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Review: Kill Zone 2, 2016, dir. Cheang Pou-soi

Review: Kill Zone 2, 2016, dir. Cheang Pou-soi


You don’t normally buy a ticket to an action movie for well-realized human sentiment or melodramatic storylines involving terminally ill (and terminally adorable) children. That’s certainly not why you might go in on Kill Zone 2, aka SPL II: A Time for Consequences, the sequel to Wilson Yip’s 2005 film SPL: Sha Po Lang. And yet it’s the maudlin … Continue reading

Review: Hardcore Henry, 2016, dir. Ilya Naishuller

Review: Hardcore Henry, 2016, dir. Ilya Naishuller


I have never gotten motion sick from watching a movie. Ever. My stomach stayed strong through the shaky-cam antics of Cloverfield, and I didn’t flinch watching either of the first two V/H/S films in the theater. (V/H/S Viral upset my digestion, but only because it’s kind of a terrible movie.) I can endure buckets of gore without batting … Continue reading

The Defenders Proves That We Need Fewer Superhero Teamups

The Defenders Proves That We Need Fewer Superhero Teamups


Maybe I’m the wrong person to write about superhero stuff in 2017. Guys, really: I just can’t watch superhero things without finding big philosophical flaws in their makeup and intent. I’m afraid to sit through the second season of Jessica Jones when it airs next year, even, though then again, Jessica is the best thing about The Defenders, … Continue reading

Review: Iron Man 3, 2013, dir. Shane Black

Review: Iron Man 3, 2013, dir. Shane Black


Looking backward, there are more reasons than not to expect disappointment from Iron Man 3. For one, history shows that the third entry tends to be the worst in many franchises, a la  Return of the Jedi, The Godfather III, Infernal Affairs III, The Dark Knight Rises; for another, Shane Black’s contribution to the story of … Continue reading