Wu Xia AKA: Swordsman, Dragon (2011) - 8/10 Another winner for martial arts veteran Donnie Yen. After years in the industry, Yen finally picks up an award of high acclaim for his action-choreography. Remember how badass the fights were in Blade 2? You have Donnie Yen to thank for that. Peter Chan directs Aubrey Lam & Joyce Chan's rendition of a 'History of Violence', and it is fantastic. The film isn't your usual run of the mill martial arts movie experience. Instead, Chan & co. succeeds in putting a spin on the well-known genre. The first indication involves utilizing a score of which veers away from the conventional that is common for a period flick such as this. The action kicks in near the beginning of the film, but the real spectacle kicks in a little over the halfway mark of the movie and onwards. Donnie Yen's choreography is aptly displayed and is arguably his best work to date. The entirety of the film is involving and beautifully crafted. If you're into this sort of genre, give it a go. However it must be noted that this isn't an action-packed slug-fest of a film, it is more of an art piece; a visual ode to the genre. Also, congrats on the team behind Wu Xia for picking up 3 prestigious awards (Best Action Choreography, Best Art Direction, and Best Visual Effects) at the 48th Annual Golden Horse Awards. _____________________________________ The Mist (2007) - 8/10 Haven't seen a horror film in a while. I didn't see this movie when it was first released because I thought it was your run-of-the-mill monster thriller. Unfortunately, prior to watching this film, I had seen the ending. Thankfully, it didn't ruin my viewing experience. The Mist explores the uglier side of our psychology, and makes you question the human condition. Very refreshing to see a horror film that does not dabble in torture-porn and the like.