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  • Vanilla Sky

    ★★★★½

  • Nighthawks

    ★★★½

  • Fury in Red

    ★★★

  • Hard To Kill

    ★★★½

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  • Nighthawks

    Nighthawks

    ★★★½

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    Film #43 of "ACTIONx52 | 2021 Challenge"
    Task #52: I Pick, You Watch.
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    Street Crimes Unit cops Sly Stallone and Billy Dee Williams try to stop international terrorist Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer in his American debut role), who came to New York to blow some shit up.
    You never can go wrong with a gritty and atmospheric '70s/'80s NYC crime thriller. Even though the screenplay isn't the movie's strong suit, NIGHTHAWKS works as an effective and energetic urban thriller including a charismatic villain performance by Hauer.

  • Fury in Red

    Fury in Red

    ★★★

    Although Conan Lee and Robin Shou are being top billed on the DVD cover, it is Ben Ng who is the main protagonist in this pretty nasty and gritty revenge actioner. The film features a couple of stiff stunts, bloody gunplay and vicious fights, especially during the finale, where gweilo ass kicker Mark Houghton uses a bamboo stick in a very creative and painful way! FURY IN RED is not a must-see, yet not a bad way to spend 90 minutes for fans of low-budget Hong Kong fare.

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  • The Seventh Curse

    The Seventh Curse

    ★★★★

    THE SEVENTH CURSE reminded me why I love Hong Kong cinema so much! It's a completely bonkers RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK rip-off, including fast-paced martial arts, cheesy monsters, fun gore and make-up effects, nudity, reckless stunts, and Chow Yun-Fat firing a bazooka at a rubber monster. Yep, this is great fun from start to finish.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

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    Film #12 of 45 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
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    THE LIGHTHOUSE is a masterclass in sound design, cinematography, and acting. It has an early David Lynch and Roman Polanski vibe, H.P. Lovecraft references, fragments of Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, and more than once Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL and PERSONA went through my head. Robert Eggers (THE WITCH) shot the film on 35mm, using the 1.19:1 aspect ratio including vintage lenses designed in the 1930s, which creates a second-to-none atmosphere. It's both terryfing and fascinating, consistently expressionistic and nightmarish, equally surreal and absurd. A descent into the human psyche. Masterpiece.