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Mat Biec (2019)
10/10
Victor Vu last banger before 2020
10 January 2020
In Vietnam, there is only one person that I can call a visionary director and that is Victor Vu but in the past two years from Loi Bao (2017) a superhero movie to The Immortal (2018) a supernatural action movie despite a great scope for cinematography and genre the script always bring both of them down which frustrated me al lot so with Dreamy Eyes his latest novel adaptation movie from author Nguyen Nhat Anh I keep my expectation at the lowest possible and surprise, surprise the movie blew me away from how good and emotion it is at the Melodrama genre that I'm not very fond of. It a very predictable movie filled with soap drama cliche from start to finish but I can help but fall in love with the characters, the scenery, the OST that by the time I realize it all over I already ugly sobbing in my seat. I hope everyone catches this movie before it leaves the theater and I wish 2020 will be the best year for the director with his Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh mythos movie
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Kingdom (2019)
8/10
A Chinese historical movie made in Japanese ? You better believe it
17 October 2019
The long await live-action movie based on the famous manga of the same name KIngdom is finally here and as a fan of the manga, all I can say is "Good fricking job director Shinsuke Sato because you just successfully bring life to another beloved property without heavily rely on the source material". As far as a live-action adaptation can go Kingdom is very faithful to the source material from the characters to the events with some minor changes that I really appreciate it but the biggest disappointment I have with the movie is how tame it is in term of violence and carnage compare to the manga and if they want to continue the story they better jacked up the bloody meter because after the first big arc the next one gonna be an all-out Dynasty Warrior battle scale
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Sudden Death (1995)
8/10
One of the best 90s Van Damme flick
7 September 2019
Since one of my favorite action star of this generation, Michael Jai White want to make an unofficial sequel to a 90s Die Hard scenario movie called Sudden Death staring the great Jean Claude Van Damme so naturally as a fan of Van Damme and all the Die Hard clone movies no matter how bad or low budget they are I'm quite excited to finally watch this movie for the first time ever and although its not quite awesome like I anticipated it still quite a treat tbh. Because there nothing original in this movie except the hockey stadium setting so all of my attention is on how good Van Damme carry this movie and needless to say, he does that pretty well with many unique ways to kill the bad guys especially the hilarious and definitely in my top 10 favorite Van Damme action sequences where he battles a villain in a mascot costume.
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9/10
Another fantastic anime from Makoto Shinkai
3 September 2019
Your Name (2016) directed by Makoto Shinkai an absolute masterpiece of animation and sound design emotionally destroyed me and probably any anime fan in general at that time so to finally able to watch his latest project Weathering with You (2019) yesterday despite the bad weather in my country I gotta say it quite a memorable cinema experience. Weathering With You while no doubt is a masterwork of animation from the beautiful background to the quirky character and the soundtrack definitely will be on my playlist in the future but when it comes to the star-crossed lover's story with supernatural element it overlaps so much with Your Name in term of storywise that I got a hard time to focus on Weathering With You without comparing it scene to scene with Your Name in my head and that a real shame because I really want to remember the anime as its own thing, not Your Name 2.0. Granted, because Your Name is my first exposure to the director Makoto Shinkai so please take my review with a grain of salt and see the anime for yourself
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The Brave (2019)
7/10
Solid tactical action movie
26 August 2019
William Kaufman is one of my favorites B-movie director working nowadays because he really knows how to bring the fun out of a cliche storyline with his long shootout scenes and a good cast and I'm pleased to announce that The Brave (2019) his latest project is also a ton of fun and look way better than most low-budget Cops 'n' Crooks right now. There are many shootout scenes in this movie just like I expected and although the CG blood may look bad the shootout still very easy to track plus an excellent performance from both Louis Mandylor and Armand Assante make this movie more worth watching in my opinion
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Darc (2018)
7/10
A little surprise for low budget action movie fan
23 August 2019
Darc a relative unknown action movie that comes out in 2018 but looks like something Dolph Lungren would do back in the 80s is a cheesy, funny and bloody action movie that unironically better than most old school throwback action movie nowadays when it got the main character that can pull off a good fight without looking fake and a bunch of good supporting characters that elevate the movie out of the "so bad its good" category. The action scenes can get a little choppy at the time but still end with a satisfied result so I highly recommend this movie to low budget action movie fan
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No Surrender (2018)
7/10
If you looking for a full-fledged action movie starring Scott Adkins then you come to the wrong place
11 August 2019
It is no surprise that many reviewers here on IMDb hate Karmouz War (2018) an Egyptian action movie despite the above-average score 6.3 when it got a big Scott Adkins face on it and the tag-line "One Man vs One Army" only make his fan and other people believe he the main star of the movie when it actually the opposite of all that. Because Karmouz War is my first Egypt movie so my expectation with it already very low and I'm glad that it turns out I enjoy this one quite a bit even when the screen time Scott Adkin got is less than 10 minutes. The writing of the characters to be honest kinda suck when none of the main cast beside Youssef (the actual main character) caught my eyes to make me care about them when bad stuff about to hit the fan.
