Spiral: From the Book of Saw, 2021 – ★★

What if someone obsessed with the Saw franchise films (read Jigsaw killer murders) and 80’s cop thrillers made a film that was a bastard child of the both. Voila. A cop-killer on the loose is easier to digest than a nihilist judging you for your sins willy nilly. I’d perhaps have been a little happier […]

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Jack Reacher, 2012 – ★★★★

Superb. This is how it’s done. I did see a couple of scenes in my rewatch that were stolen directly from the nobody-watched-it masterpiece “The Way of the Gun”, but since that was also directed by McQuarrie, I guess we can let it fly. source https://letterboxd.com/jun6lee/film/jack-reacher/1/

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Infinite, 2021 – ★★½ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers. A lot of good ideas, some executed well, some okay, some badly. This feels like a mixture of a few things on the proverbial decision-making table. 1) Complicated merely for the sake of smarminess. — Cool films like Inception and The Matrix always have cool people explain things in a […]

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Swordfish, 2001 – ★★★½

Twenty years on, this didn’t feel as dated as I thought it might. It takes the philosophical trolley problem and makes an entertaining watch out of it. Probably one of those on the tail-end of Travolta’s peak. Along with the much under-rated Basic. Good pacing, a bit more explosion than needed, but perfect to recalibrate […]

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Wrath of Man, 2021 – ★★★

When Guy Ritchie decides to take Statham in a role tailor made for him, half his work is done. For the rest, we have plenty of inspiration from genre-films like Payback, Reservoir Dogs, Assault on Precinct 13, Rambo and these are just flicks that are rolling off the tongue instantly. We’ve got someone who clearly […]

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Those Who Wish Me Dead, 2021 – ★★½

Starting a film with someone having a bad dream about their trauma should have set my expectations to average or below, but oddly, it’s the title that made me expect more. What we get is a functional bad-guys chase good guys to a small town where the local folk step up affair, where the novelty […]

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Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai, 2021 – ★

Frankly, I shouldn’t have bothered. I have no idea why I watched this, never mind seeing it through. It’s terrible. Here-on is just me trying to convince myself why I saw this. Some years ago, I saw Bharat and then dipped into the original it was adapted from. Ode to my father is such an […]

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Atari: Game Over, 2014 – ★★★

I think it may take a bit of geek DNA to appreciate the drive and passion that this oozes, but in a way, I felt “these are my people”. A rare non-fic that I wanted to see, as opposed to being coerced to. source https://letterboxd.com/jun6lee/film/atari-game-over/

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