Simon

Watched a lot of films, then stopped watching films. Started watching films again.

Favorite films

  • Once Upon a Time in China
  • Versus
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Swallowtail Butterfly

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  • Kika

    ★★★

  • Lowlife Love

    ★★★★

  • The Magnificent Trio

    ★★★★

  • Throw Down

    ★★★½

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  • Kika

    Kika

    ★★★

    An odd film, introducing us to the brightly coloured world of a bubbly optimist and then slowly souring it. Almodóvar apparently wanted KIKA to mark the end of a cycle in his films, to close a chapter of his career. The aesthetic reminds us of Women On The Verge, the narrative recalls Matador, and perhaps that is why despite Victoria Abril's fantastic costumes the film never quite develops an identity of its own.

  • The Magnificent Trio

    The Magnificent Trio

    ★★★★

    THE MAGNIFICENT TRIO was released nearly a year before THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN and only a month after COME DRINK WITH ME, but for some reason it doesn't seem to get much attention. I'm not sure why because it's a solid piece of film-making, with a story that reminded me of Akira Kurosawa - possibly just because I watched it right after SANJURO, but there are some clear parallels with that film.

    Chang Cheh's direction is sharp and dynamic, with some…

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  • Sanak

    Sanak

    ★★★½

    SANAK (Anger) is Die Hard In A Hospital and it doesn't care who knows it - I like a film that wears its influences proudly. There's also a dash of Hard Boiled and a dollop of Jackie Chan in the mix, with action director Andy Long Nguyen staging a series of fights that pit Vidyut Jammwal against opponents using a variety of styles to showcase his impressive skills. The execution might not be as polished as the best in the…

  • Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

    Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

    ★★★★

    This fifth film in the live action series takes us back to when Kenshin was known as Himura Battosai, a feared assassin fighting the Shogunate with the Shinsengumi hot on his tail, when a beautiful woman with an aura of sadness enters his life.

    If you've seen RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE FINAL you know who she is and why she is sad, and how this film is going to end because you've already seen it. I don't know why they chose…