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  • A Hero Never Dies

    A Hero Never Dies

    ★★★½

    One of the stranger To films and harder ones to rank. The tonal shift from outright farce about rivals to a tale of revenge and dealing with disabilities is extreme and sudden. Unlike the "The Mission" and "Exiled" which I believe to be To's evolution of the "Heroic Bloodshed" genre this is almost a spoof with one of our protags wheeling around on dolly grabbing onto cars to follow his target.

    There are some incredible flourishes by To throughout. A…

  • Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer

    ★★★½

    Cult Movie Challenge 2017 Week 20: Takashi Miike week

    "Ichi the Killer" definitely lives up to it's placing in "extreme" cinema. While it is pretty gross,not all of it is stomach churning and most comes across as an early Peter Jackson movie.

    Miike also mostly front load​s the movie with the more obscene. If you can make it past the tongue scene it actually becomes a fairly interesting character study.

    I think "Ichi's" infamy is slightly overblown, even only talking…

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  • Throw Down

    Throw Down

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes you need to get thrown on your ass to learn how to get back up.

    Just completely resonatated with me on almost every level. I have yet to see the "Election" movies or "Exiled", but between this and "Running on Karma" I think To's genre benders surpass his crime/action flicks.

    The two standout scenes for me were the bar brawl and the eacape from the gambling house. The brawl reminded me of the climax of his most recent work…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★½

    Paper thin character development with cliche "authentic Vietnam era music". Movie splits the groups in two with Jackson's Ahabian group just a total bore. I don't generally dislike Hiddelston, but I couldn't buy him in this role. If it weren't for samurai John C Reiley there wouldn't ne a songle character moment worth caring about.

    Kong does have some impressive effects though. The rendering of Kong's fur was pretty mindblowing at times. The creature design was inventive, but I think…