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by chazgower01
12 Jul 2019, 15:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988, Spain) Criterion Channel 4.5/5 For the first half hour of this movie, director Pedro Almodovar introduces us to his cast, and sets the stage for one of those smart, funny comedies, that are full of hilarious coincidences. And within this first half h...
by chazgower01
12 Jul 2019, 14:59
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mr. Destiny (1990) ** Whimsical fantasy - a modern riff on It's a Wonderful Life - is uneven, but comes good at the end. Only James Belushi fans may be that patient with it though. Darkman (1990) ** Sam Raimi's mainstream debut is a corny, cartoonish revenge saga that wraps up a hammy Liam Neeson i...
by chazgower01
11 Jul 2019, 14:38
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Matador (1986, Spain) Criterion Channel 3.5/5 Director Pedro Almodovar likes to filter his ideas through a unique sense of vision, humor, and style. His theme has softened over the years, but in his early days he certainly put his flair on a host of controversial topics. Matador is a movie about th...
by chazgower01
06 Jul 2019, 15:03
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Outside the Window (Taiwan, 1973) youtube 3/5 This was Brigette Lin’s first movie, immediately making her a star, and it would set the course for the early part of her career, in melodramatic romance movies. In this one, she plays a school girl (she was no more than 18-19 at the time), who falls in...
by chazgower01
02 Jul 2019, 09:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Millionaire’s Express (aka Shanghai Express) (1986, Hong Kong) Amazon Prime 3.5/5 Last year I wrote about this movie: "The fights are good - this is 'Dragons Forever' era Sammo putting this together, I just wish there'd have been more of it. But I still feel I'll like this movie better upon repeate...
by chazgower01
28 Jun 2019, 13:58
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Funny Family (Hong Kong, 1986) youtube 3.5/5 Wow, I enjoyed this a heck of a lot more than I thought I would.  One of three Taiwan cheapies Yukari Oshima did in her first year (there’d be many more to come), it tells the story of a young man (Hu Kua) and young woman (Pauline Lan) living next door t...
by chazgower01
27 Jun 2019, 12:46
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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A Book of Heroes (Hong Kong, 1986) youtube 2.5/5 One of Yukari Oshima’s first films, this Taiwanese cheapie is a convoluted story about a treasure map, with way too many characters chasing it and acting silly. The main bad guy (Yasuaki Kurata) lives in a Scarface-style house and unknowingly has an ...
by chazgower01
25 Jun 2019, 01:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Never Say Regret (Hong Kong, 1990) youtube 3/5 Yukari Oshima stars in this low budget action drama from no-name director Lau Kwok-Ho. Yukari gets framed for drugs and sent to prison where she quickly makes an escape attempt, and later tries again. Caught a second time, she is then sentenced to deat...
by chazgower01
25 Jun 2019, 01:08
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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HungFist wrote:
23 Jun 2019, 15:31
Three Pretty Devils (三匹の牝蜂) (Japan, 1970) [DVD] - 3/5
Had no idea this was out on DVD...!!!
by chazgower01
25 Jun 2019, 01:06
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Ivan Drago wrote:
21 Jun 2019, 17:52
Apparently the HK public was none too keen on Nina.
Why? She was hot. And just got hotter.
by chazgower01
24 Jun 2019, 02:29
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Marathon Man (USA, 1976) dvd 4/5 If you want to get me to watch an American movie... 70's, New York, Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, and what the heck, let's throw in Sir Laurence Olivier... hey, I am there! And this lives up to those expectations. Sure the first 45 minutes you observe a lot of what'...
by chazgower01
24 Jun 2019, 02:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Gone Baby Gone (USA, 2007) 4/5 Movies about kids being kidnapped are always tough to watch, and this one is no exception. There's a lot to like about this movie - Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman, the Beantown Setting - and at least one thing not to like - Casey Affleck as the lead. But I thought about th...
by chazgower01
18 Jun 2019, 09:43
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Tiger on the Beat (Hong Kong, 1988) dvd 4/5 Chow Yun Fat stars in this HK classic as a lazy cop teamed up with pumped up do-gooder cop Conan Lee.  Obviously inspired by the American Buddy Cop movies of the same decade, it even straight out lifts a gag from one of my favorite U.S. movies from the ge...
