Archive for June, 2008

Rewrite Updates

Just to give you readers a word of notice, I’ve updated my review of Flash Point. I wasn’t entirely happy with the first draft, so I gave it another go and came up with something that I felt much more satisfied with. The review is posted below and can be found in the archives. Thanks [...]

“Public Enemy” – A.J. Hakari

The appeal of The French Connection was not in watching a particularly good “cops and robbers” story, but rather it was in the character of Popeye Doyle himself. Far from the noble crusader for justice that most cops were depicted as at the time, Popeye blurred the line between cop and crook, a man whose [...]

“Flash Point” – A.J. Hakari

In a perfect world, Hong Kong action movies would constantly be showing American flicks a thing or two about entertaining people. Their physical dynamos would have their hands full schooling the likes of Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme, keeping themselves busy by showing how real martial artists work. But the harsh reality is that [...]

“Battleship Potemkin” – Andrew Guarini

In the mid-1920’s, when the Soviet Montagists were at the pinnacle of their artistic expression and creativity, Sergei M. Eisenstein in 1925 released Battleship Potemkin, a primary example of all the facets of the group’s groundbreaking theories and technique. Essentially, it works as a piece to showcase the Kuleshov School of filmmaking ideals in testing [...]

“Wicked City” – Chris Luedtke

Among the steaming heaps of crap that I’ve seen in my life, the anime Wicked City has always served as a title that stood out to me in terms of disappointment and banality. I still remember coming by it at the local Family Video and, starting at its glorious cover art, wondering what amazing tale [...]