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  • Nameless Gangster

    Nameless Gangster

    ★★★★

    ****1/4

    Choi Min-sik plays his corrupt bureaucrat turned wannabe gangster as a spineless, titheaded boor. Inserting himself into dire situations he has no business in at all because he "found" a shit ton of meth on the job as a customs agent. This opens up doors into the Korean underworld that should have stayed closed for this asshole. Yes, one might say it all plays like Korean Scorsese, but this film has a heart and identity all its own even…

  • A Special Lady

    A Special Lady

    ★★★

    ***
    I'm always way more forgiving with action movies than say horror or sci-fi. I'm probably being generous giving this three stars, but there it is. Lee An-kyu, one of the assistant directors of Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird, tries his hand at helming his own feature and the results are okayish? It's a shame that the first half of this movie is just a hastily-stirred slush puddle of corporate gangster shenanigans, because the last half features…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★½

    ****1/4

    The greatest thing about this movie is that it has no intentions of holding your hand at all through any part of the narrative. It knows what it thinks is scary and doesn't care if you agree or not. Thankfully, I do agree and It Follows is one of the rare recent horror films that has lingered in my mind long after it ended.

    The score. The direction. The confident, spare writing. The ominous yet gorgeous cinematography. This film…

  • The Last Broadcast

    The Last Broadcast

    ★★★

    ***

    This film will most likely forever be known solely for coming before The Blair Witch Project and after watching it, I think that assessment is correct. There's a certain ultra low budget charm to the proceedings and the closest thing I can compare it to is the wonderfully creepy Poughkeepsie Tapes. Maybe the Dowdle Brothers found their inspiration for that movie with The Last Broadcast. It's entirely plausible. Here though, the early stage growing pains of found footage horror…