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  • Project A

    Project A

    ★★★

    In Project A, Jackie Chan introduces the world to his new style and marks the beginning of the Three Dragons: a trio of films starring a trio of action-comedy masters (Sammo, Jackie, and Yuen).

    This first film plays with a lot of elements that would return in the next film, Wheels on Meals, including a James Bond-esque stealth operation (which also evoked the earlier Enter the Dragon). Although Project A's finale is EXCELLENT, the story and written comedy are maybe…

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    Genuinely terrifying, unsettling, creepy, and satisfying. Dull color palette, but richly vibrant red blood. Brilliant use of shadows and deep blacks. Evil goat, evil witch, is the girl the Witch, is it in her head, is she possessed, social isolation, religious fatalism, God knows what's best, God humbles us to show us that he loves us, clinging to false hope, no one to trust, it's too late.

    Catharsis.

    It's been a few hours and I still don't have coherent thoughts…

  • Tasteless

    Tasteless

    A KIRKWORK ORANGE

    The vilest, sickest, most ruthless 7 minutes on the internet. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream, you'll be aroused. Co-creators Victor Cannell and Kirk Percival gleefully deconstruct the limit between "what art is" and "what art is not." Brilliantly edited, disorientingly filmed, a surrealist masterpiece of the senses.
    Do not miss this.


    Special cameo by Danny Devito.

  • Blade II

    Blade II

    ★★★½

    "Lock up your daughters, boys and girls... The dark knight returns."

    The action scenes RULE. Hollywood just doesn't do martial arts and hand-to-hand like this anymore. EXCELLENT use of colored lighting, and great cast, props, hair/makeup, and costumes. I love the effects, both CGI and practical, and the Nosferatu+Thing creature design is a great ode to film horror history. The sunset ending is beautiful and heartbreaking, and shows the more poignant side of Del Toro that defines his work. The…

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★★

    From the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise:

    He could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life.

    The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.

    Then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic. He could save others from death, but not himself.

    Palpatine is condescending because Plagueis couldn't save himself from death.

    Implying that Palpatine actually can, by using the "unnatural abilities" of the dark side to…

  • Geri's Game

    Geri's Game

    -Geri's Game
    -Geri
    -Geriatrics, care for the elderly


    Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

    ★★★★

    Baby Cart at the River Styx solidly improves on the first film by 1) increasing the insanity and 2) giving the baby stuff to do. Little Daigoro is the absolute show stealer here, as he should be. Even though the rock music is better, the bloodshed is nastier, and the cinematography is more epic, it's the adorable, clever baby ronin that really makes this film special.

    I love the contrast of a peaceful country wanderer being the cause of such…

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

    ★★★½

    There are some amazing visual sequences in this film, thanks to stellar work on the editing and cinematography. In an enjoyably cheesy way, the script and acting definitely felt like anime (absurdly complex master plans, unexpected malevolent cackling, people literally shaking in terror, intense exposition dumps, etc) and I had a blast with that. Ogami's costumes were great, and I love how they took advantage of the bloody scenes to recolor each of them. The over-the-top violence, the occasional weapon…

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★★½

    Film Lads Film Club Round 2, Week 2
    Film Choice: Aydan

    This is the most adorable thing ever.

    I LOVE the solid color costumes, the INSANE use of wide angle lenses and the GORGEOUS framing. This movie has the most INCREDIBLE long takes (look at the early crane shot going from the fair to the ballet room). With the fluid, graceful cameras, editing, and scene transitions, every small moment is filmed and choreographed like a dance itself.

    Even two minutes…

  • The King and I

    The King and I

    ★★★½

    THE SETS.
    THE COSTUMES.
    THE PLAY-WITHIN-A-PLAY.
    ET CETERA, ET CETERA, ET CETERA!

    .....and that's it. I really love musicals, but this movie isn't great. This had the budget and talent to be adapted properly, but I think they just didn't know how to do it. It drags horribly, every time they stand and sing it kills the pace, it's basically Sound of Music but racist, sexist, has nearly no dancing, and a lot of the times, the script is just…

  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    ★★★½

    Fantastic slow-funk score on top of richly-detailed animation. The prometheus story is pretty good, albeit paced a bit leisurely. I really liked the themes and metaphors for animal cruelty, genocide, and 'otherness', even with the sudden optimistic ending. The creature designs are fun and outlandish, but remind me a bit too much of Yellow Sub, which came out a few years prior. Not a big slight, because I really wish there was more like this out there.

    In the end,…

  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom

    ★★★★

    "This is no match. It's a duel!"

    Beautiful cinematography, incredible action, pregnant pauses, and visual metaphors abound in this tense, complicated narrative. The all-star acting (Mifune! Nakadai!!) works with the dramatic camerawork and direction to really sell the film. Every frame, every moment, every reaction, is as INTENSE and JAW-DROPPING as possible, and it never gets exhausting. The radical decision to follow a nihilistic villain samurai felt like possible inspiration for the deconstructionist Samurai Fiction, although I think Sword of…