Curse 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Apr, 2015

    Really enjoyed this. I don't know if this has a cult following, but the elements to attract one are surely all here and the availability of the recent Arrow DVD/Blu-ray should help it find more fans.

    It contains all the trashiness you'd expect from a B-Movie, but it's made with much more grace and skill than they would normally suggest. There's some seriously great shots and camera work here. It reminded me a lot of the work of Takashi Miike, too, and I have a feeling Ishii was an influence on him.

  • Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Apr, 2015

    Miike is so damn good. A film like this that's so incredibly bloody and violent, but yet the main takeaway is the need for a deep intellectual discussion... that's hard to pull off.

    Oh, and the nipple scene is torture. I literally pushed my chair back as far as it would go, cringed and repeated "Goddamn!" in a whisper for the next 30 seconds or so.

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2014

    So pretty much everyone loves this movie, but I just thought it was OK. I also found it ironic that the song Everything is Awesome became so popular among fans of the film, but yet it’s the butt of many jokes about the conformity of the mainstream Lego people in the movie. Whatever. The jokes largely fell flat for me, and while I enjoyed the premise and the imagination on display, it was all too loud and abrasive for my…

  • Machete Kills

    Machete Kills 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    Pure entertainment for me. Robert Rodriguez makes fun B-Movies, and I love him for it. Machete Kills feels like more of a James Bond spoof than a sequel to Machete, but as long as you like both Machete and Bond (like me), that isn’t an issue. Charlie Sheen is wonderful as the US President, and Mel Gibson definitely makes for a fun asshole villain. The film is somewhat spastic with its ultra-long list of characters, though, which doesn’t allow many…

  • High Road to China

    High Road to China 1983

    ★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    High Road to China is an enjoyable, entertaining film… when it’s not being annoying and too slowly paced. I had hoped to see more of China in a film with this title (and considering that it was co-produced by Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest), but it really is about the road TO China. The aerial footage of the bi-planes, whether it’s grand scenes of scenic beauty or old-fashioned dogfights, is gorgeous and adds considerably to the film’s draw.

    Evidently, at the…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    I liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier much better than I liked the first Cap movie, but it definitely wasn’t the game-changing superhero movie that I had heard it was. Good thing I don’t expect much other than heroes fighting villains in my superhero movies! Simply put: if you like the Marvel movies, definitely watch this. It features a lot of fun action and a few great things are introduced that will probably deliver more in later movies down the…