You know you're off to a good start when a movie opens with not just one, but two great action sequences. First you get Michelle Yeoh as a cop on vacation visiting Japan and doing touristy things like snapping pictures of street performers, only to run into a bunch of mob goons chasing some poor bastard. These mob goons are extra dangerous because they have swords, but you get Yeoh and the precision of her movements as she takes these…
The Last Boy Scout 1991
There's undeniably something ugly about the way this movie views women. You have one hero, Bruce Willis, who drops by his house, immediately suspects his wife of cheating on him, waves a gun around, is revealed to be right, shoots a family photo on the way out, and the movie basically supports his point of view. And you have the other hero, Damon Wayans, who arguably has the healthier relationship with women, introduced as having cheated on his girlfriend, who…
Memory: The Origins of Alien 2019
All the interviews with people involved first- or secondhand with the production are fascinating, and the stuff with O’Bannon’s widow is a little moving. Less interesting is the analysis by different fans of the movie, with the exception of Adam Egypt Mortimer, whose tactile, detailed breakdowns of different scenes make me think he should be doing commentaries. Well worth a watch if you’re a fan, but I gotta ask, what the heck was up with that intro?!?
Chop Stix 1979
This ended up being an unintended companion piece to my recent viewing of Heart of Midnight, as both movies are about a woman getting an inheritance from a relative she barely knew and contending with threatening male presences looking. The latter element has emerged subtly as a recurring theme in Maria Lease’s work, even if the tone has varied wildly. In Expensive Tastes, the villains of the movie are a gang of rapists who seek their victims out by having…
Party Girl 1995
"One must imagine Sisyphus happy."
"Bullshit. He's miserable."
"He doesn't have to be. He accepts his fate."
"You're telling me if you name is Syphilis and you spend your life lugging a fucking rock up a hill you wouldn't be miserable?"
"I think I'm an existentialist, I really do."
Mortal Kombat 1995
I wouldn’t call this a childhood favourite by any means, but it was certainly one I saw a bunch of times as a kid and not since, so that fact that was on Tubi and threatening to leave in a few days was good enough reason to give it a rewatch after all these years. One scene that I more or less remembered was the one where Johnny Cage punches Goro in the… you know… and the chase and fight…