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  • Aakhri Adaalat

    Aakhri Adaalat

    ★★★½

    Always love seeing young Jackie Shroff kicking ass. This is a wild ride too with the plot turning a corner at each act. Vinod Khanna portrays the disgraced inspector that cannot win in court to effectively incarcerate the bad guys. Meanwhile a black leather-clad, helmeted vigilante on a motorcycle appears and begins murdering the main crime lords (this all happens with the first 20 min or so). Of course the sub-inspector (Dimple Kapadia) immediately suspects Khanna. Then things get crazy. Real crazy. Super fun late-80s action crime with many of the Indian cinema hallmarks you'd expect. Currently on Netflix.

  • In This Corner of the World

    In This Corner of the World

    ★★★★

    Gut-punch of a film about a family living in Hiroshima and Kure during the last couple years of WWII with a focus on one young woman’s journey through that period. What she endures is heart-wrenching yet she perseveres. Viewing this so soon after THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND makes for a fascinating double; seeing the Korean POV from Hashima then through the eyes of the Japanese civilians across the sea in Hiroshima. Both movies experience the atomic bomb; the impact of each is still same. Quite powerful to juxtapose these two moments.

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  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.