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    • Air America (DVD) / DVD / 63 Readings / 61 Ratings
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      If you're not a fan of Mel or Robert. You don't have to watch this.

      STORY

      Set during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, a secret CIA subdivision named Air America requests anybody with a pilot's licence to send shipments of foods and supplies to soldiers and the people of the area. Since Billy (Robert Downey Jr.) had gotten fired from his previous job as a helicopter correspondent, for a Los Angeles radio station. He is recruited to Air America, meeting a bunch of other loud mouthed pilots one of them being (Mel Gibson). And, discovering an underground opium operation involving his superiors.

      PERFORMANCES

      Let's take a moment to pay attention to our lead actors Mel Gibson & Robert Downey Jr. As much as I enjoy watching these guys in anything. There is nothing special here. In fact, it really feels like they're phoning it in. They do their job of reading out their lines and putting some effort in it. But, I think even they thought "This movie is just another paycheck".

      It's labelled as a comedy. But, there's barely a trace of genuine humour whatsoever. I'll go easy on the director and actors for their performance. I feel I should place the finger on the screenplay writers though. Every joke is flat - either they tried too hard or there was a lack of witty dialogue.

      I do have some positive remarks. The visuals and backgrounds of the locations are all pleasing to the eyes. At times I do get a sense that I'm there in Laos (or wherever this was filmed to be disguised as the country). And, the choice of music is great. Providing a soundtrack that is fitting to the times with some classic rock and roll favourites from the 1960-70s (Free Ride, Rescue Me, and California Dreamin' to name a few).

      Since there seems to be no proper plot to follow, I asked myself "What's the point of all this?". Because, nothing is really happening or going on here. It's like a series of separate story ideas that were all taped together and placed in a somewhat logical order. But, instead of tossing them away they put it all together. However, the sums don't equal to the whole of its parts.

      THOUGHTS

      Every 10 minutes the story keeps turning in a different direction. Like a plane flying blindly with no idea of where it's going. What's funny is that the sub-plot is really the main plot... if that makes sense. Actually, it's kind of difficult to write about the focus of story here. I can't really explain what the entire film is about because this film has a major case of ADD.

      It had the potential to have been a decent film. But it's nothing more than an empty shell. It's understandable why I've barely heard nothing about this movie. It's a decent time filler to have playing in the background or if you just want to have the television on while you're paying attention to other duties.

      It feels very Hollywood too. And, what I mean by that is it comes off phoney. The entire time I watched this I felt like this was fake. A poorly executed, "high-budget" film. With paper-cut-out characters, a lame script, and no true sense of danger. It doesn't help with me trying to join along on the adventure.

      RECOMMENDATION

      I think it's a movie that's perfectly designed to catch on television. If you start at a random place, it won't matter because in a few minutes it will just go off on another tangent. It's not a great movie, and it looks like something better than what it really is. Simply put, if you aren't a fan of Robert or Mel, you can fly by this one.

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      • 5 Deadly Venoms (DVD) / DVD / 46 Readings / 44 Ratings
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        The only section worth watching is the climax - Battle Royale amongst the Venoms.

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        An aging martial arts master from the Poison Clan, tells his last pupil that he had trained five previous students in the different venom styles (Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad). Worried of what those five might have become, he sends his last pupil - Yan Tieh, on a mission to discover the identities of the five. However, since they all wore masks during their training - the teacher doesn't even know who they are and neither do each other. Which ones have turned good and which ones have gone bad. And, who can Yan Tieh trust.

        (PERFORMACNES)

        It's quite creative to see how they gave each Venom their own special moves and skills. It almost makes them like superheroes or villains going at it. There is a sense of these fighters being more than your average Joe. Giving them these special "abilities" made it more in the realms of comic book fantasy. Too bad they didn't have superpowers like generating fire, wind, or electricity. If they ever wanted to make a remake or a revision of this tale - I would love to see that version. But, I digress.

        The supernatural techniques for the Five Venoms are listed as follows:

        #1: Centipede (super-fast speed and agility)
        #2: Snake (uses his arms as the "head & tail" of the snake)
        #3: Scorpion (uses legs as a stinger with powerful kicks)
        #4: Lizard (can fight while stuck on the side of walls)
        #5: Toad (anti-piercing skin and strong defence)

        Believe me, it looks cooler than is sounds.

        (THOUGHTS)

        This movie has such a strong cult base - more so than other kung-fu classics. Being parodied in soda pop commercials, World of Warcraft, Kung-Fu Panda, and a plethora of other products. I think the ideas and memories connected to the movie have created more hype than it deserves credit for. It's not bad... but it's not that great.

        For some reason this movie rubs me the wrong way. I'm not sure why? All signs would point for me to like this yet the results don't connect like it should. Growing up, I was obsessed with The Power Rangers, so this was right up my alley. So I like all things involving a group of fighters all wearing different solid colours in uniforms, each experienced in their own skills. I don't know what it is, but there's something about having an ensemble of talented characters together. Seven Samurai, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Avengers, and the list goes on.

        The only time the film shines, is whenever there's a fight and we get to see some of the Venoms show off their moves. Sadly, they don't last as long as they should and there are only a few moments here and there. Most of the movie is quite dual. I find it difficult to place my finger on it. But, it didn't have the same whimsical magic and it didn't pull me in like the other Shaw Brothers releases I had seen prior to. Wrapping up the 5 Shaw Brothers movies I got a chance to watch and review. I would place this at number 4.

        The climax to the film is where it's at. We have this battle royale of the remaining venoms coming together for an extreme match. It's like watching a bunch of wrestlers from the WWF taking it on in the ring. It really is a treat to witness.

        (RECOMMENDATION)

        Despite the lack of praise I'm giving this title. I can see the attraction to why this has become an iconic film on the mantle of kung-fu movies. Do I think it's a little overrated? Somewhat. The action bits are the only things worth checking out. It's too bad there isn't enough of it.

        Normally, I wouldn't say this. But I would just say skip all the boring story stuff and just fast forward to the action. You won't be missing much. Actually, just check out the final battle. That's really the only golden nugget in this pile of rubble.

        (RESULTS)

        For those interested in the order of the five Shaw Brothers films I would recommend from highest to least.

        My Young Auntie
        36th Chamber of Shaolin
        One Armed Swordsman
        Five Deadly Venoms
        King Boxer

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      • My Young Auntie (DVD) / DVD / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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        Out of the 5 Shaw Brothers movie reviews. I like this one the best.

        STORY

        A young woman named Cheng Tai-nun (Kara Hui) agrees to marry an elderly landowner. Thus inheriting his belongings, preventing his greedy, brother from claiming ownership over the family property. After she inherits from the deed, she heads to Canton to meet her older nephew and his cocky, snobby son - Yu Tao (Hsiao Ho). Who's been heavily influenced by western culture.

        This is where the humour begins as it's an irony of positions. Auntie and her nephew's age difference when they first meet each other. The young, wippersnaping teenager who doesn't respect his elders and only cares about his current generation versus the status of his great-auntie, only a few years older than him. Butting heads on tradition, gender, and some competition on each other's skills.

