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Sniper 7 - Ultimate Kill (2017)

Sniper 7 - Ultimate Kill (2017)

For the first time, Brandon Beckett, Richard Miller and Sgt. Thomas Beckett join forces in Colombia to take down a brutal drug cartel.

Classy intro, authentic sounding sniper recon, a somewhat predictable but well-filmed plot (gotta love the lady in the intro), authentic action sequences and characters with charisma.

Feels like this might've been the last of the best of or possibly even the best of the franchise! Title promises a bit much, as do all these titles, but it was good after all.

Master Gunner's growing old though. The ending didn't really have the spark I expected it to...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

HK: Hentai Kamen (2013)

HK: Hentai Kamen (2013)

Leave it to the Japanese to make a movie as crazy as this one too!

It's a love/action story about a guy who turns into a superhero when he puts panties over his head, who just so happens to fall in love with a transfer student, just as a gang arrives at the school and attempts a hostile takeover.

There are plot twists. There are burning fire shots and crotch-related craze of varied sort, and both filming and special effects are really pretty impressive.

I don't know what else to say about this. Watch it. Rejoice. Laugh your heart out. Look at the world with a slightly new light after.

And if you're looking for a moral? Maybe it's that it's alright to be a pervert! Maybe you just so happen to be the superhero the world needs right now. Ganbatte!

Give it your ball.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2011)

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

A romantic comedy/drama to improve Anglo-Yemen relations? Well why not.

It's good. It's feelgood. It has a few exciting moments, and warm moments - relationship drama that actually reels me in a bit. Am I growing all touchy feely or what? What's going on with me?!

Though you don't expect it's as much of a love story as it is when you see the cover. Or read the description above. Right?! I've been misled. Misguided. But not mispointed. I mean: not disappointed. That'd be disjointed.

I'm not a huge fishing enthusiast but I do like the water, and I like the warmth here. I find myself intrigued, and moved, and somewhat melancholy at moments in regard to the story. Reflects my own mood occasionally. My own sense of being stuck in a rut. There's hope but. But you are where you are. You've grown up.

It's a story you can immerse yourself in, told well, though in the end the prince maybe comes across as the most sympathetic of all, and wise, a bit like a guiding sage, whereas the politicians and employees of various sorts just turn all into a shitshow... makes me wonder how much is truly authentic. Is that what real office life is really like? I wouldn't know. I work at a small car parts company. We do things different here. I don't suppose I've ever worked in a real office.

That soldier, too? As he didn't turn out to be the villain; main perpetrator behind sabotage and all... I do feel sorry for him. He went and fought the war. He stayed true. And this is the card life hands him back?

True hero right there. Wish things could've ended better for him...

 rated 3/5: not bad

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Skin Of Roses (1978)

Skin Of Roses (1978)

Depraved softcore romance porn with a story... only the Japanese could pull off something like this and still make it feel classy.

Ritsuko's beautiful, and that's part of why this is as good as it is! The story's about a gangster, and love, but in the end none of that really matters after all. Ritsuko matters. Though the story ultimately contributes an air of sadness that somehow just amplifies her beauty, and both the importance and the meaningless of it all... give it a watch, you'll understand.

It doesn't take long before she (and her closest friends) are all performing various pleasurable acts in artistic ways. They play with things. They express themselves. There's always intrigue too. Always ulterior motive. It's not all black and white or linear or square or anything in that over-exaggerated and saturated Westernized kind of way... not sure what I mean by that but: it feels right here, no matter how far they take it. There's always a reason. It's always redeeming.

It's the good stuff. Porn and poetry. Though maybe you can't really call it porn after all. Seems too crude. Poetry of the perverse? Art of the acts of... love? This is that. Worldly words don't capture the rapture.

Don't expect anything crazy, but sometimes simple really is more.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Debt Collectors (2020)

Debt Collectors (2020)

Here's a story of debt. And a duo - two dudes - who collect that debt.

Against their will I should add. For reasons. Watch the movie and all shall be revealed. And a lot of exileration shall be experienced over the gritty and well-choreographed fights herein.

I love the fights. The nitty gritty of it all. The charismatic and crazy main character combo that Scott Adkins and Louis Mandylor present (I'm seeing more and more of Mandylor lately - wonder why I haven't earlier), and the gangsters aren't bad either. They play their part. The shootouts get intense when they need to and everything comes full circle the right way.

The soundtrack though, it's great but... sometimes a movie really works better without one, and this feels like it just might be one of those movies. At the end I'd rather the engine rumble and the voices fade away. Don't need no Western.

Maybe the most emotional moments don't really come across as emotional as they could either, but it's still a really good movie. Keeps you at the edge of your seat all the way through, and has that dusty, authentic road trip kind of vibe to it that I do love so.

Reminds me a tiny bit of Gringo, but not really. It's something else.

Good watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Typhoon (2005)

Typhoon (2005)

How do they keep making so friggin' sad movies! Koreans...

It's a terrorist movie. A modern day pirate movie. And a tale of injustice and truth, starring two main characters - one good, one bad - on seperate sides of the law, that as they cross paths realize more and more that maybe they're really not so different.

The special effects are alright, Toto wasn't done justice, and the other guy who flew out of the cabin seems like a lost thread. Didn't he survive...?

But otherwise they capture the emotion so good. The storm so good. The boat has me thinking of RE: Dead Aim, and the atmosphere a bit of old action classics like The Rock. Needless to say that's good.

I love this. The culture's different, but just like the main characters could've been brothers were they born in a different time or place, so does the medium of movies seem to bridge that cultural divide between us.

Keep on rocking, never forgotten. Like a typhoon siege sweep us off our feet.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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