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The Big Hit (1998) -










The Big Hit was directed by Kirk Wong. He is not the most talented of Hong Kong filmmakers, but he almost managed to transfer the trademark Hong Kong cinema style to an American film. And oh boy, Hong Kong-style comedy feels absolutely zany in the US setting. Well, Marky Mark's antics certainly do not help make The Big Hit any more serious. And yet, the film still works in some bizarre, otherworldly way. The Big Hit is fiendishly silly, but it embraces that silliness and turns it into an almost surreal grotesque. At this point the line between good and bad is thin. We basically have Mark Wahlberg dating a Jewish girlfriend (and meeting her parents) while having a black lover, and hitting it off with an Asian school girl. What can go wrong? I had lots of fun watching Mark Wahlberg try to hide tied China Chow away from his girlfriend. Typical HK humor still works in America, which is totally unexpected. Then there's that kinky scene with China Chow, Marky Mark, and a chicken. Has to be seen to be believed. You get some sneak peek at the second-to-last screenshot above. Oh, the action scenes are nice, too. All in all, much better than I expected but nowhere as good as the best Hong Kong comedy and/or action films.

中日南北和 [Spy Games] (1989) -







Not gonna lie. I absolutely freakin' adored it. Just imagine 80s Hong Kong meets 80s Japan. Well, Spy Games is basically that. And it has Joey Wong. And Kenny Bee. The most amazing amalgamation one can think of! It's just so damn enjoyable, one can forget all problems and just melt into its music-filled stylish world. It's almost cartoony at times, almost anime-like, almost skippable, but somehow just incredible all the same. It's really hard to pinpoint what makes it stand out from hundreds of similar Hong Kong films. Well, it's just one of my recent HK favorites. That's that.

喜劇 一発大必勝 [Vagabond Schemer] (1969) -




After having seen 76 films and then watching this, Vagabond Schemer feels like Yamada trying to be as anti-Yamada as possible. Anarchy instead of order, abrupt impulses instead of sincere purity. Every moment that would have otherwise ended with a gloriously moving scene was cut short, skewed, or downright ruined in favor of black comedy, sometimes verging on depressing. Decapitation? Check. Eating human ashes? Check. Threats of rape and cannibalism? Check. Damn. The dance scene is a work of a genius. But the way the film ends is Yamada denying everything he will ever stand for in the future. And I love Vagabond Schemer for that.

生きてはみたけれど 小津安二郎伝 [I Lived, But...] (1983) -





A documentary on Yasujiro Ozu. Not particularly enlightening if you know a thing or two about the director before going into it. But it nicely paints a portrait of a genius filmmaker through interviews with people in the industry (including Yoji Yamada!) and clips from Ozu's films. The final outcome is much better than the individual parts that go into making it. My favorite part is obviously the interview with Yamada who seems to be surprised that so many people think his films are Ozu-like. He confesses that he disagreed with Ozu on many things and strived to make films different from Ozu's. And yet, people still see the resemblance to his work and claim Yamada carries on Ozu's tradition. "I suppose once I became a director, I began to see just how tall a mountain Ozu represented. Strive as I might, the summit remained out of sight. Then some people started saying things like that- that my films showed a strong Ozu influence. It took me completely by surprise. I'd never thought about it. It made me realize what a strange beast tradition is.", Yamada sums up.

The Beguiled (1971) -



When you find out she was underaged

12 is old enough for kisses? Well, ain't that swell. Clint really goes loli mode at the beginning of my favorite Don Siegel film. He doesn't wait long before trying to seduce all the other ladies, including a seventeen-year-old vixen. Will he succeed in building his own Confederate harem or will the girls stop him? Watch to find out! This definitely gives off harem anime vibes. But it's much more sophisticated and psychologically rich. The ending, also involving the little girl, has something really evil about it.

Tantas almas [Valley of Souls] (2019) -




How come one of the tensest scenes in recent memory is one from a slow cinema film? No, seriously. It surpasses any thriller I can think of. It's just so scary and thrilling. The slow pace makes it so much more effective because you start feeling like the protagonist himself. One of the most memorable tangible feelings I got from cinema. The film is a tribute to the victims of a massacre. It's about a man who's trying to find the bodies of two of his sons who were murdered. It's just that. But it's a deeply affecting film worthy of praise.

