• Legendary in Action!

    Legendary in Action!

    Hong Kong cinema is going through a transitory period similar to Hollywood in which the giant spectacle laden films are saturating the film landscape and smaller local productions are struggling to get funding and theater space. The pandemic added another wrinkle, making it much more difficult to conduct shoots safely and efficiently. Legendary in Action! (2022) is both a love letter to classic Hong Kong films and a rallying cry to future filmmakers to not give up on their craft.…

  • Flux Gourmet

    Flux Gourmet

    ★★★★

    I absolutely LOVED this. It’s fucking hilarious for one, Strickland is so good at taking high concept ideas and turning them into supremely watchable films. A culinary noise band, a documentarian hired to film them who spends 75% of the film speaking in a greek voiceover about his terrible gas and farts, it’s so incredibly surreal. Strickland is definitely making fun of how pretentious people think his films are by diving deep into the absurd. It’s so weird and intriguing.…

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  • Shivers

    Shivers

    ★★★½

    I have definitely been going to the wrong pool parties.

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★★½

    Phil Tippett is a special effects mastermind and his creations have graced films such as Star Wars (1977), Jurassic Park (1993), and Starship Troopers (1997). His specialty is elaborate creature designs and stop-motion work, the latter of which fell out of fashion in the film industry after the rise of CGI. Tippett began working on Mad God (2022) while he was doing effects on RoboCop 2 (1990) but he put it aside when he realized that stop-motion was considered "antiquated".…

  • Lux Æterna

    Lux Æterna

    ★★★★

    If you have ANY sensitivity to flashing lights do not watch this. I’m serious.

    Loved it! A film set in hell and the last 15 minutes is an absolute eye fucking nightmare. I bet this was hard to watch (possibly unbearable?!) theatrically. I love how Noe purposely tries to make watching his movies as uncomfortable as possible, haha. 

    It’s also an interesting exploration of how shitty actresses are treated and looked down upon.

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★

    It has some really interesting concepts and imagery but the execution is all over the place. Strange acting choices. Music is fantastic tho. Not my favorite of his works.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    This is like a level 100 Dad Movie

    That being said, it’s kick ass! The cinematography for the flying scenes is incredible. 

    Go. See. This. In. A. Theater. 

    I think it’s better than the original movie, tbh. 

    I like that Maverick has a romance with a woman his own age too! It’s an earnest blockbuster, just here for awesome vibes.

  • The Fall

    The Fall

    ★★★½

    Falling forever. What a nightmare!

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★

    This is just hella boring. I like the design of the main character, and some of the sets were aesthetically interesting! My favorite thing was actually the sound design—I dug the anachronistic noise. Other than that, not much stood out.

  • Tiger on the Beat

    Tiger on the Beat

    ★★★½

    Definitely an over-the-top flick. Chow Yun-Fat is pretty goofy, running around in bright ass ‘80s shirts, pissing his pants. 

    It has that tonal shifting thing a lot of HK films do—there is a part where he graphically beats the shit out of a female suspect, then they have a family dinner together (!) and it’s set up like she falls in love with him? What the fuck? Lots of whiplash stuff like that. Then the last 15 minutes is some of the best action I have ever seen. It’s all over the place!

  • Beware: Children at Play

    Beware: Children at Play

    This movie is hella boring for 95% of the runtime but goddamn that ending is something!