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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Avalon

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  • True Lies

    ★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★★

  • Police Academy

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★★

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    I need to remember to watch this movie with more frequency than decades. I'd forgotten the potency of this movie's experience, a world built to escape into for a while. A small taste of paradise and hope.

    I was reminded of this movie while re-reading The Odyssey (Lattimore translation), where Nausikaa is introduced in book six, the courageous and beautiful princess of the Phaiakians, who delights in the fancy of adventures on the sea. I was inspired to watch this…

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  • Police Academy

    Police Academy

    I used to find this movie hilarious as a kid, but I'm not a kid anymore and now I find this movie about as funny as a Michael Richards stand-up routine. Maybe I'd appreciate it more on Straight Pride Day or something.

    I'll still try and watch all the sequels, even though Kim Catrall doesn't make a return.

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (also spoilers for earlier Zhang Yimou films)

    So Zhang Yimou found a way to skirt the Chinese censors with foreign financing, his last film from Japan and this film from Taiwan (through a Hong Kong front company, of course), and even so, neither of these films had anything to censor. Maybe they were a bit suggestive, maybe something in the overall tone the Bureau didn't like. Maybe they saw something implicitly critical of their ways? Regardless, these two films were…

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  • Predator 2

    Predator 2

    ★★★★★

    What a sequel should be. The same concept, but a new location, new ideas. The first movie is great, but if you ask me what kind of setting I prefer to watch: the jungle or the city? No question. Rooftops, alleyways, steam, smoke, lights, trash, hobos, cops and druglords, these are the things that excite me. Who would win in a fight, Danny Glover or Arnold Schwarzenegger? Depends who's editing.

    The predator's spaceship was a marvel. I love the tone…

  • The Heroine

    The Heroine

    ★★★★★

    "who are you?"
    "can ya read?"
    "'fraid not"
    "we're the police" (he wasn't the police)

    Badly dubbed Hong Kong action badly ripped from VHS badly ripped from 35mm drenched in stock 70s porno groove score, starring action babe Lin Chiu (or Qiu Yuen) as "Police Woman".

    A.K.A. "Young Tiger" A.K.A. "Rumble in Hong Kong".

    Oh yeah, Jackie Chan makes an appearance.