Anthony Leong

Anthony Leong

"Film is the literature of the Twentieth Century"

Agrees with the Tomatometer 66% of the time.

Biography:
In addition to being a licensed pharmacist and management consultant, Anthony Leong has been a part-time film critic since 1997. Many of his 750+ film reviews and articles have appeared in books, magazines, and entertainment portals all around the world, as well as on his own entertainment web site, MediaCircus.net. To see examples of his published work, visit his Sightings page (http://www.mediacircus.net/sightings.html). After watching his very first Korean film, "Shiri", Mr. Leong became hopelessly hooked and made a vow to write the very first guidebook to this new and exciting world cinema phenomenon, "Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong", which is now available. For more information, please visit http://www.mediacircus.net/koreancinema.
Favorites:
Favorite Directors (in alphabetical order): Woody Allen, Luc Besson, James Cameron, Atom Egoyan, Juzo Itami, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Baz Luhrman, David Lynch, Sam Raimi, John Sayles, Oliver Stone, Takeshi Kitano, Wong Kar Wai, John Woo, Ronny Yu Favorite Films (in alphabetical order): Army of Darkness, Ashes of Time, A Better Tomorrow, The Brothers McMullen, Bullet in the Head, Chungking Express, Exotica, Clerks, Fallen Angels, Hard Boiled, The Killer, Strictly Ballroom, Tampopo, Three Colors Trilogy
Publications:
MediaCircus , Reel Site
Total Reviews:
699
Total QuickRatings:
3
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) MediaCircus
Posted May 8, 2012
50% Last Night (2011) MediaCircus
Posted Apr 26, 2011
63% Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) MediaCircus
Posted Apr 12, 2011
—— UFOs: 1973 - Aliens, Abductions and Extraordinary Sightings! (2010) MediaCircus
Posted Apr 4, 2011
—— Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida (Windstruck) (2004) MediaCircus
Posted May 14, 2005
80% Oldboy (2005) MediaCircus
Posted Aug 31, 2004
—— Marshal MediaCircus
Posted Aug 28, 2004
69% May (2003) MediaCircus
Posted Aug 10, 2004
—— Babylon 5 - The Complete First Season (2002) MediaCircus
Posted Aug 10, 2004
—— Once a Thief (John Woo's Once a Thief) (John Woo's Violent Tradition) (1996) MediaCircus
Posted Feb 4, 2004
—— Gorgeous (Boh lee chun) (1999) MediaCircus
Posted Nov 6, 2003
77% The Hidden (1987) MediaCircus
Posted Oct 28, 2003
3/5 —— Tube (2004) " ... burdened with the unforgivable plot holes and contrivances of a brain-dead script, this roller-coaster ride is left idling on the tracks." — MediaCircus
Posted Sep 4, 2003
68% Hero (Accidental Hero) (1992) MediaCircus
Posted Jul 22, 2003
4.5/5 —— Christmas in August (Palwolui Christmas) (2005) " This is a singular romance in which no one actually says "I love you" or displays any other such overt signs of affection, yet the emotional undercurrent is no less stirring." — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 —— Donggabnaegi gwawoehagi (My Tutor Friend) (2003) " Get yourself educated with My Tutor Friend!" — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 —— My Teacher, Mr. Kim " ...manages to be a charismatic and inspiring tale where a man's self-interest is transformed into a selfless devotion to his students." — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 57% PTU (PTU - Police Tactical Unit) (2003) " ...a crime-noir thriller that combines the plotting of Guy Ritchie and the 'end justifies the means' law enforcement mentality of Training Day, all wrapped up in a slick package with the distinctive Johnny To touch." — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 —— Little Monk " ... a recontextualization of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"" — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 53% Bangkok Dangerous (1999) " ... the Pang's demonstrate a well-versed understanding of genre, a gift for creating striking visuals, and an appreciation for how a good soundtrack can shape the mood of a film." — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 19, 2003
4/5 —— Classic " It may not be quite The Classic it aspires to be, but it comes pretty close." — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 15, 2003
2/5 —— Scent of Love " ... if you are in search of a worthwhile film that takes romantic melodrama in new directions, you will be better off turning your nose up at Scent of Love." — MediaCircus
Posted Jul 15, 2003
60% Zong heng si hai (Once a Thief) (1991) MediaCircus
Posted Jun 24, 2003
93% A Better Tomorrow (2010) MediaCircus
Posted Jun 12, 2003
2.5/5 —— Madeleine " ...a hollow emulation of a romance with no heart or soul." — MediaCircus
Posted Apr 22, 2003
3/5 41% Zhou Yu's Train (2004) " ... a slow ride to an unremarkable destination." — MediaCircus
Posted Apr 22, 2003
