Category Archives: Reviews

Review: Men from the Monastery (HK 1974)

Oh my god, dude got stabbed in the TAINT! Seriously though, this has a reputation for being one of Chang Cheh’s better films, but I did not find it terribly engaging, especially compared to an epic like Shaolin Temple or his … Continue reading

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Review: Satan’s Brew (West Germany 1976)

This arch “comedy“ of manners about a blocked, grasping, bilious poet and his lovers and hangers-on raises the existential question of whether a comedy can be a comedy if it does not actually appear to be intended to be funny. … Continue reading

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Review: Gunan, King of the Barbarians (Italy 1982)

One star for sexy Sabrina Siani, a mainstay of Italian Conan the Barbarian knockoffs. No stars for anything else. This story of two brothers seeking revenge with the aid of a magical Amazon tribe is otherwise an entirely dull affair, … Continue reading

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Review: That Man from Rio (France 1964)

Jean-Paul Belmondo stars in a light-hearted action-comedy romp through Brazil, in what mostly amounts to a continuous pursuit of his abducted girlfriend (the tragic Francoise Dorleac) and some archaeological McGuffins. If you know Belmondo’s more populist films, you know that … Continue reading

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Review: The Lodge (USA 2019)

I didn’t much care for Goodnight Mommy, but I thought it had a certain undeniable level of quality and creepiness. This? This was straight up garbage, with plot points lifted from much better movies and noisy music cues substituting for … Continue reading

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Review: Color Out of Space (USA 2019)

I hate to say it, but I think Richard Stanley would have been better off not casting Nic Cage in this. I enjoy an unhinged Cage performance as much as the next guy, but every scene he was in was … Continue reading

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Review: Magnet of Doom (France 1963)

Moody crime film from Jean Pierre Melville? Sign me up. This is definitely one of his weaker efforts – the story about a unemployed boxer (Jean Paul Belmondo) bodyguarding a disgraced French baker on the run (Clouzot regular Charles Vanel … Continue reading

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Review: 6 Underground (USA 2019)

This is … a comedy? About a team of international goodie two shoes assassins led by Batman who are fucking terrible at their jobs? I can’t tell if this was meant to be a comedy. Ryan Reynolds definitely thinks it … Continue reading

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Review: Tokyo Knights (Japan 1961)

This early Seijun Suzuki youth flick is basically an Elvis movie starring Koji Wada as the young heir to a construction combine mixed up in illegal shenanigans. It’s a super breezy, super jazzy (literally) play on Hamlet, and as soon … Continue reading

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Review: Split Second (USA 1992)

Where has this movie been all my life? In all seriousness, how did I not stumble across this on late night Showtime or Cinemax in the 90’s? For the first couple of minutes I thought it was dumb as hell … Continue reading

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