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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery by Jay Roach (1997)

Such a funny film, from people who so obviously love the 1960’s James Bond films that they are spoofing. Mike Myers did a great job here not only creating the hysterical Austin Powers, but especially his villain Dr. Evil who is absolutely fantastic and worth the price of the ticket. This film is so much fun. Just absolute silliness with 60’s swinging future, and huge James Bond sets. If you have missed this trilogy, you are really missing out. And if you have seen it, go back and watch it again for a laugh.

In the 1960’s the hipster secret agent Austin Powers (Mike Myers) battles his arch nemesis bent on world domination Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers) but Dr. Evil escapes and launches him into space in a cryogenic capsule putting him in suspended animation. So Austin Powers has himself frozen until Dr. Evil returns again, which he does in 1997, so they unfreeze Powers and team him up with the daughter of his old partner Mrs. Kensington (Mimi Rogers), Vanessa (Elizabeth Hurley).

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The Mummy, written and directed by Stephen Sommers (1999)

Initially I had stayed away from this movie because it had looked pretty stupid to me, I mean who would believe Brendan Fraser as an action hero, but my friends convinced me to see it, and I was completely wrong. This is a really enjoyable action adventure in the vein of the old Hollywood serials, in fact owing a lot to Indiana Jones. Sure this uses a lot more digital effects, and the effects aren’t always convincing, but this is a popcorn serial action film, which is made to be a fun ride, and this film pulls it off in spades. Really fun and enjoyable. I watched the HDDVD this time, and it looks amazing. In fact you can see some dirt and scratches on the film that I certainly never noticed before, but this disc certainly looks amazing. Once you have seen something in HD you really don’t want to go back to SD ever again if you can help it.

This film starts in Ancient Eqypt, when High Priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) betrays his Pharoah Seti I (Aharon Ipalé) for the love of Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez), but they are caught killing the emperor. Anck Su Namun stays behind and kills herself, while Imhotep flees, but takes her body to the Hamunaptra the city of the dead to raise her from the dead, but before the spell can be completed the Pharoahs guards come and kill all his priests and give Imhotep the worst possible punishment, keeping him alive forever in a locked sarcophagus with scarab beetles eating him. And the decedents must make sure the secret is safe, because if he was ever let out he would be a curse on all of egypt.

Cut to the 1920’s and Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) is with his division of the French Foreign Legion at Humanaptra when they are attacked. His assistant Beni Gabor (Kevin K. O’Connor) has run, and he only survives because he is under a statue that the natives are scared of, and he sees the sand doing strange things but escapes.

3 years later the librarian of Egyptology Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) gets an ancient key with a map to Humanaptra from her brother Jonathan (John Hannah), but the map is ruined by her boss Dr. Terrence Bey (Erick Avari), so they have to seek out the man Jonathan got the key from, which is Rick, who is imprisoned. Evelyn makes a deal with the warden Gad Hassan (Omid Djalili) to split the loot so he lets Rick go, and with Rick’s help they head toward Humanaptra.

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The Little Rascals Collection 5 DVD Set

My mom and I decided to start a new Christmas tradition, which is to get some OUR GANG and or LITTLE RASCALS DVD’s and have fun over the holidays watching them and laughing together, and this was the first year, and we had a wonderful time. We ended up looking up so much history of OUR GANG online and finding out the horrible lives so many of these child cars had. This collection is interesting because 3 discs of it are in fact the original OUR GANG group, and most are in fact silent, which I had never seen, but were quite interesting and absolutely hysterical! The final disc has a 50’s reunion of the new gang and a documentary on kids in cinema with very little on Our Gang.

It is so interesting how even at this time, while the characterizations can sometimes be totally politically incorrect, I love how the white and black kids play together with no notice of race.

This like all OUR GANG is quite fun, and you will bust your sides and have a wonderful time watching these little guys.

