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  • Mafia Vs. Ninja

    Mafia Vs. Ninja

    ★★★

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    Film #11 of 30 - Woovember 3: Love and Death in Saigon
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    Almost plotless, extremely cheap, and poorly made: MAFIA VS. NINJA is an entertaining schlock fest with nearly non-stop fighting, and tons of intentional and unintentional humor. The eponymous Mafia is a couple of Triads (?), and you get the Ninja action mostly towards the end, including a hilarious invisible Ninja and other "magical" stuff. If you like your flicks cheesy and full of technical errors, you can't go wrong with this one.

  • The Pit and the Pendulum

    The Pit and the Pendulum

    ★★

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    Film #45 of "The 2019 Cult Movie Challenge"
    Week #45: Full Moon Entertainment Week
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    THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (aka THE INQUISITOR) has been directed by Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), and is based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It's a pretty boring adaptation, which lacks in atmosphere, scares, and sets. The lone highlight of the movie is Lance Henriksen's crazy and over the top performance as the lunatic inquisitor 'Torquemada'.

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  • Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    ★★★½

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    Film #5 of 30 - Woovember 3: Love and Death in Saigon
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    Written, produced and directed by John Woo, this early entry in his filmography tackles the classic tropes of loyalty, vengeance, trust, honor, and friendship, which he perfected with A BETTER TOMORROW, THE KILLER, and HARD BOILED. LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY also pays tribute to his mentor Chang Cheh, and to the Japanese Samurai flicks from Akira Kurosawa. Some of the humor gets a little too silly, but besides that, this is classic wuxia stuff with fantastic camera work and a neat fight choreography.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

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    Film #12 of 45 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
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    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.