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  • Master

    Master

    ★★★½

    Effective corporate crime thriller with enough double-crosses to make a quilt. Lee Byung-hun does evil well (see Good, the Bad, the Weird) portraying a scam artist working over common folk and municipal leaders for millions. Kan Dong-won makes for a good foil to take him down. Kim Woo-bin is the poor sucker caught between the two juggling his alliance when it serves him best. Loved Jin Kyeong, the wicked partner in crime, as she stirs the pot to heat things up. Not much new ground is covered in this sub-genre but this well crafted and thoroughly entertaining. Plus salt & pepper Lee Byung-hun is one handsome fella.

  • Black Mask 2: City of Masks

    Black Mask 2: City of Masks

    ★★

    ‪Second movie today was Tsui Hark's BLACK MASK 2. Such a weird awful action sci-fi horror thriller. Terrible but can't look away. Film also has a wild cast. Besides Scott Adkins, there's Tobin Bell, Tyler Mane, Rob Van Dam, Jon Polito and Traci Lords! Also the debut feature for Andy On. Credit to him he still had a career after this.‬

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.