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  • The Lizard

    The Lizard 1972

    ★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    This is kinda like another retelling of the Chen Zhen story, which ironically was released in the same year as theChen Zhen film adaptation by Bruce Lee. Not exactly the same plot but definitely shares the spirit with a masked kung fu bandit that is also anti-Japanese. Yueh Hua isn’t quite as charismatic as Bruce Lee, Jet Li or Donnie Yen, who all portrayed Chen Zhen, but he's still decent esp. as the dumb brother (his gambling scene is particularly memorable). Watchable flick if a bit clunky delivering the goods. At least Lo Lieh looks dapper hamming it up in his white villain suit.

  • 14 Amazons

    14 Amazons 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    Deliberately slow build up to the most insane human bridge sequence on film. Much stronger second half when the women warriors are marching toward their enemy, the evil king and his princes, who murdered their father. The Amazons are hellbent to avenge his death and the death of the men from their clan, which underscores the feminism without being heavy handed (the remaining men are necessary for the mission). Big fight setpieces and some crazy kills. Also gruesome torture and death scenes before the final battle but overall a solid Shaw Brothers flick with a stacked cast led by women.

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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.