Where Eagles Dare

by Brian G. Hutton
Specifics
UK, USA [1968] - 158m
Genre
Thriller, War
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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A very archetypal WWII war flick featuring an infiltration mission of British soldiers deep into German territory. The fact that all parties speak English is awkward, even though the plot actually depends on it to lend the film some credibility. The action is rather poor though, the film is predictable and 150 minutes is way too long. Too dated for me.

The Triumphant Return of General Rouge

Also known as
Jeneraru Rûju no Gaisen
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 123m
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
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A pretty tepid and uninspired hospital drama with light mystery elements. The plot is a little aimless and Nakamura's direction feels lazy, almost as if he was finishing up a temp TV project. Some decent performances and a little intrigue make the second half a bit easier to stomach, but this is one of Nakamura's poorer films.

She's Just a Shadow

by Adam Sherman
Specifics
USA [2019] - 118m
Genre
Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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Sherman's move to Tokyo is pretty awkward and his unfamiliarity with the country shows. Even so, the material at hand should've been more than enough for a fun, over-the-top crime flick. The performances are terrible though and Sherman's direction is insufficient. It's better to stick with Japanese crime cinema than waste your time on this watered-down version.

Men in Black: International

by F. Gary Gray
Specifics
USA [2019] - 114m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
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A mediocre attempt to revive a mediocre franchise. Hemsworth is a decent replacement, sadly Thompson falls flat besides him. The CG isn't very impressive and the creature design and voice work are dumb and childish. There's some silly action fun and the light-hearted tone keeps it watchable, but the film lacks any core qualities.

Ace in the Hole

by Billy Wilder
Specifics
USA [1951] - 111m
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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A film that hasn't lost much of its relevance in 70 years time, but that simply speaks for the lack of social impact cinema has. The critique on the media is rather shallow, Douglas takes overacting to new extremes and Wilder's attempts at cynical drama feel contrived. The first half of the film is one of Wilder's better moments, but this film takes a fast and deep dive during the second half.

Wounds

by Babak Anvari
Specifics
UK [2019] - 94m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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A slight improvement over Anvari's first one, but something is clearly lacking from his work. The drama, mystery and horror elements never really gel together and the mood is anything but captivating. There are some decent scenes here, but these are little more than stand-out moments in an otherwise inconsistent film.

The Forest of Love

Also known as
Ai-naki Mori de Sakebe
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 151m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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The Forest of Love is a film about a loose canon in a world gone mad. As things start to spiral out of control, Sono rids himself of every last bit of restraint and delivers a film full of raw energy and excess, raging towards a completely warped and grueling finale. Not for the faint of heart, but Sono fans are sure to have a blast with this one.

A Page of Madness

by Teinosuke Kinugasa
Also known as
Kurutta Ippêji
Specifics
Japan [1926] - 70m
Genre
Drama, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Weird and unsettling Japanese classic that feels like Tsukamoto's Tetsuo avant la lettre. Stark black and white photography, amazing editing and a fine score by the Alloy Orchestra make this film pure emotion. This was by far the best film from the 1920's I've seen so far, an easy recommend for everyone with an interest in classic cinema.

League of Legends: Origins

by Leslie Iwerks
Specifics
USA [2019] - 77m
Genre
Documentary
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
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Slightly disappointing doc that spends too much time documenting the birth of the studio and the game and fails to give broader insights into the community behind the game. Iwerks has a tough time finding the balance between documentary and promotional video and unless you're totally new to the game and esports there's little of value here.

Sweetheart

by J.D. Dillard
Specifics
USA [2019] - 82m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Neat little creature flick that confirms J.D. Dillard's status as rising talent. The setup is nothing new, the quality of the CG can be insufficient at times, but there are some great scenes here and the creature reveal is one of the best in years. Short, sweet and satisfying. I'm sure this won't be the last we'll hear of Dillard.

My Hero

by Ka-Yan Leung
Also known as
Yat Boon Man Wah Chong Tin Ngai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 93m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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Simple but decent action/comedy that fails to bring anything new to the table, but stands out ever so slightly because of Stephen Chow's part. The direction is mediocre and the action quite random, but Chow's funny, and he is given plenty opportunity to shine here. Definitely not his best film, but it's decent filler that doesn't overstay its welcome.

Village in the Woods

by Raine McCormack
Specifics
UK [2019] - 80m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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A film that aims for an unsettling atmosphere and succeeds, but just barely. McCormack's intentions are clear from the start, the execution is sufficient but the film has some trouble hiding its low-budget roots and McCormack can't always overcome his own inexperience. Horror fans will find a decent genre exercise here, others probably shouldn't bother.

Scissor Dick

by Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Also known as
Hontô wa Eroguroi Isoppu Gûwa: Usagi to Kame to, Kin · Gin · Tetsu no Hôchô - Shizâchin P
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 86m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Insane horror/comedy that mixes political satire with cheap splatter. It's an absurd combination, documenting an incel's crazy mad fantasies and theories. The budget is microscopic, the content is quite vile and the comedy is definitely and acquired taste, but all in all this was an incredibly fun, if cheap, mess of a film. Don't watch if you're easily triggered though.

Once a Gangster

by Felix Chong
Also known as
Fei Saa Fung Chung Chun
Specifics
Hong Kong [2010] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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Felix Chong's Triad parody, not really what I was expecting going in. It's fun to see Ekin Cheng and Jordan Chan in Y&D-like parts, the Internal Affairs running gag is funny, but all too often the film comes off too serious, which makes for a somewhat jarring mix of comedy and straight-faced crime cinema. The result is a bit half-arsed, but at least there were some fun bits.

The Influence

by Denis Rovira van Boekholt
Also known as
La Influencia
Specifics
Spain, France [2019] - 99m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Typical Spanish horror flick. Very stylish, very meticulous and extremely solid across the board, but not quite as scary or tense as you'd have hoped. There's really nothing wrong with this film, except that I've seen this so many times before that it lacks the necessary impact. Solid horror filler, but if you're not big on horror it's safe to skip this one.