        Also, the sequences of auntie being bothered by young thugs. Only to be surprised and punished to find out that she's a master of martial arts. And is able to take them all out with grace and style. You don't mess with young auntie.

        PERFORMANCES

        There's something very attractive about our lead actress - Kara Hui. Perhaps it's a mixture of her confidence and presence. But she is also pretty easy on the eyes (I think). And, that scene where she fights goons while wearing that glamorous white dress - va va voom! Kara Hui was awarded best actress in the 1st Hong Kong Film Awards for her performance. And, after watching it how could you disagree.

        But, really there are two stars here. Auntie and her nephew's rebellious son. Who's a very energetic, clown like character that was very well fitting to the movie. He reminded me of a Chinese Charlie Chaplin or anyone else in the vein of other slapstick comedians. I found him annoying at first, but he won me over with his acrobatic movements and his way with words.

        THOUGHTS

        What surprised me is how much I adore this movie. It really hit me sideways, and I never would have guessed that from the five Shaw Brothers movies that I watched - that I would like this one the best.

        What makes this film so pleasant is its broadness in audience appeal. This would be a film that I think all members of the family would enjoy. Whether it be the grandparents, children, or anyone in between. Mothers won't have to worry because there is no blood, or aggressive forms of violence. If anything, the "fight scenes" are more like something you would see in a cartoon.

        What also makes this one more unique is that the protagonist is played by a woman. Which is refreshing, as you don't see as many leading ladies in these types of movies. Plus, I bet it would bring more female viewers into the genre and have them rooting for her to kick some butt.

        Now, I had watched this with the English dubbed version. And, I think this is the first time the dub version supported the movie. While watching this I had this eerie sense, that this reminded me of many childhood cartoons from Asia I use to watch except here it's in the flesh and not in a drawn format. It doesn't take its self too seriously.

        RECOMMENDATION

        I can't think of anything bad to say about this one. In fact the more I think about it, the more I find more things I like about it. This is a kung-fu movie everybody can enjoy. There's something for everyone to find amusement in - whether it be the abundance of choreographed fights, the physical comedy, or chemistry between characters. If you love kung fu films, you'll enjoy this. If you hate kung fu films, you'll enjoy this.

        Compared to the other films I've seen from SB - it might not be as "manly" but definitely for the family. If you decide to watch any Shaw Brothers film. I would highly recommend this one.

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      • One Armed Swordsman (DVD) / DVD / 71 Readings / 70 Ratings
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        He's the Wolverine or Batman of the Shaw Brothers roster.

        STORY

        After a noble servant is killed protecting his master's life during a nightly ambush. Expressing his gratitude, he excepts his servant's wish of taking his son under his wing. Fang Gang (Jimmy Wang Wu) gets trained in the art of swordsmanship and becomes quite an expert. However, he is picked upon by the master's snobby, daughter and fellow students for his poor upbringing and honourable attitude. During one night, in a fit of rage, the master's daughter slices Fang's right arm clean off.

        Stumbling away, he falls onto a boat occupied by a woman. He gets recovered back at her farm and begins to fall in love with his care provider - Xiaoman. Coming to terms with the fact of his disadvantage, he gets back on his feet and even though he has a handicap it doesn't stop him from training to be the best.

        Meanwhile, foes of Fang Gang's former master, plan to take over with the aid of a device that can defeat fighters wielding weapons. Fang Jang decides to take up the sword and defend his master's life, just like his father before him.

        PERFORMANCES

        What shocked me the most is that the storytelling and acting, was really sharp. I totally got invested in the story and had my undivided attention through the course of the film. However, I think some people who were expecting a large quantity of fight scenes might be a bit anxious and antsy to find out that it's pretty slow in the middle. Well, actually through most of it.

        Putting this one up against the other Shaw Brother's titles, I found this one a bit more dark. Not that this was a depressing film, by all means. But, from the few others I watched this one was more serious. A grittier story, but it attempts to act very professional here.

        Of course, the action bits are well executed. With a title that has the word "swordsman" in it, you can imagine it involves clashing of blades and other metal instruments. Also, lets not forget it's use of fictitious blood usage. Back to that good old fashion, brightly red paint that I never really took seriously to begin with. I praise this movie not on it's fighting on screen, but just a well tight story. It felt like this would be a great piece for a stage performance. Certain scenes played out that way and I think it would be a possible translation.

        I enjoyed the winter setting in the first chunk of the movie. The snow covering all surfaces and sprinkling in that night setting was a nice touch. It dips down a bit in the middle. Beginning to focus on the sub-plot of the villain. But, just when it starts, it gets picked back up and launches into our exciting 30 minutes climax. Where we see the "One-Armed Swordsman" in action and taking care of business.

        THOUGHTS

        When I heard about the character and movie, I thought it was a really cool one to check out from the SB library. This is a tragic character and has been dealt a pretty bad hand (pardon the pun). Not only does he lose his father and becomes an orphan. But, he also loses his arm and an ability that he was good at and is taken away. Pretty rough turn of events for him and this happens in the first 20 minutes of the movie. Yet, he continues on and is not bitter about thing and adapts to the best he can. That I find is a very important trait in a person and I respect the character a lot.

        I mean what would you do, if you lost the ability of something you were passionate about? Would you accept the fact and give up? Or adapt and find a new way? If you're an athlete, musician, artist, performer, or whatever. How would you cope with the loss of your skill. Our hero doesn't let go and shows that he is just a capable if not better, fighting his foes - two arms or not (it's a lot cooler with one though).

        RECOMMENDATION

        Those anticipating a dazzling, fun kung-fu flick might want to look elsewhere first, if you want to get your kick. However, this is also a fantastic classic and is worthy of recognition. If this character was compared with a roster of other superheroes - he would be like the Wolverine or the Batman of the team. A darker background story that focuses more on the drama than the action. Still, if you're checking out some Shaw Brothers films, this is a must see.

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        • The King Boxer (DVD) / DVD / 61 Readings / 59 Ratings
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          Who wants to watch King Boxer? (cue sound) *weee wooo weee wooo*!

          STORY

          A talented, young martial arts student learns the technique of the "iron palm" and attempts to win a fighting tournament against a rival school, and to also win over the hand of his master's daughter in marriage. Despite the fact that he has ruthless attacks of sabotage from his enemies, doing whatever they can to stop him.

          THOUGHS

          The first thing I noticed when the film starts with a bang, is that all too familiar siren that you might have heard in the "Kill Bill" movies. You know, that whinny - "weee wooo weee wooo" sound that activates whenever the bride encountered someone on her list (well technically, the sound bite originally came from a TV show called "Ironside", but who cares?). It's quite obvious that Quentin Tarantino was influenced by this film. In fact, he praises this movie quite a bit. But, you know what? I didn't really feel the punch on this one.