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2/10
Enter the (Netflix original anime series) Anime
11 August 2019
I got nothing but respect for all the anime creator from the documentary Enter the Anime (2019) because I actually love some of them and I can see the passion they put into their works is admirable but I can't really say the same about the director and the narrator because all I can get out of the 55 minutes of this shameless Netflix ad to promote their anime series disguised as a so-called anime documentary movie is Anime as a whole don't exist outside of their streaming service like at all. The doc only likable when it shows the interview with people of the industry and some fascinating insights of what people of Japan think about anime and the progress of B: The Begining ss2 but other than that the doc is a disgrace to the medium in every way possible.
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8/10
Want to see an R-rated Power Ranger episode while you too lazy to go out and search for Super Sentai and Kemen Rider ? Watch Guyver: Dark Hero
10 August 2019
Guyver: Dark Hero a superhero movie where people in rubber suit fight each other in a brutal fashion way is the sequel to the first ever American anime live-action movie Guyver (1991) that many people hate for how silly and PG-13 it is while the source material is super violent and gory so naturally the right direction for the movie is to up the rating into R-rated and get the right people to play the characters and thankfully Guyver: Dark Hero got both of that on lock. You can tell that the movie is on budget when the whole movie looks very made for tv and the practical effects on the monster and the Guyver suit being kept to a minimum but it still shows a great deal of passion behind it with the spaceship set-piece and the consistency of the mature-theme. The main problem of the movie for me is the runtime because for a movie with a description like an R-rated Mighty Morphin Power Rangers installment 2hrs long runtime is a bit too much
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Ninja Scroll (1993)
10/10
Not a single scroll in the anime but who care ?
9 August 2019
Because I've been a fan of anime and manga for a long time before I ever watch Ninja Scroll so needless to say I already had my fair share of some of the most brutal ones from the medium but I can't deny that Ninja Scroll is the one that introduces me to the old ultra-violent anime wave in America back in the 80s-90s and the phenomenal career of anime director Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Aside from the whole selling point of the anime for me is the action, the story is pretty generic and the violence against women may come to super-exploited level but compare to an unhealthy amount of trashy Isekai anime that been spit out by the industry right now the sheer brutality and gritty of the anime actually make me appreciated it more over time. If you tired of all the wishy-washy PG-13 of current anime then try Ninja Scroll because it may not be the best anime you've ever seen but it will definitely help refresh your mind
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Kengan Ashura (2019– )
8/10
Not bad, not bad at all
9 August 2019
As a fan of Kengan Ashura the manga my worst and probably other fans fear when it comes to the anime adaptation is the animation because in the manga the art style is so damn gorgeous and the quality of the fight scene is so over the top that if the anime made entirely in 3D then no doubt it would fail horribly so when Netflix greenlit the anime in 3D form it like the worst day ever to the fanbase but now after finish the first 12 episodes I gotta say the 3D animation fight scene is not bad at all, in fact, it kinda fresh and unique tbh. Of course, I'm still much more prefer the anime to be made with traditional 2D in the hand of studio-like: Mad House, Wit or Trigger...... but this is the best effort we got with the series right now and I hope other fans and people who hate 3D anime give it a chance
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8/10
A nice late summer blockbuster
5 August 2019
To the people who drop the Furious franchise after Fast 7 for the death of Paul Walker and dislike Furious 8 for how easy Dom accept Shaw into his family do not watch Hobbs & Shaw because you guys will definitely hate it for various reasons but as a person who thoroughly enjoyed the franchise from start to finish despite the recycled movie plot about family and how every main character is basically a superhero now Hobbs & Shaw is a dumb fun action movie to pass time until we get Fast 9 and a sequel. The Rock and Jason Statham are fantastic at their character as usual and thanks to director David Leitch who again direct the hell out of Deadpool 2 this movie got some very interesting cameo that definitely caught me by surprise
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Iron Monkey (1993)
10/10
A classic of the kung-fu genre
1 August 2019
Iron Monkey is the movie that makes me fall in love with Donnie Yen and director Woo-Ping Yuen because this is easily one of the best martial art movie ever made for me when it still holds up very well after years. Kung-fu fan gonna have a field trip with this one because under the hand of action director Woo-Ping Yuen all fight scenes pack a serious punch to the viewer eyes and the characters although cliche for the most part still very charming to watch especially Sze-Man Tsang who sadly never become a full-time actor but her performance as a young and naive Wong Fei-Hong will continue to live on forever
