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  • No Mercy

    No Mercy

    ★★★

    After her sister is kidnapped, a martial artist searches for her by beating the shit out of literally every male character while wearing a dress and high heels. Not particularly original or well done, but fortunately contains several distasteful exploitationy elements I'm not used to seeing in Korean thrillers, just to keep things spicy.

  • Kung Fu vs. Yoga

    Kung Fu vs. Yoga

    ★★★★

    A douchebag wins a beautiful wife in a kung fu tournament, but she won't have sex with him until he performs three impossible tasks: stealing particular items from a monk, a transvestite hooker, and a yogi. That's the plot, but that doesn't even start happening until the movie is half over. And that doesn't even sound like an interesting plot. So why watch this movie? Check out the trailer. Now are you interested? I thought so.

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  • Red Peony Gambler: Gambler's Obligation

    Red Peony Gambler: Gambler's Obligation

    ★★½

    Oryu the wandering gambler tangles with an evil and greedy yakuza boss. Heavy on the drama, light on the action. You would not believe how many insults Oryu suffers before she is roused into taking revenge. Noribumi Suzuki shoots the whole thing with skill, but this is a pretty slight offering in general, especially compared to the first in the series.

  • Rebel

    Rebel

    ★★

    Tollywood action flick with occasional OTT action moments, but pretty boring overall.

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  • Escape Plan: The Extractors

    Escape Plan: The Extractors

    ★½

    Escape Plan 2 is letterboxd's worst rated movie in Sylvester Stallone's filmography—worse than Burn Hollywood Burn, worse than Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, worse even than Backtrace, a recent DTV thriller I never heard of till now. So bad was EP2, that just the idea that another one of these movies existed was ludicrous. But the reviews were unanimous: better than the last one. So I watched EP3, which was indeed better than the last one, which is maybe the lowest bar to clear in any creative endevour. That's pretty much my review summary: I watched it.

  • Rambo

    Rambo

    ★★★★½

    I had to euthanise my dog yesterday and the only way I could think of to relieve my sadness was to watch a condom full of walnuts shoot hundreds of Thai stuntmen with a machine gun. I don't know what that says about me or about grief, but there is something soul-soothing about action cinema that means a lot to me.