Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

by Serge Ou
Specifics
Australia [2019] - 107m
Genre
Documentary
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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An entry-level documentary into the world of martial arts, with a something disappointing focus on how it conquered the West. The use of overdubs and dubbed movie fragments is pretty shameful, but there are some nice bits and it's nice enough to see a fun and compact overview of the history of martial arts cinema.

Taoism Drunkard

by Cheung-Yan Yuen
Also known as
Gui Ma Tian Shi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1984] - 95m
Genre
Action, Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Martial arts film made on the cheap. Its lack of budget is a blessing though, as it allowed the director to simply do whatever he pleased. Taoism Drunkard is a bat shit crazy mix of martial arts, comedy and some minor horror touches, featuring a kettle as one of the most daft (but hilarious) characters in any martial arts film ever.

Deerskin

by Quentin Dupieux
Also known as
Le Daim
Specifics
France [2019] - 77m
Genre
Comedy, Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Think Audition, because the first half is just a little underwhelming. There is some measure of absurdity present, but it feels a little tame and manageable. Then things spiral well out of control during the second half, which makes it all the more fun. Well acted and crazy, probably the most doofy serial killer flick ever.

The Box

by Kanji Nakajima
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 68m
Genre
Sci-fi, Experimental
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Rather weird and abstract film with some mild sci-fi/fantasy elements, shot is grizzly black and white. It's not entirely coherent, there's not that much dialogue and the ending goes a little off the rails, but it's plenty atmospheric, with beautiful cinematography and a very solid score. Definitely worth a watch if you don't mind your films a little different.

Parasite

by Joon-ho Bong
Also known as
Gisaengchung
Specifics
South Korea [2019] - 132m
Genre
Thriller, Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Decent but somewhat inconspicuous film unworthy of all the hype. Bong is a fine director and there are a few decent scenes that stand out, but the first hour is very repetitive, the second one feels aimless and the rest of it is just solid, but hardly anything to get excited about. Beats me what all this praise is for, but it's not a bad film.

The First Temptation of Christ

by Rodrigo Van Der Put
Also known as
A Primeira Tentação de Cristo
Specifics
Brazil [2019] - 46m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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The Prequel to The Last Hangover, which is every bit as goofy, silly and well ... blunt. The idea is pretty much the same, only now we're celebrating Jesus' 30th birthday, on which his parents plan to tell him who his real faster is. If you hate blasphemous things, don't even attempt to watch this, otherwise it's a fun and amusing comedy.