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Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu (2006)

This certainly seems to be the trend with the Oscar contenders, like CRASH before it, this is a tale with 4 threads that all intertwine. Of course 1 of the stories intertwined less than the others (the Japanese story, which is in fact my favorite and I think should have been it’s own film, though which also opens up a major flaw in the story since Japan is officially a gun free state…), but they do all fit into the whole. This film unlike Crash does play with the order in which the stories were told, so it is not until the end of the film that you realize the temporal order that all these stories actually take place in, and in that the film is done very very well. In fact the editing is absolutely top notch, as is the cinematography and the acting in this film. My biggest complaint is the same complaint as CRASH, and that is that this film seems so very contrived. Now it held me longer than CRASH, but I think mainly because of how well done the Japanese story was, and since it is only peripherally connected to the other stories, but by the end I was thinking this is too much to happen to too few people. I enjoy the individual stories, but as a whole, it is too much. Very well done, and well conceived and executed, and I am sure it win it’s slew of awards this awards season, but overall this film seemed like too much to me (though I do think the Japanese girl should at least be nominated).

This film has 4 consecutive threads of story. A goat herder and his 2 children in Morocco, who he entrusts with an illegal gun he bought. 2 American tourists on a tour buss in Morocco, Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) who are already fighting and distant after their newest child died, and their world really takes a turn for the worse when the youngest Morroccon child takes a shot at the bus and hits Susan in the shoulder.

The 3rd is the story of Susan and Richard’s maid and nanny, an illegal immigrant in the US, who is forced by Richard to keep caring for the children, when she has to go to Mexico for her sons wedding.

And the final story is that of Chieko (Kikuchi Rinko) a beautiful deaf and dumb high school girl in Japan, who is estranged from her father (Yakusho Kôji) after her mother’s suicide, and is depressed because she can’t get or a boyfriend or even have sex because of her handicap.

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Apocalypto by Mel Gibson (2006)

Honestly I had been thinking I would stay away from this film, not just because of Gibson’s recent rascist actions, but also because I just wasn’t sure about it. My mom had wanted to see it though, so I agreed to wait till I got to Cleveland. I didn’t really have any expectations, but all my expectations were blown out of the water by this incredible film.This is one of the most violent and intense films I have seen, possibly forever. And huge portions of the film are sans dialog and yet you are there for ever minute, quickly drawn into this world, and rooting for the characters. In fact you hardly notice that it is subtitled. Gibson has done an incredible job on this film in every aspect. Everything is done almost perfectly, from the makeup to the effects to the sets to the acting, everything is so well done.

This is a story set right at the decline of the Mayan empire, as the Empire began to fall in on itself just before the arrival of the Conquistadors who would hasten it’s downfall. This film follows young Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), who goes out hunting with his father and his friends, and catches a wild boar. They have a run in with a group of very scared, and frighten people who are on the run through their territory trying to get to someplace safe and start again. Jaguar Paw’s father lets the people pass, and tries to tell his son that the fright that they have seen must not get under their skin. The village then feasts and Jaguar Paw goes with his pregnant wife Seven (Dalia Hernandez) and his child Turtle Run (Carlos Emilio Baez) and go to sleep, but he awakens early when he hears something, and the village is attacked by warriors…

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The Pursuit of Happyness by Gabriele Muccino (2006)

I was looking forward to seeing this film because I am a fan of Will Smith and have been for a long time, and this looked like another one of his meatier rolls. And admittedly his performance is top notch, but really the overall film drags. First off you already know the true story, so you know what will happen. Also Smith’s son is really cute, but really not much of an actor. It is a good story of the power of determination, but nothing really too special. And why wouldn’t the character shave once in a while?

This is the story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith) who is in an unhappy marriage with his wife Linda (Thandie Newton), and yet they both love their young son Christopher (Jaden Smith). Linda works hard doing laundry at a factory, and Chris sells medical equipment that he spent their life savings on, not knowing how hard it would be to sell. Chris sees an investment broker and realizes since he is good at numbers he should try for the job, but Linda has had too much and takes off on him and his son. Chris convinces the guy in charge of an Intern program to give him a chance because of his earnestness and his ability to do a rubix cube, but Chris didn’t realize the job didn’t pay…

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An Affair to Remember by Leo McCarey (1957)

My newfound love of all things HD has me recording a whole bunch of things, and since I am a Carry Grant fan (I think NORTH BY NORTHWEST is Hitchcocks most enjoyable film) I decided to record this. First off the HD transfer is gorgeous. Damn, thanks to INHD, because this looks fantastic. I want more and more HD channels!! Down with SD! Anyway, to the film.

