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  • The Victim

    The Victim

    ★★★★

    Made during an insane creative period for Sammo Hung, The Victim is maybe a little less celebrated than a film like Prodigal Son but it really is worthy of sitting alongside the best of Hung's output. It's a deceptively simple story about Fatty (Sammo Hung), a wandering kung fu fighter who spots a guy named Chun Yao (Leung Kar-Yau) helping out a blind person using martial arts. Realising Chun Yao is a master of the martial arts, Fatty follows him…

  • Stage Fright

    Stage Fright

    ★★★★½

    Third watch and I still really love this film.

    However, what I took from it this time is that there is a really sad story at its heart. All the theatre kids arrive at performing arts camp at the start and are so happy because finally they can express their true selves and find others who understand them... And that's so pure and lovely. And then they soon come to realise actually the arts are full of creeps, perverts, backstabbers,…

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  • Jigsaw

    Jigsaw

    ★★★★½

    I really don't want to say too much and spoil this for anyone because it's really more fun going in knowing nothing. When the wretched Saw 3D came in after Saw VI (easily the best entry in the franchise), I was crushed, so I went into this excited but with sensible expectations. My fears were unfounded. This is NOTHING like Saw 3D. It's both a return to form - very faithful to the tropes and the spirit of Saw -…

  • Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution

    ★★★★★

    I watch a lot of movies that feel so messy and out of control I just think "who is this for? Does even the director understand what they're doing?" and it's refreshing to feel, from the very start, that you're in the hands of someone who truly knows what they're doing. Lust, Caution is exquisitely made; not just in terms of its lavish production values but in every sense. It's cinema that knows just the right balance between opulent movie…