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March 13th, 2009, 21:03
The Puzzle
A Korean mix between Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Tries a bit too hard to be cool, and a little less overacting would have been nice. The movie is fast paced and surprising though, and it's technically well made. Altogether a deserved C+ for competent entertainment.

Tokyo Gore Police
The follow up to The Machine Girl Too weird to describe. A gore fest with a lot of creativity. I guess it's a good genre movie. No rating.

Once a Thief
Earlier John Woo movie about three childhood friends who steal paintings. Certainly one of his weaker movies. The pacing is bad, the acting uneven, the action okay but closer to Jackie Chan than John Woo. Only a D.

The Punisher (1989)
The legendary Dolph Lundgren vehicle. Typical 80s action movie: no brain but guns in both hands. Extremely violent, logic is not a factor. Fast pace, high body count, good atmosphere. A nostalgic B+.

The Punisher: Warzone
The latest Punisher, starring that guy from Rome. Much closer to the Lundgren movie than to the boring new Punisher with Tom Jane and Travolta. The budget was relatively high for such a flick, which can be seen everywhere. They got competent actors and a good team behind the camera. Clearly a movie for fans. If you are a fan you get extreme violence, the typical story, weird characters and good atmosphere. Don't bother if you don't like primitive action flicks. B-, due to the lack of nostalgia.

Dead Presidents
Infamous for the bloody robbery in the 4th act, but there's much more to it. The movie portrays a group of (black American) friends who grow up in the poor part of the city, are sent to Vietnam, don't get a chance when they are back home and in their desparation try a robbery. Vietnam and the robbery are very fast paced and brutal. The other two chapters are slower and more serious.
Dead Presidents is a good, surprisingly serious movie. The acting is quite good, the atmosphere convincing. It's just not a popcorn flick. B.

Vampire Party
Rather harmless French comedy. A couple of victims are invited to the party - as buffet. Generally decent acting, even though in the typical French comedy style. Most jokes are not as stupid as one would expect. Atmosphere and effects are good, the pace too. No substance but a lot of solid gags and at least some suspense. Also not overlong. Fast paced 85 minutes, then it's over. C+ and a recommendation for an evening with the boys.

Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'
Finally their 4th short film. Once again quality stuff. I would see it behind The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, but that doesn't make it any less good than it is. B+.
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