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  • The Legend of Hercules 2014

    ★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    It's quite bad, but I still enjoyed it. Horrible, needless slo-mo and the Saving Private Ryan camera shutter effect throughout gets really annoying. Doesn't make a lot of sense either, but as a B-Movie that doesn't really matter. What does matter is that Hercules strangles a CG lion, and later swings a hilariously fun lightning sword.

  • Persona 1966

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2014

    I don't know that I liked it, but it's very good. I did like how it plays with reality and its exceptional cinematography.

  • Nightbreed 1990

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Jun, 2014

    A fantastic adaptation of Barker's book. His imagination is so unique; I wish he had the chance to direct more films based on his writings. There are flaws to be sure, but I hope the upcoming release of the Extended edition will solve a lot of those. I was surprised that pretty much the entire novel's story made it into the movie, too! I can't imagine what people who haven't read the book think of it, though, as there are a few moments unexplained here that probably only make sense if you read the book.

  • Black Tavern 1972

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2014

    What a movie! A must-see film for martial arts fans.

  • Hard Boiled 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 May, 2014

    Still dope as fuck, but way more cartoonish than I remember. It's probably been a good 10 years since I saw this last.

    And Phillip Kwok stole the show for me this time. I guess I didn't really know who he was when I was a teenager, but he definitely made an impression tonight. Can't wait to get to his stuff with Chang Cheh in my Shaw Bros review series.

  • Tough Bond 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2014

    Fantastic but utterly crushing documentary. I find films like this hard to rate, but the way the directors slowly grew the themes, with images instead of the typical documentary crutches of on-screen text and narration, made Tough Bond a thoughtful and affecting piece of work.

  • Dragon Inn 1967

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2014

    It's a classic for a reason. Still fantastic today, and impressively so considering the year it was made and what the other martial arts films made around it were like. The editing does everything the choreography can't, giving the world one of the first great martial arts pictures.

    This is exactly the type of film I'd love to see Criterion pick up so more people might be able to see and appreciate the genre I love so much.

    And a…

  • Master of the Flying Guillotine 1976

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2014

    Even though Jimmy Wang Yu isn't a martial artist and it shows in his fight scenes, this movie is still one of the great kung fu flicks. Flawlessly paced and consistently action-packed, and even better on the big screen. One of these days I'll see the first film (One Armed Boxer) and see how it stacks up.

  • Zarkorr! The Invader 1996

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    Great fun. Lots of explosions. Lots of miniature buildings getting crunched. Lots of laughs.

  • Escape Plan 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    This was so much better than I was expecting. As a lifelong fan of Sly and Arnold, this was a fantastic movie for them to team up in. Both were in top form; if this came out during their glory days it would've been a massive hit.

  • The Evil Dead 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Apr, 2014

    Still fantastic. Saw it on the big screen this time, so even better than usual, actually.

  • Thor: The Dark World 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2014

    It's not a great movie, but I had a blast watching it. Super cosmic and entertaining. The first scene after the credits start is incredibly exciting as well, as it confirms my long-time suspicion that they're gonna do what I've been hoping they'd do since I saw what the Tesseract resembled in Avengers. (I'm sure they've confirmed this fact years prior, but I basically stay on Marvel blackout, so it was a new revelation when I got to the end of Thor 2.)