Cary Grants stars as Nickie Ferrante who is on the eve of getting married but on a cruise ship, where he meets the Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) who has a boyfriend, though both are alone on this trip. And they begin to spend time together, though she does not want it to be seen that she is with him because that would be cover page news. Still they spend time together, even getting off ship to visit his grandmother in the French Riviera, and they slowly fall in love. They try to keep the secret, but they can’t on the confines of the ship, even by staying apart. As they pull into New York, he tells her he loves her and if he works hard for 6 months he will prove to her he is worth marrying her, and they will meet at the Empire State Building 6 months from then…

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HDNET World Report (2006+)

After startting to watch the excellent DAN RATHER REPORTS on this channel and becoming enamored with HD news, I decided to watch this HDNET news program, and I am sold. This like Dan Rather’s show is more like 60 minutes than a standard news program with long segments on each issue, and each is well done and edited and all have stunning HD Photography. This is a must see if you have an HDTV

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Rob B Hood by Benny Chan Muk Sing (2006)

I always rush out to see every Jackie Chan film because I love him so much, even though most of his films of late have been mediocre at best. Honestly I haven’t seen much that I really loved since WHO AM I, though SHANGHAI NOON is honestly pretty fun. Well this is Jackie’s best film since then. Of course Jackie is getting older so he isn’t as spry, but he is still funny, and so is the rest of the cast. I just wish that it could have been Yuen Biao in Louis Koo’s role, but at least he was still in the film. A good popcorn film with some fun action scenes.

Jackie Chan Sing Lung is Thongs a small time crook who works with Octopus (Louis Koo Tin Lok) for Landlord (Michael Hui Koon Man) and do small time robbery. The film starts with them doing a robbery in a Hospital, robbing the pharmacy, and then running from security guards. At the same time a crazed ex boyfriend tries to steal the baby of his ex, and it is Jackie who manages to save the baby from instant death.

Then financial troubles with the Landlord lead him to take a big job that is against their morals, and they snatch a baby (Matthew Medvedev), but the Landlord lands in jail for running a police stop, so they must care for the baby fo a few weeks, while dodging the hoods Thongs owes his gambling debts to and Octopus’s pregnant wife Yan (Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin).

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The Philadelphia Story by George Cukor (1940)

Adapted from the play of the same name, this is an incredible movie with an incredible cast. I mean you really can’t beat having Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart all in one film, and all playing off of each other. I remember seeing this film a long time ago and being blown away so I tivoed it and must say that it lived up to my expectations. This is just an incredible film with an incredible cast. If you have never seen it, you are missing out on one of the great American films.

The film starts with the upper-class. C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) fighting with his wife Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) and pushing her to the ground. We then cut to 2 years later and Tracy is getting married again, to the newly rich George Kittredge (John Howard). Writer and reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart) is forced into the assignment along with his girlfriend the artist and photographer Elizabeth “Liz” Imbrie (Ruth Hussey). They are being introduced as family friends by none other than C.K. Dexter Haven.

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Star Trek TOS Episode 14 Balance of Terror HD 40th Anniversary by Marc Daniels (1966/2006) XBOX Live Marketplace

I am already a fan of Star Trek The Original Series, and while I hated the idea of this HD Upgrade, I decided I wanted to see the upgraded Special Effects, if only to prove that I made the right decision in purchasing the original series in it’s original form. First off, I purchased this on XBOX Live using my XBOX 360, and I purchased and downloaded the 3 GB Episode, which took about an hour, but was able to watch the episode starting about 20 minutes into the download. The upgrade is interesting, but a complete and total waste of time. They replaced all of the ship shots with digital upgrade, which enhance a little bit, but honestly don’t look better than the originals, and in some cases I think looked far inferior. The interesting thing is that the new effects are in 16×9 widescreen, and the footage from the show is left in it’s 4:3 aspect ratio, and it does look good. Though some shots don’t look as good as they could, and in fact look much softer than I would hope, and i am wondering if that is the original negative, or the transfer.

This is a great episode. It was the introduction of the Romulans, and a very military episode that is very much a submarine episode, with 2 ships hunting each other, and they must use all their intelligence to beat each other. First Captain James T. Kirk (WIlliam Shatner) is about to preside over a wedding, but it is called off when he gets an emergency call. The bases along the neutral zone with the enemy from 100 years past are being attacked and completely destroyed, and Kirk and crew are sent to find out what is happening, but they don’t want to start an all out war.