          I think this movie is perhaps a tad, too overrated. Now, I did my research and I discovered that this came into the North American market during the kung-fu craze, thanks to Bruce Lee and Enter the Dragon. During the early 1970s there was a fad of movies coming from the orient. And this happened to be the first international, kung-fu hit!

          This just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Sparking the interest of others into the genre and developing a cult status. But, too be honest, from the five movies I will be reviewing. This one I found was probably the weakest. It's not a terrible movie. It's just that the others had something that this one didn't. It lacked that certain... something. I don't know what it was, but when I watched the other ones I was drawn into what was going on. At least, story wise. Perhaps they had better tales and interesting characters to follow. Here, I didn't find anything to latch onto. Now, I will admit the fight scenes are pretty damn good. Especially in the era it was filmed. That really is the strongest, and only asset I can complement it with. Everything else is sort of weak.

          I think the idea of having half the film, focused on the tournament would have been a neat idea. They could have just had a bunch of combat heats, working their way up to the championship match (perhaps what Game of Death should have been). However, the duration of the movie involving the stage, lasts for perhaps 10 minutes. I would get into more detail about the rest of the story. But, I'll be honest, I didn't really know, or care what was going on. It doesn't really matter anyways. You know, it just lacked that ability to draw me in. The last 30 minutes is where it's at. As we hop along from fight scene to the next. However, the first hour is pretty forgettable. Besides the fights, I don't really remember it.

          I can see it being an inspiration for future classics. I noticed hints of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Fist of Legend, and I'm sure other titles that I'm not aware of at the moment. Now, as I write this article, I've only viewed five Shaw Brothers movies. So, I think it's safe to say it's not the worst. But, I don't think it's as high as people might think. The story, I found wasn't really clear or even that well put together, and it just moved along to the end. Our main character is played by renowned star ( Lo Lieh ). Who I found, really didn't bring anything to the table. Basically, fights - good. Everything else - weak.

          RECOMMENDATION

          If you're interested with checking out some cult favourite, kung-fu films. This is a worthy piece. Otherwise, there's nothing really memorable about this one for me.

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            It's "Batman Begins" starring a Chinese "Charlie Brown". That's it, in a nutshell for me.

            STORY

            San Te (Gordon Liu) - is a young student, who is a member of a rebellion in town. Along with his teacher and fellow students against the corruptive, Manchu government. Once they discover the rebels plans, they liquidate the school, going after everyone San Te knows and loves. San Te, flees the town and heads towards the Shaolin Temple to learn kung-fu and bring back vengeance and justice.

            When he arrives to the temple, he is frowned upon and isn't granted admission. However, one of the elder monks, decides to except him. As time goes by, San Te turns out to be progressing a lot faster than any other student before. He proceeds through all 35 chambers (each strengthening a specific body part).

            Years later, he returns back to the outside world, and arrives to his hometown. Now, a vigilante for the town against the government. He defeats the bad guys. And establishes a 36th chamber, where the common man can learn the basic trainings of martial arts without having to become a monk.

            PERFORMANCES

            There's nothing much to say about Gordon Liu. Other than the fact, that he's the star and I wouldn't want anybody else to play this title role. He does a great job, showing the evolution of the character and plays it honest. You can see it all in Gordon's eyes. His struggles, his pride, and how serious he is. He sold it! I applaud the actor and everybody involved, for producing a product that really feels like this main character has progressed and developed into a solid, vigorous being. It is a wonderful story, showing the change from novice to master.

            The way I see it, the story is split up into three distinct acts.
            Act I: Before (when he was an average, adolescent person at school).
            Act II: Training (time spent in the temple, the forging of being better).
            Act III: After (when he returns to his home, as a hero).

            The first act, is kind of slow to build it up and lacks out on some needed fight scenes. But, the best stuff is the time spent at the temple practicing all the lessons and exercises. Which makes up, for at least half of the film. So there is more razzle-dazzle to be hold in the training sequences. By the time we get to the third act, our protagonist is like a superhero. It's neat watching him apply the teachings he's learned, in the later fight scenes. Knowing the inside story to these methods, it's cool to watch them come into use.

            Some of the exercises are pretty ingénues and simple. Unfortunately, we only witness about 10 out of the 35 chambers. Such as, the Head Chamber, Leg Chamber, Wrist Chamber, Eyes Chamber, etc. But, you can imagine what the other parts would be. The Genitals Chamber? (I apologise, I'm very naughty). It's probably just some guy, kicking someone in the crotch for an endless amount of time while they're in horse-riding stance.

            THOUGHTS

            I am proud to say, that this was the first "Shaw Brothers" film I had the honour to watch. And, overall this is a great movie and I can see that this entry holds up with the studio's reputation. Apparently, this was Gordon Liu's first breakout role. And, that worked perfectly for me, because before this I wasn't aware of his other works. The opening credits, showcases Gordon just showing off his moves in an obvious stage set. Doing some real-deal fighting skills.

            It's a classic tale of an adolescent who's ambitious and wishes to be automatically great. But, learns to grow into a wise, independent, kick-ass, kung-fu master. And, the struggle and determination it takes to get there. No pain, no gain right?

            Whenever, I think of this film I picture a Chinese, Charlie Brown as Batman. I know, how the heck did I come up with that one? Well, once he returns back to his hometown he's bald, wearing a yellow robe and a black belt. And, the story itself reminds me of "Batman Begins".

            RECOMMENDATION

            It's an inspiring story, about the traits of: discipline, learning, patience, determination, and showing what you can achieve if you work hard. It's a great tale, about being the best and continuously setting the bar higher for yourself. Definitely a must, if you want to start watching some kung-fu classics.

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            • Stargate (Director's Cut, DVD) / DVD / 66 Readings / 66 Ratings
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              Stargate - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

              The Intergalactic Superhighway!

              The movie that spawned a series of television shows (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis & Stargate Universe) books, video games, a cartoon, and ironically - movies based on the television shows. As a child, I did use to watch the earlier episodes of the revamped television show based on the film when it originally aired. It was at the same time my father bought the "Stargate" movie. He was interested in the outer space content involved with the story, and I thank him for picking it up. Pushing those spin-offs aside. Let's just focus on the project that started it all. And in itself, a very entertaining film I must say.

              STORY

              Meet Daniel Jackson (David Spader), an Egyptologist, who gets brought in to take part in a program held in a secret, underground military base in America. Decades earlier, a mysterious alien device was discovered in Egypt, and is being deciphered with the knowledge of scientist figuring out what it is. They later find out it is called a "stargate" and is a link, transporting between earth and somewhere else beyond the stars. With a team lead by, Colonel Jack O' Neil (Kurt Russell) and the assistance of Jackson, they explore what is on the other side. On their arrival they find out that it is life compatible with human beings. However, without knowing the right combination to get back they're stuck there. And, they get involved with other challenges such as being mistaken as gods and battling the forces of Ra.

