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  • American Rickshaw

    American Rickshaw

    ★★★½

    I know the term GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME gets thrown around so often it sounds sarcastic......... so let's do the math.

    -1984 U.S. Olympic gold medalist (gymnastics) Mitch Gaylord, inventor of The Gaylord Flip and The GayLord II, takes time out of his busy schedule advertising for Vidal Sassoon and Playboy to be reinvented into an action star by Sergio Martino...
    -The first person Mitch demonstrates his superior athleticism on is a woman he RIGHT HOOKS. He will later…

  • Sweet Home

    Sweet Home

    ★★★★★

    “Jill, here’s a lock pick. It might come in handy if you - the master of unlocking - take it with you.”
    -Barry Burton

    Poltergeist.

    Sweet Home is oddly reminiscent of the 1982 American classic, but less for the third act giant monster, and more for the perceived battle for creative control between producer and director. While most arguments these days recognize Poltergeist as Tobe Hooper’s work over being a glorified second unit for Steven Spielberg, the same is not…

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  • Cold Eyes

    Cold Eyes

    ★★★½

    *Public Enemy & Daughter*

    Korean remake of the Katie Tsui / Simon Yam Hong Kong police procedural Gun Chung (2007).

    Ha Yoon-joo (Han Hyo-joo) has a photographic memory that gets her assigned to an elite police squad specializing in large scale undercover surveillance - think Person of Interest with plainclothes cops on the beat instead of a super computer. Her rookie status sees her spend a lot of time in direct proximity to her supervisor, Hwang (Sol Kyung-gu). Hwang is a…

  • Kill!

    Kill!

    ★★★½

    “Understand now?”
    “Understand what?”
    “Samurai are no good.”
    “No, I don’t understand that. Not one bit.”

    Kihachi Okamoto often masks it as parody, but the messages are rarely subtle. Kill! (1968) takes aim at the Chanbara genre – as two vagrants become involved in a clan’s civil war – that doesn’t paint the military caste in the best light, though it manages to maintain a good natured tone. The more worldly of the two men has reinvented himself as a…

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