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Easily one of the best flying guillotine movies. A young plays Chen Tai Kuan plays Mau Tang, an imperial soldier who becomes the best with the flying guillotine. When one of his friends is killed by order of the Emperor, he is betrayed by everyone and hunted.
The movie's best moment is when Mau Tang meets a street performer who helps him out. Mau is ambushed by two men, but the street performer sings loudly to cover the fighting. The fall in love and have a child, bringing a nice sense of tension and primal urge to protect his family.
The final battle is really something. Mau Tang defeats two former comrades with a steel umbrella, to combat their flying guillotines. Then he faces the rest in a tense and action packed duel of flying guillotines.
With character development and a better plot, The Flying Guillotine is one of the Shaw Brothers finest films.
Justice League Dark is a film that isn't perfect, but its very entertaining. I feel like it shoehorns in the Justice League without needing to, and they aren't fully utilized to the fullest extent if they are going to be there. Also the movie is very slow for 75% of the movie, using a lot of flashbacks and exposition, until the action packed finale. Its a nice foray into the magical world of DC, and its a very enjoyable offering.
Goofy comedy finds a grown up woman pretending to be a 12 year old girl to get half fare. While being chased by suspecting train employees, she tags along with an older soldier and gets mixed up into all sorts of silly antics. Its the two leading stars that carry the entire movie, with some good moments here and there for a very light comedy.
Its moody and atmospheric, but also very static. I couldn't get into this film, it felt a bit slow. I don't consider it a good film.
Alan Ladd's first real shining role is a good one. He is the steel eyed cold blooded killer for hire Phillip Raven, and Veronica Lake would play a damsel or sorts who softens him, if only a little. Following an intriguing plot full of betrayal, espionage, and some memorable characters, this noir film shines.
The Legend of Tarzan is mirthless, joyless, but also bombastic and has sleek production values. There is zero character development, its all plot and story, and that is not very complex either. An evil king wants to get diamonds to pay his army so he can take over Africa, so he gets his right hand man to get Tarzan back to Africa, and deliver him to a vengeful warlord. The cast is sweet, but very flat. No one really shines in any scenes, except for maybe Samuel L. Jackson in a sidekick role. The train scene may be the only part of the movie that seemed "fun", as the rest of the movie was a dour affair. They have the action, they just needed the adventure part done right.
The strange mix of pitch black humour and violence works, so this revenge thriller is simple and satisfying, and often humourous. Its worth checking out if you're into films like Fargo or Headhunters.
This thriller tries to have its cake and eat it too. Its starts off psychological and very Hitchcockian, but in the third act is gets a bit all over the place. Some of the logic then starts to take leaps and bounds, and it ends on an underwhelming note. Not one of the finer Korean thrillers of late.
The narration pretty much kills this low budget thriller from Allen Baron. Baron writes, directs, and acts in it, but its held back by the growling narrator every few minutes. The story isn't very good either, so Criterion is setting the bar low on these transfers.
Pretty good kung fu movie, really good fights.
An epic and visually stunning tale. Lots of gory battles and unique characters. The ending is pretty lame but overall and very good production values with the scenery and costumes.
Don Siegel directs this gritty heist film about a group of professional bank robbers who knock off a shitty small town bank, but rob a drop for the mafia as well. With a terrific fast pace, methodical violence, and solid characters, this is an underrated post Dirty Harry crime thriller that is cool and crisp.
"What have you got?" Iconic to a fault, The Wild One is an influential biker film with some early performances from some big players. It would encapsulate a roamer age, even though its cheesy at times. Its not the best of Marlon Brando or Lee Marvin, but its good overall.
Twisty thriller finds a group of five police officers kidnapped and held for ransom by a hard group of mercenaries. But with the technological advances, the city wide surveillance, how could they pull it off? A mole in the police force. Not only that, the task force operation is at each other's throats, Internal Affairs is all over everyone, and everyone is a suspect. Cold War is pure pulp, but its fun pulp that takes itself just seriously enough to be taut and thrilling. That ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but its okay because they finally got around to making a sequel.
The reason why I liked the Harry Palmer movies was because they were more realistic and gritty. This movie felt like a weird James Bond parody, wasn't suspenseful or well made. I liked Karl Malden but I felt the movie was lacking.
When the swords are flying, Blood Letter aka Sword of the Assassin is enjoyable. Too bad the acting is stiff for the most part and the characterizations are hazy. The costumes and landscapes sure are pretty, but the main character's magic power isn't even used for most of the film, and the villains are so dimensional its painful. I can commend this film for at least trying, but next time get a better story to match the beauty of the locations.
The Ipcress File is one of my favourite films, so I had to naturally check out the sequels. Funeral in Berlin is a bleaker and simple spy thriller in which Harry Palmer must go to Berlin and get out a defecting Russian Colonel, along with some twists and other groups involved. Michael Caine is solid in the film, but its a very low key thriller that doesn't seem to play up the thrills when it can.
The romance is carefully balanced with the politics, for a strong film with great performances and chemistry. A United Kingdom tells a relevant and powerful story with passion and respect, and ultimately is a shining star in a world of darkness.
Basic martial arts film finds a sword master on the run when he kills the corrupt prime minister who wrongly accused and killed his father. While hiding out undercover, he befriends a wanderer who is in love with his fiance, and is also pursued by the deadly Flying Fish gang. There's some cheesy ballads and a bit of action, but none of it was very memorable.
Considered Claude Chabrol's masterpiece, Le Boucher is a Hitchcockian thriller about a schoolteacher with a broken heart who moves to a small village in order to start anew. She becomes tangled with the local butcher, who may or not be a vicious serial killer who is butchering women around the village. I thought this film was a bit slow, but the ending is good, and the movie is more about building up to the moments instead of constant thrills.