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  • 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.)

  • The Clan of the White Lotus 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Mar, 2014

    Lo Lieh is so badass in this. Lau Kar Leung's restrained choreography for his character is superb. With just a couple quick sidesteps and shoulder movements we're aware just how powerful an opponent he is. Oh, and Gordon Liu is BADASS... but you knew that.

  • The Bastard Swordsman 1983

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2014

    In the theater. Smile on my face the entire way through. So fucking awesome.
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    After a few minutes, I realized I had to say more...

    Bastard Swordsman was a total treat. If you value kung fu movies at all (and specifically the wuxia sub-genre) this is an absolute must-see film. Oh, and there's a sequel??? Life is good.

    Because of my dedication to reviewing the Shaw Brothers films in chrono order, I won't be reviewing Bastard Swordsman for quite…

  • Pursuit 1972

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2014

    This prequel to the Water Margin is a fantastic, dramatic tale. Makes me wish there were solo films for all the main characters in The Water Margin, as unrealistic a dream as that is.

  • Teen Knight 1999

    ★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2013

    It does have wizards throwing hadoukens, but it's pretty boring overall.

  • Kull the Conqueror 1997

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2013

    Pure B-Movie fun.

  • Xenogenesis 1978

    Watched 03 Nov, 2013

    Wanted to watch this after recently watching Piranha 2: The Spawning and Terminator. It's a great piece of amateur filmmaking, really ambitious FX and stop-motion work. Would've made for an interesting feature.

  • A Return to Salem's Lot 1987

    ★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2013

    No connection whatsoever to Salem's Lot (the novel or the Tobe Hooper TV adaptation) but it's a fun B-Movie. Sam Fuller is great as a Nazi hunter in the film's second half.