No one showed up today to introduce the films, no director, no actors, no producers. That’s just bad business, if a buyer likes the film, there’s no one to talk to.
An epic story of a family torn asunder by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that claimed 240,000 lives. Amazing script, superb performances, and spectacular special effects. I only have two minor complaints. 1) There was an actor that was so bad (he plays the Canadian) that he disrupts the flow of the film, even though he has less than a minute of screen time. 2) The emotional final scene of the film hard cuts to the epilogue, where it should have been a master shot slowly pulling away to ease the viewer out of the story. Otherwise this tearjerker had me crying like a little girl. 9.5/10
Tense thriller of a blind woman who dies under mysterious circumstances. Her twin sister who suffers from the same congenital loss of vision, but who can still see for the time being, suspects foul play. Some really great tension and reveals in this story, and the camera work was outstanding. As our protagonist starts to lose her vision, the camera is handled deftly to put the viewer in a sympathetic position, by not showing faces, or keeping the person she’s conversing with out of the frame, or lighting an entire sequence by flash bulb every few seconds. There are some of the usual silly bits that come part and parcel with thrillers, like “let’s split up so the killer can get us one at a time”, but these add to the film rather than detract from it. The biggest fault of this film is casting an actress in her 40’s for the lead role. She’s beautiful and handles the role well, but the demographic for this genre is much younger. 8/10
Fire of Conscience
Recently widowed cop fights bad guys with guns and grenades, but the head bad guy is actually a cop also. Really amazing title sequence, but the rest of the film was unspectacular. Nothing new about the story or action sequences. No emotional connection with the viewer. Characters and plot details are introduced too quickly in the beginning so the audience does not get a chance to absorb any of it, not that it really matters because they all get killed off and you stop caring how they get from one action sequence to the next. 3/10