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Dan Rather Reports by Dan Rather, HDNet (2006+)

I heard about this show, when Dan Rather was on REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. After being fired from CBS, it seems the all 1080i HD network HDNet hired him to do a 1 hour news program. This week I started watching it, and it is a must not miss. The show is top notch, with gorgeous videography and in depth reporting of the kind the normal networks no longer do. It proves what a stupid mistake CBS made by firing this bastion of in depth news reporting.

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DOOM by Andrej Bartkowiak (2005)

I have been a fan of the game DOOM since college, when my sophomore year my friend and roommate B had it on his PC which sat in the corner of our trippy ass room in Web Tower at USC. We used to get stoned out of our minds and play DOOM. So I am a fan of the game, and enjoyed the latest initiation. On the other hand I did not bother with the movie. Sure ROMEO MUST DIE and CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE aren’t horrible films, but I only saw them because of Jet Li, and while they were funny they were not all that. So this film I stayed away from, but wanted to see the FPS action sequence, and when it was $9.99 at Costco, I figured why not? And it was OK, but not very good. They change the story from the game to be about Genetic research from an Alien Race instead of opening the doorway to hell on Mars, which is much more interesting. Also the creatures look like dudes in big suits, which is exactly what they are. At least computer animation could have made them look not human, or in movies like Alien they made the creature seem like it wasn’t a guy in a suite, but they didn’t bother here. Also the movie is damn slow, and there is no real military technique. Honestly the Doom 4 Video Game would have been a better movie, with the computer graphics.

In the near future, a portal was found reaching between Earth and Mars, and 20 years later they are still trying to figure out why. Something bad happened at Mars, and the UAC Marine Core has sent it’s top team to find out what happened, and search and destroy if necessary. We have John Grimm AKA Reaper (Karl Urban), Sarge (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Pinky (Dexter Fletcher), Goat (Ben Daniels), The Kid (Al Weaver), Portman (Richard Brake), Mac (Yao Chin) Destroyer (DeObia Oparei) and Duke (Razaaq Adoti). Sarge tries to get Reaper to stay, and we find out why, his sister Samantha Grimm (Rosamund Pike) is there, and none too happy to see him. And they head into the Genetics lab to see what happened, and retrieve UAC property, and all hell breaks loose…

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Eros by Wong Kar War, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni (2004)

I stayed away from this film for a long long time, mainly because I heard the 2 films other than Wong Kar Wai’s are crap, and I do have to agree, but it is worth seeing for THE HAND, the Wong Kar Wai portion and it is phenomenal. Another Wong Kar Wai masterpiece.

THE HAND by Wong Kar Wai is a story of unrequited love between in 1950’s Shanghai. Gong Li is miss Hua, a high class courtesan whose life and lifestyle slowly declines. The film is about her relationship with the tailor Zhang (Chen Chang) who is the apprentice of Master Jin (Fung Tin), and who on his first job, she masturbated him with her hand so she could get used to women. And he became obsessed with her, his unrequited love leaving him to always help her out financially, and to stand by her no matter what.

EQUILIBRIUM by Steven Soderbergh is the strange tail of Nick Penrose (Robert Downey Jr.) who is at the psychiatrist Dr. Pearl (Alan Arkin). The film is in B&W and while Nick tells his story, Dr. Pearl is distracted, and is looking out the window with binoculars and is trying to talk to someone outside or across the way. Throwing paper airplanes and making hand gestures.

IL FILO PERICOLOSO DELLE COSE by Michelangelo Antonioni is about a couple, Christopher (Christopher Buchholz) and Cloe (Reginia Nemni) who have just broken, but then go out and spend the day together bickering and arguing. Nick then goes to an old house and finds Linda (Luisa Ranieri) who has sex with and admires the view.

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The Devil’s Mirror by Sun Chung (1972)

A highly enjoyable Wuxia film, with loads of action and bloodshed, a suitably complicated plot and a cute woman joining in on the fray. My biggest complaint is that some of the film seemed to be softly focused, like the action was out of focus while other parts of frame were in hard focus, and this was especially noticeable since this is the first Shaw film I have watched on my new 50″ SONY 1080P rear projection TV with my OPPO Upconverting DVD player, so the image looked damn good (though you can see some compression artifacting in the dark in this Region 3 DVD which the Oppo plays back so well).

