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Yummy

by Lars Damoiseaux
Specifics
Belgium [2019] - 90 mins
Genre
Horror, Comedy
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3.5

Pure, unadulterated zombie fun. It's been a while since I watched a film like this, nowadays there aren't that many simple, straightforward, unpretentious horror flicks around. Yummy just goes for laughs and gore and delivers in spades. If you're in the mood for blood fountains, brain-eating humans and some obtuse but hilarious comedy, make this a priority.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

by Bharat Nalluri
Specifics
Ireland, Canada [2017] - 104 mins
Genre
Biography, Drama, Fantasy
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3.5

An atmospheric and creative retelling of how Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol, making this a welcome variation on a story done to death. 19th century London looks appropriately steamy, the actors do a good job and there are plenty of references to the original story, without having to go through all the familiar plot points again. Quite nice.

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American Pie

by Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz
Specifics
USA [1999] - 95 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5

Pretty lame and boring comedy that spawned an immense amount of sequels and spin-offs. There are a few memorable moments, mostly because they somehow became cultural heritage, but apart from that this is a dull and forgettable affair. Unless you really love American teen comedies, there's not much here.

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Space Battleship Yamato

by Takashi Yamazaki
Also know as
Uchû Senkan Yamato
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 138 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Adventure
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3.0

Japan isn't quite fit for big, epic, live action sci-fi space battle cinema, but they tried to make the best of it here. Some of the settings and effects look a bit dated and the drama is a little off, but there are some fun, adventurous moments and some good action scenes. It's not a great film, but it's pretty decent filler that could've ended up a lot worse.

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Zatôichi

Specifics
Japan [2003] - 116 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy
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4.0

Never watched a classic Zatoichi, even then it's obvious Kitano made this character and this franchise his own. Some very typical comical elements, a superb soundtrack, short bursts of stylized violence and Kitano taking up the lead. It's everything you'd expect from a Kitano film, only set in world of samurais and blind masseurs.

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Hula Girls

by Sang-il Lee
Also know as
Hura Gâru
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 121 mins
Genre
Drama, Sports
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3.0

Formula work from Sang-il Lee. The plot is incredibly predictable, the drama is a little too sentimental, but stand-out performances and above average cinematography make this film stand out from its peers. Hula Girls may not be a great film, but it was actually better than expected. If unlikely sports/teams films are your thing, this is not a bad option.

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Christmas Evil

by Lewis Jackson
Specifics
USA [1980] - 100 mins
Genre
Horror
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2.0

A Santa gone mad. The premise here isn't the worst and Maggart is quite devious as a nutter Santa Claus, but the execution leaves something to be desired. While the crazy noisy soundtrack is an interesting oddity, the character motivations, acting and horror bits are all well below par. Barely passable filler, but only when you're in the mood for some holiday-themed horror.

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Tekken

by Kunihisa Sugishima
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 57 mins
Genre
Animation, Action
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1.5

This game-turned-anime isn't much to look at. A pretty boring plot, poor animation quality and dull characters. Probably slightly more interesting for fans of the games, although they didn't seem to appreciate the short running time and complete lack of depth. Fighting games and movies, it's not a very good combination.

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Fun and Fancy Free

by Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, William Morgan
Specifics
USA [1947] - 73 mins
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
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2.0

A compilation of two slightly beefier Disney shorts, connected by short Jiminy Cricket interludes and some strange live action scenes. The Bongo one is decent but a little too long, the Jack and the Beanstalk one has been done so many times now that it really started to drag after a while. Not that great really, but short.

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Love, Actually

by Richard Curtis
Specifics
UK, USA [2003] - 135 mins
Genre
Romance, Comedy
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2.0

Classic ensemble film that has all the right ingredients for a big Christmas spectacle. Lots of familiar faces, a bundle of British charm, tons of Christmas songs and a couple of very similar storylines that all end with a smile. Not really my thing I must admit, but not all that terrible to sit through either.

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Cinderella

by Charles S. Dubin
Specifics
USA [1965] - 84 mins
Genre
Musical, Romance
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0.5

A very special kind of terrible. While the cast features some familiar names, the film looks like an ordinary school play. Cheap costumes, terrible sets, horrible vocals and some casting choices that boggle the mind. You can't really blame this film for its TV roots, but you can blame it for being poorly realized on all levels.

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Bare-assed Japan

by Yuya Ishii
Also know as
Mukidashi Nippon
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 91 mins
Genre
Drama, Comedy
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3.0

Early Yuya Ishii. A bit cruder compared to his later films, but his trademark style is already present. Comedy through bitter drama, it's not the easiest and most accessible approach to drawing laughs, but it's certainly different. Well acted, funny and just a little depressing, Bare-assed Japan is a perfect introduction into the work of Ishii.

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The Roving Swordsman

by Yuen Chor
Also know as
Shen Sheng Yi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1983] - 84 mins
Genre
Action, Mystery
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3.0

Moody and atmospheric martial arts film. One of Yuen Chor's later films, and it shows this came from a seasoned director who felt at ease making the kind of films he likes. Not the most original or surprising film in other words, but well executed and decent filler for people who can't get enough of the Shaw Bros library.

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Villains

by Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
Specifics
USA [2019] - 88 mins
Genre
Comedy, Thriller
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3.5

Sneaky and devious little black comedy that rest on the shoulders of a terrific cast and some funny plot twists. The cast is small, the setting limited, but Berk and Olsen make the best of the situation and even though this isn't the most original film in the genre, there are some very memorable scenes that make it stand out from its peers. Fun indeed.

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The Captain

Also know as
Zhong Guo Ji Zhang
Specifics
China [2019] - 111 mins
Genre
Thriller
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1.5

A very classic, bombastic and overly sentimental thriller about a captain steering his airplane to safety. There are a few scenes that are effective in raising the tension, but they are few and far between. The rest is way too overdone and cheesy to make any kind of positive impression. A very disappointing Lau film, he can do so much better.

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Young Guns

by Christopher Cain
Specifics
USA [1988] - 107 mins
Genre
Action, Western
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1.0

Very cheesy and badly acted western. The cast is a real eyesore, the plot is pretty boring, so is the action and the music is a complete mismatch. It's such a disaster that I actually had to chuckle a couple of times, though I'm sure that was not intended. Unless you're a real big western or 80s fan, it's probably best to just avoid this one.

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6 Underground

by Michael Bay
Specifics
USA [2019] - 128 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy
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3.5

Big and bold action spectacle that carries Bay's stamp from start to finish. Realism is thrown out of the window in favor of crazy stunts and bad-ass choreographies. Maybe it feels just a little lazy in places, with Bay sticking closely to what he knows best, but apart from that action fans have little to complain about. Good fun.