Omega Doom (1996) -




Oh boy, where do I start? Rutger Hauer and some weird proto-Matrix people. And then some weirdo cyborgs. The beginning with the weird poetic narration and shots all in red hues really make you expect something better. But it's not bad.

放浪記 [A Wanderer's Notebook] (1962) -




A slightly disappointing Naruse. Based on the autobiography of a woman writer whose works Naruse had adapted before. I really didn't care about the film that much. Its saving grace, however, is Hideko Takamine's brilliant performance. Simply outstanding!

かもめ食堂 [Kamome Diner] (2006) -




Never underestimate the power of a good feel-good film. Naoko Ogigami is a director known for just that. Making feel-good movies. And Kamome Diner is certainly one of her best. A deeply relaxing piece of filmmaking. It's not a film that you can spoil, but at the same time, I think it's best to know as little as possible when going into it. So, I'll leave it at just that. If only the West achieved this level of feel-good greatness...

Susan Slept Here (1954) -




Great. First Clint Eastwood fiddling with underaged girls. Now Dick Powell romancing a 17-in-the-film Debbie Reynolds. Tashlin is always good. But he used to be better than that. Still an enjoyable film.

愛と死をみつめて [The Crest of Man] (1964) -




Well, the original title translates to Gazing at Love and Death, so what did I expect going into this incredibly depressing film about a sick girl?! This and The Heart of Hiroshima (that I also watched recently) are the so-called junai kombi or "pure love" films that were extremely popular back then. Well, I sure wouldn't call them that. I'd say they're more gravely depressive than pure. This made me feel really bad for a long time and I wonder if it's just the film or some external factors weighed in, but who cares. I definitely crave the pure love stories of Yoji Yamada now than this kind of sepulchral yarn.

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022) -




Wow, this film took me by surprise. I really enjoyed it! It's basically like a fantasy for lonely middle-aged bookworm women but who cares. It rocks! It's a little bit like The Fall but without the annoying little girl. Extremely engaging, which helped heaps after I was broken by The Crest of Man.

Losing Ground (1982) -












I don't care about the story. But the aesthetics and colors were amazing. *.* I might actually uprate it for just that!

特區愛奴 [China Dolls] (1992) -




Amy Yip and other girls take lots of abuse from Charlie Cho & his crooks in this sleazy CAT III film. That's all you really need to know. If you like this kind of stuff, you'll enjoy it. But there certainly are better films in Category 3.

To the Moon (2020) -




Look, this film compiled of many other films is really good, atmospheric, and all, but I almost one-starred it after the film ended and there was no list of films used to make this in the ending credits. I did recognize some of the movies, but come on, half of the fun with films like these is watching the films used in such compilations afterward.

Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau [Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves] (2016) -




Adolescent commie filth enamored with the ideas of revolution leads their worthless, empty anti-establishment lives in a small commune. Hating the rich, government, their parents, authority, etc., etc., the unemployed three have no scruples to take money from the only one that works by prostituting herself. Coated in revolutionary nihilism, they start from vandalism but it doesn't take long before they climb the revolutionary ladder of every hongweibing. Setting fires to buildings is bound to end a certain way. And it does. And then, there's the rejection of parents and more bullshit. Of course, the struggle sessions (although self-inflicted) have their place here, too. But in the end, every idiot gets disillusioned with the ideology and sees the light. Some of them really cannot find any better solution but to set themselves ablaze. But surely, nobody gives a f*ck.

An infuriating if gargantuan film that narrates doubt but doesn't believe in it. People escape from starvation and dictatorship inevitably caused by Communism. And yet people who never lived in a Communist country crave Communism. Typical. The film is political Godard worship. A well-made film about a bunch of dipshits. I don't think I'm giving the film any justice, but I don't have to. This film has all the pros and cons of Godard's La Chinoise. And let me end with that.

血洗洪花亭 [An Eye for an Eye] (1990) -




More Joey Wong to lift my spirits up! She's abused in this. But also is badass! And the penultimate scene is one of the best ever! And the love triangle is kind of like a worse version of Once a Thief. Oh well, if the film ended differently, I'd have rated it 4.5! Look, in the beginning, you watch films for katharsis or to find high artistic merit in them. And it's not like I never do that now. But sometimes, you don't really give a damn. You just want to see Joey Wong in front of the camera.

