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  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    ★★

    And you thought I wouldn’t get around to reviewing this after the first two, didn’t you? ... Well, can you blame me if I didn’t? Much like Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Martian”, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor tries to be too many specific things in a desperate attempt to live up to its namesake series’ expectations, only to subsequently end up a formulaic mess and a pitiable shame.

         Set 13 years after the events of…

  • Hero

    Hero

    ★★★★★

    Back in 2000, a foreign film was released in America that would go on to captivate audiences and critics alike, dazzling anyone who saw it and reconfiguring Western preconceptions of film from Asia, China specifically. That film was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and it helped open wide the door for greater cinematic acceptance of films from this region of the world and stylistic bent. Over the years other films from Asia have tried to recreate the inimitably iconic look, style…

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  • The Mummy Returns

    The Mummy Returns

    ★★★

    Another casualty of the classic film critic adage “bigger isn’t always better”, The Mummy Returns still manages to pack in enough thrills and world-building to become a 2 hour dumb fun extravaganza, horrible CGI of the Scorpion King notwithstanding.

         The Mummy Returns, well, returns us back to the world inhabited by Rick and Evelyn O’Connell (neé Carnahan), only now it’s seven years since the events of the first film and all they have to show for it is…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★★

    Remember when waiting for another Indiana Jones movie to come out was too agonizing to bear?

    It’s been literal years since the last time I sat down and watched this, and I honestly forgot how good Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy actually was. An updated take on the classic Universal monster as told by way of the aforementioned fictional archaeologist, The Mummy is still the best Indiana Jones film not to include Indiana Jones in the title. Can we please swap…

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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    War is one of the worst constructions of the human race; at best deemed a necessary evil, it's an unappealing case study into the human nature, of the heights and depths it is able to achieve or descend into, and is frequently punctuated by individual moments of compassion and evil, of bravery and cowardice, on all levels. One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces out of many, Paths of Glory is a story about moments such as these, and ends with a…