Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Alan Sillitoe

To be fair, I only read the first two (and most popular) novels but I do love them and the films they spawned are both well above outstanding with this one, in particular, an all-time favourite.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


(Double-dipping from my other blog, Kung Fu Fridays, but this has good sleaze crossover value)

If you missed the world premiere at the Undine Far East Film Festival and are in the NYC area, be sure to check out Pang Ho-Cheung's Dream Home, easily the bloodiest film in the line-up at the Tribeca Film Festival.

It's a gruesome throwback to the Category 3 films of the early 90s that had social commentary on local HK issues buried amongst the sleaze and the violence. Starring Josie Ho (Exiled) the film has stand-out brutal set pieces choreographed by one of my favourite, if not one of the most underrated HK stunt people, Chin Kar-lok. I got to see a very rough version of this last summer and was impressed, but am curious to know how the new cut is following a legal battle regarding editing between the director and his actress/producer Josie Ho. It plays tonight and has more screenings throughout the week.

I have embedded the trailer (via Twitch) below.

Sun, Apr 25, 10:00PM - SVA Theater 2
Mon, Apr 26, 9:30PM - Village East Cinema 6
Tue, Apr 27, 9:30PM - Village East Cinema 6
Fri, Apr 30, 11:45PM - Village East Cinema 2

Terse and perverse

Friday, April 16, 2010

in the land of Chuck

Reporting from the field! Currently in Asheville, NC to serve on the jury of the first edition of Action Fest. A little groggy from a long day of travel that included a 30 minute dentition in Toronto at the airport by US Homeland Security that made me miss my initial flight, but ready for action! Going to explore the town then check some films, but the highlight of the weekend is the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Chuck Norris! And somehow, I have been given the privilege of moderating a panel discussion with Chuck and his stuntmen on Sunday! However did that manage to happen. More to follow.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Air Canada Redefines Cinema

On my recent flight to HK, I was surprised to see what was offered on Air Canada's inflight entertainment system in the "Avant Garde" section.