In an alternate version of 1949 Japan in which World War II never happened, the Japanese capital of Teito is home to both an ultra rich upper class and the dirt poor masses. The city is thrown into a state of panic when a phantom thief called “The Kaijin (Fiend) with 20 Faces” (K-20 for short) begins to use his mysterious abilities to steal from the rich and give to the poor. One day a circus acrobat named Heikichi Endo (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is framed for K-20’s crimes and becomes determined to clear his name. He teams up with K-20’s next target, a wealthy duchess named Yoko Hashiba (Takako Matsu) and her detective fiancé (Toru Nakamura), to take K-20 down once and for all.
Jocey D (au) wrote: Everyone needs a good friend for fun, laughs, support and guidance. Great cast portraying with sensitivity a delicate story. You feel the painful struggle of this grieving widow. 9/11 destroyed too many lives.
Andrew D (de) wrote: Oh my God this film stunk. The stench of California soap opera fever leaked into this horror film, creating some of the worst acting I have ever seen. The cameras, low tech high quality home cameras, made the actors even more excruciating thanks to digital technology. If you are going to make a movie this bad, at least shoot it on Super 8.If I noticed that someone actually took the time to put director commentary on this dvd I would have watched it, but a repeat performance will only make my eyes bleed. Bad is bad, and this is the worst, and I don't mean that in a good way.
Ted W (ag) wrote: Outstanding updating of the Sherlock Holmes character with Pullman as Holmes and Stiller as his Watson and Dickens a very effective Irene Adler.
Cal (ru) wrote: "You keep talking and I'm gonna take your head off."1974's Mr. Majestyk arrived during the most lucrative period of actor Charles Bronson's career; a time when movie-goers attended cinemas to see actioners like Red Sun, Chato's Land, Death Wish and The Mechanic. 1974 was most likely the best season of all for Bronson, as Mr. Majestyk and Death Wish were running in theatres simultaneously. While Mr. Majestyk lacks the social commentary of the vigilante actioner Death Wish, the film nonetheless packs a wallop and remains an enjoyable, competent showcase for Charles Bronson's superhero cool. Most interesting about the movie is the fact that screenwriter Elmore Leonard managed to transform the subject of the mistreatment of migrant workers into a vehicle for Bronson's violent heroics.Bronson's character here is the titular Mr. Majestyk; a solemn watermelon farmer in Colorado who does not take kindly to anyone messing around in his watermelon patch. With harvesting time upon him, Majestyk hires a crew of migrant workers to pick the watermelons, but a local weasel named Bobby Kopas (Koslo) shows up demanding that Majestyk hire his men. After opening a can of whoop-ass on Kopas, Majestyk ends up in the local prison where he runs afoul with mafia hitman Frank Renda (Lettieri). Predictably, Renda is furious, and vows revenge on Majestyk. Of course, the enjoyment from here on in is watching Renda and Kopas bullying Majestyk, but them being unaware of the danger they're wandering into by doing so.Elmore Leonard penned the script for Mr. Majestyk, and the usual rhythms of his hard-bitten prose are evident throughout. No revenge/vigilante clich was left unused here, too, with Majestyk's best friend being mortally wounded, the love interest being placed in danger, the police being wholly incompetent, etc. The list goes on. Fortunately, there's a welcome amount of tongue-in-cheek humour within the film, and plenty of opportunities for Bronson to showcase the capabilities of his usual "don't fuck with me" screen persona. It's enough to trigger a few big dumb grins from time to time. Thankfully, too, the filmmaking is of a high standard here; director Richard Fleischer proved competent at handling moments of tension in particular. Coming from the heyday of the 1970s, the action is low-tech by contemporary standards but the violence packs a realistic punch. The climactic shootout is a humdinger, and there are some impressive chase scenes as well. Old school truly is the best school.Mr. Majestyk additionally proves that a Charles Bronson revenge movie can be made about practically anything. In the Death Wish movies, Bronson avenged the death of loved ones. In Mr. Majestyk, Bronson avenges the death of his watermelon crop. There is even a scene depicting a bunch of gunmen callously blowing holes in a massive watermelon pile. When Bronson sees that his melons have been blown to smithereens, he emotes more than he did in all of the Death Wish movies combined. Sure, he merely lowers his head in anger and clenches his fist, but, considering Bronson's usual acting standard, this moment represents Laurence Olivier-type shit. As for the rest of his performance, Bronson played Majestyk with his usual quiet, stoic toughness, and his line delivery is frequently contrived. Like John Wayne, however, Bronson's fans attended his movies to enjoy his badass screen presence, and Mr. Majestyk delivers in this respect. However, it's Al Lettieri as Frank Renda who truly stands out here. Renda is a vicious brute, and it's easy to root against him.The only real problem with Mr. Majestyk is that the set-up is too sluggish and laborious. If the movie was solely about Majestyk fending people off of his land, it would have been far simpler, more focused and all-round superior. Additionally, aside from pacing issues, Mr. Majestyk never truly stands out in any aspect; it's just an enjoyable, by-the-numbers action movie you will likely forget about a few days after watching. Nevertheless, it's a fun watch, and fans of Charles Bronson cannot afford to miss it.
