Action

{"content":{"id":1393,"title":"36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/46f.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nOne of those movies I can watch again and again. An extremely good introduction to Chia-Liang Liu and to Shaw Brothers.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-07-15T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-05-16T21:04:28.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-15T00:34:47.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=martial_arts\"\u003emartial_arts\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_seventies\"\u003ethe_seventies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=china\"\u003echina\u003c/a\u003e"}

36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

One of those movies I can watch again and again. An extremely good introduction to Chia-Liang Liu and to Shaw Brothers.

{"content":{"id":1465,"title":"Daily Link","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nEven if you can't speak Chinese, watch \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/C4SMPQyiLy4\"\u003ethis 65-second trailer\u003c/a\u003e for a 1966 Kung Fu movie. I think it is the greatest trailer I have ever seen in my life.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-06-20T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-06-15T15:27:16.000Z","updated_at":"2020-06-15T15:27:16.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=china\"\u003echina\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hong_kong\"\u003ehong_kong\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=the_sixties\"\u003ethe_sixties\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=twentieth_century\"\u003etwentieth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=kong_fu\"\u003ekong_fu\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=daily_links\"\u003edaily_links\u003c/a\u003e"}

Daily Link

Even if you can't speak Chinese, watch this 65-second trailer for a 1966 Kung Fu movie. I think it is the greatest trailer I have ever seen in my life.

{"content":{"id":1171,"title":"Daily Links","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI've \u003ca href=\"https://sananab.ca/posts/928\"\u003ementioned\u003c/a\u003e before that the sixth Mission Impossible movie is the best one, for some reason. JM McNab has \u003ca href=\"https://www.cracked.com/article_27051_why-E28098mission-impossible-falloutE28099-damn-masterpiece.html\"\u003ea pretty entertaining explanation of why that might be\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2020-03-05T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2020-02-28T00:32:12.000Z","updated_at":"2020-08-24T16:07:42.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=daily_links\"\u003edaily_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Daily Links

I've mentioned before that the sixth Mission Impossible movie is the best one, for some reason. JM McNab has a pretty entertaining explanation of why that might be.

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Doctor Strange (2016)

It has nice CGI but, other than that, it's an extremely predictable, by-the-books, middle-of-the-road, run-of-the-mill, average superhero movie. The climax involves him boring the bad guy into giving up and I sympathize.

{"content":{"id":1019,"title":"Man Of Steel (2013)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/36b.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nOn my world \"Zack Snyder\" means \"It will be boring and stupid but I'll still watch it anyway for some reason\".","publication_date":"2019-12-01T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-01T16:01:31.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:44:07.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=dcu\"\u003edcu\u003c/a\u003e"}

Man Of Steel (2013)

On my world "Zack Snyder" means "It will be boring and stupid but I'll still watch it anyway for some reason".

{"content":{"id":1021,"title":"Avengers: Endgame (2019)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/36d.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nIt was entertaining enough, but not very substantial. Once the new car smell wears off, this will be the one Avengers movie people skip, even if it is the highest grossing. Like Avatar among James Cameron films.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThey wanted an emotionally resonant movie with very serious scenes, and time travel. Those two don't match. Time travel never really makes sense in a plot, which is fine for a fun Star Trek one-off, but a disaster when you try to do something serious. Time travel is also a lazy and boring way to write yourself out of a corner.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nThe characters have long conversations about how they can't create alternate realities or change the past and they also kill 2014 Thanos, so how did the snap happen? Iron Man's dying wish must have been extremely complicated and specific.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nCaptain America's shield gets destroyed because they needed a scene with emotional resonance and it is fine a few minutes later because they needed emotional resonance. I can't believe the same people that made Infinity Wars made this. This is the 'Dark Knight Rises' of Marvel films.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2019-11-03T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-11-02T18:48:42.000Z","updated_at":"2020-07-12T21:45:57.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":3},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=overrated\"\u003eoverrated\u003c/a\u003e"}

