Simon

Watched a lot of films, then stopped watching films. Started watching films again.

Favorite films

  • Once Upon a Time in China
  • Versus
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Swallowtail Butterfly

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  • The Magnificent Trio

    ★★★★

  • Throw Down

    ★★★½

  • Malignant

    ★★★½

  • Sanjuro

    ★★★★

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  • The Magnificent Trio

    The Magnificent Trio

    ★★★★

    THE MAGNIFICENT TRIO was released nearly a year before THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN and only a month after COME DRINK WITH ME, but for some reason it doesn't seem to get much attention. I'm not sure why because it's a solid piece of film-making, with a story that reminded me of Akira Kurosawa - possibly just because I watched it right after SANJURO, but there are some clear parallels with that film.

    Chang Cheh's direction is sharp and dynamic, with some…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    I still don't really get what people see in horror films, but that final act is pretty wild.

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  • Jamon Jamon

    Jamon Jamon

    ★★★★

    In a small town dominated by its pig farms and underwear factory the rich son of the factory owner is naturally dating the most beautiful girl in town. When she becomes pregnant he promises to marry her, but there is no way his mother is going to let a whore's daughter into the family so she hires the well endowed and supremely self confident Raul to seduce her.

    Bigas Luna's study of masculinity and femininity explores the confusions and emotions…

  • Sanak

    Sanak

    ★★★½

    SANAK (Anger) is Die Hard In A Hospital and it doesn't care who knows it - I like a film that wears its influences proudly. There's also a dash of Hard Boiled and a dollop of Jackie Chan in the mix, with action director Andy Long Nguyen staging a series of fights that pit Vidyut Jammwal against opponents using a variety of styles to showcase his impressive skills. The execution might not be as polished as the best in the…