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  • My Young Auntie

    My Young Auntie

    ★★★★★

    MY YOUNG AUNTIE (1981, HONG KONG)
    Dir. Lau Kar-Leung

    Bar none, the funniest film Shaw Brothers ever made.

    MY YOUNG AUNTIE is an absolute, stone-cold, Shaw Brothers kung fu classic. Mixing musical, farce, romantic comedy, social commentary, nostalgia, and action film in an electric neon grab-bag with heart, charm, and swagger-- a perfect cinematic cocktail. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    The titular Auntie is played by the stunningly beautiful Kara Hui, who in the prologue is asked by her…

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★½

    John Saxon and Margot Kidder are fun, Olivia Hussey is suitably terrified as the final girl, and this is an effective and memorable pre Halloween slasher. Few films rely as heavily on convenience and incompetence to keep the plot going though.

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  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★

    As I said in my review of OLDBOY, Korean cinema has a tendency towards familiar set ups and unpredictable but logical consequences. This lends some the very best Korean film a genre bending quality that keeps the viewer engaged and off balance. Like in the best work of the Coens, these are films that really do feel like anything can happen in them.

    I SAW THE DEVIL is a horror-action hybrid that demolishes expectations and defies easy categorization. It's got…

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE (2002, SOUTH KOREA)
    Dir. Park Chan-Wook

    SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE is a postmodern masterpiece and assuredly one of the ten best films of this century. All of that makes it sound as dull as dishwater, but SYMPATHY... isn't interested in scoring brownie points with the critics, it's an engrossing, hilarious, disturbing thriller.

    I used the word "postmodern" above, and I want to spend some time expanding on that so it's not just a hanging piece of…