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  • Hard Boiled
  • The Empty Man
  • Bodied
  • Crying Freeman

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  • Scream

    ★★★★½

  • The Odd One Dies

    ★★

  • Casino Raiders II

    ★★½

  • Everything Must Go

    ★★★★

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★½

    "Movies don't create psychos, movies make psychos more creative!"
    SCREAM revitalized the slasher genre in the mid-'90s, causing a boom that spawned countless genre entries. Wes Craven's movie works both as a self-aware meta commentary on the genre, as well as a bloody fun horror flick. The iconic opening scene is a masterclass in suspense, and the Ghostface mask became an indispensable item on every Halloween party.
    By the way: I'm still watching my unrated DVD since there is no fully uncut release in HD. Don't ask me why.

  • The Odd One Dies

    The Odd One Dies

    ★★

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    Film #8 of "ACTIONx52 | 2022 Challenge"
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    Apparently co-directed by Johnnie To, THE ODD ONE DIES is clearly influenced by the work of Wong Kar-Wai. Sadly though, this film didn't do anything for me. Takeshi Kaneshiro as the lead is unlikable and, even worse, I never bought the love story between him and Carman Lee. Don't expect any action either, there simply is (almost) none. The cinematography and the score are actually my favorite features of the movie. But still, this is an ambitious yet failed experiment. Check out Wong Kar-Wai's FALLEN ANGELS instead!

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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    Cinematography, editing, lighting, music: DRIVE is a brilliant experience on an audiovisual level. Highly influenced by Walter Hill's classic THE DRIVER from 1978, Nicolas Winding Refn created a riveting and hyper-stylized blend of arthouse and mainstream; a brooding mood piece that erupts into violence in the closing act. It's still as exciting as when I first saw it in the cinema.

  • The Seventh Curse

    The Seventh Curse

    ★★★★

    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.