Chang Cheh laid the groundwork for his later successes here with what is considered the Godfather of the Kung Fu cinematic golden age. It's definitely not the most polished though. The fight scenes don't look as slick as later entries in the arena. But still, the violence pushed the envelope for the time and David Chiang is compelling as a no shit taking avenger on a path for destruction.
It Comes At Night is an extremely engaging study on paranoia and how it can rip through one's moral compass. It is paced beautifully and has just the right amount of ambiguity to have viewers talking after the movie without being overly irritated. The acting is fantastic, the shots are gorgeously creepy, and the climax is one that will sit with me for sometime. My only gripe is the ending is about three minutes too long, definitely a small gripe.
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6 months ago
The Marvel machine bulldozes on, dropping yet another fun, action packed-romp in the Avengers universe. This one has a heavy plate to fill as it attempts to unite all of the heroes of the cinematic series without being too much for viewers to chew on. The Russos are able to deliver however in a great way to spend 2.5 hours of your summer.
Interesting piece on obsession. A great warrior but socially awkward samurai asks for the hand of a married woman as a payment for his loyalty to his master. This strange and inappropriate request sets forth a journey down a sinister path where all involved are destined to crash together at the end of it. Gate of Hell does well at developing the breakdown of its crazed warrior Morito, but it suffers from long awkward shots that had me scratching my head. I'm not a fan of the long real time shots that do nothing to further the story, but other than those, this was a fine piece.