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  • Clive of India

    Clive of India

    ★★

    films like lives of a bengal lancer and gunga din would soon sate american audiences appetite for adventures in the subcontinent but in the interim they were saddled with clive of india's stiff account of parliamentary law and cartoonish myth. the question of robert clive's honor at westminster is given more gravity than the east india company's conquest of india which betrays cinematic spectacle as much as it does history. the dramas of clive's life, too adulatory here to be…

  • Skyscraper Hunting

    Skyscraper Hunting

    ★★★½

    199X: a tokyo man's blood is about to e.x.p.l.o.d.e out of him

    an american-made[new humanity]stalks the city, a psychic subspecies called ASH capable of low budgeted feats of body horror. skyscraper hunting is cheap but spirited v-cinema fare that capably delivers on its premise, i suspect with key supervision from heavyweights akio jissoji and shinji higuchi whose credits stuck out to me. the action is cut with workman efficiency and even the establishing shots aren't allowed to go to waste…

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  • Buck Breaking

    Buck Breaking

    like so many other fan fiction authors, tariq nasheed is spending a worrying amount of money commissioning yaoi art of his original characters

  • Category III: The Untold Story of Hong Kong Exploitation Cinema

    Category III: The Untold Story of Hong Kong Exploitation Cinema

    the ugly condescension this documentary is seething with is unfortunately familiar—there was once an entire colony of these guys poisoning the well and laughing themselves silly at 36th chamber insistent it was daft "chopsocky" junk—but it's surprising to see it in 2018 and sold as love letter. the director and only interviewee to have more than one camera angle relentlessly namedrops films from other markets ("dude it's just like ilsa shewolf") and present-day politics ("dude this movie is just like…