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The Emergence of John Woo’s Muse in A Better Tomorrow (1986)

When you try to conjure a single image of what visually distinguishes John Woo as a director, there are plenty of choices in iconography: doves, slow-motion, speedboats, operatic gun violence, explosions, etc. 1,266 more words

Brandon Ledet

Shoot 'Em Up (2007) and the Value of John Woo’s Sincerity

When John Woo jumped down from the heights of his Hong Kong action heyday in Hard Boiled to the more pedestrian American mold of action cinema in its follow-up, … 1,030 more words

Brandon Ledet

John Woo Goes Hard, Goes American

There seem to be two distinct markers for the creative decline of the Hong Kong action cinema glory days that started in the mid-1980s: the handing over of Hong Kong to mainland China in 1997 & the movement’s biggest directors transitioning into helming Hollywood blockbusters, also in the mid-1990s. 1,376 more words

Brandon Ledet

Film 2018: Curse of the Golden Flower

Not wishing to find myself having to work through a surplus of sub-titled foreign films at any point, I decided I would select another this week. 1,535 more words

Films & DVDs

Swampflix Movie of the Month: Hard Boiled (1992)

The post from which this was excerpted was originally published on Swampflix.com as part of that site’s “Movie of the Month” feature, in which one contributor makes the rest of the crew watch a movie they’ve never seen before, and the staff discusses it afterwards. 788 more words

Film Reviews

Movie of the Month: Hard Boiled (1992)

Every month one of us makes the rest of the crew watch a movie they’ve never seen before & we discuss it afterwards. This month… 4,278 more words

Brandon Ledet

Dragonball: Evolution (2009)

Japanese anime involving martial arts action has a tendency to go through a live action version now and again. From Fist of the North Star… 921 more words

Action