Horny South Korean period piece that offers the usual ingredients: love, hate, vengeance, betrayal, greed and lust. It's nothing we haven't seen before, however, EMPIRE OF LUST is interesting throughout including some solid performances and a striking cinematography. Recommended for fans of flicks like THE BANQUET and THE CONCUBINE.
Fight Back to School 2 1992
This follow-up was again directed by Gordon Chan, while Stephen Chow, Ng Man-Tat and Sharla Cheung reprised their roles from the original. It's essentially the same undercover plot as in the first flick, before it turns into a DIE HARD rip-off including a TERMINATOR homage during the climax. It's not as original as the 1991 film, yet it delivers enough chuckles and goofiness to make for passable entertainment.
The Seventh Curse 1986
THE SEVENTH CURSE reminded me why I love Hong Kong cinema so much! It's a completely bonkers RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK rip-off, including fast-paced martial arts, cheesy monsters, fun gore and make-up effects, nudity, reckless stunts, and Chow Yun-Fat firing a bazooka at a rubber monster. Yep, this is great fun from start to finish.
The Lighthouse 2019
Film #12 of 45 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
THE LIGHTHOUSE is a masterclass in sound design, cinematography, and acting. It has an early David Lynch and Roman Polanski vibe, H.P. Lovecraft references, fragments of Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, and more than once Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL and PERSONA went through my head. Robert Eggers (THE WITCH) shot the film on 35mm, using the 1.19:1 aspect ratio including vintage lenses designed in the 1930s, which creates a second-to-none atmosphere. It's both terryfing and fascinating, consistently expressionistic and nightmarish, equally surreal and absurd. A descent into the human psyche. Masterpiece.