This one was better than I remembered. Mind you, like a lot of genre films, you still have to accept it for what it is, which in this case is a somewhat absurd Nineties buddy-cop revenge drug war science fiction action film with horror elements. Yep. One of those. Actually, there’s a fairly clever idea […]Read more "I Come In Peace [Dark Angel] (1990)"
(aka, Project Shadowchaser) This is what you get when you combine Die Hard with your typical android-on-the-loose direct to video movie of the Nineties. We’ve got a high-rise hospital in a big, unspecified city of the future: a team of mercenaries seize control of the place and take everyone hostage. The FBI need help, so they […]Read more "Shadowchaser (1992)"
At last! An SF action movie that gives the hero of so many cheap Eighties action movies, Michael Paré, a chance to flex his acting muscles! This time, instead of playing the reluctant tough guy hero, he plays a dangerous felon who leads a prison break, delivering all his dialogue in sort of a mumbled […]Read more "Space Rage (1985)"
Raiders of the Lost Ark may well be the second most copied movie of all time — second, after Star Wars, that is. There have been no end of Italian copies, of course, and a number of Indian ones, and a sprinkling from other countries. Not to mention a few American ones. So it should […]Read more "The Legend of Wisely [Wai Si-Lei chuen kei](1987)"
“Metanoia” refers to a moment of spiritual growth brought on by an act of penitence and true remorse for one’s actions. As curious as naming a fictional video game after a Christian theological term may seem, it seems more curious that the main character of this film does, in fact, undergo such a change. Perhaps […]Read more "RPG Metanoia (2010)"
It rather surprised me to learn that not only did Eugène Lourié — the prolific art designer who started his career with legendary French director Jean Renoir — direct Gorgo, but he also directed The Giant Behemoth and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, three of the better attempts to imitate Godzilla. For that matter, they were […]Read more "Gorgo (1961)"
Let’s make one thing clear from the start: despite what a lot of people have said, this is NOT a Chinese film. It is, in fact an American one, even if it was filmed mostly in China, with a largely Chinese cast and a legendary Chinese director. But it is an understandable mistake: more than […]Read more "The Great Wall (2016)"