Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekly Round-Up (2/19/12 - 2/25/12)

A Touch of Zen (King Hu) ***1/2 - When a high ranking public official was tortured to death unjustly for a crime he didn't commit, an evil eunuch puts out a death warrant on the rest of his family and they go on the run. This is a pretty good older entry in the wuxia genre of martial arts films. It's over three hours long and the action and plot takes a long while to unfold but when it does, it both figuratively and literally kicks ass. It may not be as slick as today's wuxia films but it still manages to wow.

Mysteries of Lisbon (Raoul Ruiz) ***1/2 - This is my first Raoul Ruiz film and I believe this is one of, if not THE last film of his and I have to say it is perfectly crafted swan song. After a boy is conked on the head, his mother, a countess visits him and soon a tale unfolds with all sorts of different characters and storylines going off on various directions. This film reminds me a bit of The Saragossa Manuscript in its numerous flashbacks and tangential plot lines. Its 4.5 hour running time and the various directions make this film a little tough to sit through occasionally but it's such an impeccably crafted, beautiful film that it's definitely well worth it. The twist/ambiguous ending may piss a few people off.

P.S. I got 18 out of 24 correct.

7 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Both sound pretty good man, I might have to check them both out at some point. Congratulations on those predictions by the way buddy, 75% is an incredible correct mark that's certainly not to be sneered at.

Mark said...

18 out of 24 is pretty good. I wasn't watching though, and have no idea who won what.

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

lol the academy awards.

These sound like wonderful films to check out! Also, gave you a Liebster award. Check it out at the bottom of:
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Laughing Vault said...

18? pretty nice :D

sonnema said...

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Natural One said...

I could always use a touch of zen...I miss my zen garden

Marara said...

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