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    Seven Psychopaths - Pretty funny and entertaining movie this, not to sure I totally got what it really was trying to say but it didn't bother me to much. The characters had the strangeness and dark comedy that In Bruges had. I think this director is pretty solid so I will be looking out for more of his work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Seven Psychopaths - Pretty funny and entertaining movie this, not to sure I totally got what it really was trying to say but it didn't bother me to much. The characters had the strangeness and dark comedy that In Bruges had. I think this director is pretty solid so I will be looking out for more of his work.
    The Guard is a much better follow-up to In Bruges.

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    Through 4 Harry Potter movies. I like 4 that it seemed to get away from the same formula Rowling used in each book so far. Or the Director decided to show less of parts that repeat itself in a different way.

    Missus is there to point out the little nuisances that can make you appreciate the movie more. Maybe one day I will read them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xercies View Post
    Seven Psychopaths - Pretty funny and entertaining movie this, not to sure I totally got what it really was trying to say but it didn't bother me to much. The characters had the strangeness and dark comedy that In Bruges had. I think this director is pretty solid so I will be looking out for more of his work.
    Sam Rockwell is amazing. If you haven't already, you should watch definitely watch Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwie View Post
    The Ronin who gave himself the somewhat incredible title "Wins Without a Knife"...
    Just noticed The Ronin is actually Lord Raiden, minus the superpowers.
    "Wins Without a Knife" is actually a taunt, totally bonkers.
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    His appearence reminds me a lot of the conniving shinto monk (not a spoiler) in another film I saw over the holidays:

    Duel to the Death is fantastic.

    The premise is simple - every ten years the best swordsman in China and the best in Japan fight to the death for their nation's honour - but the film layers this event with intriguing complications. This time around, the two honorable swordsmen selected to fight must contend with political pressures, espionage and corruption from both sides in the days leading up to the fight.

    The whole film is a meditation on what 'honour' really means, helped along by some great (and somewhat silly) fight scenes which build to an utterly stunning finale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Screwie View Post
    Duel to the Death is fantastic.
    Directed by the director of the Heroic Trio? DO WANT!
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    @Somini (And anyone else who cares) - Epic Martial Arts Films Part 1!

    Here we focus on Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen and Yuen Biao. Next post, we move on to everything else.

    I forgot to give you the list of epic martial art films. The only real category here is fight choreography and the sheer awesomeness of said fight(s) and the action in general. If the movie is good on top of that - or any other interesting tidbits - i'll make sure to mention it. There might be a little spillover with my wuxia list from earlier but that's a good thing. I'm also sure i've missed some but will keep adding as I remember. There's 20 years of info to go through my head here. :)

    As a general rule of thumb, if you can't find a good print/copy, the HKL (Hong Kong Legends) print is the one you want as they always retain the original dialogue, have good subs, retain the soundtracks and even refurbish where possible.


    Jackie Chan+Sammo Hung+Yuen Biao (Unofficial) Trilogy

    • Wheels on Meals - arguably, the greatest 1 on 1 end fight in any martial arts film yet - Jackie Chan vs Benny Urquidez - and the first of the unofficial trilogy. The sheer speed on display - even on camera - is insane.
    • Project A - one of the pinnacles of Jackie Chan's career. Physical comedy, fun story, well realised world, excellent fights, batshit insane stunts, awesome soundtrack and just outright work of art. Also, best Jackie Chan face when the gun goes off!
    • Dragons Forever - the last film the three did together. There's a brief 1v1v1 free for all between the three of them about halfway through the film which is amazing. The film has a surprisingly dark edge to it but it work's in the film's favour.



    Donnie Yen

    • SPL (Sha Po Lang) - oozes style over substance and has a soundtrack to match. Sammo Hung plays a ruthless cigar chomping Triad boss. His prime enforcer is Wu Jing (Another good martial arts star) who has a nasty police baton vs rambo knife fight against Donnie. Keep an eye out for the part of the fight with no choreography! Then watch Donnie and Sammo beat the living shit out of each other MMA style.
    • Flashpoint - arguably, Donnie Yen at his MMA, choreographing best. Brutal, brutal fights. Boxing, ju-jitsu, wrestling, wing chun all rolled into one painful display of action. Absolutely bonkers gunfight sequence in a farm with crops taller than people. Overall a good movie as well. Main bad guy is Collin Chou (Seraph from the Matrix sequels).
    • In the line of Duty 4 - probably his breakthrough film action wise. The man kicks like a demon. Utterly bonkers film plot wise but no one cares. :D
    • Tiger Cage 2 - utterly stupid but again, good action.