Paganini Horror (1989) -




Pretty good for what it is! A nightmarish Italian horror! Great colors and orgone pyramid, I mean hourglass. Looks good on Bluray!

Door (1988) -




What can I say?! I just love thrillers where a lonely female is stalked by some creep! A bored housewife ignored by her husband has only her son to somewhat keep her spirits up. The husband is largely inexistent, denying her the kinky time and spending all his time at work. But one day a psycho salesman pays her a visit, trying to open the door to her apartment. When he tries to squeeze his hand inside, she shuts the door, hurting his fingers. This propels the salesman's psycho-love. It starts from pestering but ends with a full-on home invasion. The wife, neglected by her husband, seems to be enraged by the salesman's phone calls in which he professes his love to her, but at the same time his words of "I love you" are ingrained in her mind perhaps out of fear, perhaps out of true longing for some closeness. But when the salesman finally finds his way inside the apartment, his intentions are clear. And that's when the bloody game of cat and mouse begins. The housewife's son is just another piece in this multi-layered puzzle of a suburban nightmare. Oh well, I'm probably already getting canceled for my interpretation of the film but who cares! It's great! The bird's eye view shot is a thing to behold. So is the incredible synth music, not very fitting to the content of the film, but still elevating it by its sheer brilliance. Definitely similar vibes to the Evil Dead Trap soundtrack!

血裸祭 [Blood Ritual] (1989) -




What can I say? Another great film from Hong Kong! This one uses the satanic panic similarly to Angel Hunter and Satan Returns. And while it doesn't have Anthony Wong like the former or Chingmy Yau like the latter, it's still a great flick. Has lots of humor, too!

凌晨晚餐 [Vampire's Breakfast] (1987) -




There's just something deeply relaxing about Hong Kong films. I can't get the same kind of feeling from movies made in any other country! Of course, this applies solely to films made in the 80s and 90s (pre-1997)! They just had the formula down and they used it! And the effect was brilliant! American entertainment never reached this level of awesomeness! Listen, they'd churn out hundreds of films a year. Hundreds. And so many of them would be good! Vampire's Breakfast is really good, too! This film is riddled with action! But it's the romance subplot that stole my heart. Kent Cheng and Emily Chu Bo-Yee are so cute together! Every little interaction they have is to die for!

Deadly Weapons (1974) -



Just imagine waking up to an image like that!

@Rockatansky-core. For a good measure. Why not. A weird mustachioed man and Chesty Morgan whose breasts could suffocate an elephant! Well, I still prefer Hitomi Tanaka of the two, but if anything, Chesty's pair of melons sure call for respect. The film is horrid, but there's a layer of weird enjoyment I got from its silliness.
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Don't Worry Darling- This was entertaining. Florence Pugh did a good job and Chris Pine is fantastically villainous. I thought Harry Styles was miscast and his performance didn't work for me. The story was interesting and I was satisfied by the resolution. I also really liked the cinematography and the score.





Ride Lonesome - 1959 B Western directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott as bounty hunter Ben Brigade. As the movie opens he has captured outlaw and murderer Billy John (James Best) and intends to take him to the town of Santa Cruz to be hanged. Billy is counting on his older brother Frank (Lee Van Cleef) to effect a rescue as the two men avoid Apache war parties and eventually reach a stagecoach way station. Inside are two outlaws, Boone (Pernell Roberts) and Whit (James Coburn) and Mrs. Lane (Karen Steele), the station operator's wife. Brigade convinces Mrs. Lane to abandon the station and accompany him and his prisoner to Santa Cruz after the Apache chieftain takes a shine to her. The two outlaws also come along and it's soon apparent that they have their own agenda.

This was only 70 or so minutes long and even then their were numerous unremarkable scenes with the party meandering their way along on the trail. But this apparent filler also had a direct bearing on the plot. It is however a product of it's time with it's saturated color palette. The attacking Native Americans obligingly ride in slow circles around the besieged party giving the white eyes plenty of time to blast away at their leisure. And Karen Steele's bullet bra gets plenty of screen time as she spends an inordinate amount of time standing in silhouette. I did like how the screenplay took the time to flesh out a couple of the characters and thereby mess with audience expectations. This has some positive reviews although I never felt I was watching a true and memorable classic of the genre.

70/100



I really like the Boetticher westerns. I like how often they center very normal-seeming characters.

