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by Markgway
Yesterday, 23:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Skin Trade (2014) **½
Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa team up to wipe out scummy human traffickers.
Better than usual cast, lots of crunchy action.
Closer to a theatrical feature than most DTV movies.
by Markgway
Yesterday, 08:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Final Score (2018) **
Derivative action vehicle isn't as good as Sudden Death let alone Die Hard.
Pierce Brosnan must've had some bills to pay for his 20 mins of screen time.
by Markgway
14 Nov 2018, 12:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Predator (2018) ** Not the turkey I feared it might be, but a disappointment all the same. The action and effects never let up, nor does the profanity-laden, vulgar humour. No suspense, no room for characters to breathe, this is every bit the franchise fodder. It's as if Shane Black (co-star in ...
by Markgway
14 Nov 2018, 03:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Loophole (1980) ***
Struggling architect Martin Sheen is lured into helping crook Albert Finney break into a London bank vault.
Thoroughly watchable caper, ending's a bit pat though.
by Markgway
13 Nov 2018, 17:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Equalizer 2 (2018) **½
Serviceable, if overlong sequel pits deadly Denzel against a team of rogue CIA assassins.
Slick and violent, but the script is run of the mill, and doesn't bear scrutiny.
by Markgway
10 Nov 2018, 20:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Virus (1998) ** Electrical pulses take over a Russian ship and turn its inhabitants into mutant robots, or something like that. Silly stuff wastes a decent cast, but some may find it amusingly bad. Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) **½ Jason Statham's assassin is backing doing assassiny things to save t...
by Markgway
09 Nov 2018, 12:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Skyscraper (2018) ** Dwayne Johnson and some Duct Tape star in this preposterous action blockbuster in which a one-legged security expert has to save his family from foreign bad guys in a towering inferno. Pot-boiler kills time for sure, but this makes the Die Hard series look like gritty realism in...
by Markgway
08 Nov 2018, 12:56
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) ***
Really enjoyed this.
by Markgway
08 Nov 2018, 01:59
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission: Impossible (1996) ***
The sequels may have surpassed this in terms of action sequences,
but in terms of spy thriller this one remains the best.
by Markgway
06 Nov 2018, 16:52
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The 'Highbinders' cut never got released. Some of the deleted scenes are on the DVD, IIRC. Not a good film, but surprisingly I didn't hate it. It's hard to hate even Jackie's poorer films. Only time I've liked Evans in a film was in a little seen thriller called Freeze Frame. And I wish Claire would...
by Markgway
05 Nov 2018, 06:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Bridge of Spies (2015) ***
Good cold-war drama from Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks reliable as usual.

Enigma (1982) **½
Another cold war spy drama. Quite good, but needs a bit more suspense.
by Markgway
03 Nov 2018, 02:15
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Raymond Chow dies at 91
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Re: Raymond Chow dies at 91

One of the giants of Hong Kong Cinema.
by Markgway
31 Oct 2018, 07:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers **½
Competent slasher gets an extra half star for being the most watchable of the sequels.
by Markgway
31 Oct 2018, 02:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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What is it you actually liked about 'Who Am I?' Everytime someone spoke a line of dialogue in that movie I winced in pain. Yeah, the acting in WHO is atrocious, but then Rush Hour has Chris Tucker.... I enjoyed the action, stunts, locations, humour, personality. It's simple stuff, sure, but probabl...
by Markgway
29 Oct 2018, 05:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Shining Through (1992) **½ Most critics didn't like this WWII spy melodrama, but I found it enjoyable enough. The hokey script's occasional holes and flashback structure (not to mention a rather unnecessary narration) detract from the more successful pulp elements and costly period atmosphere. Melan...
by Markgway
28 Oct 2018, 07:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The First Purge (2018) ** Fourth instalment of the action-horror series: a prequel in which poor black folks are hunted by government-hired mercenaries posing as white supremacists. Why? To keep the undesirable population down and ensure The Purge experiment a success. Our hero? Er, a charismatic (b...
by Markgway
28 Oct 2018, 01:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9743
Views: 581494

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I re-watched that a few weeks ago. I`d go for the same rating (3/5), though partly for different reasons. Loved Bronson and thought the fist fights were very good, but Coburn`s character got really irritating towards the end. In good writing conflicts arise despite characters doing their best, not ...
by Markgway
27 Oct 2018, 04:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Hard Times (1975) **½
Walter Hill's directorial debut effectively casts Charles Bronson as a taciturn street fighter in 1930s New Orleans.
Nice period atmosphere, but the characterisations are thin, and the fist fights pretty dated now.
by Markgway
26 Oct 2018, 00:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mad Dog Time (1996) ** Self-consciously arch gangster comedy; good cast, but quickly becomes repetitive and tiresome. Dirty Work (1998) ** Revenge is business is this occasionally amusing, but unambitious comedy. Street Smart (1986) **½ Almost a really good drama, but just misses the mark. Morgan Fr...
by Markgway
22 Oct 2018, 20:49
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Searching (2018-USA) **½
Single father John Cho investigates the disappearance of his teenage daughter entirely on computer screens and security cameras.
A novelty that works fairly well, with some clever twists.
by Markgway
20 Oct 2018, 10:40
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Commuter (2017-USA-UK) ***

UHD viewing.
by Markgway
20 Oct 2018, 10:39
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The cinema version was only a few seconds longer than the PG-13 version.

It's been suggested that even more cuts were made before that.
by Markgway
18 Oct 2018, 09:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission: Impossible II (2000-USA-Germany-Australia) **½
John Woo puts an authorial stamp on the M:I series with his trademark stylishness and flashy action sequences (which are too often held back by the PG-13 rating). Not a fan favourite, perhaps, but I still enjoy it.
by Markgway
12 Oct 2018, 22:39
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4597
Views: 400350

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Yeah, the Hui Brothers comedies were also popular throughout the decade, but until '77 there was precious little in the way of Cantonese martial arts.

Shaws were a little behind the curve compared to Golden Harvest, as they were in most things.