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The Keep [1983] The Killer [1989]
Killers [2014] Kin [2018]
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [2017] King of the Ants [2003] Kingsman 1: The Secret Service [2014]
Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle [2017] The Kiss of the Vampire [1963] KL Zombi [2013]
Know Your Enemy [2018] Kong: Skull Island [2017] Kwaidan [1964]

The Killer [1989]

aka Dip huet seung hung


After accidentally blinding a singer, an assassin vows one last job to pay for corneal transplants. You can guess how that went. This early, ultra-typical John Woo / Chow Yun-Fat film, with its massive body count and guns with enough ammo to shoot a parade of attackers at least a half dozen times each, still manages to present a good story with real, personal characters and heartfelt relationships. True that they seem forced and kinda rushed but when you'll dealing with a film that's 75% bloody violence, you make the best with what you have left. Good stuff.

Kidnap [2017]


When a mother sees her 6-year-old son being abducted, she gives chase. That's pretty much it making this a chase movie. I had a few logic problems with it like, with all that's going on, how is it that half the police in the state aren't in the middle of this. Some misfortunes had me sarcastically commenting, "Gee, didn't see that coming". And, although Halle Berry was excellent, the director focused far too much on her angst at times diffusing the tension. But it is an exciting ride that got better as it went and, overall, a good deal of fun. Certainly worth a watch.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [2017]


Yet another different version of the Excalibur / King Arthur legend. This was a strange one. Director Guy Ritchie is best known for British street gang movies (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels) and, unfortunately, that experience sort of bleeds into this one. The vernacular is all wrong and no one really behaves like you would expect, the editing was odd and didn't feel natural, and, except for the opening sequence, the spec fx were forgettable. It was entertaining but far from feeling authentic.

Kong: Skull Island [2017]


Basically, a version of King Kong minus the trip to New York. A very exciting version with loads of quality action, some very impressive spec fx, and some great photography. The creatures, in addition to Kong, were quite cool and the characters were well defined. Just what a grand adventure should be.

The Kiss of the Vampire [1963]


A honeymooning couple get stranded in a hotel in the middle of nowhere. They meet the neighbors ...a family of vampires. This is one of those fun early '60's Hammer films with all the usual props and cliches you'd expect. Not all that much really happens as with many of the Hammer films, far more emphasis is placed on the lurking danger than the actual danger itself so you basically have a long setup with a climax. But they're fun and entertaining.

Know Your Enemy [2018]


A man invades the house of a young couple because the woman cut him off in traffic. Yes, you heard right, that's exactly what happens ...and it goes downhill from there. Endless philosophical conversations about prejudice, the truth, etc,. with the filmmakers showing us various flashbacks of this man's life in an attempt, I guess, to understand his motivations and to draw sympathy from us by the time it's over. Bottom line is, the guy is a mentally unstable sadist who's decided this couple's a convenient target for his rage. Pathetic film subject, poorly executed.

KL Zombi [2013]


Malaysian slapstick comedy of a zombie breakout. There's a very fine line in slapstick between really funny and really silly. I don't know what they consider funny in Malaysia but for me, this went so far into the really silly area that the line is no longer even in sight. None of the gags worked. Many of the scenes played out way too long. Most of the characters were goofy caricatures that were totally unbelievable. The zombie make-up was exceptionally good. That's the best I can say for it.

The Keep [1983]


In Romania, 1941, a group of German soldiers stay in a keep that was built to hold an ancient evil imprisoned ...and it wants out. I read the book around the same time the movie came out but didn't see it until now. I don't remember much from the book but I remember the book being really good and this film, with its bad editing, bad acting, cheap special fx and a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream that seemed completely out of place, came off as a really cheesy b-movie with large gaps in the story. Didn't work for me.

Killers [2014]


A frustrated journalist / estranged husband and father, begins corresponding with a serial killer and begins to kill, as well. They managed to make a movie that is both extremely savage and boring at the same time. This movie definitely could have used some trimming from its 137 mins as it spent far too much time on the emotional turmoil of its antagonists - which weren't that interesting to begin with - and on some sort of philosophical reason for everything that's happening that, in the end, for me, it just didn't work.

Kwaidan [1964]

aka Kaidan


Four ghost stories based on Japanese folk tales. This incredibly long-winded film is over 3 hours so I would suggest watching a story or two at a time rather than try to watch it in one sitting. The stories are simple and personal. Despite the slow pace, the film had stunning photography and strange discordant music that made it both beautiful and haunting. These aren't really scary ghost stories but rather we have a film that is more artful and elegant than many of today's films and a pleasure to watch ...in small doses. Quite fascinating.

Kingsman 1: The Secret Service [2014]

A billionaire believes the way to solve the world's problems is to transmit an audio signal that causes everyone to want to kill each other. In the meantime, the Kingsman are recruiting a new member into their organization of secret agents. Fantastic way to start off a franchise. Supremely colorful characters, involved, compelling story, incredibly well defined and choreographed action scenes (especially the Kentucky church scene ...WOW!) and enough humor to keep you smiling the whole time. Flint and Bond, step aside.

Kin [2018]


A 14-year-old boy finds an alien gun. His ex-con brother is being hunted by a psychotic loan shark. What's to do? Road trip! ...and what a long dull trip it's been. Everyone in this film is boring, uninteresting, and/or unlikable. They have no charisma, no humor, and, as such, generates no empathy. The constant attempts at the brothers bonding falls flat and wastes time. No real action to speak of except the climax, which was exciting, albeit somewhat cheesy. It'll have it's fans but not this one.

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle [2017]

The Kingsman agents must team up with the Statesman agents in the USA to save the world from a threat to most of mankind. The imagination of the people involved in this is simply mind-bending. Not only are the action scenes full of unique, unheard of ideas, they are totally outrageous and so far over-the-top, they should come off as being absolutely ludicrous. But, they're so well done, it makes you smile and cheer. Story, heroes, and villains are excellent as well. What a superbly fun experience. Elton John's a riot!

King of the Ants [2003]


A guy who takes odd jobs gets hired by a corrupt construction contractor to first follow a city hall accountant and then kill him. Things go downhill from there. A somewhat enjoyable film that I had two issues with. The first... why does everybody make such lousy decisions? The worst being why not just pay the hit man and all this could have been avoided. I guess we wouldn't have a story then, eh?. Second... there were a number of times in this film where I wish they would move it along, which got frustrating.

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