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  • It was entertaining enough, but not very substantial. Once the new car smell wears off, this will be the one Avengers movie people skip, even if it is the highest grossing. Like Avatar among James Cameron films.
  • They wanted an emotionally resonant movie with very serious scenes, and time travel. Those two don't match. Time travel never really makes sense in a plot, which is fine for a fun Star Trek one-off, but a disaster when you try to do something serious. Time travel is also a lazy and boring way to write yourself out of a corner.
  • The characters have long conversations about how they can't create alternate realities or change the past and they also kill 2014 Thanos, so how did the snap happen? Iron Man's dying wish must have been extremely complicated and specific.
  • Captain America's shield gets destroyed because they needed a scene with emotional resonance and it is fine a few minutes later because they needed emotional resonance. I can't believe the same people that made Infinity Wars made this. This is the 'Dark Knight Rises' of Marvel films.
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)


Kingsmen could have been the next James Bond but what is this? It's like they had a brainstorming session, and decided to go with every single idea they'd jotted down, leading to about two dozen malformed, dangling subplots awkwardly mashed together into something horrible and nearly unwatchable. The sad part is, there's a 90-minute rough draft buried somewhere in there that could have been worked into something really good.

{"content":{"id":928,"title":"Mission Impossible: Fallout (2019)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/318.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nSuper-fun, super-dramatic spy movie. Even Henry Cavill somehow doesn't seem to suck, although that might just be good editing. Pretty impressive that the sixth movie in an extremely irregular franchise would be the best one.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-10-10T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-10T01:12:33.000Z","updated_at":"2020-08-27T15:13:46.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":4},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=spy\"\u003espy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e"}

Mission Impossible: Fallout (2019)

Super-fun, super-dramatic spy movie. Even Henry Cavill somehow doesn't seem to suck, although that might just be good editing. Pretty impressive that the sixth movie in an extremely irregular franchise would be the best one.

{"content":{"id":938,"title":"Lucy (2014)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/320.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nWhat's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nThis is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-09-19T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-09-18T21:59:29.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-18T22:00:38.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=france\"\u003efrance\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=science_fiction\"\u003escience_fiction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e"}

Lucy (2014)


This is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.

What's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...

This is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.

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Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King The Movie (2003)

Still an impressively good adaptation of an impossible-to-adapt book. It still feels so fresh, and the special effects still work so well, that it's hard to think that this is sixteen years old.

{"content":{"id":879,"title":"Gladiator (2000)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI get that most historical movies are about as accurate as this one is, but why use real names? Imagine if they made a movie about Jimmy Carter killing Gerald Ford, and then developing a violent blood feud with some made-up baseball player.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nAnyway, this movie is weird emotions porn and very boring.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-31T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-06T22:49:19.000Z","updated_at":"2019-09-01T14:57:49.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=rome\"\u003erome\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient\"\u003eancient\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tens\"\u003etens\u003c/a\u003e"}

Gladiator (2000)

I get that most historical movies are about as accurate as this one is, but why use real names? Imagine if they made a movie about Jimmy Carter killing Gerald Ford, and then developing a violent blood feud with some made-up baseball player.

Anyway, this movie is weird emotions porn and very boring.

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Inception (2010)

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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 1 - The Egg of the King (2012)

It has some good moments, and some dull moments. The trilogy is overall bad and whatever potential I thought this first one had, the next two didn't live up to. Avoid.

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The Dark Knight (2008)

As good a superhero movie as the decade produced and a miracle of post-production. Its lustre has been pretty badly diminished by its horrible, horrible, horrible fans.

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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 - The Battle for Doldrey (2012)

I didn't think the first one was that good, but I thought it had potential. This one was boring, stupid, and was weighted down with subplots that did nothing to drive the story forward. I wouldn't recommend any of these movies, but if you're really set on watching them, at least do yourself a favour and miss this one.

{"content":{"id":868,"title":"Batman Begins (2005)","body":"\u003cp\u003e\r\nI liked it the first time. The second time, the new car smell had faded and it felt like it was hitting me over the head with the courage thing.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2019-08-21T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2019-08-05T16:54:58.000Z","updated_at":"2019-08-21T14:24:27.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":3},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=action\"\u003eaction\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=comic_books\"\u003ecomic_books\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=christopher_nolan\"\u003echristopher_nolan\u003c/a\u003e"}

Batman Begins (2005)

I liked it the first time. The second time, the new car smell had faded and it felt like it was hitting me over the head with the courage thing.