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  • Snowtown

    Snowtown

    ★★★

    This film is not bad--it is, in many ways, quite admirable, being on one hand a very respectful portrayal of a very horrific series of crimes (Australia's worst series of murders on record,) as well as a very good, very even-handed look inside the minds of these killers (whose reasons for killing vary individually, but all of whom are apparently in some way being manipulated by the mastermind John Bunting, who is the most fascinating of all) which presents their…

  • Battle of the Warriors

    Battle of the Warriors

    ★★★

    This movie was OK. It had an interesting premise, a lot of interesting concepts, and Andy Lau, one of my favorite Hong Kong actors, takes the lead role. However, the characters are completely underdeveloped, the plot is unnecessarily convoluted, the pacing is flat, and the tone is neither here nor there. Elements of action, romance and political intrigue all could have taken center stage here and made for an excellent movie, and yet because none of them are ever really…

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  • G.I. Samurai

    G.I. Samurai

    ★★★★★

    One of the strangest, and most unforgettable, movies I've ever seen. Anything that has time travel and Sonny Chiba shooting a boat while hanging off of a helicopter has got to be considered a masterpiece, if only for this particular combination of elements. Not to mention the CRAZY soundtrack.

  • Zatoichi

    Zatoichi

    ★★★★★

    Riveting, unforgettable, unpredictable, and a little weird, "Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman" starts out slowly and seemingly without much purpose, but by the end of it all the various, disparate threads of plot and character get pulled together into a shocking, breathtaking denouement that raises it to the level of masterpiece. On a first time viewing, you never know quite what you'll get--and once you've finished it, I dare you to not consider rewinding it and watching it all over again.…