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V/H/S

Posted by Josh Samford On January - 2 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

V/H/S (2012)
Director: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence
Writers: David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Ti West, Chad Villella, Justin Martinez, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Nicholas Tecosky, Simon Barrett, and Tyler Gillett
Starring: Hannah Fierman, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Helen Rogers, Jason Yachanin, etc.



The Plot: V/H/S is an anthology title that brought together several successful independent film directors in the hopes of creating something very unique and nostalgic within the horror genre. The story within the movie focuses on a group of punks who cause mayhem in their small town by committing various criminal acts while shooting their actions on VHS video. They have become known for grabbing women within parking lots and pulling down their tops in order to capture shots of their breasts in order to sell the videos at a later date. Growing tired of this simple game, they decide to take one big job. All they have to do is visit an old house, hold some old man down, and steal a VHS videotape. However, when they get there, the old man is dead and the group separates in order to dig through the tapes. On one tape the group finds a young man who wears a pair of hidden camera glasses while he and his buddies try to score. However, the girl that they pick is something more than human. In the second we find a couple on their honeymoon vacation who find themselves being stalked by a mysterious girl who shows up outside of their hotel room. In the third we meet a young girl who goes camping in the woods with a group of friends, but when they arrive there appears to be another entity watching them in the distance. Following that we see a story told through Skype conversations, featuring a young woman who is apparently being visited by ghosts while holding conversations with her longtime boyfriend. Finally, the last story focuses on a group of friends who go off looking for a party on Halloween night, but accidentally end up walking in on a real life exorcism.


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Assassins, The

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 27 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

The Assassins (2012)
Director: Zhao Linshan
Writers: Wang Bin
Starring: Chow Yun-fat, Liu Yifei, Hiroshi Tamaki, Annie Yi, and Qiu Xinzhi



The Plot: Our film today takes place during the Eastern Han Dynasty in ancient China. The masterful general Cao Cao (Chow Yun-fat) has done well in securing the lands and has coerced Emperor Xian (Alec-Su) into giving him the title of “King of Wei.” Cao Cao’s other official title is of chancellor, but many feel that he will eventually be emperor. Cao Cao’s son, Cao Pi (Qiu Xinzhi), has recently found himself in an affair with the empress, but his own personal greed has him lusting over the throne even ahead of his father. While these petty grievances are being disputed amongst the wealthy, the real threat to the chancellor lies within his own castle. Two assassins, who have been trained since childhood, have secretly moved in as servants to the throne. This duo secretly intend to kill Cao Cao, and it is only a matter of time before they find the perfect opportunity to strike.


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Crime Story

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 26 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Crime Story (1993)
Director: Kirk Wong
Writers: Teddy Chan and Cheung Chi-sing
Starring: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Ken Lo, Law Kar-ying, and Blackie Ko



The Plot: Inspector Eddie Chan (Jackie Chan) is a dedicated cop who happens to be going through a very rough period. Recently, he has been feeling the psychological effects of one particularly violent altercation that saw him shooting several men in self-defense. Life goes on for Chan, however, as he simply speaks with a psychiatrist on a regular basis while still hitting the streets and doing his job. He is ultimately assigned a case that seems as if it should be a walk in the park, look after a rich businessman that feels as if he is being stalked. It seems like a cut and dry case of paranoia without much of a foundation, but it turns out that the businessman wasn’t far off the mark. While Eddie investigates the situation, the businessman is kidnapped right out from underneath him. This leads Chan on a desperate search within the underworld to find the men responsible for this abduction, but unknown to Chan, one of the main culprits behind this horrible situation is a fellow detective played by Kent Cheng. Will Chan be able to fight the villains that are on the street as well as the ones hiding within his own precinct?


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In the Line of Duty 3

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

In the Line of Duty 3 (1988)
Director: Arthur Wong and Brandy Yuen
Writers: Chan Kiu-Ying
Starring: Cynthia Khan, Hiroshi Fujioka, Michiko Nishiwaki, Stuart Ong, and Paul Chun



The Plot: Officer Yeung (Cynthia Khan) is a member of the police force who is unfortunately feeling the sting of sexism within her workplace. Despite the fact that she is one of the most qualified members of the force, her chief tries his best to hold her back from being a true asset to the Hong Kong police department. Across the water, within Japan, a danger is brewing that will eventually find Yeung working on a case that will not be denied. Jewelry thieves Nakamura (Stuart Ong) and Michiko (Michiko Nishikawa) pull off a huge robbery at a very public event, and during the getaway they wound officer Fujioka (Hiroshi Fujioka) and ultimately kill his partner. This gives Fujioka a personal vendetta against these criminals, and he soon heads to Hong Kong where the duo are supposed to be hiding. Soon thereafter, he bumps into officer Yeung and they inevitably join forces in order to track down these murderous thieves. Will they succeed? And will the “law” actually allow them to be successful?


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Protector, The (1985)

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 25 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

The Protector (1985)
Director: James Glickenhaus
Writers: James Glickenhaus
Starring: Jackie Chan, Danny Aiello, and Moon Lee



The Plot: Billy (Jackie Chan) is a decent cop who has been in America for the past ten years paying his dues. He’s a bit of a ladies man and is so fiercely dedicated to his job that he sometimes finds himself in trouble with his superiors. When his partner is killed, Jackie is paired with veteran officer Danny Garoni (played by Danny Aiello). The duo become fast friends and are quickly wrapped up in a kidnapping case when the wealthy heiress that they were supposed to be looking after, is abducted by a crime syndicate. When a phone number pops up on the heiress’ phone bill coming from Hong Kong, something seems fishy, but when it turns out that the kidnappers may be affiliated with the evil Hong Kong druglord Ko – things seem even worse. Billy and Garoni are soon on their way to Hong Kong so that they can investigate these matters further, but they eventually find themselves wrapped up in a story that far exceeds anything they could have ever imagined.


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