Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marsten – 2004) B+

1/7/2005 – Strong performances and a good story make this one a good watch. But, why on earth did she decide to take the drugs with her? Can’t she just haul ass and leave? odd plot point.

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Hero (Yimou Zhang – 2002) A

12/10/2004 – Holy crap! This was one pleasant surprise. I thought I hated Jet Li and his dumb one liners, but here he so works and he has no one liners. This is one gorgeous piece of film making with breathtaking sets, locations, costumes and choreography. The Rashomon-esque story is very good as well, but really, I can watch this one with the subtitles turned off and I’ll still enjoy it.