The Tall T is my favorite. I quite like the drama-western mix of Decision at Sundown.





Frozen 2, 2019

Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) are back in this sequel to Frozen. Along with companions Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) they set off for an enchanted forest to discover the origins of Elsa's powers. But the answer may reveal a dark secret about their kingdom, Arendelle.

This is not an honest-to-goodness review because I had a really hard time paying attention to this film and just ended up mostly half-listening to it.

The positives are that the voice acting is great, and that includes new additions like Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, and Sterling K Brown. One of the best bits includes Olaf quickly reenacting the first film for the benefit of people in the enchanted forest. "Don't worry, their parents will protect them." "Their parents are dead."

I also thought that the music ranged from fine to actually pretty good. ("Into the Unknown" is just the kind of number that would be super fun to see on the big screen, though it lacks the propulsion of "Let It Go").

Ultimately I didn't find the story incredibly compelling. The film tepidly approaches the topic of colonialism and the damage it's done to people and environments, but in the end it kind of wimps out with a "make everyone happy" ending that feels kind of unearned.

Not bad, but didn't make a big impression on me at all.




FUNNY PAGES (2022)


A hilarious movie about a young high school cartoonist looking for a replacement for his recently deceased mentor in a troubled man who was an asisstant colorist until he lost his job for reasons which seem obvious as the movie progresses.
The kid breaks into the school to steal his beloved teacher's work knowing that it will only be thrown away by the administration. He wants to head out on his own so he moves out of his parents' Princeton home to a hovel in Trenton. Actually it is the basement of a hovel which he shares with some down on their luck gentlemen.

He meets the colorist through his lawyer and invites this madman to his parents' house for Christmas. It works out as well as can be hoped.
I know I am not the best at hyping a movie but this came out this July and already has cult status. It reminds me of indie movies of yore. Owen Kline the writer/director is wonderful.
5/5





Barbarian
(2022)
3.5/5

What the hell did I watch?!? I can say it kept me guessing.





Desert Fury, 1947

Paula (Lizabeth Scott) is the 19 year old daughter of a Nevada casino owner named Fritzi (Mary Astor). Paula has returned home after being kicked out of yet another college. As the mother and daughter clash, more fuel gets added to the fire in the form of Eddie Bendix (John Hodiak), a gambler who rolls into town with his watchful partner Johnny (Wendell Corey). Paula and Laura strike up a romance, much to the chagrin of Fritzi and the local policeman, Tom (Burt Lancaster), who has some feelings toward Paula himself.

This is a really fun noir/melodrama mix, with a great performance from Scott in the lead role that really pulls together the film.

There's a really fabulous theme running through the whole film about all of the messed up, complicated reasons that people run toward and/or away from someone else. While a lot of noir films hinge on the deadly attraction of the femme fatale, this film interestingly inverts the dynamic. Yes, Paula is attracted to Eddie, but mainly she is driven toward him by her mother's hatred of Eddie and her overt, manipulative attempts to control Paula. Likewise, the intense, jealous friendship between Johnny and Eddie is, as we slowly discover through the film, driven by something much darker than camaraderie. Skirting on the edge of it all is Lancaster's surprisingly passive Tom, a man who sits somewhat on the sidelines for much of the time, bearing witness to the machinations of the other characters with vague disgust.

Scott and Astor are both really good in their lead roles. I went back and forth on how I felt about Hodiak as Eddie. On one hand, he is not a very compelling presence. On the other hand, I almost feel like that's part of the point. Eddie is a loser, and Paula can't see it because she's so determined to run in the opposite direction of whatever her mother wants. The halo around Eddie is all due to her mother's disapproval, and we wait for her to realize just what kind of person she's decided to hitch her wagon to.

The look of the film is also really neat, contrasting the sun-baked, rural exteriors with the more closed, cold interiors.

A solid noir drama with a satisfying plot progression, if somehow a bit slight.




The Battle of Algiers - I have now seen this and think it was interesting with some lines of dialogue that was rather quotable such as: "Starting a revolution is hard, and it’s even harder to continue it. Winning is hardest of all. But only afterward, when we have won, will the real hardships begin." Again, I liked the atmosphere and how there were those shooting scenes that looked visible and not too chaotic and confusing(Blackhawk Down which I dislike). There were just enough characters and all of them had a purpose, even the extras(or a pebble like The Fool from La Strada would put it). This thing was very well made in my book and I liked not knowing what was to happen next, despite knowing that Algierians would get freedom from France and that Ali la Pointe would get killed at the end. This thing was a two-hour history lesson on how the Algerians got independence from France. There will be another viewing of this someday.


