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Warren’s Big Trouble

Warren, Big Trouble in Little China is a profoundly disappointing movie. Which is to say, you can see how and why it might be a classic comic adventure, but it just doesn’t get there. Its director, John Carpenter, blamed the special-effects team. He said there were so many effects movies going on that he got the short end of the stick and the effects stank, which they do. But there is great great stuff in it — not just Kurt Russell’s hilarious performance but also a peerless villain turn by a Chinese character actor named James Wong, who is alternately a 40 year-old man and a 1000-year-old man. Also funny is that even though Russell is technically the action hero here, he stands around while another guy does all the fighting.

So, basically, your friend remains annoying.


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