Thursday, February 01, 2007

Host, The

Host, The (2006; dir. Bong Joon-ho) 4
This all-star cast blockbuster lives up to the hype (mostly) with good performances and quick-paced action; the special effects alone are well worth watching. A zany family battles a water monster and Korean authorities through various urban landscapes; the use of bridges was especially creative.

City of Violence

City of Violence (2006; dir. Ryoo Seung-wan) 4
This was a fun martial arts/gangster movie with a great sense of humor, including a number of references to cult films like The Warriors. Highlights include some beautiful street-fighting choreography, and even some good acting. The only disappointment was that there weren’t more action sequences (though the last thirty minutes is basically one extended rumble).