Maineutral R (au) wrote: This is Godzilla's 14th movie and kind of a 20th anniversary special too. The first movie was great, but its 12 sequels just never got most of the spots right. They lacked a constant narrative and pacing, and most of them put the battle until the very end. However, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla decided to cut all this shit and bring an actually very watchable Godzilla film, with just enough action, characters and lack of stock footage for the good of the overall quality. Since Son of Godzilla, the dark and serious monster became a children's hero, and the quality of the movies started to fall down. Mechagodzilla is actual effort put into a film, and hands down of the better Godzilla films. First of all, there's more action than other Godzilla films here, both monster vs monster and even humans fighting, doing some sloppy karate fights, but still entertaining at its best. The characters are nothing special, but they manage to develop some kind of connection at least, they're nothing great, but nothing awful either. The special effects and editing got better. The Mechagodzilla monster gives a lot of colorful powers and they help the movie and the action scenes, and they finally, AT LAST, they ultimately stop using stock footage for the fight scenes and monster scenes! The story also has a quicker pacing than previous films, and while still pretty standard, it's a lot better than previous entries. The fight scenes even get intense at some point, hell, we see Godzilla bleed! That's some upgrade right there. I really enjoyed this film. In pure cinematic terms, this is just another kaiju film, but in pure Godzilla's terms, it's one of the best in the overall saga, both in the Showa series and all the series overall. Finally, a worthy Godzilla film after way too many "miss-it" entries. Believe it or not, this is only the second Godzilla film that I rate with a 70% (3.5 stars), the highest I've given so far to a Godzilla film, the first one being Gojira, the very first movie. Maybe the overall saga of Godzilla is hit and miss, but I still have 15 more Godzilla films to watch, and I'm practically in the final line of the Showa series, so only time will tell. We'll see if I can finish this before this year's new Godzilla film.
Orlok W (us) wrote: An Interesting, Somewhat Hidden Diamond in the Rough, Aesthetic and unique--Phantasmagoric nightmare!!
Oliver K (fr) wrote: This often revered early Mizoguchi film, has in recent times been critically reduced to a good-but-not-great film. I absolutely disagree. This is a work of utter perfection, and while not nearly as dark and confronting as some of Mizoguchi's post-war masterworks, this is still an extraordinary and moving work. It also come close to being Mizoguchi's most accessible (the long running time negates it, and maybe Ugetsu is probably the best place to start, but this is probably the second film to watch).
Colin F (au) wrote: Average 80s Horror flick with three stories from Stephen King, in the style of the Creepshow Movies but the stories are linked by a stray cat! The first story is quite good about an agency that promises that it will get you to stop smoking by extreme measurers! It has a 98% sucess rate becuase if they catch you smoking, they put your wife in a little room and give her electric shocks! The second story is abit below par about some guy taking up a bet to go round the ledge of a skyscaraper without falling off! The final story is better about a dodgy troll thats hiding in Drew Barrymores bedroom, despite some dodgy visual effects the troll is brilliant and probably the most memorable part of the movie. Not Stephen Kings best film by far, but good for a rainy day.
Dominik A (ru) wrote: I had never seen this film up until very recently (this is apparently considered a crime to some people), I believe that 'Fight Club' is a great film with a strong message throughout - freedom is of utmost importance, however freedom does come at a cost. There are many films that use a limited narration technique in order to lull the audience into a false sense of narrative security, 'The Sixth Sense' and 'The Usual Suspects' are two examples of films that use this as an icing in the cake rather than as the main component. 'Fight Club' is very much the same as the two examples: The twist is subtly hinted at throughout the film but upon realisation of the truth, we as an audience are shocked. However, once again, the twist is not the main component, it merely helps emphasize the point of the film - freedom. *SPOILER* Edward Norton's character the 'Narrator' is the antithesis to Brad Pitt's 'Tyler Durden', Norton is an everyday white-collar worker who cares too much for his possessions, Pitt wants freedom and he will stop at nothing to get it (this includes the death of Bob, the man with actual boobs). They are both the same character, Pitt wants to fight for freedom both internally and externally and, despite his 'death', he wins. Norton slowly assimilates Pitt's personality - beating himself up and getting fired from his job, as well as having a weird obsession with beating the living sh*t out of people. Overall I think that 'Fight Club' is a great film about freedom, anti-commercialism and beating the hell out of Jared Leto...
Shuo L (mx) wrote: Brought me tears?I felt the pain
Paul O (kr) wrote: A dragged out dull, boring film. Easily one of the worst horror films I've seen.