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  • Deaf and Mute Heroine

    Deaf and Mute Heroine 1971

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2015

    The first hour is entertaining and fun, but not all that unique. The plot is incredibly threadbare. But then the last 30 minutes come around, and they are filled with exciting, non-stop wuxia filmmaking that is incredible and impressive. A shame it's so hard to get ahold of; wuxia fans definitely need this one in their lives. A genre legend, if only people could see it!

    A huge step up from Wu Ma's first film as a director, Wrath of the Sword, too.

  • Curse III: Blood Sacrifice

    Curse III: Blood Sacrifice 1991

    ★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2015

    I used to think Christopher Lee was badass in everything. Then I saw Curse III: Blood Sacrifice.

  • Mark of the Devil

    Mark of the Devil 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Apr, 2015

    Surprisingly brutal and graphic for 1970. Although, I guess it probably wasn't uncut most places back then. It's a hard one to recommend, because it's not much more than a torture-rific exploitation movie. Some excellent performances elevate it, though, and it's quite engaging because of them. There's also some great camerawork, especially during a rape later on in the film.

    The Arrow Blu is excellent, too. I love when Blu-rays manage to retain the general look of watching a film projection (DAT GRAIN). Looks like a million witches burning at the stake.

  • Nightmare City

    Nightmare City 1980

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    Pure fun. This movie changes my whole opinion about running zombies.

  • God Told Me To

    God Told Me To 1976

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2015

    Great stuff. Larry Cohen is so underrated. With every movie I become even more of a fan.

  • Curse II: The Bite

    Curse II: The Bite 1989

    ★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2015

    Kinda slow, but always entertaining. The finale is filled with incredible FX work from Screaming Mad George.

  • The Stand

    The Stand 1994

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Mar, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Having recently re-read the book, I had to also revisit this. It's a fair adaptation, about as good as you could hope for from a network TV mini-series of the '90s. Of course, everything is truncated quite a bit (even at 6 hours long), but its the characters that suffer the most. So much depth is lost in this version, especially with Fran, but it's still worthwhile for fans of the book looking for a "quick" refresher.

    I was also…

  • Rise of the Legend

    Rise of the Legend 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    There's a lot of modern filmmaking techniques (such as quite a bit of CG, some Matrix bullet time, etc) that should make me not like this, but damn if I didn't enjoy the hell out of this movie. It took a while for it to feel like a Wong Fei-Hung movie, but they drive it home in the third act.

    Great choreography with some really incredible wirework in spots. Eddie Peng is great as Wong Fei-Hung, as is Sammo Hung…

  • From the Highway

    From the Highway 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    It's a well-made movie, resembling the look of King Hu's Dragon Inn a fair amount. It does pre-date The Chinese Boxer as a hand-to-hand film, but From the Highway is only barely a hand-to-hand film. It does exhibit traits of later films, though, like its basic plot of "He killed your Master! Now you kill him!" fueling the main character's journey, but it's more of a drama than anything else. And if I remember right there are older Shaw Bros…

  • Demon City Shinjuku

    Demon City Shinjuku 1993

    ★★★ Watched 17 Feb, 2015

    "I got better things to do than saving the world's asshole."

    The English dub adds a lot of choice lines like that one to the film. Lots of gratuitous creative cursing. It makes for a good B-Movie + anime experience.

  • The Cape Town Affair

    The Cape Town Affair 1967

    ½ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    Beat-by-beat remake of Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street is just painful to get through. Uses pretty much exactly the same script but manages to sap every last bit of energy and bite out of the original. Boooooo!

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Feb, 2015

    Basically the greatest movie ever made. Move over Citizen Kane.