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  • The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2016 2

    This is, without a doubt, a great film. I think I'll like it better whenever I watch it again, though. It's so dense that it's hard to keep everything straight, but it's that denseness that makes the film so great. So I anticipate it all being clearer next time. Regardless, it's filled with great visuals and intense moments of violence. And such a great score!

  • Project S

    Project S 1993

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2016

    Michelle Yeoh + two of my favorite unsung HK actors (Fan Siu-Wong & Yu Rong-Guang) = I loved this. Fantastic action. Police Story 3 is a big-budget international action movie, and it's great, but Project S is low-budget and pure, unfiltered HK.

    I wonder what they cut out for the US release. I can't find anywhere that lists the exact cuts, so I'll just have to wonder.

  • Wheels of Fire

    Wheels of Fire 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    Cars! Explosions! Crashes! Mortars! Mole People! Machine Guns! Cannibals! WWII-era ruins! Flamethrowers! Motorcycles with devil pitchforks on the handlebars! Deluded cult members building a rocket ship! Samurai swords! Guys kinda dressed like ninjas! A sex scene superimposed on a sunset! Mediocre martial arts! And more!

    Man, this movie is a BLAST. It's just about non-stop action and fun. 81 minutes of bliss.

  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    Surprised how much of a sequel it was instead of a reboot. Overall, I liked it pretty well. The boxing and the long takes are incredible.

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter 1984

    ★★★½ Rewatched 26 May, 2016

    Haven't seen this since I was about Drew's age in the movie! Barely remembered anything about it.

    As an adaptation of the novel, this is remarkable faithful with only minor, necessary changes to make the transition successful. But also like the novel, it's kind of a slow burn and not completely satisfying. The explosive finale is cool, though. :)

    I do wish they had cast a Native American to play Rainbird, though, like he is in the book.

  • 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…