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  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★½

  • The Harbinger

    ★★★

  • All the Wrong Clues

    ★★★½

  • Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

    ★★★½

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  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★½

    Quite a bit better than the first two films. It's been a while since I watched those, so it's not easy to compare them directly, but I was a lot more invested in this third part. The cinematography was way more impressive, the drama worked a lot better and there seemed to be a stronger focus on the atmosphere.

    Kaji, his comrades, and a group of regular people try to keep themselves out of the hands of the Soviets. Kaji…

  • The Harbinger

    The Harbinger

    ★★★

    A decent horror film, that lacks a bit of punch to truly excel. The COVID/lockdown scenes felt a little preachy, the tension during the nightmares wasn't really there and the creature simply wasn't as menacing as it should've been. It's not all bad, it's just those finishing touches that were missing.

    When Monique gets a distressing call from an old friend, she breaks her bubble and goes to see her. Mavis is suffering from nightmares that feature an eerie figure.…

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  • 2LDK

    2LDK

    ★★★★

    This film, being made in just a week, is obviously a little rough around the edges. At the same time, there's also a level of vitality and energy that is often lacking from films that are more meticulously planned. Tsutsumi made some smart decisions, keeping the cinematography and soundtrack more functional, while focusing on elements that were able to stand out more easily. With two spirited actresses, a fun and progressively more over-the-top script, nifty dark comedy and a very…

  • A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon

    A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon

    ★★★½

    I liked this third part better than the first two. That's primarily because I find Hark does drama much better than Woo. I agree that's not the most important part of an action film, but in Woo's films, the cheesiness can get a tad annoying. There's none of that here, just the stylish action and slightly better-executed dramatic impulses.

    Mark travels to Saigon to meet up with his nephew, who was just been released from prison. He makes him a…