Laughing out loud at a movie hardly comes naturally to me. True, there is the uncomfortable pretense of being around other people or sitting in a rather large dark and ominous theater, but more often than not the film is simply void of the flare needed to expel any sort of my audible giggles. Basically, […]
Harry Brown is a great companion piece to Michael Winner’s gritty 1974 actioner Death Wish. They are both dramatic and intense vigilante films that rely more on their characters and drama than their graphic and sudden action scenes. Where Death Wish feels slightly restrained at some points, Harry Brown is a full onslaught of emotions. […]
The mind often carries a heavy load as it is, whether it is trying to remember a simple birthday or navigate through a complicated relationship – interesting how my own mind places these two examples on opposite sides of the spectrum. But the load only gets denser with stinging images of men forced to their […]
I am quite mad at myself for taking this long to watch Steve McQueen’s Shame. When it came out in 2011, I had a brief understanding of what it entailed. The NC-17 rating was part of my knowledge and I had heard there was copious amounts of sex. Although true and true, I failed to gather […]
Wu Xia is a beautifully photographed Chinese actioner that feels like an extended episode of C.S.I. Think of it as C.S.I. China if you will. The film tells the story of Liu Jinxi, portrayed by Donnie Yen. When Jinxi goes to the store one morning, two thieves rob the store. Jinxi defends the elderly workers […]
Full Contact is a hard-core heroic bloodshed film. For those not in the know, heroic bloodshed is a sub-genre of Chinese action films. They usually feature the themes of honor, friendship, and lots of stylized action. Full Contact definitely has all of those. What separates Full Contact from other heroic bloodshed films though is how […]
Once, I was with someone. Once, I was in love. Once, I was happy. There is a striking feature of this film that resonates with anyone who has had and lost. I am not necessarily talking about love, but that would be the most obvious. The point is the past holds importance to all of […]
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