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  • Rush Hour 2

    Rush Hour 2

    ★★★

    One one hand, Rush Hour 2 is a perfect sequel to the original film. Everything that worked is kept for round two, and because it's set in Hong Kong it's instantly more interesting to look at than the first film (no offense, Los Angeles). It seems like the filmmakers felt that this was enough for a sequel, because in terms of story Rush Hour 2 is nothing more than an inverse of Rush Hour. They even do some of the…

  • The Accidental Spy

    The Accidental Spy

    ★★★

    The movie overall isn't very good, but man the finale and the fight in the bathhouse/market are incredible.

    HK CUT

  • Blade of Fury

    Blade of Fury

    ★★★★

    The plot is hard to decipher as it's told here, but the action is excellent and always exciting. Despite its wuxia varnish, the tale it tells is actually a true story of Qing Dynasty China and a very instrumental, failed reformation called the Hundred Days' Reform.

    The same storyline was adapted to film earlier as the Shaw Brothers film Iron Bodyguard, starring Chen Kuan-Tai and Yueh Hua.

  • The Flying Guillotine

    The Flying Guillotine

    ★★★★

    The Flying Guillotine is one of Ho Meng-Hua's best and most effective films. Chen Kuan Tai, Wai Wang and Ku Feng all give excellent performances, delivering emotional engagement to complement all the wonderful guillotine-aided beheadings that the film boasts. I highly recommend this one if you dig on these '70s martial arts movies.

  • Train Quest

    Train Quest

    ★★★½

    Train Quest is a blast. It's short and it's always exciting, and it does an excellent job of bringing its supernatural world to life. If you haven't yet killed that inner child of yours, I say give Train Quest a shot! And it's streaming on Amazon so it's actually available!

  • Royal Warriors

    Royal Warriors

    ★★★★

    Hong Kong action is the best action.

  • Zombie Nightmare

    Zombie Nightmare

    ★★★½

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    Z is for Zombie Nightmare

    Not a good movie at all, but I really enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of Jon Mikl Thor because of Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare, so who knows if it would appeal to anyone who doesn't like him. Unfortunately he's only in the first part of the movie! Boo!

    In any case, I really enjoyed the setup of the film, it's more in the execution where it kind of falls apart.…

  • Yongary, Monster from the Deep

    Yongary, Monster from the Deep

    ★½

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    Y is for Yongary: Monster from the Deep

    The horror of Yongary is that the film feels like it will never end. So boring. Thankfully, it picks up some towards the end when Yongary dances to surf music and then upends a concrete freeway overpass like a dinner table.

    I was detached and indifferent through the whole movie, but the last couple of shots of Yongary were incredibly sad. Yongary's dancing endeared him to me enough…

  • The X from Outer Space

    The X from Outer Space

    ★★★

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    X is for The X from Outer Space

    More sci-fi than horror, but I suppose it fits perfectly into that Creature Feature mold that is a part of horror. Anyway, I was considering this while watching the kaiju miniature town destruction and the horror of actually having to live through something like that hit me. What would I do? I've always laughed at the people running from Godzilla (or in this case Guilala), but would I…

  • We're Going to Eat You

    We're Going to Eat You

    ★★★★

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    W is for We're Going to Eat You

    One of the many, wonderful films of Hong Kong to completely defy genre classifications, Tsui Hark's second film is a madcap romp that cannibalizes multiple genres on its journey to entertainment. It has some great fights, but it's not enough of a kung fu movie to really feel like one. It's quite funny, but it doesn't feel as lighthearted as a total comedy would. And there's also horror…

  • Voices from Beyond

    Voices from Beyond

    ★★★½

    2016 ABC Horror Challenge

    V is for Voices from Beyond

    I don't think it's possible to argue that this is a great movie, but I did enjoy quite a lot. The English dubbing is awful, but there were some killer lines that made it worth it. Stuff like, "Please, leave me on my own. Your stupid face is putting me off my breakfast." Besides gems like that, the film's mysterious, supernatural vibe really enchanted me. The dream sequences stand out,…

  • Petticoat Planet

    Petticoat Planet

    ½

    Half star for a few incredibly hilarious lines. Everything else is just painful to watch. DeCoteau really phoned it in on this one.