Sunday, September 29, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-Blind Woman’s curse (1972-Japan)-Meiko kaji, Hoki Tokuda

A mysterious woman follows the female head of a Yakuza gang in this crime mystery movie. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972-Japan)-Meiko kaji, Famio Watanabe

A female prisoner after enduring a year in solitary confinement escape with six other female prisoners who are then pursued by the vengeful prison warden and his guards. This can only be done in Japanese movies as nudity and violence is way ahead of its time. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Fighting with my Family (2019)-Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

A former wrestler and his family entertain small town venues with their wrestling while their kids try to join the big league. Entertaining movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)-Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista

A security expert tries to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong Tech tycoon. Continuation of the series with more of the same. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Mojin: The Worm Valley (2018-China)-Hang Cai, Xuan Gu

An adventurer seeks the tomb of an emperor on a mysterious island. Fantasy effects overwhelms story. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Avengement (2019)-Scott Adkins, Craig Fairbrass

A guy seeks revenge for the violence he endures in prison. Hard core action thriller. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-The Curse of La Llorona (2019-)-Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz

A child social worker risks herself and her family when she tries to intervene in a suspected case of child endangerment. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Against the Druken Cat Paws (No one can touch her) (1979- Taiwan)-Ling Chia, Chia-lin Sun

A blind martial artist seeks revenge for her father’s killers. Standard martial arts movie. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Deadtectives (2018)-Martha Higareda, Chris Geere

A team of fake ghost hunters goes to Mexico to enhance their TV ratings but get caught in a real ghost hunting. Okay comedy movie. Recommended with caution

Sunday, September 22, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-The Girl in the Spider’s web (2018)-Claire Foy

A computer hacker and a journalist are caught up in the world of intrigue and conspiracies. Hit or miss movie with acting and story not that great. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-The Sisters Brothers (2018)-John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed

Entertaining Western about two brother assassins and their adventures. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Halloween (2018)-Jamie Lee Curtis

Direct sequel to the horror classic as the sister Laurie Confronts Michael and tries to destroy him. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Mary Poppins Return (2018)-Emily Blunt

Exactly what the titles says as the magical nanny comes back to rescue a family in time of crisis. Recommended family fare

On the lighter side-Movies-Master Z: The Ip Man legacy (2018-HK)-Tony Jaa, Dave Bautista, Max Zhang Jin, Michelle Yeoh

Master Z after his defeat by IP Man lays low but gets into trouble with a powerful foreigner. Good Marital arts action but nothing much. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Mortal Engines (2018)-Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmer

In a world where cities ride on wheels and devour small cities for their energies, two people try to stop a massive city from destroying the world. Intriguing concept but execution could have been better and also it is very loud and sometimes obnoxious to watch. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-The Unbeaten 28 (1980-Taiwan/Hong Kong)

A man whose whole family was massacred by an evil warlord trains hard to take revenge in this standard Martial arts movie. Most of the time is spent on training of the man and the most annoying is the female lead. Recommended with caution

Sunday, September 8, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-Instant Family (2018)-Mark Wahlberg, Rose Bryne

A couple fosters three kids and in the process disrupt their tranquil life. Enjoyable heartwarming movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Spider-Man into the Spider-verse (2018-Animated)-Voices of Shamiek Moore, Jake Johnson

A teen becomes spider man in reality and asks help from other super heroes to fight off a threat to the real world. Uneven but a new spin on Spider man saga. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-A dog’s Journey (2019)-Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid

Enjoyable movie about a Dog’s journey through the lives of several related people. Recommended.

On the lighter side-Movies-The Wandering Earth (2019-China)-Jing Wu

The biggest grossing Chinese movie of all time, this Science Fiction movie tells the story of a group of people are tasked with saving humanity when a dying sun triggers governments to install thrusters to movie the Earth away from the Sun. Great Special effects and a good patriotic movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-The Grinch (2018-Animated.)-Voices of Benedict Cumberbach, Cameron Seely

A Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for a small village in this animated movie. It was okay movie with the oft told story everybody already knows. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-A Private War (2018)-Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander

The story of one of the most celebrated war correspondents in recent history, Marie Colvin. Good acting by Rosamund Pike and an enjoyable movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-A Star is Born (2018-)-Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

A musician helps a young woman become a singer while his own life and career goes down the hill. Enjoyable movie with excellent acting all around. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Assassination Nation (2018)-Odessa Young, Abra

After a computer hack exposes secrets in a small town, four girls survive an onslaught of angry citizens and must fight their way out of it. Fun movie. Recommended

Monday, September 2, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-Ralph breaks the Internet (2018-Animated)-Voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman

I have not watched the first one, but the story picks up after the two characters become friends and find a Wi-Fi router in their arcade through which they go into a whole new undiscovered world. Available on Netflix. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Operation Mekong (2018-China)-Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng

Two Chinese merchant ships on the Mekong River are attacked and 13 crew people are murdered along with a discovery of huge cache of drugs. The Chinese government outraged at this send in special team of law enforcement people to find out what happened in Thailand. Great action sequences and a good movie. Recommended. Available on Netflix

On the lighter side-Movies-Abduction (2019)-Scott Adkins, Andy On

I like Scott Adkins movies as they are kick ass and action packed. But this one was a bit let down as the alien factor ruins it. A British citizen wakes up with no memory of who he is and who is pursuing him for what. Skip this one. Not Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Project Gutenberg (2018-China)-Yun-Fat Chow, Aaron Kwok

Hong Kong Police searches for a criminal gang dealing with Counterfeit money. Great acting by Yun-Fat chow. Recommended with caution. Available on Amazon with prime membership

On the lighter side-Movies-Triple Frontier (2019)-Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac

Former Special Forces friends take on a drug lord’s money in South America. Okay movie with little action and more melodramatic talk. Available on Netflix. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Venom (2018)-Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams

A reporter gets inhabited by an alien who instead of destroying earth tries to protect it. Good combination of action and comedy and good acting by Tom Hardy. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Peppermint (2018)-Jennifer Garner

After her husband and kid gets killed and the perpetrators released for lack of evidence, a woman comes back to seek revenge. Action packed with good acting by Jennifer Garner. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Shadow (2019-China)

A Chinese movie with court intrigue as a deposed king plots his return along with this trusted companions. Stylish but not for all tastes. Recommended with caution