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  • Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

    Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior 2003

    ★★★ Rewatched 29 Sep, 2016

    Takes longer to get going than I remembered, but when it does, it KNEES YOU IN THE FACE WITH FLAMING LEGS and doesn't stop.

    It may have lost a bit of its lustre in this post-Raid world, and the story and characters are perfunctory, but the stunts are still extraordinary. Given the way the action scenes frequently rewind for instant replays of its best stunts, its main appeal is as a stunt showreel (perhaps one intended as an audition piece for Steven Spielberg or Luc Besson...?)

    That bit with the saw blade to the forearms still looks as painful as I remembered.

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016

    Yeah, I'd say Wick is entirely justified in going on his roaring rampage of revenge. And I say that as a cat person.

    Imagine Max Payne, being <a href=""played as a tool-assisted speedrun. The sharpness and precision of Reeves' gunshots mean he's essentially doing gun kata in this film's action sequences. Equilibrium likewise involved a cute puppy at a major turning point - and considering how much that movie swiped from The Matrix, it means that in a weird way, things have come full circle.

    I look forward to the John Wick/Jack Reacher/Taken Cinematic Universe.

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2012 5

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    RIDDLER: Riddle-me-this, Gothamites! What just-released movie about our Batty arch-nemesis has numerous annoying inconsistencies; strains believability irritatingly frequently; is not as good as either The Dark Knight or Batman Begins; is undeniably very flawed... but nevertheless contains some tremendously well-done, spectacular and uplifting individual moments and sequences? My friends and I will attempt to solve this quandary.

    HARLEY QUINN: Ahhh, shaddap, ya big green piece of punctuation! I gotta say, even though there's no-one in this movie that lights up…

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2012 1

    The first time I saw most of the Bond films was when ITV showed all of them over consecutive weeks in 1999, in the run up to the release if The World is Not Enough. However, even though I videotaped OHMSS at that time, it went unwatched for several years. I really regretted that, because when it was finally viewed, it turned out to be one of my favourite of all the 007 movies.

    If there are three things that…