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  • History Lessons

    History Lessons

    ½

    The driving scenes in this one were reminiscent of Birdemic. And if that's the most positive thing you have to say about a film...

    At this point I feel sure that Straub/Huillet are the least accessible directors out there. Certainly they are the least of the 5000 directors that I've seen films by according to Letterboxd. Obviously there has to be something to appreciate about their films, for them to be so highly regarded, but I can't understand how anyone…

  • Othon

    Othon

    ½

    What is even the point in showing a foreign language film that's like 97% dialogue when your subtitles only translate about half of it? Mubi are really letting themselves down with this retrospective.

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  • Not Reconciled

    Not Reconciled

    ★½

    This was almost certainly not my kind of film anyway, and from reading other reviews on here it seems like some level of familiarity with the source material is required in order to be able to follow the plot, but when the version being shown by MUBI in their Straub/Huillet retrospective is missing subtitles for around a third of the dialogue (and rising to over half in the final 15 minutes) understanding the film escalates to an impossible task.

    Having…

  • The Invincible Fist

    The Invincible Fist

    ★★★★

    Enjoyable minimalist early film from Chang Cheh. It will quickly become clear to anyone who's seen the excellent Killer Constable (1980) that it was actually a remake of this, albeit one which expanded on the plot and is generally better all round, thanks to a larger budget.

    Still, there are plenty of unusual weapons in this one such as the projectile shooting "Golden Abacus" or the main villain's bladed umbrella which make it interesting enough, as well as some decent one-against-many fight scenes mainly featuring Lo Lieh or David Chiang. Worth a watch for any fans of early Cheh or Killer Constable.