              PERFORMANCES

              In a way, we have two leading men that we grow attached to. When I was a kid, I was attracted to the character of Daniel. He was that dorky, out-of-the-loop kind of guy, who was always an optimist. Now, this was the only film I knew James Spader was in at the time. When I discovered that a lot of his earlier roles were mainly typecast, as well... a dick (not literally). It was nice to see an actor, showing off a different side and a more affable one at that. I enjoy Kurt Russell in anything. While Daniel was the brains, he was the brawns. We're not talking meathead, pumping iron, type of character. But, a very realistic sort of "American forces" type of a man. It's a nice paring to contrast Spader's personality. The geek and the jock teaming up.

              I love the score in this film. That theme song - every time I hear it, I feel like I'm in this adventure and it's one of my favourite soundtracks of cinema. You know how when you hear the music for "Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones" or "Star Trek" and you just recognize it in a split second and you think about that fictional world. This feels like the works of an unofficial John Williams piece. The music was composed by David Arnold, and he deserves the credit. Compared to the later works of this director and to other projects that come out this day and age. It is a bit toned down. So, don't expect too many explosions and action spectacles hitting the screen. However, it makes up with a fantastic storyline. Quite simple, but a classic in my eyes.

              THOUGHTS

              From director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, and much more) it is expected that this is a popcorn fun-ride blockbuster. And it is, but this being one of his earlier films it isn't as eye-explosive as his later workers. But, the energy and fun is definitely present.

              I love adventure films, I grew up with them and it brings out the inner child in me. This was a movie that I played quite frequently when I was a toddler. Everytime I watch it, it reminds me of simpler, joyful times. This comment isn't really relevant with the review, but I wanted to add that I have somewhat of a personal attachment with the movie and I'm proud to say it still holds up quite nicely. Yet again, the special effects and cinematography, isn't as impressive as it is with the products of the now. But, it was fitting for the times. And, in my mind, this is one of the best movies to come out of the early 1990s.

              RECOMMENDATION

              I can't see myself, not recommending this for anyone. It's a wonderful adventure, a classic story, and personally I would place this up to rank with other films such as the first "Star Wars" or any of the "Indiana Jones" movies. It is a spectacular adventure! Let's all take a ride through the Stargate!

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              • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (DVD) / DVD / 56 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Movie Review. Written By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                When I noticed this was on sale for blu-ray, I had just recently purchased a new player at the time, and I had also started going through a Robert Downey Jr. phase. I checked out the trailer and found it hilarious and started contemplating if I should buy this or not. Of course I did, hence the review. I don't really get off on these dark, quirky, comedies. I find them too dry and personally, I need some slapstick or characters that are exaggerated to hit my giggle-spot. I decided to take the blind buy. But, I wasn't sure if it was going to be, good good or bad bad.

                STORY

                Harry Lockett (Robert Downey Jr.) is invited to a Hollywood party, after accidentally auditioning for an acting role, by outrunning the cops from robbing a store (are you with me so far?). He is introduced to a private eye named Gay Perry (Val Kilmer) and is suggested to participate in an investigation to train him for his character role. Harry, also meets an aspiring actress - Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and finds out that she was his crush from back home. After an incident involving the murder, of Harmony's sister. She goes to Harry for help, because he told her that he's actually a detective. The two different stories that Harry gets involved in, begin to intertwine with each other. And, he finds out, that this is turning into one of those detective novels, that Harmony used to read as a child.

                PERFORMANCE

                This little number, was written and directed by Shane Black (creator of Lethal Weapon). His writing for dialogue is fantastic. The actual plot - not so much. People who enjoy the personality of Robert Downey Jr. will be glad to see him play is usual affable self. The two supporting actors (Val & Michelle) also do a great job for carrying the movie. And, are great with feedback on playing off with Robert's character.

                Harry's narration parodies itself and satires all those other noir-type films. Having the storytelling get screwed up and making mistakes which is pretty funny to listen to. For movie-lovers, it's a fresh and original twist to this format. Many of the jokes are sarcastic. I couldn't help but laugh out loud, from the sentences coming out of these character's mouths. The duo of Downey and Kilmer is a nice paring. It's a shame they aren't on screen together as much as they should.

                The cinematography is quite chic and slick. From the set pieces, like the bars, restaurant, hotel rooms, homes, and streets. Which all look like they were decorated from Ikea products. The opening credits, start with an interesting pop-art animation. Along with some lounging, jazz music. Filling the air with the sounds of horns, bongos, bassoons, snares, and whatever is played in jazz. Which really defined the spirit throughout the film.

                Oh yeah, there's some curse words and nudity that pop-up the odd times. The humour is a bit more mature anyways. So kids would find this a drag. It seems like a more sophisticated piece of cinema. Especially, for a comedy.

                THOUGHTS

                It's main weakness, is it's plot. Thing get dropped. It's not explained clearly and it doesn't really care where it's going. I was willing to watch it, just to enjoy the performances out of the actors. And, that's what I got. So, I can't complain. The imagery is very pleasing. Everything else, was sort of... flimsy.

                I found it cleverly funny at times and then I would drop out again. Sort of like re-apply a "post-it" that keeps falling off. It swings back and fourth like a pendulum between my type of humour and that quirkiness that I don't really get. Well... don't like. It always felt like it was very close to winning me over. But, it just never pulled me over the line of loving it. I never felt so neutral towards both sides. I really like it, but at the same time I don't think it's all that great. It's sort of strange. I suppose it just cancels each other out. And, I can say it's a "decent movie".

                I will say it is one of those black comedies. And, that if you don't like the taste of that flavour. Then there's no rush to go out and see this. I heard someone comment this as, similar to "The Big Lebowski". Yeah, I can see that. So, if you know what style of humour you get a kick out of, than I think you've already made your decision.

                RECOMMENDATION

                The story is not great, but it makes up for it in originality and chuckles. As someone who has a different taste, besides black comedies. This one I found is more welcoming than most. It is a good flick. If you were considering on buying this, it wouldn't be a loss. I would advice, renting it or catching it on the tube first, then decide if it's your bag.

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                • The Wedding Singer (DVD) / DVD / 73 Readings / 70 Ratings
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                  Wedding Singer - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                  We're going to party like it's 1985!

                  I'm about as much of a fan of Adam Sandler movies as the next guy. Well, perhaps a little more. I know that there's a percentage of people who don't like his flimography. And, I will admit he has made a number of blunders. I think his earlier works, like his duration at "Saturday Night Live" and some of his first movies are his best work. My favourite movie of his, that I grew up with was "Happy Gilmore". I also enjoyed "Billy Madison". I never really got into many of his later films. Not, that I hated them, but I just never really watched them. But, I would assume I'm not missing much. However, there was one title that came to my attention, realising that I haven't seen this one as much as I should have, entitled "The Wedding Singer". From what I hear, this one was actually quite decent. I do like Adam Sandler. But, sometimes he can be a hit or miss for me. So, did this hit the mark?

