Gregory Day

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  • Come Drink with Me

    Come Drink with Me

    ★★★★½

    In 1966, Shaw Brothers released Come Drink with Me, a picture that not only redefined their business model but also revolutionized martial arts cinema. With its wide angle cinematography, elegant fight scenes, and complex storytelling, Come Drink with Me set the standard for all wuxia and for many martial arts pictures that followed in its wake. Such hits as The One-Armed Swordsman and A Chinese Ghost Story to arthouse renditions like Ashes of Time and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon all…

  • Hapkido

    Hapkido

    ★★★★½

    The early 1970s was an exciting and burgeoning time for kung fu cinema. Flicks like The Five Fingers of Death and The One-Armed Boxer were tearing up the screens both in Hong Kong and on New York City’s 42nd street, just as Enter the Dragon was about to launch the genre into an international fever. Among the kung fu hits of the time, one picture marked the arrival of a new generation of stars that would soon revolutionize the genre…

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  • Caliber 9

    Caliber 9

    ★★★★★

    In 1971, The French Connection changed the direction of crime cinema forever. It's a fierce crime story set in a cold city populated by hard faces. The characters are flawed and make messy mistakes, creating a nihilistic tale of American justice. A year later, Fernando di Leo released Milano Calibro 9, a film that cuts the head off William Friedkin’s baby and brings a ruthlessness to cinema rarely seen before or since.

    Italian exploitation filmmakers had a way of making…

  • Mad Love

    Mad Love

    ★★★★★

    It’s hard to illustrate in words the experience of watching an Andrzej Zulawski picture. The manic nature of his works moves the story along with such speed and intensity that the only way to watch them is to fully surrender to them. You have to hold on for dear life as they twist and turn, and they will eventually try to drown you in their manic miseries. Don’t stop to process them in the moment—otherwise, the new moments, firing at…