    Jackie Chan

    • Armour of God I and II - Make sure you don't get the horrid American butchered versions that utterly destroyed the comic nature of the movies and removed the silent movie era inspired OST mixed with 80s glam pop. Jackie Chan at his Indiana Jones, chop socky, physical comedy best. The second film has an absolutely fucking brilliant 20 minute long ending action sequence that beggars belief.
    • Project A 2 - no Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao but still worth a watch. Good fight early on when he takes on six triad bosses.
    • The Young Master - neat twist on the martial arts formula. Jackie is already a full fledged master of his style despite being young. So he compensates with a ton of physical comedy, a fun side plot where he is mistaken for a criminal and making the bad guy a ruthless escaped criminal who puts Jackie's martial arts mastery to shame. I don't think he's taken a bigger beating in any of his films.
    • Drunken Master 1 and 2 :)
    • Gorgeous - horse shit of a romantic comedy and film. But probably the last time Jackie Chan will attempt 1 on 1 fights of this caliber, the man is simply too old. Excellent fights, hell, just youtube them. The film is truly awful.
    • Miracles (Mr. Canton and Lady Rose in some regions) - our mutual love of Anita Mui is given free reign here Somini. This movie is a labour of love and you can tell. Just sink into it and enjoy. Everything here is a love letter to movies, music and entertainment. And Anita Mui.
    • Police Story 1, 2 and 3 - honestly, you don't need to see 4 and 5 (As they suck). Three has Michelle Yeoh as well for added bonus. I don't need to say much here and Jackie Chan has said action wise Police Story 1 was his absolute best work.



    Sammo Hung

    • The Prodigal Son - balletic wing chun brilliance. One of the finest pieces of martial arts I have seen on film. And the opera artist and first teacher? Lam Ching Ying. Any role that required martial arts done with grace, elegance and speed, he was always the one doing it. Watch when he first puts Yuen Biao in his place while performing his female role.
    • The Magnificent Butcher - classic old school revenge training montage chop socky flick. Watching a young and fat Sammo beat people up never gets old. Great 2v2 fight in the middle with Lam Ching Ying playing a killer with a fan.
    • The Odd Couple - Two grouchy old rivals and masters of the chinese sabre and spear played by Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-Wing train two students to carry on their rivalry played by....Lau Kar-Wing and Sammo Hung! Outstanding weapons based action.
    • The Victim - again, classic old school martial art flick. But..but..its just so fucking good! This is the film where his directing really took off. Good use of weapons and hand to hand styles as well and camera work that would become standard in all martial arts films.
    • Warriors Two - classic old fashioned martial art flick. Superb end fights.
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    Hahaha @ your description of Gorgeous :)

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    The film really is that bad. :( Great fights though.

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    Might I recommend The Blade?

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    That was just Part 1 sabrage. I have another post which focuses on stuff not involving the people above. I love some of Tsui Hark's movies.

    And probably a third post just for stuff I forgot about.

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    That's... a lot of ground to cover. Months even.
    Wishlisted them all, it's gonna be a loooong Martial Arts binge.
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    Naturally, start with Miracles. Because Anita Mui.

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    A caught Just Cause(no, not the game, this) on TV a few days ago and found it a wasted opportunity. A great cast (Morpheus, William of Baskerville, Christof and a very young Jordan Two Delta), but the main problem is the script.
    It's like someone mashed two scripts together. The first 5/6 of the film are an interesting thriller about the American judicial system, with a great part by Ed Harris. The last 15min turns into a cheap slasher film, and all for a big twist. It's a great twist, no doubt, but makes everything else pointless and even raises contradictory points.
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    So it's been out a month or whatever, but the trailer for Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac is as batshit as anyone could hope for. I'll be watching this one with one hand over my eyes I think.



    And yeah: NSFW. Duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethe View Post
    So it's been out a month or whatever, but the trailer for Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac is as batshit as anyone could hope for. I'll be watching this one with one hand over my eyes I think.
    Oh my god, whyyy??

    Considering the father of the main actress is one of the greatest trolls in music history, it's fitting that she would appear on this.
    The review I read from a national "intellectual" magazine say that it's basically all for show, the porn is too prudish and it's just an ego trip for the director. Stacy Martin is there to receive tons of fellatio, Shia Laboeuf upholds his bovine name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somini View Post
    Oh my god, whyyy?? Considering the father of the main actress is one of the greatest trolls in music history, it's fitting that she would appear on this.
    She's appeared in three von Trier films to date, which is a record for an actress. Dafoe and Skarsgard have worked with him multiple times too, but their parts haven't been nearly as demanding.

    The review I read from a national "intellectual" magazine say that it's basically all for show, the porn is too prudish and it's just an ego trip for the director. Stacy Martin is there to receive tons of fellatio, Shia Laboeuf upholds his bovine name.
    From what I understand it isn't actually meant to be porn, so evaluating it as such is pretty silly. I admit I'm sceptical of this one myself, but I'm reserving my judgment -- von Trier has earned that much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lethe View Post
    von Trier has earned that much.
    Aye, von Trier had an incredible streak with The Idiots, Dancer in the Dark and Dogville and despite my reservations going in I kinda liked Antichrist. Melancholia, sadly (no pun) cast the most wooden actress in the world and a supporting cast to match.

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    Last night I had a slight bout of insomnia and resolved to find something I'd never seen on Netflix (because I have a tablet and could watch without moving). For reasons I can't really explain I settled on Disney's Tangled. It was good and funny and about a nice princess with magic hair. I think I lost 17 man points, but I will get them back by watching something brutally violent that possibly involves sports in It next time.
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