• Major League

    Major League

    ★★★★

    Not quite a family movie night as we’re short one kid tonight, but the 10 year old really liked it. He’s seriously considering becoming a Jobu worshipper. Had to remind him that the lesson of Pedro Cerrano’s story is that he doesn’t need Jobu, he can only rely on himself to hit the curve.

  • Executioners: The Heroic Trio 2

    Executioners: The Heroic Trio 2

    ★★★★

    The dizzying plot involves a conspiracy to deny the city’s residents clean water in an elaborate scheme to overthrow the government and consolidate control in the hands of a radiation-deformed lunatic played by, who else, Anthony Wong.

    Wrote about this and The Heroic Trio for subscribers only over at The Chinese Cinema.

  • The Heroic Trio

    The Heroic Trio

    ★★★½

    Three super-powered women (Anita Mui, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung) come together to defeat an evil eunuch. The eunuch lives in a vast, methane-filled cavern under the streets of Hong Kong, where he takes kidnapped babies in hopes of raising them to restore China to its rightful place as an imperial state. The babies who aren’t destined to become emperor, he turns into psychotic killer cannibals, the eldest and most powerful of which is played by everyone’s favorite psychotic killer cannibal, Anthony Wong.

    Wrote about this and Executioners for subscribers only over at The Chinese Cinema.

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★

    Richard Jenkins may be the saddest character in any Coens film.

  • Basic Instinct

    Basic Instinct

    ★★★★

    It's been so long since I'd seen this that I never realized how much it riffs on Vertigo because I don't think I'd even seen Vertigo yet the last time I watched it. Great movie. Sharon Stone's excellent of course but Jeanne Tripplehorn is incredible too. My wife is right that Michael Douglas doesn't deserve either of these women (whichever one isn't the serial murderer that is).

  • Onlookers

    Onlookers

    ★★★★

    A nice observational doc greatly enhanced by the best subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing I've ever seen. Watch it with the captions on.

    Review at The Chinese Cinema.

  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★★

    No gods, no masters.

  • The Intern

    The Intern

    ★★★★

    Stay at Home Dad slander.

  • Table 19

    Table 19

    ★★★

    Anna Kendrick is in this movie.

  • Expect the Unexpected

    Expect the Unexpected

    ★★★★

    Holds up really well even when you're expecting the unexpected because you've seen it before.

    This was Simon Yam's first Johnnie To film. How those two made it 20 years without making a movie together before this I don't know.

  • Loving You

    Loving You

    ★★★★

    I really did not remember this one correctly at all. I'd thought it was a Regarding Henry kind of thing where the brain damage changed Lau Ching-wan's personality, but it's much more nuanced than that, more like the moment where he hits rock bottom and begins trying to become a better person. But not all at once: he has a lot to change and he doesn't always succeed. Great work from Lau and Carman Lee, plus a bunch of shootouts…

  • The Marvels

    The Marvels

    ★★½

    It's kinda interesting but not really that Marvel keeps making movies that should be tv shows and tv shows that should be movies. Anyway, I already forgot I watched this.