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  • The Sword of Swords

    The Sword of Swords 1968

    ★★★½ Watched 10 May, 2015

    The mostly slow first half goes full-on nuts by the second half when Jimmy Wang Yu seeks revenge on the man who stole the magic sword* (and to regain the sword for his fallen master). Interesting spin on the Zatoichi story (not the same story but shares a the main character trait of blindness); Yu's Jenshiau must retrain using his other 4 senses. Also Tien Feng portrays a real evil son of a bitch. *a powerful sword that cuts down all its foes within a 15ft radius; nearly unstoppable hardware.

  • Stung

    Stung 2015

    ★★★ Watched 02 May, 2015

    Last movie of Day Two at SFF and second midnight movie. Pretty fun killer wasp flick in the vein of BIG ASS SPIDER (i.e. better than most other monster animal flicks on SyFy). Good casting with Lance Henriksen and Clifton Collins Jr. as side characters with a few choice lines. Jessica Cook is good in her first feature role. Hope she continues and gets better roles/scripts. Not a great movie but plenty of goo and gore; ideal for the midnight slot.

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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.