Pretty much a Best Case Scenario for a 'belated theatrical follow-up to a beloved anime series that ended without resolving its storyline.' Considering the last few episodes of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" went inward as their budget ran out, exploring the characters' psyches through a series of static images and voiceover, it makes sense that a priority for this film is action; it doesn't take long before "The End of Evangelion" delivers the big, explosive mech battles the viewer would hope…
I'm going to have to mark this early effort from director Chang Cheh as a must-see for fans of the Shaw Brothers. It's essentially a proto-heroic bloodshed offering about four Korean War GIs who find themselves without much direction or purpose now that the war is over; no sooner than Ti Lung steals a jeep to drive to Seoul do most of them become embroiled in a drug smuggler's schemes. (Also a little bit of a late 60's/early 70's Bond…
"But I love silence. I love loneliness. And they—they are in me. Their strength, warmth. They're soft, they're soft." A Jungian fever dream of life in the urban jungle. Pop psychology, sexual repression, and marital regrets stir in the film that kicked off Val Lewton's string of RKO greats. Might be the most effective use of light, shadow, and fog in the history of its genre. The Criterion Blu-ray looks incredible.
Stretching a $40 million budget to look like it's $200 million up on the screen is probably the closest Michael Bay will ever get to guerrilla filmmaking, but it's a good look for him: a simple premise of 'bank heist gone wrong turns into one long getaway—and a really bad day' fuels one of the most relentless, chugga-chugga thrillers we've seen since Tony Scott's "Unstoppable."
It was easy for haters to hate when a movie like "Transformers: Revenge of the…