• Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★½

    My friend wanted to watch some horror so I took a break from my John Woo marathon to give this classic a go because he had never seen it. The first time I reviewed it, I gave it 5 stars and a glowing breakdown of why I thought it was one of my new favorite horror movies. That's why it pains me to say that this time around, despite trying to find what I found before, it just sadly wasn't…

  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★★★

    Hard boiled is the perfect example of how John Woo is the master of the anti-hero/anti-villain motif. His characters are often in a grey area, presenting questions of morality and conscience in an otherwise brutal and insane world. He has a way of making the audience sympathize with a man who will ruthlessly murder hundreds of people on screen, often times through unnecessary overkill that can only be described as gratuitous, yet somehow we as an audience find a way…

  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★★★

    I would take this any day of the week over the bloated CGI filled rehashings that are pumped out today. This was... Magnificent. Loved every single second of it. A perfectly balanced mix of brutal action and tragic love story. The John Woo marathon has officially begun, and it feels soooo damn good!

  • A Better Tomorrow II

    A Better Tomorrow II

    ★★★½

    Despite noted production problems over creative differences, and an absolutely ridiculous attempt of bringing Yun-Fat back in as his long lost twin brother, this still holds up pretty well. The acting is solid throughout, especially from Yun-Fat and Cheung, and the action is as kinetic and pleasing to watch as ever. The final shootout is probably one of my favorites of all time, and even though this is definitely not as good as it's predecessor, there are far worse action flicks out there that undeservedly get way more attention than this gem.

  • Old

    Old

    ★½

    I'm am genuinely surprised that this even has as high a score as it does... I mean this was really bad. Downright embarrassing. The plot has an interesting premise that is marred by horrible continuity errors, an unbelievable script, and a stop go pacing that feels somehow rushed yet enduringly long at the same time. For example: they're supposedly aging a year every 30 minutes right? Yet somehow Bernal and Krieps characters barely look different through 95% of this while…

  • A Better Tomorrow

    A Better Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    "Have you ever fought for a chance?! You never have. Never!!!... I don't want to be like you..."

    John Woo's classic familial crime thriller A Better Tomorrow is a landmark in action film history, and something of a launch pad for the best years of his illustrious career. The film pushed him into the international spotlight, and became a cultural phenomenon in his native China. It also featured an equally legendary performance from Chow Yun-Fat. One that captured the youthful…

  • The Unknown

    The Unknown

    Guess I'll be the black sheep here... I did not like this at all. Joan Crawford is decent in her role as Nanon but that's about all the praise I will give. The plot is absurd and rushed. The characters are completely forgotten after they leave the screen. The score is way too aggressive for people sitting around for half of it, talking about how this "armless" man is simping over this woman. The cinematography is honestly typical silent film…

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★

    This had A LOT of potential. It has a really interesting premise that feels almost like Face-Off meets Minority Report, mixed with some kind of horror version of a Hitman game. There are some truly brilliant things going on here with the special effects as well. Such as the mannequin stuff, the mask scene, and all of the gore is truly next level.

    However, there are absolutely no stakes here. We're supposed to care about a character's struggle that we…

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★½

    Visceral, horrific, surreal. A psychological master class from the legendary John Carpenter, and in my humble opinion, this may be his best. It's unique and raw, yet familiar and refined. There's something that makes it painless and undemanding to watch, but absolutely haunting in it's delivery. Just the way a good horror film should be. Watch it.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    I have been a musician my whole life. I have played gigs for a living for years. Only since the pandemic have I taken a break from playing shows multiple times a week, because everything shut down for a bit there, and I also wanted to focus more on producing. Over the years I have played original shows for packed houses, and 3 hour cover gigs for 1 guy and the bartenders. It's what I love, and I wouldn't have…

  • Senior Year

    Senior Year

    ★★½

    There are so many things wrong with this. Still, I finished it, and watched the whole end credits thing. By myself, under my own free will... So yeah take that how you will...

  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

    Tonight I had one of the worst theater experiences of my entire life. My buddy and I decided to go see a special screening of Studio Ghibli's Ponyo because I had never seen it, and we've both already watched all the decent movies in theaters right now. The showing wasn't at our normal theater, but we decided ehh whatever, let's give it a go. Big mistake...

    I have never had so many people obnoxiously talking over the movie all around…