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  • It's a Drink! It's a Bomb!

    ★★★½

  • Rage and Honor

    ★★½

  • Martial Law II: Undercover

    ★★★

  • Martial Law

    ★★

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  • It's a Drink! It's a Bomb!

    It's a Drink! It's a Bomb!

    ★★★½

    While still producing pioneering works in the Lunar New Year and Girls with Guns genres (including all the key early Michelle Yeoh vehicles) producer John Sham took D & B Films in a decidedly arty direction, allowing space and creative freedom for new directors and emphasizing high quality, sophisticated productions. Under his direction, D & B was home to Stanley Kwan’s Love Unto Waste, Sylvia Chang’s Passion, Mabel Cheung’s An Autumn Afternoon, Po-Chih Leong’s Hong Kong 1941, Tony Au’s Dream Lovers, and…

  • Rage and Honor

    Rage and Honor

    ★★½

    Cynthia Rothrock invites us to experience the art of martial science. 

    Richard Norton beats up a guy who dares to suggest that’s he’s not Australian but is, in fact, Canadian. 

    The villains are called Rita Carrion and Conrad Drago. 

    “You could say you’d give me a million dollars if I could tell you what my profession was in Rage and Honor and I couldn’t do it.” Rothrock talking to Vern and Matt on the Scarecrow livestreamthis past weekend.

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    That moment when DeNiro realizes he has to go after Waingro. He's not a romantic hero, he's a small-minded man of violence driven not by ideals or esoteric codes but by the basest of human urges.

    That moment when Pacino practically dances down the hospital stairs, gleefully fleeing his family for the sake of the chase, freed from the pretense of normalcy, from the obligation to care about anyone else.

    The tragedy and joy of learning that you cannot escape…

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★½

    There's a vibe here, but it's weirdly lifeless. Too much prestige, not enough noir, I think.