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  • Tokyo Waka

    Tokyo Waka 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    Fascinating look at the crow population in Tokyo, including the folk tales and spiritualism surrounding this foreboding bird. At times frightening (these are some seriously scary animals) this beautifully shot documentary is also meditative; it provides a slice-of-life capsule of daily routines in Tokyo across many corners and neighborhoods, from the homeless tents to the streets of Ginza. Artists and otaku share insight, albeit brief, with Buddhist monks and Shinto priests. Nice hour to spend in Japan.

  • Ip Man 3

    Ip Man 3 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2016

    Unnecessary sequel yet an entertaining sequel with Donnie Yen proving once again that he’s the best actor to portray this character. However, I nearly thought Yen would be upstaged by his onscreen nemesis, Max Zhang. A lot of terrific fight choreography between them both that hearkens back to the Once Upon a Time in China movies with the range of sequences and styles. Sure, the Mike Tyson bit is silly but doesn't detract. Definitely the installment that tugs the hardest at the heartstrings.

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    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 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 3

    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.