Even if I like Jet Li's modern time movies, like Unleashed, I still prefer his historical ones.
For me are The Once Upon a Time in China franchise, Fist of Legend or Fearless his most entertaining films.
But Jet Li and Donnie Yen are both in their fifties, both had great influence on chinese martial arts movies in Europe and the US. I wonder what will happen when they think of their retirement ...
Film #15 of The Caker Baker's 30 Countries project
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you keep an audience captive, no, completely ridiculously absorbed, in your film. A nice, reasonable fast pace, some fresh ideas (but nothing too complicated), and an astounding plot twist every 30 minutes. No explosions, attractive movie stars or substantial budget required. Just a damn good story and a damn good director.
Now I hate it more than anyone when other people yell…
So I have finally seen Fist of Legend. It is a typical martial arts tale, with known characters (Jet Li as Chen Zhen, student of Huo Yuan Jia) and known problems (beef between martial arts academies).
What makes Fist of Legend a special genre movie? Jet Li performes in some of his best fights. They are nicely choreographed and well executed.
It's even more impressive when you remember that this is a film of the 90s.
Maybe it would be…
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is an absurdly hilarious film, with a lot of memorable quotes and fantastic characters, being the best war satire I've seen until this day. This is another masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick and I can totally see myself watching the film over and over again in the future, never getting tired of its brilliance. Dr. Strangelove is consistently entertaining and features countless crazy and over the top situations…
I think living in the U.K. the whole comic-book phenomenon is a niche market than can pass most people by. Numerous movies have portrayed comic book obsession on the U.S. side of the water and it remains a staple of American life.
So "Watchmen" was another of these graphic novels that had unfortunately never crossed my path. I think after reading a lot of reviews from "fan-boys" that maybe it was lucky that I went into this movie blind and…
As a huge fan of the book, I was bound to find this disappointing in some ways, but overall, it's not bad. Brilliantly edited, for one thing. Not a fan of the stunt casting and some sequences seem like extended trailers, but it's still something to be applauded. Audacious in its themes and its execution, I hope Cloud Atlas makes back at least some of the money its brave financiers spent on such a risky piece of "entertainment."
Having never seen the TV-series I feel like I might be missing something with this follow-up film. For the uninitiated the film follows a group of reapers who go about helping the recently deceased pass on. Life After Death works reasonably well as a standalone film, introducing a new audience (e.g. me) to the world and characters that inhabit it. In many ways it feels too geared towards a new audience as it labours on details that surely most fans…
"Hell is only a word. The reality is much, much worse."
Why the Hell am I just now seeing this? I'm sad that it took a $4 Blu Ray price tag to finally coax me into seeing it. What I got was a great little film that despite its flaws, managed to be an immensely entertaining and atmospheric picture that is full of 90's goodness. For comparisons sake, the film is a combination of the game Dead Space, Michael Crichton's…
Got a HD 3D TV?
Got a 7.1 surround system.
Got sea sick pills.
Then this film needs to be 100% in your Blue Ray collection.
I now know why Ang Lee pipped Quentin Tarantino the Oscar for Best Director.
From the start to the finish the direction is just incredible and Ang Lee makes sure he doesn't miss an angle. Having being given expensive 3D technology he makes sure it gets used in every way possible.
"Their's a storm…
Berken's 30 Countries Challenge film # 10-Australia
John Hillcoat has a thing for making you uncomfortable in your viewing pleasure. For every beautiful sunset and landscape he fills the screen with he adds something that has you turning your face away and wincing. I had seen "The Road" before I had seen this film and it had moments exactly like that.
I'm not sure whether this is would fit into the modern Western genre but I'm not sure where else…