Wednesday 22 March 2023

Iron Monkey Quick Review

The phrase ‘all time great’ gets thrown around a lot but it’s accurate when talking about Iron Monkey.

Easily accessible in terms of story and pacing for those that want to try a classic martial arts movie, it has incredible action scenes and a pretty decent script. Donnie Yen is a star here and some of the sequences need to be seen to be believed. 

Normally with these sorts of movies there are caveats and concessions you have to make such as overlooking poor plotting or things that don’t hold up anymore but Iron Monkey requires none of that. It’s a classic, hugely impressive and iconic and no matter how many years pass this will always be one of the best action films out there. 

It’s A great place to start for those looking to get into classic martial arts cinema and of course the Eureka! Blu-Ray has everything you possible want on it as well. 

Monday 20 March 2023

Were-Wolf By Night Quick Review

Marvel’s ‘special presentation’ walks the wonderfully weird world of classic creature features perfectly while introducing a host of odd ball new characters ready for anytime the studio wants to walk the darker side of the MCU.

Elsa Bloodstone and Jack Russell are well cast and provide the perfect hammy performances against the backdrop of a wailing theremin and spooky early cinema horror audio. The introduction of Man-Thing also provides some welcome gruesome humour as Marvels take on the Minotaur plays out in entertaining ghost train style. 

As a venture into the ‘one off special’ format it opens up a world of creative opportunities to explore the stranger side of things which can only be good moving forward.  It’s Original, fun and well worth visiting this halloween. 

Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind Blu-Ray Review

 This 1980 film from Sammo Hung is one of the directors best known works and had acquired the proverbial ‘cult following’ in the West. Sammo also stars as ‘Bug Guts’ Cheung, a loser who gets in over his head making crazy bets to stay in haunted houses.

Sammo has never been the best director but this is a good mix of horror, comedy and martial arts that contains enough elements of each to ultimately be successful and it is by far the best early example of this style in the Hong Kong film system.

It would be a strange introduction to newcomers of Hong Kong cinema but for those looking to view the iconic films of the age it holds up well.

The visual jokes are plentiful and the fight scenes suitable exciting. The English dub is one of the worst ever though so stick with the subs or you’ll have no idea what’s going on.