3.5/5 80% H (2002) " ... fans of the serial killer genre may wish to look this up, as well as those moviegoers who don't mind style over substance." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 31, 2003
3.5/5 68% All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete) (2002) " ...confronts the destructive power of teen alienation in modern-day Japan head-on." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 28, 2003
3.5/5 —— My Old Sweetheart " ...an affecting romantic melodrama that showcases the emerging talents of a then-unknown Shim Eun-ha" — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 21, 2003
2/5 —— Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2001) " ...unless you like watching bald overweight men in rubber suits beating each other senseless enhanced by CGI and wire work, Black Mask II: City of Masks should remain incognito." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 20, 2003
4/5 75% Ping Pong (2002) " The mysteries of life are answered in Ping Pong, an often surreal Japanese film that examines the interplay of friendship, loyalty, rivalry, and self-esteem in an arena measuring five feet by nine feet." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 7, 2003
4.5/5 —— YMCA Baseball Team " ... a terrific little film that combines fact and fiction with equal intensity in an entertaining package." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 5, 2003
3.5/5 81% So Close (2003) " And though "So Close" suffers from a disposable story and throwaway characters, the film has the goods when it comes to the principal reason why you would want to watch it in the first place-- watching women kick ***." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 3, 2003
5/5 75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) " ...could easily be called the best Korean film of 2002." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 1, 2003
4/5 95% Hero (2004) " ...though the opulent visuals, wire-fu choreography, and all-star cast make "Hero" worth a look, the impact of these proceedings are somewhat muted by an emotionally ambiguous ending." — MediaCircus
Posted Mar 1, 2003
3/5 —— Gamunui yeonggwang (Marrying the Mafia) (2002) " Korea's answer to "Mickey Blue Eyes" and not much better" — MediaCircus
Posted Feb 25, 2003
4.5/5 95% Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002) " ...a thoroughly enjoyable and tension-filled cat-and-mouse crime-thriller." — MediaCircus
Posted Feb 18, 2003
4/5 81% Take Care of My Cat (Goyangileul butaghae) (2002) " ... a carefully orchestrated character study that illuminates the insecurities and challenges of South Korea's marginalized youth." — MediaCircus
Posted Jan 19, 2003
4/5 —— WaSanGo (Volcano High) (2001) " Harry Potter... directed by the Wachowski brothers... with a smidgeon of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon thrown in..." — MediaCircus
Posted Jan 19, 2003
4.5/5 79% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) " ... no film eloquently expresses true love with one million air miles better than this one." — MediaCircus
Posted Oct 20, 2002
4/5 71% The Ring (2002) " ... a polished supernatural mystery, making for a truly infectious horror film." — MediaCircus
Posted Oct 19, 2002
4/5 69% Red Dragon (2002) " In addition to turning in a solid prequel to The Silence of Lambs, Ratner also makes a serial killer chiller that is superior to the disappointing and anti-climactic Hannibal." — MediaCircus
Posted Oct 7, 2002
3.5/5 22% The Tuxedo (2002) " Though the martial arts sequences may be a bit tame compared to Chan's more memorable films while the plot could have used some more tinkering, the film's sense of goofy, escapist fun makes The Tuxedo a pleasing timewaster." — MediaCircus
Posted Sep 28, 2002
2/5 0% Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) " Who would have thought car chases, explosions, martial arts, and shoot-outs could be so boring?" — MediaCircus
Posted Sep 23, 2002
4/5 —— 9/11 (2002) " ... a testament to the unrelenting horror and selfless heroics that marked America's darkest day." — MediaCircus
Posted Sep 16, 2002
4/5 64% Gin gwai (The Eye) (2002) " The Eye is one 'scary movie' that lives up to its promise..." — MediaCircus
Posted Sep 6, 2002
4.5/5 76% My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) " With its well-rounded mix of romance, comedy, and universal truths, this is one ceremony you'll want to RSVP for... and soon." — MediaCircus
Posted Sep 4, 2002
77% Changing Lanes (2002) MediaCircus
Posted Sep 3, 2002
3.5/5 74% Signs (2002) " Though it lacks the brilliance of "The Sixth Sense", it still manages to be a passable piece of summertime entertainment." — MediaCircus
Posted Aug 28, 2002
3.5/5 43% Wasabi (2001) " ... a fun little timewaster, helped especially by the cool presence of Jean Reno." — MediaCircus
Posted Aug 28, 2002
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