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Still from Joe Dante’s Gremlins (1984)

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  • Farewell My Concubine

    Farewell My Concubine

    ★★★★½

    ”I'm just an actor playing a king. You really are Yuji.”

    Farewell My Concubine is a 171 minute epic that spans 53 years and is as much a behind the scenes look into the Peking Opera and their schools, a love triangle involving a woman and a man after the affection of a second man and a portrayal of Chinese history including the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Cultural Revolution. And to top it all the story mirrors that of…

  • Castaway on the Moon

    Castaway on the Moon

    ★★★★★

    "It's not for health reasons.
    After putting on 10.000 steps,
    I feel like I had a good, busy day.
    It's an all-too-healthy way of escapism."

    So writer/director Lee Hae-Jun knows what made me buy that rowing machine last year - splendid..
    Starring Jeong JaeYeong as the male Kim and Jung Ryeo-Won as the female Kim, Castaway on the Moon opens with male Kim trying to commit suicide via jumping from the infamous Mapo Bridge in Seoul to his death in…

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  • Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★★★

    Luckily one of those films I loved as a kid that's still very enjoyable. Yes, there's the odd, questionable, very 80s s kinda joke here and there, but the thing as a whole feels too good-natured and tongue in cheek, and indeed cheeky, to ever come off as mean or offensive - as opposed to some of Eddie's standup stuff from the time (Delirious is just one year older and that one hasn't aged well at all as far as…

  • Antiporno

    Antiporno

    ★★★★½

    One of my favourites among Sono's oeuvre at this point. The way its utterly gorgeous and seductive with colours, yet so relentless in its depiction of and spirited tirades against sexism and misogyny in all their facets, while also forcing the viewer to participate and check their own gaze, just makes for one great, wonderfully artistic and quite gut-churning rollercoaster of emotion and arthouse meta antics. Ami Tomite is immense here and a director who's work I only ever love or hate is at his best here.

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  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★★

    A piano sonata of revenge that, with each note, breaks a bone, peels back your skin, slits a tendon and punches and kicks your heart and gut and stops exactly a split second before it would knock you unconscious, only to build up again and leave you more devastated the next time around.

    I Saw The Devil is a gorgeously crafted piece of cinema directed by Kim Jee-woon. The tale of a special ops agent played by Lee Byung-hun on…

  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    If you look up action movie in a dictionary there's a picture of "The Raid".

    "The Raid" is the very definition of an action movie. It's action movie perfection brought to life by the amazing team of writer/director/editor Gareth Evans, indonesian silat master Iko Uwais, cinematographers Matt Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono and choreographer/antagonist/silat master Yayan Ruhian aided by a great crew.

    When an elite police squad gets trapped in a run-down apartment block controlled by a drug lord shit…