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  • Wudang

    Wudang

    ★★★★

    Also called, 'The Undaunted Wudang," this is a great wushu film from mainland China featuring two real-life champions in lead roles. It is notable for the fight scenes not being based around fantasy and wirework - a trope prevalent in similar films. Marred slightly by a scene near the end in which it is painfully obvious that the film is sped up.

  • Sex and Buttered Popcorn

    Sex and Buttered Popcorn

    ★★★

    A documentary that looks at the early years of exploitation. I watched this because David Friedman's name is listed as one of the interviewees and I've enjoyed his informative commentaries on several Something Weird Video releases. What is talked about here mainly are those old black & white scare films from the 1930's and '40's - titles like "Reefer Madness" and "Child Bride." I've never enjoyed these early films, finding even just the clips used hard to get through. More tolerable…

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  • Chivalrous Inn

    Chivalrous Inn

    ★★½

    This film features a typical "Manchu" plot, including a traitor among the heroes. Fighting is mostly average, and as with many of the cheaper kung fu films unless there is someone like a Carter Wong or John Liu on screen, I find my attention starting to wander at points. The film does have a couple of clichés that never get old for me though: several characters with specialized, fictitious fighting techniques and, a series of quick cuts of multiple characters…

  • The Night of a Thousand Cats

    The Night of a Thousand Cats

    The minuscule amount of cat mauling did not make up for the excessive amount of helicopter footage.