Favorite films

  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Lady Snowblood

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  • Bones

    ★★★

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★½

  • Pleasure

    ★★★

  • Venom

    ★★★

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  • The Way of the Dragon

    The Way of the Dragon

    ★★★½

    The Way of the Dragon was my introduction to the Bruce Lee universe sometime in the early 80s. I have seen the film once or twice since but certainly not for 25 or so years. Fun flick and Lee just wows every time. Heck, his warm up before the final fight is already worth the viewing. And let's not forget Norris' body hair, spreading like wildfire in places one wouldn't expect. I couldn't remember the movie being pretty funny, too,…

  • The Blade

    The Blade

    ★★★

    Tsui Hark’s THE BLADE has been hard to get for a while and I believe there is still no really decent version on BD/DVD. To my delight, the German pay channel WarnerTV has been playing the film repeatedly in recent months. Man, what an exhausting movie this is. A frantically edited flood of images in which the perception of what is happening, where the characters are, where up and down is, whether there is anything else besides bamboo, is lost.…

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  • 21 Bridges

    21 Bridges

    ★★★½

    Very enjoyable crime thriller, whose plot is limited to a few hours. There's no fat, it's a straightforward cop-chases-bad-guys affair during a gun powder scented night in New York. There is a predictable part about dirty cops and a somewhat hopeless attempt to give the main protagonist some depth; both don't harm the movie in the end. Chadwick Boseman won me over pretty quick in the lead, supporting players are also good and that includes Taylor Kitsch. "21 Bridges" reminds me of the action movies I picked out of the video store rack in the 90s; no BS and only here to entertain.

  • Last Train from Gun Hill

    Last Train from Gun Hill

    ★★★★

    Kirk Douglas is not my favorite actor when it comes to Westerns (probably I have also seen too few), but he is very good and convincing in John Sturges' "Last Train from Gun Hill." As the marshal of a small town, he boards the train to Gun Hill, where he suspects his wife's rapists and murderers, to bring them to justice. Once he arrives, he is confronted with his old companion (Anthony Quinn), cattle baron and father of one of…