The film is about 2 clans, the Golden Lion Clan led by Old Chief Wen (Ching Miao) and their ally led by Bai Tianxiong (Wu Hsia), and their enemy is the Bloody Ghouls Clan led by the Jiuzang Witch (Li Chia Hsien who could be cute if she didn’t have to wear so much makeup).

The Witch is after 2 magical mirrors that each clan holds, which together can help her break into Emperor Wu’s Tomb and get the Fish Intestines Sword which will make her invincible and live forever. To that end she has corrupted through sex Bai Tianxiong’s second in command Leng Yon, who makes it look like the Golden Lion clan robbed them. Tianxiong has been letting Leng Yon take over more Clan affairs since he lost his leg. Tianxiong’s daughter Bai ZiaoFeng does not believe that the Wen’s or the guy she likes Young Chief Wen (Liu Tan) can have anything to do with it.

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Sliding Doors written and directed by Peter Howitt (1998)

A very well written and directed piece about 2 possible existence’s of one girl on based on one change in her life that was completely out of her control. Really worth checking out, not just your typical romantic comedy, more of 2 parallel drama’s about this one woman’s life. With it’s only real problem being the horrible composited rain that is supposed to match a raining scene they obviously shot much later and did not have the money to re-shoot the continuing scene. Still it is only a minor distraction and the film is very worth checking out. It has great, witty dialogue throughout that always keeps your chuckling and yet never seems unrealistic.

This is the dual story of Helen Quilley (Gwyneth Paltrow) on a horrible day of her life. On the weekend after her birthday she goes into work at a PR firm and finds out she has been fired, and it was not at all her fault. She heads home from work, trying to catch the train. In one instance she does, and ends up getting chatted up by the very nice and successful James Hamerton (John Hammerton) before she heads home and finds her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in their bed with his ex Lydia (Jeane Tripplehorn). In the other instance she missed the train and ends up getting mugged while hailing a cab, and makes it home just as Lydia has left.

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Tenacious D The Complete Master Works (2003)

A complete collection for all those who love this insane duo. And watching this you really realize just how insane these 2 are. Great musicians, but they are just silly and crazy.

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Five Tough Guys by Pao Hsueh Li (1974)

Made in the year I was born, and I bought this for Lily Ho Li Li, who is really only a bit part in this, but I also figured you really can’t do wrong with a Chen Kuan Tai film. His martial arts are top notch and he has been in many impressive Shaw Brothers films. This film is filled with political intrigue, but it really isn’t the main point. Nor is character development. For a film with 5 headliners it really never looks at any of them in particular or builds up their characters. Still an enjoyable martial arts film about the period between martial arts being the only means of security and the era of the gun which made martial arts much more useless. I like the idea of martial arts security bureaus being put out of business by the gun, but going on one last mission to prove their worth. This is a REGION 3 DVD.

In the early 1900’s just after the initial Chinese revolution, the President is trying to usurp power and name himself Emperor. In Yunan is a General (Ling Yun) who will lead the patriotic troops to victory, but must escape to British Territory to be safer from the President. He is staying with a beautiful courtesan (Ho Li Li). A rich patriot played by Chen Kuan Tai organizes a group along with a helper of the Generals (Frankie Wei Hung). They get the son of a security agency owner played by Fan Mei Sheng (damn is he cool, and rather large as well) and a doctor who recruits him. On the run from the evil presidents men they run into a student in Beijing with a powerful family who helps them and joins them.

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Re-Cycle by the Pang Brothers (2006)

Hmmm. Trying to think of what to say about this film, which is visually stunning, with a few interesting concepts, but overall falls flat, with a lame ending, and many plot points that you can see coming from 10 miles away. This is proof that Hong Kong effects have certainly matured to a point that they are up to American standards. Now if only the story was up to snuff (I won’t say up to American scripts because so many of them are utter crap). Angelica Lee Sum Kit is decent in the role, which honestly does not have much meat on it, but she obviously works well with the Pangs, as her first return since the Eye shows. Honestly it shows potential for the Pangs, but still isn’t there. Lets hope they keep getting better, and with these visuals they could do some amazing things.

This is for the Region 3 Director’s Edition DVD.