                  STORY

                  Set during the 1980s, wedding singer - Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) performers at celebrations at the reception hall. On the day of his wedding, Robbie is stood up at the alter and is heartbroken. He begins to think, that he will never find that special someone to marry with. After a period of mopping around at home. He gets convinced to come back to work, with a chip on his shoulder, he begins wrecking other people's weddings. His co-worker - a waitress named Julie Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) befriends him and she asks for his help to plan her wedding. However, the more they spend time with each other. They realise that they both found their true love.

                  PERFORMACNES

                  Most people argue, about Sandler's lowbrow behaviours and retardness in his films. This one I found only had very mild traces here. He is quite charming and plays the gentle, nice guy. As opposed to perhaps, the loud, noisemaking idiot. Matched up with the lovely Drew Barrymore. Her angelic smile and sweet personality, is a wonderful paring of these two actors and you can't help but wish the best for these two to get together. There is some great chemistry here, and they do make a cute couple. Unlike other films out there, where you see a bland, prince charming and some superficial, princess get together in these type of films. In this one, I really feel like they gelled nicely together.

                  Of course in this film, we have those side-characters that add comedic relief, and a touch of that Sandler humour. Which I don't mind. This was before, he really got into it (like Rob Schneider territory) so it's not too heavy, in fact some of it is pretty funny. I know that Sandler's is a pretty talented singer. And, he uses that trait here in the film very well. Singing some classics such as "You Spin Me Right Round" and "Love Stinks". And, he also wrote some original material that is pretty good too.

                  THOUGHTS

                  I love the 80's. Now, given into account that I didn't actually grow up in the decade, I came into this world a couple of years after its ending. However, there is something magical about its pop culture, movies, music and such. I love how they set it in that time, but also satiring it too. With everyone dressing up resembling their pop idols and emulating famous hair styles. It's choice of soundtrack playing in the background is fantastic - there must be at least 30 classic hits in this movie. This is probably one of the best comedies to execute a fun, nostalgic 1980s story.

                  For someone who doesn't care for romantic comedies or chick flicks. This is a safe one for the guys. For a rom-com, I found this satisfying to both genders. It would please the girls, for it being your simple love story. And, for the boys, it has some good comedy into account of Mr. Sandler. Also, with it's time setting and different humour for a romantic film like this, it's original and separates itself amongst the rest.

                  RECOMMENDATION

                  For those of you who aren't into Adam Sandler films or chick flick type, romantic comedies. You should consider taking a chance on this one. Because, I found it more welcoming than your average film. Also, if you love the 1980's setting. This would be a great choice to request. Play it again, Robbie!

                  BLU-RAY NOTES

                  There isn't much to say. The picture quality meets up to code. Not at the level of a modern day action film, but it gets the job done. The audio quality I found was a bit quiet compared to most titles. I had to raise the volume up a bit more. There was no special features on my copy, except for a preview footage of the Broadway show. Simply, if you just want a high-def version, of just the movie. This should please you.

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                  • Batman - The Movie (DVD) / DVD / 59 Readings / 58 Ratings
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                    Batman: The Movie - Film Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                    As a very young toddler, I remember growing up with the old 1960s "Batman" television show during its syndication. Too be honest, back then I found the plots very entertaining, as I was generally worried and tried figuring out how Batman & Robin were going to get out of there dangerous predicament. In retrospect, and seeing the show for what it was. I see it as a mild, amusing program. Flawed in many ways, with a tiring formula system, and ridiculous nonsense. Pretty much if you saw one episode, you saw them all. This was tongue-and-cheek, if I ever saw it. It's almost mocking the original comics, making it come across more like a children's program than something of a serious and intelligent (respectfully) manner. But, that was the audience it was aimed for anyway.

                    Of course, we know the character of Batman now as this darker, ruthless, serious person. But, before it took the evolution of "The Dark Knight" as we know it today. It couldn't have been more of the opposite. A simple-minded hero, with the personality of a grown-up boy-scout. Oh yeah, and he has a close questionable relationship with his younger superhero assistant (but we won't touch upon that subject).

                    BAT-STORY

                    We follow the adventures of millionaire, Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and his sidekick, Dick Grayson (Burt Ward) fight crime as the vigilantes known as Batman & Robin. With four of their most devious arch-enemies - The Joker (Cesar Romero), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) - combining their evil forces . Batman & Robin, must once again defeat their foes. And, not only save Gotham City, but the World.

                    BAT-PERFORMANCES

                    What is there to say about the acting in this film? Hopefully, that it was all intentionally hammed up to play along with the material. With Adam West's comedic delivery of off rhythm speech patterns and Burt Ward's spunky attitude. These guys are nothing more than a couple of buffoons. And, they're the heroes! Also, the bright coloured tights don't help.

                    And, let's not forget the crooked baddies. The Joker - who I remembered as that clown that even back then, on a harmless show, scared me with that make-up and laugh. On the show, Catwoman was played by Julie Newmar. But, due to studio complications, she was replaced with Meriwether (which I found was a more appropriate and sexier choice), wearing that skin tight black leather suit. The Penguin - that sleazy mobster, with the behaviours of a squawking bird. And, the electric movements and behaviours of, The Riddler. You can't have good heroes, without equally good villains. And, these characters are the perfect bunch of criminals to counter with our spandex wearing friends.

                    I can't decide if the writing is stupid or just silly. The way problems are resolved and how the logic in this world make no sense and comes out of nowhere. Every single object Batman posses is labelled, the villains henchmen and weapons are just as bizarre. Cliff-hanger scenarios, being solved through a method of Deus ex machina. With it's use of highly saturated colours and campy atmosphere. The cheese-o-meter, is pretty high on this one.

                    BAT-THOUGHTS

                    Respecting the essence of the show, the movie does feel like there was more attention on this project - as that they did have a larger budget and wrote a grander story with higher stakes. There's a showcase of more vehicles like - the batmobile, batboat, batcopter, batcycle and sidecar. The props, costumes, and sets are all quite colourful. Great, for a comic book type feel of that era. There are memorable moments, such as - the exploding shark, seeing all four villains together in one scene, and Batman running around the crowded pier with a bomb ready to blow!

                    I'm trying to decide which demographic this material caters for - children or people under the influence of mind altering substances. Either way, this is quite and enjoyable film if you are in the mood and enjoy having some harmless, campy entertainment. But, I think this is one of those - hate it or like it type of deals.
                    It's got everything that you would have wanted from the television show, transferred into an epic, hour and a half extravaganza. Even if you don't see one episode of the 1960s program. The movie is a great representation and masterpiece of the "classic" show.

                    BAT-RECOMMENDATION

                    For those who grew up with a darker Batman. This might be difficult to except and get accustomed to. I would say this is perfect for kids, as it has that feel of adolescent innocence to it. Like many children's programs, the story is simple, yet over-the top and its violence is very cartoonish. I can only imagine toddlers and stoners getting a kick out of this. Everyone in between can probably skip it. Unless you are a fan of the show.