Duelle - I watched this because I loved Jacques Rivette's other feature Celine & Julie Go Boating so much and also because I was satisfied by watching a minute of Duelle the night before. Curious with what I saw, I decided to watch Duelle and felt like I was in another planet. I was infatuated with the appearances of the two witches in the movie who was after the stone, especially the blonde one who looked dressed up for a magic show most of the time. The other witch was Celine from the other movie who ironically was a magician but not in Duelle. The piano music in the background also added to this movie's charm. The thing was though... I love it now, but after I was done watching this, I was confused with what just happened. I also felt really good after watching this as well and the feeling lasted for days.

I feel like I want to give Duelle a 5/5, but I still feel uncertain about what I saw so I am going to watch it a second time on probably 10/15 when I have more juice. This is the most underrated movie I have ever seen, I advise you to check it out.
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Deadly Weapons (1974) -



Just imagine waking up to an image like that!

@Rockatansky-core. For a good measure. Why not. A weird mustachioed man and Chesty Morgan whose breasts could suffocate an elephant! Well, I still prefer Hitomi Tanaka of the two, but if anything, Chesty's pair of melons sure call for respect. The film is horrid, but there's a layer of weird enjoyment I got from its silliness.
How dare you sir. That weird mustachioed man is Harry Reems. The man is an inspiration to weird mustachioed men everywhere.

Also, is Paganini Horror the one where the song sounds suspiciously like Living on a Prayer? I remember being bored by the movie (nowhere near as cool as its poster) but liking the killer’s appearance. I do quite like Contamination from the same director. Amazing gore scenes in that one.

Also, as for Kirk Wong, have you seen Rock n Roll Cop? I mostly liked it but was a bit put off by how it treated Carrie Ng’s character.

(For the record, I liked the post for the wealth of HK reviews, not just the mention. No other national cinema hits the spot in the same way.)



How dare you sir. That weird mustachioed man is Harry Reems. The man is an inspiration to weird mustachioed men everywhere.
I know, but I prefer @Swan. He and his beard are my inspiration.

Also, is Paganini Horror the one where the song sounds suspiciously like Living on a Prayer?
I guess it reminded me of a song I'd heard before, yeah!

I remember being bored by the movie (nowhere near as cool as its poster) but liking the killer’s appearance. I do quite like Contamination from the same director. Amazing gore scenes in that one.
Yeah, the director is quite nice. He made Starcrash, after all. The Killer Must Kill Again is his second-best!

Also, as for Kirk Wong, have you seen Rock n Roll Cop? I mostly liked it but was a bit put off by how it treated Carrie Ng’s character.
Sure. But it's not that great! Digital Master is my favorite of his. A cyberpunk/sci-film made in HK. Very original!

(For the record, I liked the post for the wealth of HK reviews, not just the mention. No other national cinema hits the spot in the same way.)
Oh yeah! Hong Kong for the win! Too bad the cinema deteriorated so fast after 1997. It's but a joke of its former glory now.



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Nope - (2022)

It's nice to go to a movie like this and not be thinking, "That was so stupid" when the credits roll - Jordan Peele's mix of sci-fi and horror slowly develops it's aims, and keeps you fundamentally guessing for a long time, and when the guessing ends it encourages a lot of thought. It also generates one hell of a lot of suspense. At first I would have said I wished there was more horror in it - but the fact that it took us as far as it could go for mere moments made my imagination do the rest of the work - and my imagination often works too well. It's very hard to walk this tightrope of not wanting to give too much away, and Nope is a film of gradual revelation, so the more you initially know the less that aspect works. Broadly it's about our relationship with animals, our exploitation of animals (especially for entertainment) and our need - urge really - to know and see. Exploitation, especially in a visual sense, is explored quite a bit. You'll be asking yourselves of the significance of a certain shoe! This is my second trip to the cinema since the pandemic ended - hoorah for the end of the pandemic!

