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Red Corner (1997)

Red Corner (1997)

Wonder if they'll ever dare paint a picture of China like this in a movie again.

Maybe it's what they wanted back then, one to deter resistance, but now?

I doubt it. It's all about propaganda, and this intro was, somewhat anonymous as it may seem, one of the strictest presentations of China that I've ever seen.

But after that it gets real serious. It's a court room case in China. You know how that goes.

What you maybe don't know is that there's some romance involved too, a nicely coordinated rooftop chase, and a pretty solid depiction of Chinese social hierarchy. I really am surprised they let this fly. At the same time it shows their strength, and their adaptability, and commitment, and when it's all said and done maybe it's not so bad after all.

Props Richard Gere on a role well-played, even if he's sometimes just a little too American. Rash, bold and unfastened. That could've been different. Props Bai Ling too. For showing that the regime is not synonymous with the people. And a good act.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Mollywood (2019)

Mollywood (2019)

It's gritty. It's grimy. It's about a God-sent killer who chops up the youngins who just want to sin and do drugs, and don't seem to care what happens to them.

The visuals are great, the voicing's great, the mood, the atmosphere, the dark alleys, neon lights and party vibe.

The story, the dialog, and the ending showdown however... those bits leave a bit to be desired. A bit more polish and this would've stood strong, but as it is: it stands out a little. Clever name too.

Wonder if it might've been an attempted retake on that old movie about the dangers of marijuana. Another one with a message but this time so much grittier a guise...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Balls Of Fury (2007)

Balls Of Fury (2007)

The quest to prove himself to the world, avenge his father, defeat the mastervillain, get the girl and rid himself of the terrible mishaps in memory proves to be no piece of cake for Dan Fogler (Randy Daytona), the ball master. Previous ping pong prodigy. Now slightly overweight has-been.

But with a little help from the blind master Wong and his daughter Maggie (Maggie Q), and insertable FBI tracking equipment, it seems things may go their way after all...

I mean his way. But it's the FBI's idea/side mission.

Christoper Walken just doesn't fit in. He's no ping pong player. He's got charisma but I wonder what this movie would've been like with a different actor for the villain.

The other guys though? They have me chuckling non stop, at times laughing out loud, impressed most of all by Randy. He's almost like Jonah Hill of the old days... and it wasn't even that long ago! Whatever happened to this guy?

Comedy's not too crude. It's goood. It's... I'm running out of things to say about this but if you're looking for a comedy a bit like Karate Kid meets Blades Of Glory: go check this out. Unexpected gem. Maggie Q gets some shine time too. And hey there's Terry Crews.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Call Girl Of Cthulhu (2014)

Call Girl Of Cthulhu (2014)

Grindhouse, gore and rock music! Hell yeah. The props are legit, and the story's just the right kind of explicit and crazy. It's one crazy mess and it's inspired by Lovecraft no less.

You see so many of these B-movies that try to be better than they are, but here's one that really is all it is. No more no bliss. Expect mutant dicks and exploding stiffs. Wicked music that whips your wits. Get a load of this.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Malatesta's Carnival Of Blood (1973)

Malatesta's Carnival Of Blood (1973)

Time for one of the earliest zombie movies ever made! On par with the likes of Night Of The Living Dead (1968) and whatever other contemporaries that might've inspired.

If you'd consider this a zombie movie.

It's about a girl, mostly, and a theme park, and a gathering of both innocent bystanders and sinister staff members who deal with all sorts of sinful experiments in the merry roundabout shade...

The theatrics may be a bit much, the acting's not always perfect, but they play with angles, and materials, and gory themes in a way that seems to befit the theme park theme. You get all the rides in the worst possible ways. It's not SAW-like gory, but just... disturbing. Sometimes red-paint-like so, sometimes legit-prop-like really.

Unfortunately it's hard to feel like this movie upholds an atmosphere today as much as it probably did back when it was made, not like say Suspiria (the original), but it is an interesting glimpse into the more forgotten films of the strange and sinful horror movie seventies.

It's not bad. Props on them really keeping things creative, and making horror movies not only to gross you out but to innovate and exploit in the most varied ways.

Malatesta, you're not the best but... don't let it rest; stuff. For the seventies it's not bad at all.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Stiff (2010)

Stiff (2010)

A suicidal guy calls a suicide prevention hotline, and starts connecting with a girl that really wants only to have sex with his corpse, but then he starts to fall in love, and for a moment it seems she does too...

The premise showed promise, but the movie? Film quality isn't ideal. Acting isn't ideal. Conversations are often drawn out - sometimes contemplative or morbid or just right - but sometimes just not authentic enough.

The desperation never really comes through either, nor is it a real splatter movie. Appeal falters.

It's a sad story, and a good idea for a movie, but it's neither as grueling nor as gripping as it could've been.

 rated 2.5/5: almost not bad

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