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8/10
If you're got to fight......Fight dirty
29 July 2019
When I watch the horrendous Fist of the Nort Star (1995) the other day there only one question on my mind that is "Who is the perfect Japanese actor to portray Kenshiro ?" and after watching The Street Fighter from (1974) for the first time Sonny Chiba in his prime is my answer. People often compare Sonny Chiba to Bruce Lee on how his movies left an impact on how people look at Karate on screen and I can definitely see the similarities on how Chiba fight and making weird noise that sounds like he wants to spit out a fishbone that been stuck in his throat for days while he fighting but unlike Bruce Lee calm and collected idea main character in "Enter The Dragon", Chiba as Terry Tsusugi in The Street Fighter is an anti-hero with little to no dignity when facing his enemies or friend so compared to the traditional martial art hero it must be very refreshing back then. Aside from some weird camera angle in the fight scene, this movie is worthy of the X-rated at the time with how bloody and gory it is when we see Terry not just defeat but also destroy his opponent body so to fan of hardcore action movie I higly recommend The Street Fighter (1974)
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1/10
This movie is ALREADY DEAD from the moment it got green lit
25 July 2019
I don't know what kind of thought going through the director Tony Randel and the writter brain when they decided to turn the ultra-violent manga Fist of the North Star into live-action form when they got no balls to pull off a faithful movie that lives up to the over the top and gory status of the manga because this so-called Fist of the North Star (1995) is a straight-up insulted to the fan of the series in every way possible. The story and characters are so dumb down to a point that the only thing that connects this movie to the source material is the name of the characters and trust me when I say the first vol is the easiest one to adapt. Gary Daniels as Kenshiro and Costas Mandylor as Shin are actually not a bad choice in my opinion when they got both the look and the talent to pull off the character but because the script is so bad it ends up ruined all the redeeming qualities left in the movie. Hokuto Shin-ken the famous deadly martial art that hit the vital points of the human body to destroy it from the inside use by Kenshiro look like your typical martial art movie fight and I know that you can't have head explode scene after head explode scene every time Kenshiro touch his opponent but to see only two and both been cut-away before the explosion is very frustrating, to be honest. Wach Story of Ricky (1991) if you want to see how a true ultra-violent manga adaptation live-action movie works
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7/10
Criminally underrated
24 July 2019
The Man with the Iron Fists although not as good as it intended to be I still got mad respect for RZA for even try to make a westernize 80s kung-fu movie and It pain me that when it finally achieve the goal in the sequel The Man with the Iron Fists 2 not many people ever heart about it and a handful of people who actually watch it end up hating it because the quality and the cast did not live up to the original. Yes, it one of those movies with "Unrated" mark and yes, it definitely looks cheaper and less colorful compared to the original but as a standard martial art flick this movie kicks the original out of the park when you can actually see the fight scenes without the shaky editing and the people behind the fight actually know how to fight. The fact that RZA back as Thaddeus make me respect him more as a person when despite the low budget nature of the movie he still wants to be a part of his dream project to the end and I hope there will be a sequel in the future
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6/10
Love it or hate it you gotta admit that RZA know his stuff
23 July 2019
A gory grindhouse martial art throwback to the 80s epic like The Man with the Iron Fists on paper sounds like something me and action fan would die for if it anything like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill but reality don't usually work like that so we stuck with this cringe to the max attempt at doing a martial art movie from RZA and Eli Roth. Upon the first watch, I find this movie to be a total waste of talent and money when we got a diverse cast from both from East to West with colorful costume and set to be one hell of a bloody feast but because the script and acting suck major ass this movie left me speechless with disappointment aside from some cool scenes and nods to old school Shaw Bros flicks . When I rewatch it yesterday the movie does get a bit better when I shut down my judgmental brain fully embrace this movie for what is it: "A TRY TOO HARD TO BE ASIAN MOVIE FROM THE WEST". RZA got my respect for how much of a fanboy he is to what he loves and that passion he brings to this movie is undeniable but it still not enough to save this movie. If you guys really want to see The Man with the Iron Fists done right then I highly recommend the martial art tv-series "Into the Badlands" starring Daniel Wu and a production team that actually give a damn about what they are doing.
