Anthony Leong

Anthony Leong
Anthony Leong's reviews do not count toward the Tomatometer. This is not a Tomatometer-approved critic, and this critic's reviews are not published on a Tomatometer-approved publication.
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
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Official Websites: mediacircus.net

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2003
4.5/5 No Score Yet Christmas in August (Hachigatsu no kurisumasu) (1998) 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 No Score Yet My Tutor Friend (Donggabnaegi gwawoehagi) (2003) Get yourself educated with My Tutor Friend! - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 No Score Yet ...manages to be a charismatic and inspiring tale where a man's self-interest is transformed into a selfless devotion to his students. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2003
4/5 No Score Yet Little Monk (2002) ... a recontextualization of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2003
4/5 No Score Yet It may not be quite The Classic it aspires to be, but it comes pretty close. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2003
2/5 No Score Yet ... 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2003
2.5/5 No Score Yet Madeleine (2003) ...a hollow emulation of a romance with no heart or soul. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2003
3/5 42% Zhou Yu's Train (2004) ... a slow ride to an unremarkable destination. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2003
3.5/5 68% All About Lily Chou-Chou (2002) ...confronts the destructive power of teen alienation in modern-day Japan head-on. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2003
3.5/5 No Score Yet ...an affecting romantic melodrama that showcases the emerging talents of a then-unknown Shim Eun-ha - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2003
2/5 No Score Yet 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2003
4.5/5 No Score Yet YMCA Baseball Team (2002) ... a terrific little film that combines fact and fiction with equal intensity in an entertaining package. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2003
3.5/5 82% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2003
5/5 75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) ...could easily be called the best Korean film of 2002. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2003
3/5 No Score Yet Gamunui yeonggwang (Marrying the Mafia) (2002) Korea's answer to "Mickey Blue Eyes" and not much better - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2003
4.5/5 94% Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) (2002) ...a thoroughly enjoyable and tension-filled cat-and-mouse crime-thriller. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2003
4/5 82% Take Care of My Cat (2002) ... a carefully orchestrated character study that illuminates the insecurities and challenges of South Korea's marginalized youth. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2003
4/5 No Score Yet WaSanGo (Volcano High) (2001) Harry Potter... directed by the Wachowski brothers... with a smidgeon of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon thrown in... - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2003
4.5/5 80% Punch-Drunk Love (2002) ... no film eloquently expresses true love with one million air miles better than this one. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2002
4/5 71% The Ring (2002) ... a polished supernatural mystery, making for a truly infectious horror film. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2002
4/5 68% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2002
3.5/5 21% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2002
2/5 No Score Yet Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) Who would have thought car chases, explosions, martial arts, and shoot-outs could be so boring? - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2002
4/5 No Score Yet 9/11 (2002) ... a testament to the unrelenting horror and selfless heroics that marked America's darkest day. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2002
3.5/5 73% Signs (2002) Though it lacks the brilliance of "The Sixth Sense", it still manages to be a passable piece of summertime entertainment. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2002
3.5/5 43% Wasabi (2001) ... a fun little timewaster, helped especially by the cool presence of Jean Reno. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2002
4/5 81% Audition (Ôdishon) (1999) ... a powerful and thought-provoking look at Japanese sexual politics, laced with unforgettable images that will leave you scarred for life. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2002
3.5/5 54% Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) It's good news and bad news... - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2002
4/5 75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002) ... yet another film that allows this critic to use the words 'kick-***' and 'family film' in the same sentence and mean it. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2002
3.5/5 42% Reign of Fire (2002) Comic-book cinema certainly rules the day in Reign of Fire - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2002
3/5 No Score Yet Heugsuseon (2001) It seems that Hollywood and today's Hong Kong don't have the market completely cornered when it comes to combining the visceral with the vacuous. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2002
2.5/5 No Score Yet Bichunmoo (2000) ... never becomes more than a sum of its parts with its lackluster story, manipulative melodrama, and unimpressive action sequences. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2002
3/5 39% Men in Black II (2002) After five years of false starts and almost $100 million spent... you would think that they could come up with something more interesting... - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2002
2.5/5 32% Windtalkers (2002) ... takes a fascinating and little-known aspect of the Second World War and buries it beneath redundantly redundant scenes of excessive pyrotechnics and battlefield carnage. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2002
4/5 86% Lilo & Stitch (2002) ... an entertaining and heartwarming blend of innovation and tradition. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2002
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kick the Moon (Shinlaui dalbam) (2001) A screwball comedy about a bizarre love triangle that develops between a smooth gangster, a strict schoolteacher, and a comely noodle shop owner... - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2002
4/5 No Score Yet Guns & Talks (Killerdeului suda) (2001) ... possesses enough wit and charm to make it a must-have for any Hong Kong action fan. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2002
4/5 No Score Yet ... the combination of light-hearted laughs and genuine emotional weight make this satirical look at high school life a solid effort. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2002
5/5 91% Minority Report (2002) ... is the type of summer blockbuster that Hollywood should be making more of, one that is brimming with equal portions of intelligence and spectacle. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2002
83% Free Enterprise (1999) Free Enterprise a film that no die-hard sci-fi fan or movie buff should miss. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
57% Hamlet (2000) This latest updating of Hamlet is built on an interesting concept, though it seems that Almereyda didn't go deep enough when it came to staging the scenes or understanding the characters. - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2002
3.5/5 59% The Sum of All Fears (2002) Good, but not great, the timing of "The Sum of All Fears" couldn't be better - MediaCircus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2002