Top Ten: Asian Horror Movies

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I’ve been a fan of horror movies my whole life, and for much of that time the best of the genre invariably came from the US and, to a lesser degree, the UK. The likes of George Romero, John Carpenter and Wes Craven defined the genre through much of the 70s and 80s. However, over the last decade Western horror seems to have lost its way, becoming mired in an endless cycle of torture porn or tedious remakes of old classics, with only the occasional standout moment of success. It’s…

15 Movie Questions Meme

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This one has been doing the rounds for a while and I was finally caught, bagged and tagged by my good friend Custard over at Front Room Cinema. So, ever the dutiful taggee and Mememeister, here are my astounding and mildly amusing answers to 15 seemingly random movie questions. Enjoy.   1. Movie you love with a passion Raiders of the Lost Ark For me, Spielberg’s first outing for Harrison Ford’s archaeologist and mercenary is one of the finest pieces of celluloid ever made. This is the reason why cinemas…

Review: I Saw the Devil

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Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Gook-hwan Jeon Director: Kim Jee-woon “Please don’t kill me.” “Why not?” When brutal serial killer Kyung-chul murders the fiancee of government agent Kim Soo-hyun, the agent vows revenge. Hunting the killer down, Soo-hyun incapacitates him and places a tracking device on Kyung-chul; the beginning of a cruel cat and mouse game between the two which will blur the lines between good and evil. Korean revenge movies have become rather commonplace over the last few years so it is very much to the credit of director…

Top Ten: Movie Fight Scenes

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Violence is a funny thing. Few of us actually enjoy participating in it, but most of us will at some point thoroughly enjoy watching it in a movie. Ah, the magical catharsis of cinema! The movies are replete with scenes of battle. Fight scenes are the meat and potatoes of the action genre, and most thrillers will either end on one or throw a couple in somewhere. Picking only ten was always going to leave this list with a whole heap of contenders unfairly cast aside, but there’s no way…

A Long Time Ago, In a Cinema Not Too Far Away…

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Note: I wanted to post something to celebrate International Star Wars Day, but I’ve been way too busy. So I’m cheating a bit. This is something I wrote a year ago, which some of you may have missed. Enjoy.   A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… And so it began, a generation lost in space. Our eyes were wide in wonder, our mouths were fixed in grins of joy, and our parents’ wallets did open up and spew forth dollars and pounds unto the profit margin…