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Hapkido (1972)
8/10
Chinese and Korean kick major Japanese ass with Hapkido
20 July 2019
If you a fan of martial art movies then you definitely know how much Chinese people love their kung-fu movie where one single guy beat up a bunch of Japanese and they got the right to do so but rarely I see the main character team up with a foreigner to defeat the villain while using a Korean based martial art like Hapkido in Hapkido (1972). Starring Angela Mao, Carter Wong, and Sammo Hung when he still young this cliche old school kung-fu movie got everything a fan needs to be entertained and although I can't tell the difference between regular kung-fu fight and hapkido fight it is still pretty cool to see Chinese finally realize they not alone in the battle against evil Japan (lol). I know this movie set up Angela Mao to be the one who settles the score and she really is but the true powerhouse of the movie for me is Sammo Hung when he goes all out in the market fight
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7/10
Dragged Across Concrete is no doubt dragged
19 July 2019
Dragged Across Concrete is one of my most anticipated movie of 2018 because it not only the latest movie from director and writer S. Craig Zahler who filmography up until now is a solid track with the genre-bending western flick Bone Tomahawk (2015) and my personal favorite Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)but also another team-up between Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn after Hacksaw Ridge (2016) so to see how generic and badly paced this one is it kind of underwhelming for me. It definitely miles better than most crime movie nowadays from the acting and the directing but compared to other movies from S. Craig Zahler this one maybe my least favorite and I really don't see myself rewatching it in the future for a long time
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8/10
Early 2000s action thrill with Jason Statham
11 July 2019
The Transporter (2002) is Jason Statham break out movie from his usual British gangster flick and forgettable side-role in America into Hollywood superstar and seal his name forever into the list of iconic action movie hero of the new millennium with the role of Frank Martin and also make me a fan of his ever since. Statham character may not be the most original when it came out but thanks to his stoic expression and the ability to kick multiple asses with the help of legendary Hong Kong action choreographer Corey Yuen this movie still hold up very well in the action and thrill department when I rewatch it to refresh my memories in 2019.
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10/10
The second and sadly the last time he truly be back
6 July 2019
As an action fan, I ironically find myself rewatch T1 more than T2 for a long time due to how many people claim that T2 is the ultimate action movie of all time and fear that I will not feel the same way but today I finally got the courage to rewatch T2 again from start to finish and come to conclusion that T2 is no doubt one of the best action movies ever made and. If you like a grounded and revolutionary dark sci-fi movie then watch T1 and if you like a bombastic action movie with great action set pieces and impressive special effects at the time then T2 will blow your mind away but in the end, it all come down to taste and I love both for what is it. The sixth installment already on its the way but T2 will always be the perfect ending to The Terminator franchise and I know the fan can all agree on this one
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8/10
How can you make a fantasy movie sword more epic? Just triple the blade of course
4 July 2019
A sword and sorcery movie can get any more straight to the point and generic when it got a name like The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) the successful debut of director Albert Pyun before he goes on and direct the Van Damme classic Cyborg (1989) but if you think it just another run of the mill Conan the Barbarian clone then think again because I remember Arnie never wields a ridiculous weapon of choice like a three-bladed sword and still look cool like Talon the main character of the movie. The story and acting may not be the movie strongest point but it got enough cheese and ham to be enjoyable so check it out
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10/10
When Black Dynamite tell you don't sell drugs to the orphan you better listen or else hell coming with him
2 July 2019
Black Dynamite is my first exposure to the Blaxploitation genre and although I know that this movie is pretty much one big satire movie that pokes fun at all the cliche of the genre and shows how ridiculous the genre is at it prime the movie still done it in a very respectful way and I can't help myself but love every minute of it. Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite was the best casting choice ever when he not only an actor with the right set of skills to pull off such a bad-ass larger than life figure like BD but he also turns the character into a classic character of the genre it parody. From the music, the costume, the character archetype to the cinematography it all screams the 70s show you how much the team behind the movie care about the genre they love and you should too. Black Dynamite along with Hobo With a Shotgun and Turbo Kid these are some of the best modern-day retro movies ever
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10/10
People call him Bone because that what he do, he break bone
29 June 2019
Blood and Bone a DTV action flick release in 2009 is Michael Jai White finest stand-alone movie to this day and definitely up there with the list of top 10 best street fight movie ever made for numerous reason and I gonna list a few just to let other action fans know what they about to witness here. Aside from the breathtaking martial art performance of Jai White as Bone an ex-convict the supporting characters also did a great job to help boost this movie acting chop above average level with Dante Basco as a streetwise ring hype man that no doubt will put a smile on your face until Eamonn Walker as the main villain walk it and rip that smile off with his fearsome command presence back up with violent outburst every time things don't go as he planed
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6/10
Please end the franchise after this one (2)
27 June 2019
Because the second Escape Plan already suck out all of my hope for another good old school action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone so with the third one The Extractors (2019) I set my expectation as low as possible and it definitely works when I find myself enjoy this movie quite a bit due to both Sly and Bautista got more screentime plus anytime Jin Zhang got to display his martial art skills but I seriously hope this out of breath franchise end with this one
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