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                    • Rudy (DVD) / DVD / 62 Readings / 59 Ratings
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                      Rudy - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                      When I bring up, an inspirational movie centered around an average joe, who has big dreams of becoming an athlete. His name starts with "R" and ends with "Y". Who comes to mind?... No, not Rocky! Rudy! What, you don't know about Rudy? The movie is based on the true story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger. The main character is dramatized by Sean Astin. Or you might know him as Sam - Frodo's best friend from "The Lord of the Rings" motion picture trilogy.

                      STORY

                      Ever since Rudy was a child, he dreamed of one day being a football player at the University of Notre Dame. However, despite his grades, lack of money, and small stature. He instead, joins up working at the family steel mill. After his friend (the only person who ever believed in Rudy) pasts away, Rudy decided that he wants to go after his dreams. And, attempts to enroll in Notre Dame and play college football for the Fighting Irish.

                      PERFORMANCES

                      Sean Astin. What a role, and what a performance. This was a casting choice made in heaven. Not only does he have the same stature (small - about 5"6) and similar facial features. But, even the personality is played out to par. I watched a short featurette with the real "Rudy" and I can totally see the resemblance. And as biopics are made, a great actor was selected. Sean Astin made this movie. It wouldn't have been the same without him. Pulling off all the emotional highs and lows. Also, the character of Rudy is so ambitious and innocent that it's really difficult to dislike the guy. On a side note, Sean's performance sort of reminds me of a cross between Tobey Maguire and Michael J. Fox (just to give you more of an idea).

                      This wouldn't have had as much of a powerful impact, if it wasn't for the wonderful score provided by Jerry Goldsmith. I recognized the music in here, being used before in some older movie trailers. And, I'm sure you have heard it before too. The music is very uplifting. With the combination of flutes, strings, and the gentle touch of a piano. And, it really packs a punch during the story's build up to its reward. Laying down the horns and brass, like something out of a superhero movie. Having the instruments sore up higher. I could just listen to the soundtrack and that would make my day.

                      They actually got permission from the administration, to film this on the campus of Notre Dame. The architecture of the buildings, and the football stadium are stunning. The fact that we are on the same grounds as the real story, adds some more depth and realism to the movie. There are also scenes that are filmed during certain seasons. With some beautiful scenery shots, of the leaves on the trees turning orange, the white snow sprinkling in the sky, and the golden sunshines casting it's rays on the university grounds (I know, I'm sure this is sounding very corny). It has some elegant pictures to look at.

                      THOUGHTS

                      Personally, I think this a more effective movie than the first "Rocky". I mean they are both great movies in their own right. But, this one is more lighter, almost like a family film. And, there seems to be more things forcing Rudy to STOP, but he doesn't budge and fights his way to keep moving forward.

                      The story does continue to reach higher moments, and higher difficulties, as the stakes are increased and every step he makes gets him that much closer to his goal. By the time the movie ends. There is a sense of accomplishment. We joined along with this journey, where most people would have given up, or not even attempted to try. Rudy, never considered those things and only had strong focus to live out his dream for one moment. Even if it only lasted for a split-second.

                      We all cheer for the person who keeps moving and never gives up. Despite the fact that everyone and everything says otherwise. That he isn't good enough, and is not meant to do the things he wants. Because we all wish that we could be as courageous in our own lives, as Rudy is.

                      RECOMMENDATION

                      This is wonderful fairy-tale. With an extraordinary character, that shows us that if we keep on pushing, pushing, and pushing. That anything is possible. As much as this movie sounds corny. It truly is a great example of what a person can do if they apply themselves to 110%. If you are a sucker like me for these inspiration flicks. This is one that is highly satisfying. And, will charge up your "spirit-battery".

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                      • I'm Not There (DVD) / DVD / 59 Readings / 59 Ratings
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                        I'm Not There - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                        A while back now, when I was on one of my casual visits to the video store. I noticed some copies of a movie called "I'm Not There". I head about the premise and thought it was something original and interesting. It's "based" on the different lives and music of singer, Bob Dylan. Starring a number of actors, each representing a different part of Dylan's life.

                        Now, this was back during the days, when "The Dark Knight" was famous in pop culture. And, I had noticed that Heath Ledger was in this, and it was one of his last performances. Oh yeah, and Christine Bale is in here too. So, you can see how I was considering to pick this title up. And, I did.

                        This was rated as one of the best films of the year (2007), as stated on such prestigious American magazines like - The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice. And, it was nominated and won a lot of awards too. So, all signs would point to yes, for this movie to be something special.

                        STORY

                        There are six different stories. Each representing the different lives of singer, Bob Dylan (as stated previously).

                        The Artist: A young man, Arthur (Ben Whishaw), is being interviewed answering questions from unseen interrogators. This sort of acts like a narration for the movie and slightly ties in all the other six stages together. He response, with actual quotes from Bob Dylan - taken from his interviews and writing.

                        The Musical Trailblazer: It's the late 1950's, and we meet a 12 year old black child named Woody Guthrie (Marcus Carl Franklin). Carrying his guitar wherever he goes, he travels the country on the railroads, catching his dream of becoming a famous musician.

                        The Folksinger: Filmed in the style of a documentary. It follows the carrier of Jack Rollins (Christine Bale) who portrays the early folk singer version of Bob, in the 1960's, in Greenwich Village. This story is told through interviews from Jack's closest friends and fans.

                        The Actor: Robbie Clark (Heath Ledger) who is filming a movie, playing a dramatization of Jack Rollins in a film called "Grain of Sand". Robbie is married to Claire, along with some children. We see the struggle of their marriage and the downhill that leads up to their divorce. This section, is influenced on Dylan's relationship with love and the women he's dated with.

                        The Famous Celebrity: The notorious Jude Quinn (Cate Blanchett), attends a folk music festival, and is booed and shunned upon by his fans. Leaving them disappointed and betrayed, as Jude has taken a new approach of style, and as changed his persona from protest singer to rock star. Based heavily on Bob Dylan's actual life, this focuses on the controversial time in his carrier. As people were accusing him of selling out, on what he believes in.

                        The Outlaw: Billy the Kid (Richard Gere), lives alone in the outskirts of nature. His friend, informs him of the high incidents of suicides and murders. And, the plans for the destruction of Riddle County. Billy heads to town during Halloween, and confronts the townspeople. Based on Bob Dylan's opinion of himself as being a loner. And, his feelings of evading the spotlight and avoiding unwanted attention.

                        PERFORMANCES

                        The real shinning star in this movie, is Kate Blanchett. Who just nailed the character and funny enough I couldn't tell it was her. Not only did she pull of an uncanny resemblance to Bob Dylan, but she fooled me in playing the opposite sex too. This is what a real actor does, they embody the life of another different being, and make you believe it. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Which was rightfully so. She didn't win, but don't worry because she won a ton of other ones.

