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  • Police Story 3: Super Cop

    Police Story 3: Super Cop

    ★★★★

    Got to see the HK Blu ray of this one, so finally the full uncut edition. It's been long enough since my last viewing that I couldn't tell you what the new scenes I've never seen were, but I can say that none of them stood out as obvious cuts/filler, so plainly this completionist cut is worthwhile.

    PS3:SC is one of the least forced, most organic feeling Chan stories of his career. The cast all has serious chemistry on screen,…

  • Ip Man 3

    Ip Man 3

    ★★★★

    Possibly the most "even" of the Ip Man films, with the character, aesthetic style, action style, and themes firmly established from previous entries (and prequels, and codas), this 3rd main feature doesn't have to waste any time on niceties. We quickly touch base with where the Bruce-Lee-elephant in the room is at this time in pseudo-history, then immediately follow-up on the interpersonal dramas within the Ip Man family. This literally takes something like 5 minutes, after which we begin setting…

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  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    Best Rian Johnson movie since BRICK, without question (heck, the first decent Rian Johnson film since BRICK). The mystery is intelligently laid out, and doesn't roll out the way you'd expect. It even selects an unexpected character for the audience's POV. Some of the mystery is obvious, some of it pretty much no one will figure out before the end, AND the movie doesn't cheat - the clues/hints to these elements are actually given to the audience, but the misdirection…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    The sets in this movie are insane. Aside from the Commodore 64 computer screens, it totally holds up. And as a mood drenched slow burn sci fi monster horror, I'm not sure it's ever been matched.