Angelica Lee Sum Kit plays Tsui Ting Yin a popular author of a romantic trilogy that has just been adapted into a film, and at the press conference her agent (Lawrence Chou Chun Wai) announces her next novel, a supernatural story called RE-CYCLE. She is having trouble with the new book, and throwing out many ideas, as well as having problems with her ex lover who was the inspiration for her novels who has shown up. He told her he was leaving his wife for her 8 years previously, and instead stayed with her because she was pregnant, but is now divorced and wants her back. And then she starts getting strange phone calls with sounds, and finding long hairs like the ones of a character she wrote about and discarded, and then following some of her discarded writing goes down an Elevator and ends up someplace else.

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Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Complete Second Season (1981)

The show really hit it’s stride here. And we get to have some serious fun with the fraggles this time. What a great show. I am so happy that they are doing a movie of these guys now.

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M*A*S*H Season 7 created by Larry Gelbart (1981-1982)

I was only 4 or 5 when this season aired, and yet I still love this show as one of the best shows of my Childhood, right up there with TAXI. An enjoyable season, and the last with Radar which made for a huge change after this season. If you saw this show and loved it, you will like this season.

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The Unknown Story Mao by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

I am already a fan of Jun Chang, having loved her book WILD SWANS which I read years back. I am also an amateur Sinologist, and for years have been interested in all Chinese History, but certainly also reading a lot on the communist years and Chairman Mao. I have read many books on the communist period in China, and all the deaths that Mao caused, including the book by his personal physician, and I have to say none have been so brutal as this book. It is an engaging and interesting read, though completely brutal in it’s details of Mao’s life from his humble beginnings to his running of China and the brutal deaths of hundreds of millions of his own people in his quest for ultimate power.

If you are interested in the history of China, and especially of China since the Communist takeover then this history of Mao, the last Emperor in China who caused more horror and mayhem to his own people then this is a must read.

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The Golden Knight by Yueh Feng (1969)

An instant classic of the Wuxia genre. It features it all. Bad ass martial arts, bloody deaths, great locations, many zoom shots, and gorgeous women (Lily Ho Li Li & Shu Pei Pei). And yes I saw it because of Ho Li Li, but then I have vowed to get every film she was in. Sure I would never mistake her for a guy when she dresses as a wondering swordsman, but hey that is to be expected. Another Shaw classic, and really a must see.

There are 5 clans each with a book with a special martial arts skill handed down from the great master. When the old master was handing the plans down, Ho Li Li’s father was late, and he and the old master were killed. Now a woman in a mask is attacking the other schools and stealing their books. Ho Li Li is blamed because she wants to revenge for her father’s death, so she with the help of her master in the most rightuos clan must prove she is innocent or she will be put to death.

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The Master Strikes Back by Suen Chung (1984)

I picked this film up because it stars Ti Lung, not realizing this was the sequel to Kung Fu Instructor which I have not seen, but will have to pick up. This is an enjoyable if brutal film, which also features quite a few shots of naked breasts since the town is infested with whore houses. An enjoyable film, though Ti Lung is holding himself back for most of the film and mostly seen practicing by himself. Still worth seeing for Ti Lung fans.

Ti Lung is the Kung Fu Instructor who with his son goes to Phoenix town to train the army, who have become week and spend all of there free time whoring, gambling and drinking, and he is supposed to clean them up. He quickly has a run in with the local magistrate who is obviously not on the up and up.

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Dog Bit Dog by Soi Cheang Pou Soi (2006)

This is a bleak category 3 cop film following a cold Cambodian assassin raised to be nothing but a cold blooded killer and a cop who is pushed over the edge and becomes another dog focused only on killing his nemesis. The film is so damn dark, and honestly I didn’t really like anyone so I didn’t have enough invested in this film. Sure it looks good, and it had some interesting moments, such as them fighting and having the sounds of dogs fighting, but really there isn’t much here except going over the top. That might be find for some, but I was not too impressed.

Edison Chen plays the Cambodian assassin who has come to Hong Kong as a starved wretch and who murders a man’s wife in a restaurant. A police team begins to investigate, and their youngest member is Wai (Sam Lee Chan Sam, who is really the reason I picked up this movie) who is blank and cold and insubordinate, beating confessions from suspects, and he clashes with his boss (Eddie Cheugn Siu Fai). Wai’s father is in a coma, and he was a cop too, and internal affairs is hot on his and Wai’s heals. Meanwhile Wai begins to lose it as he chases down this killer.

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