                        This all sounds good in theory, but the actual execution didn't come across as smooth as I feel it should have. In fact it was pretty confusing and had a tumultuous narrative. As I felt I didn't know where this was heading, and having it switch directions all the time. We keep jumping around, between stories. And, they don't really add up together all that well. There is no proper connection to these pieces, other than the fact that they are extensions of Bob Dylan's life. It just seems like a chaotic whirlpool as we don't move in a linear path, but more of a teleportation in dimensions.

                        THOUGHTS

                        I would have to watch this a number of times before I could start figuring what this, labyrinth of a film is getting across. Once I did my research, to understand what the heck this movie was about. It made a lot more sense. But, the movie is not told in a clear way. Leaving me in a state of confusion. And, you never want to confuse your audience, because it makes them feel like an idiot and they get frustrated with the material.

                        This is more of an artistic experiment, than a product of entertainment. It's like I'm watching a high budget, film student project (you know, where the only person who actually understands the movie is the director). I mean, I like movies that are innovative and attempt new things. But, this is a bit too much for me.

                        Director: Todd Haynes. Did make something special here. I'm not really a Bob Dylan fan, but it's evident that this movie had a lot of effort put into it. I feel my lack of knowledge of the legendary singer's history, harmed my experience. As, I probably didn't get any references or the parallel experiences of the characters in the movie to his actual life. I only wished that it was simplified more. Just so it's easier to digest. Of course the creators wanted to tell it in their own fashion. But, I don't know what's going on inside their minds. So, I felt very lost.

                        RECOMMENDATION

                        From a filmmaker's point of view. This is a beautiful piece of art. However, for the lament who just wants to enjoy the simple fun, that movies have to offer. It can be too confusing and drags along. I'm sure that there are some people out there, who would appreciate this. But, this is very artsy-fartsy (perhaps more than it should be). It is a respectable love letter and admiration for Bob Dylan and his fans. But, for rating it on a movie of entertainment and with my own, strong personal feelings. My recommendation for this, is pretty low.

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                        • Major League [1989] (DVD) / DVD / 53 Readings / 51 Ratings
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                          Major League - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                          STORY

                          After a gold digging wife, inherits her husband's ownership over the Cleveland Indians baseball team. She plans on transferring the team to Miami, so she can benefit from what the city has to offer. However, the only way she's allowed to relocate, is unless the fan attendance and popularity for the team is low. To make sure things are set in motion, she makes certain that the team ends up in last place and have no chance of winning the pennant. So she selects the roaster, collecting some of the worst players, of has-beens and never-will-be misfits.

                          PERFORMANCES

                          This is one of those films where what helps carry it, is it's collection of oddball characters. Everybody is a cartoon caricatures. Each possessing a funny personality that they bring to the table. Having some of them clash with each other, resulting in some comedic outbursts. My favourite two, are Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes). But, everybody makes me laugh here. It's like watching a bunch of kids come together in summer camp, and hitting things right off the bat (I mean the relationships - not the balls).

                          There was a sub-plot, following Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) who's seems to be the "main character" in this movie. He tries to reconnect an old relationship with his ex-girlfriend - Lynn Wells (Rene Russo) who just turns out she's getting married with someone else (that's Hollywood movie plots for you). Whenever, they got back to that story, it felt like a completely different film was wedged in. And, I would have preferred if it wasn't attached.

                          The stuff that makes me giggle, is whenever the characters are on the field, the locker room scenes, or anything involving baseball. In the beginning of the film, we watch there spring training which is hilarious. The montages crack me up ,seeing these guys make fools of themselves. Yet, as time goes on they decide to buckle down and put in the effort to be the best. It's very clichéd but you can call it a bit of a guilty pleasure I suppose.

                          THOUGHTS

                          It's your typical comedy. And, a good one at that. At times I found myself chuckling and smiling along with some of the jokes. There were other times were I was gut busting in laughter. However, there are stretches that span where I was waiting for something to tickle my funny bone.

                          It basically follows that formula of all underdog movies: Team doesn't have a hope in winning series, they train hard enough and perseverance against the odds, they start getting support from the spectators, than they... well you know the rest. It is a great sports comedy, under the "Hall of Fame" of such other sports movies like - Caddyshack, Slap Shot, Dodgeball, and The Mighty Ducks. This is probably the funniest baseball movie to date (if that means anything).

                          I'm sure if I had seen this during the time I was a kid. I probably would have really liked this a lot more. It's not a non-stop laugh riot, but it is better than the stuff that comes out these days. And, it's not so cheeky, as I find a lot of comedies that are produced now, that are a bit too sexual for the gags. This is some clean fun.

                          I find it odd for me to review this movie, because to be honest there isn't that much detail to get into. It is what it is. I would say I was expecting a lot more laughs, but there is a decent amount. I would say half the time it's really funny. The other half, goes in one ear and out the other. But if you are interested in this, it's a fine romp, and would be fine if you've got nothing else to watch.


                          RECOMMENDATION

                          I would tell people, to check out this American sports movie. It's not an urgent need, but if it's on television I think it's something you can laugh along with your family and friends. I would advice the parents that there is some swearing, so it's your call if you want to have the kids sit and watch this. But, other than that it's a really nice movie. It's a very predictable film, but that doesn't mean that it's not an enjoyable one.

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                          • Death Proof (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                            Death Proof - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                            Following the Grindhouse, double feature after "Planet Terror", was Quentin Tarantino's film "Death Proof". Already, I had sat all the way through the first movie and stayed to watch the "intermission". So without a piss break, I was preparing myself to sit and watch non-stop for another 2 hours or so (adding a total of about 3 hours). So, this better be worth the agony of getting cramps while sitting down... It wasn't worth it.

                            STORY

                            A movie of two stories. Each presenting the tale of a group of girls that encounter a stalking, murderous, psychopath named simply: Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell).

                            ACT I

                            In Austin, Texas. We are introduced to a group of ladies - Arlene (Vanessa Ferlito), Shanna (Jordan Ladd), and DJ Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier). While the girls are celebrating Julia's birthday, they are being stalked by a mysterious man driving a customised 1971 Chevy Nova with a skull and lightning blots painted on the hood. Finally introducing himself as a charming fellow he chats with them and later that night kills them by driving head on into them at night.

                            ACT II

                            Fourteen months later, the setting is now in Tennessee. We are introduced to a new group of girls - Lee, Abernathy (Rosario Dawson), Kim (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Zoë Bell (Herself). All working in the film industry, in Hollywood. Once again, Stuntman Mike is following their trail ready to attack his next pray. However, he might be messing around with the wrong ladies.

                            PERFORMANCE

                            The casting is a great selection of actress fitting their roles. How can you not like Kurt Russell in anything? Also, he does a good job of playing this character. A wolf disguised in sheep's clothing indeed. The girls are great, each presenting their own personalities. And, a special shout-out for Zoë Bell. Who in real life is a professional stuntman, and in this movie she plays herself (go figure). But, she actually did a great job acting as well.

                            It's major flaw is that there's too much of a heavy dose of dialogue. More so than in previous Tarantino films. There is a lot of rambling. It's torture enough, to listen to one woman talk for 2 hours, let alone eight (I apologise, ladies).

