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  • Bodied
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  • Fury in Red

    ★★★

  • Hard To Kill

    ★★★½

  • The Boss

    ★★★★

  • French Connection II

    ★★★½

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  • Fury in Red

    Fury in Red

    ★★★

    Although Conan Lee and Robin Shou are being top billed on the DVD cover, it is Ben Ng who is the main protagonist in this pretty nasty and gritty revenge actioner. The film features a couple of stiff stunts, bloody gunplay and vicious fights, especially during the finale, where gweilo ass kicker Mark Houghton uses a bamboo stick in a very creative and painful way! FURY IN RED is not a must-see, yet not a bad way to spend 90 minutes for fans of low-budget Hong Kong fare.

  • Hard To Kill

    Hard To Kill

    ★★★½

    Entertaining mix of cops-n-robbers actioner and buddy comedy starring Robin Shou (MORTAL KOMBAT) as the lead protagonist, as well as notable names in bigger (Yukari Ôshima) and smaller roles (Simon Yam). The comic relief local cop is annoying more than once, but the ass-kicking showdown including blazing guns and hard-hitting fights is a fun time. Overall a surprisingly decent output by Phillip Ko.

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  • The Seventh Curse

    The Seventh Curse

    ★★★★

    THE SEVENTH CURSE reminded me why I love Hong Kong cinema so much! It's a completely bonkers RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK rip-off, including fast-paced martial arts, cheesy monsters, fun gore and make-up effects, nudity, reckless stunts, and Chow Yun-Fat firing a bazooka at a rubber monster. Yep, this is great fun from start to finish.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

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    Film #12 of 45 - Cinemonster's Hoop-Tober 6.0
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    THE LIGHTHOUSE is a masterclass in sound design, cinematography, and acting. It has an early David Lynch and Roman Polanski vibe, H.P. Lovecraft references, fragments of Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, and more than once Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL and PERSONA went through my head. Robert Eggers (THE WITCH) shot the film on 35mm, using the 1.19:1 aspect ratio including vintage lenses designed in the 1930s, which creates a second-to-none atmosphere. It's both terryfing and fascinating, consistently expressionistic and nightmarish, equally surreal and absurd. A descent into the human psyche. Masterpiece.