7.5/10


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Neighbors 2 : Sorority Rising - (2016)

Nicholas Stoller eventually manages to wrangle his cast into the fine comedic form they all had in the first Neighbors movie, but it takes him a while, as more time is devoted to some of the film's characters - and while normally I'm all for character development, it does slow the film down to a crawl. I very much prefer the first film, but this second one has it's moments, and if you did enjoy the first there's more generally silly set-ups and even some further pay-offs from events that happened in the first.

6/10
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The Gentlemen (2019)




For me this was Guy Ritchie's best film since his first two. I didn't even always know what was going on or being said but I was always entertained. This will probably result in my wife calling me a c**t for the next 6 months just like she did after seeing Sexy Beast.





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Neighbors 2 : Sorority Rising - (2016)

Nicholas Stoller eventually manages to wrangle his cast into the fine comedic form they all had in the first Neighbors movie, but it takes him a while, as more time is devoted to some of the film's characters - and while normally I'm all for character development, it does slow the film down to a crawl. I very much prefer the first film, but this second one has it's moments, and if you did enjoy the first there's more generally silly set-ups and even some further pay-offs from events that happened in the first.

6/10
I'm sorry, I thought this movie was stupid.



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I'm sorry, I thought this movie was stupid.
I got a few laughs out of it, but it was typical sequel stuff and the movie wasn't taken seriously (apart from the girl power/respect angle) - you probably mean a different kind of stupid, but director and actors seemed to not really care how stupid the film got - the more the better really. I've plumbed the depths and seen a lot worse.



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Inherit the Wind - (1960)

So, this was a recommendation for me from a friend with a lot of oomph behind it, and the film has a rating of 8.1/10 on the IMDb - so my expectations were probably far too demanding. Even the topic - the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, where a teacher was on trial for teaching evolution in the classroom contrary to a Tennessee law at the time, interests me. I was thinking more Judgement at Nuremberg but I got My Cousin Vinnie instead - with less comedy, but a lighter tone than I was expecting. Spencer Tracey plays defense lawyer Henry Drummond, with Dick York the teacher in the dock. One actor who quite unexpectedly turns up is Gene Kelly, as a cynical acid-tongued journalist covering the story - which did work, but still felt very strange. We've all seen fanatics, so everyone knows what these townspeople are like - a teacher wants to teach science (observation and fact) and the nice people of Hillsboro want to hang him. Amazingly, they learn nothing from the religion they so fervently follow - which is the tragic irony of all this. Fredric March is prosecutor Matthew Harrison Brady whose own zeal eats him alive. Overall, a film which espouses free thought - most winningly, at the end Tracey exits the courtroom with both the Bible and Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species tucked under his arm. Wherever we see fanatics, we see pain, death, horror and utter destruction - to learn is the way forward, always questioning and using our mind. Only the wise are really holy, and religious fanatics are not wise. An important and interesting film.

7.5/10


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Top Gun - (1986)

There was a chance I was going to go see Top Gun : Maverick the other day (I ended up seeing Nope instead - it started an hour and a half sooner) - so since I was going to watch this again anyway, I got it out of the way. I don't really get this movie's appeal - the jet fighter stuff is very confusing (from the cuts I can't follow the action - which is probably why all the characters spell it out - "he's on my tail!" - "I'm coming up right beside you" - "I'll swing around...") and the stuff on the ground is pure b-picture. I like the actors in this - Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards especially, but overall the film doesn't stand out as superior. I guess the soundtrack does though - it's a big winner there. Just an average, okay movie.

6/10



I just finished watching Blonde on Netflix. I can confidently say, regardless of what else comes out this year, this will be the most divisive film of 2022. Some of the reviews have been crazy and people have had strong reactions, both good and bad. So let me address a few questions first.

Is Blonde pornographic? No.
Is Blonde exploitative? No.
Is Blonde misogynistic? No.

Blonde is masterfully directed by Andrew Dominik and features a great performance by Ana de Armas. It's beautifully filmed and effectively haunting. For me, Blonde is one of the best films of the year. Love it or hate it, Blonde is a must see. My rating is a



Moffie (2019)

Interesting biography about a homosxual person being conscripted into the South Africa army in the apartheid era with its brutality. He ends up fighting against the Angolans in a conflict I'm still trying to understand. It was also a centre for there Aversion Therapy Project that used ECT and chemical castration to "realign" folk they suspected to be "deviants". Well acted and good scenery but a bit flat in the writing.