The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Cormac McCarthy’s bones and Ridley Scott's style do not make The Counselor something more than an interesting curiosity. A film that seems destined more to be remembered as that move where Cameron Diaz does that thing with the car than anything else.
Wannabe gangster Sing tries to prove that he is evil enough to join the fearsome Axe Gang by taking on the people of the impoverished Pig Sty Alley. Unfortunately for him, the residents of Pig Sty Alley are all martial arts masters. Much hilarity ensues.
The name "Pig Sty Alley" (Zhu Long Cheng Zhai) is a play on the Chinese name for the Walled City of Kowloon (Jiu Long Cheng Zhai), a Chinese exclave in Hong Kong for much of the 20th Century, and well-known as a breeding ground of crime, slums and disorder. It was torn down in 1993.
During a scene with kids playing soccer, Stephen Chow interrupts their game and deflates their ball, screaming, "NO MORE SOCCER!". This is an obvious reference to Shaolin Soccer, which was released just prior to Kung Fu Hustle.