“How much is enough, Gordon?” Bud Fox asks his boss, Gordon Gekko. That quote encompasses exactly what Wall Street (USA, 1987, 20th Century Fox) is about. Gekko wants it all and even that’s not enough. His guiding principal, greed is good, is what he works to install, like a computer virus, into his protégé, Fox. The film’s a truth serum about capitalism that’s just as potent today as it was in 1987. It leaves you questioning your own price tag. Available on YouTube and Amazon Video.
House of Flying Daggers (China/Hong Kong, 2004, Sony Pictures Classics) uses a multitude of genres to portray a heart-wrenching love triangle. It’s a martial-arts fantasy, war film, and cultural exposition centered on Mei, an alluring blind dancer. It has fantastically imagined battle scenes and intriguing Chinese mythology, but all of that falls to the background, as the real action is in the emotions. It demonstrates how even the strongest among us cannot for long resist the desires of the heart. Available on Google Play and iTunes.
— Keithan Jones, KID Comics founder and The Power Knights writer/artist; kid-comics.com