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by Jaime Grijalba.

a.k.a. The Viral Factor

(Hong Kong/China, 122 min.)

Dante Lam, at this year, is some kind of institution for those who follow the action/thriller scene of Hong Kong, either based on guns or martial arts, he usually makes one film a year, filled with good coreographies, excellent stunts, and just over-the-top action from wall to wall. If you’re one of those that value an action film because of the amount and quality of the action to be witnessed, you can’t be dissapointed when you see a film directed by Dante Lam. But, now, I’m not someone who actually values action films because of that… I mean, it’s one of the parameters, of course, that makes ‘Die Hard’ (1988) the best movie of the genre, but when you are looking at films much more analitically than with those parameters of “did I have a good time or not?” (even though those parameters still are of the highest importance when you are giving it a final statement on it) usually come with some baggage and some expectations as well: do the protagonists and villains deliver a good performance? Does the script maintain its tone, whatever serious or silly? Does an helicopter blow up? I mean, basic stuff, everyone has their own parameters, and this movie kinda passed them, so I’m giving it a passing grade, why is that?

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Screen capture from Marcel Carne's ravishing 1945 French masterpiece "Les Enfants du Paradis" (Children of Paradise) which ran for three weeks at Film Forum in a glorious new DCP print.

by Sam Juliano

OVER the land is April,
Over my heart a rose;
Over the high, brown mountain
The sound of singing goes.
Say, love, do you hear me,
Hear my sonnets ring?
Over the high, brown mountain,
Love, do you hear me sing?

By highway, love, and byway
The snows succeed the rose.
Over the high, brown mountain
The wind of winter blows.
Say, love, do you hear me,
Hear my sonnets ring?
Over the high, brown mountain
I sound the song of spring,
I throw the flowers of spring.
Do you hear the song of spring?
Hear you the songs of spring?

     -Robert Louis Stevenson

April Fool’s Day.  Good Friday.  Easter Sunday.  “April showers bring May flowers.”  Allergy woes.  Spring break.  The most eagerly anticipated transitional month for many is also a time for culture mavens to immerse themselves at film, theatre and music venues and a time when weather often allows for the beginning of outdoor events.  In New York City, it’s the month of the Tribeca Film Festival, and some major action in Broadway theatres in advance of the Tony Award nominations.  The opera and classical music schedules go through some of their most vital junctures as well.  And it’s baseball bliss for fans with opening day of MLB action upon us.

At Wonders in the Dark the usual suspects kept the site moving along with new material each and every day.  More dialogue has transpired as to the preliminary plans for the Comedy Countdown.  Another idea hatched by Jamie Uhler and Allan in regards to some gems still unreleasded to DVD is also in the planning stages. (more…)

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