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Black Dynamite is a labor of love, can't say anything more, and can't say anything else. Director Scott Sanders, and actor Michael Jai White have written themselves a big, and sometimes sloppy love-letter to the blaxploitation genre as a whole.
Some scenes go on to long, some jokes fall flat, and it could be trimmed ever so slightly. But as a whole? It's probably the best genre parody since Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, and probably some of the most infectious fun you can have in theatres this year...that is if you don't mind having the theme song stuck in your head all week.
Also because I'm shallow..Salli Richardson channelling Pam Grier kinda makes me happy.
Carpenter's best? Possibly. Easily one of the most tense, and well made creature-flicks of the 80's.
Ain't never gonna see such great practical effects again.
As much as I love Jackie Chan's films, and as much as I realize that Bruce Lee is probably the greatest martial arts star ever, my heart pretty much belongs to everybody's favorite portly kicker Sammo. And Pedicab Driver is his finest work, my favorite martial arts film ever, and one of my favorite movies ever.
It starts off as a light-hearted comedy, becomes a romantic drama, and ends in almost heroic bloodshed territory. And for the whole film Sammo is putting all that he loves about movies in between and it shows on the screen. And did I mention the fights? From an early barroom brawl between the pedicab and taxi workers, to a dizzying pole fight with Lau Kar-Leung(Maybe the best fight ever filmed) to a final knockdown drag out beatdown inside a gangster's mansion, Pedicab Driver delievers on that front in spades.
It's a classic of the genre, a hidden gem in Hong Kong films, and the best movie from one of the best dudes to ever emerge from Hong Kong films.
After watching Yes Madam Oliver Stone said "Michelle Yeoh is my favorite actress." Well I don't know if this movie shows off how good of an actress she is(and she's a bloody wonderful one!) but it does show that she's possibly the best female action heroine on film. She fights, and jumps, and runs and plays on the same footing with the boys, and you can see somebody who's going a long way.
Sure the movie gives into every cliche in the book, and some of the Hong Kong datedness is amusing. But Michelle Yeoh is so cool that you won't care. With some fun Sammo-directed fights cenes(including the knockabout ending one!) and lots of charm, Yes Madam is still a winner.
Hey everybody! Who wants to see a Thai western-musical-melodrama-action-romance? Well I sure as hell do.
There's few things that can prepare you for the oddness of Tears of the Black Tiger. It veers from comedy, to tragedy, and all the goofy areas in between with an able hand, and a major wink from all involved. It's visually stunning, extremely silly, and absolutely not for everybody. But if you want to jump into Asian cinema that's really off the map Tears of the Black Tiger and it's technicolor excess will do you well.