I had such a great time with this. It's experimental, raunchy and above all, absurdly funny. I loved how the naive lead character just went after the thing she wanted despite it being on the kinkier side. It's pretty sex possitive/forward thinking that way. Quite a feat for a movie from the early 70's.
There is nothing like watching a nearly 3,5 hour long King Hu fantasy flick to herald in the new month.
Legend of the Mountain really is the epitome of "Every Frame a Painting." Even the movie's most mundane sequences are elevated to unparalleled heights by the God-tier level cinematography. It looks absolutely stunning.
I love how subdued the supernatural elements were handled here. Everything is done with smoke bombs and reverse photography. Very creative but nothing too flashy.
It's a shame that the lengthy runtime and glacial pacing will probably keep a lot of people from experiencing this exceptional movie.
An ultra sleazy cat. III drama about two teenage girlfriends who get tricked into prostitution. There is a real grittiness to it all. Girl-Gang actually feels like a PSA against the dangers of leaving your kids unsupervised; your sons will become hoodlums/pimps and your daughters working girls. This movie is chock-full with senseless violence and sex(ual assault). A prime example of '90s Hong Kong nihilism.
A.k.a. Killers of the Savage North, Red Coat is an Italo western made by Joe D'Amato (this is apparently the first movie under his D'Amato nickname). Fabio Testi plays a Canadian mounty who is on the hunt for an old friend/outlaw. It sure is competently made, but it doesn't really set itself apart from similar movies. The performances are solid, especially by Guido Mannari (the outlaw), who I am not too familiar with. I loved the snowy landscape.
James Cameron's sequel to Alien is an absolute banger of a movie and a seminal work in the action genre. Weaver leads a stacked cast as Ripley and she is still a frickin' badass. The xenomorphs/facehuggers didn't lose any of their intensity, proving that practical effects can definitely hold-up over time. Remains wildly entertaining 35+ years after its release.
Michelle and I watched the extended cut.
My third time watching the Cristina, Princes of Erotism cut (but the first time for Michelle). I still haven't seen Rollin's zombified version. This is definitely one of Jess' most fully realized dream state movies. It is slow, surreal and moody. It is also an excuse for our dear uncle to show some naked skin, although he does constrain himself somewhat compared to later movies. Bruno Nicolai's score is used to great effect.