                            Let's face it. Tarantino's specialty is in his writing - specifically dialogue. However, I found it was kind of flat a lot of times. On the whole there are some interesting conversations, but without a proper balance of action beats it is a dreadful experience. You might as well just talk with your friends for a few hours (and it's free).For some people this could be an endurance test, others might appreciate the love letter to movie fanatics. I suppose I would take the latter.

                            With the exception of the final 20 minutes, it does bring the film up a couple of notches. With one of the best car fight scenes ever recorded on film. Made with 100% practical effects (no CGI added). Seeing Zoë Bell doing all of her own stunts, was nerve-racking to watch, as it was the real thing on screen. Having this woman clutching on the hood of the car while a maniac is bashing into them attempting to knock her over. However, it doesn't make up for the movie on the whole.

                            THOUGHTS

                            It's evident that Quentin's love for cinema shows in this piece. It's just that the "majority" of people don't have the same knowledge or interest in these types of films. It's a movie that's fitting to those homogenised, Grindhouse movies that I'm sure I've never heard of, or will never watch. This isn't your traditional blockbuster film. Quiet the opposite actually. This is very respectable to those lesser known movies. So, in saying that, I think Quentin made exactly the type of movie he wanted to make, and succeeded in his goal.

                            Now, my first experience probably left a sour taste in my mouth. But, nevertheless the overall feeling stays the same. If you just have it casually playing and tune in and out, it's a harmless film. It's just isn't the spectacle as it's previous feature. So, it felt even more weaker in comparison. I can understand that this isn't friendly to the average audience member. Tarantino enjoys all of these older films that don't appeal to many people in today society. It's just this one isn't as crowd pleasing. I feel like this is one of his weakest films. But he wasn't making it for us he was making it for himself (which I respect).

                            RECOMMENDATION

                            On it's own. It's alright. It's a not a great movie. But, this is definitely not a bad movie. So who would I recommend this too? Well, if you have not seen this yet, and you think of yourself as a connoisseur for cinema or you're a movie geek like Tarantino. This is a fine movie. But, to everyone else, this isn't necessary. And, you'll feel like you're wasting your time.

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                            • Planet Terror (DVD) / DVD / 42 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                              Planet Terror Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

                              INTRODUCTION

                              I don't want to beat around the bush with this one, so I'll just start by stating "I love this film". Now, Rodriguez & Tarantino are two of my favourite directors. They are my top idols when it comes to filmmaking. So, when I heard the news that they were both collaborating to produce a "double feature" inspired by the Grindhouse movies. I was so hyped to watch this at the theatres and was on board from the get-go.

                              The first one presented was Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror". Which I can say without a doubt is my favourite one out of the two. If you're not aware of "Grindhouse", back in the day, there were theatres that played exploitation films that were created outside of the Hollywood industry. With the freedom to just make low budget, non-sense, violently exaggerated movies, that would have been to extreme or not appreciated at the time by the "masses". But, they were fun and got the job done.

                              STORY

                              Late one night in a rural area of Texas, a biochemical gas is accidentally released from a US military base. It spreads out to the nearest town, transforming people into mutating, flesh-eating, deformed zombies. An assortment of various people immune to the substance, band together to survive the night. We follow along with some colourful characters. Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) who is an ex-go-go dancer. El Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), who arrives back to town and has a mysterious past. Dakota Block (Marley Shelton) a doctor who's trying to survive with her son from the zombies and her husband. And, the rest (too many awesome characters to describe on this synopsis). Now, being the minority residents of this world. They fight their way through the night to find a safe haven in Planet Terror.

                              PERFORMANCES

                              I remember in my first viewing, I was surprised that the entire film was presented with scratches, hairs, dust, and dullness in colour to make it feel authentic. Yet, I love the look of it and I wouldn't have it any other way. The film, jump cutting around and the "missing reel" moment is a nice touch.

                              Now, I couldn't tell the complete roster of characters in the synopsis. But, there are so many great ones. Dr. Block (Josh Brolin), the sheriff (Michael Biehn), the steakhouse owner (Jeff Fahey), the scientist (Naveen Andrews), the deputy (Tom Savini), the crazy babysitter twins (Electra and Elise Avellan), and even more! Not only do we have one, but three very generous cameos from Quentin Tarantino, Fergie, and Bruce Willis! This is reaching overload on the awesome-o-meter.

                              That catchy flat synthesiser music, along with a dirty saxophone playing. It does remind me of the soundtracks John Carpenter composed for his movies. The theme song is very catchy and the overall music is just as outstanding as the rest of the movie. This is a perfect film from an artistic sense, and from an entertainment standpoint. And, that's why I love it!

                              You can not deny the John Carpenter feel to this movie (which Rodriguez admits was a huge influence). It is dripping with his style. Now, I also love Carpenter's work and if you are a fan of - Escape From New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, and Assault on Precinct 13. This is very much in the same ball park. With some good old zombie/sci-fi thrown in the mix. Not only is it an homage to those cult favourites, but it kicks them all out of the water.

                              It feels like a classic movie that was never made... Except it was, many years later. If this came out in the 1980's the way that it is. This would have been a masterpiece amongst the times. I even have the balls to state that this film is better than Terminator, Terminator 2, Rambo, Die Hard, and Aliens (I still have to see that last one. But, I stand by my statement). And, those films as you already know are classics.

                              If you love anything remotely related to - cartoons, comic books, and video games. Well that's perfect! Because it has that quality. A girl, who has a machine gun for a leg. If that doesn't hook you in, than I guess this isn't meant for you.

                              THOUGHTS

                              I really would have wanted this to spark a trend, or perhaps pioneer the way for more films like this to be provided with the high budget and marketing for a film of this kind. But, at least this one got produced and I am very happy for that. It hurts knowing that this did very poor in the box office, and I'm not sure if the awareness of its existence is well known since it flew under the radar. There were other spoof trailers, that were played during the "intermission" that I would have loved to have seen turn feature length. But, it just wasn't meant to be I suppose.

                              There are certain exceptions for films that enter the realm of absurdity. Because movies can create anything your imagination can muster. Entering a place that doesn't exist in real life, that takes you along on an exciting adventure. I'm taking into account that this isn't going to be for everybody. It is pretty gorse, and the word "juicy" comes to mind when I think about the zombies. There are some sick images.

                              I really can't stop commenting on how much I adore this film. For moviegoers and anyone who wants tasteless, creative, outrageous fun. Make this a priority and rent it at least. If you have not scene this yet, please check this out and spread the word. This deserves to be a large cult hit and has the pizzazz to back it up.

                              Before "Planet Terror" started, there was a faux trailer for a movie called Machete. Robert was planning on making that next, but due to Grindhouse's low appeal it seemed like it wouldn't see the light of day and he moved on to do other projects. Thankfully, Rodriguez decided to complete Machete. And, I can not wait to check that one out. Now, if only he could get around to making another "Sin City" sequel.

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