by chazgower01
18 Jun 2019, 09:32
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Angel Hunter (Hong Kong, 1992) dvd 2.5/5 Anthony Wong and Carry Ng run a religious cult and together recruit school girls, including smarty pants teen Vivian Chow (who was actually 25 at the time). The religious ceremonies are a hoot and they even name drop Anton LeVay in the movie. A Hong Kong Cop...
by chazgower01
17 Jun 2019, 11:57
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Drugs Fighters (Hong Kong, 1995) YouTube 2.5/5 Yuen Wah shows up at the beginning as a drug kingpin who escapes detection at the airport because he’s smarter than the cops. It’s almost as if his parts are two different filmed sections of the movie, though he does show up in the finale.  The movie t...
by chazgower01
11 Jun 2019, 13:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Kung Fu Wonder Child (Hong Kong, 1986) dvd 3/5 The best thing about this comedy/supernatural/wuxia is of course Yukari Oshima - this is one of her earliest Hong Kong roles (actually Taiwan) - and she's just as entertaining here as she would be throughout her career (though not as colorful a charact...
by chazgower01
11 Jun 2019, 04:04
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (USA, 1982) Amazon Prime 3/5 As a fan of crime noir and of Steve Martin, I've always loved this movie's dialogue. It bombed hugely at the box office... this wasn't 'Wild and Crazy' Steve Martin, but rather leading man Steve Martin delivering smart ass dialogue in a monoton...
by chazgower01
11 Jun 2019, 03:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Real Genius (USA, 1985) dvd 5/5 One of my all time favorite comedies of the 80’s, Real Genius stars Val Kilmer, as Chris Knight, one of the smartest minds on the planet in his senior year of college. Into his life comes Mitch, a 15 year old prodigy who is just like he was 4 years ago - nerdy, uptig...
by chazgower01
10 Jun 2019, 23:01
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Love Massacre (Hong Kong, 1981) VHSdub 3.5/5 Set entirely in San Fransisco with an all Chinese cast, it starts off as a dramatic romance… in fact if not for the rather interesting cinematography I would’ve gotten a bit bored with it. The second third of the movie turns into a psychological game… an...
by chazgower01
10 Jun 2019, 16:37
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mackenna's Gold (USA, 1969) dvd 2.5/5 I'm not a huge fan of the Western genre, though it certainly has its share of great movies... so I figured any Western with Gregory Peck, Telly Savalas, Lee J. Cobb, Julie Newmar, Omar Sharif, etc., HAD to be halfway decent. Not really. Peck sleep walks through...
by chazgower01
10 Jun 2019, 04:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Mission of Justice (Hong Kong, 1992) fansub 3/5 Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima star as Undercover Agents who get sent to Thailand to break up a drug smuggling operation.  They start off as ‘hostesses’ in a hut bar, with Yukari a little more tarted up than usual (I’m not complaining), but the action qui...
by chazgower01
07 Jun 2019, 12:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Love Witch (2016) ** Dead on pastiche of late 60s erotica and garish super-naturalism, with sets and costumes to match. A triumph of design and style, if not storytelling, which is weak. Pretty much a one woman show from Anna Biller (who presumably swept the floor after calling 'cut'). Samantha...
by chazgower01
07 Jun 2019, 12:09
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Rocketman (USA, 2019) theater 4.5/5 The long overdue biopic of Elton John is a musical... an over the top, colorful, pridefully gay musical... and... that’s not really surprising. What’s surprising is that it mostly works, on all levels, as entertainment, story, art, and as a film. It doesn't work ...
by chazgower01
07 Jun 2019, 02:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972, USA) dvd 3/5 Fast forward 20 years and 'Milo' is fully grown and being snuck into the city by Ricardo Montalban to hang up ads for the circus. Dogs and Cats have been wiped out by a virus and humans have taken apes as pets and they're constantly under 'reco...
by chazgower01
06 Jun 2019, 03:57
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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The Housemaid (Korea, 1960) Criterion Channel 4.5/5 When a music teacher takes on a housemaid, she turns his world upside down, threatening his teaching position and upper middle class status while slowly destroying his family. Director Kim Ki-young created a movie of great atmosphere, tension, and...