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 Posted:   Sep 27, 2010 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Krull (1983): 2/10

What garbage. Even James Horner's rousing score only serves to make the movie funnier in an Elmer Bernstein/Airplane! kind of way. I imagine kids in the summer of '83 being taken to see this when showings of Return Of The Jedi were sold out and being bitterly disappointed.

Yeah, I remember the audience laughing aloud at the the one eyed character guy throughout the film, especially when he came riding in on a horse that had feet of fire. Not a very good film.

 Posted:   Sep 27, 2010 - 9:51 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I saw Krull for the first time when I rented it from Netflix about two years ago. Within a week, I'd bought it on DVD. I thought it was a fun movie with a good cast and (of course) a great score. It's not my favorite of early-80s fantasy films (that honor still belongs to The Beastmaster), but it's one of the better ones, IMO.

 Posted:   Sep 27, 2010 - 10:19 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Been enjoying the golden age of Hong Kong films by rewatching the best of Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat, Tsui Hark, etc...

I am rating these films simply for what they are, and against the works of other Hong Kong films.

First up:

Jackie Chan's Police Story-10/10 This is the one that truly put Chan on the action hero map and started him down the path to be considered a stuntman legend. What's great about the Dragon Dynasty release of this film is that it includes wonderful interviews with Jackie's stunt team, showing that Jackie didn't make all this magic happen by himself.

Swordsman II-9/10 I would give this one a 10, but sometimes the editing is just a bit too fast for it's own good. The story blends all of China's craziest visual styles from flying sword fights to needles and rocks being thrown at terminal velocity. It's Chinese wuxia fiction films such as this that inspired more modern classics such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Hero" (which also stared Jet Li the star of Swordsman II).

Next up:

The East Is Red (third and final part of the Swordsman series)

Peking Opera Blues

Jackie Chan's Police Story 2 and 3

Sorry for some of the choppy writing, I'm half asleep right now. Just can't seem to fall asleep lately.

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2010 - 6:06 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Committed (2000) -- 8.5/10

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2010 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Inglourious Basterds (2009): 9.5/10

Goodbye, Sally. frown

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2010 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Come Drink With Me 8/10- I really enjoyed this classic Kung-Fu flick. Many consider it to be the beginning of the more elaborate high flying films that started around the 80's. Golden Swallow, a deadly martial artist with a taste for blood is sent to rescue a kidnapped official (her brother) from a bandit clan. To take down the clan's five ruthless leaders, she finds an unlikely ally in the form of a drunken vagabond who is more than he appears. Together they set out to destroy the heartless bandits as well as a corrupt monk.

A very cool film for us lovers of the classic rickshaw films.

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2010 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

The Warlords (2007) - 8/10
This is part epic war movie and part tragedy. The characters are well developed and there are some breathtaking battles. While it gets off to a slow start, I really felt for the characters by the end. It makes you think about the just nature of certain portions of the war and question if certain acts of brutality are right.

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2010 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

That's a really fun movie. My review of the DVD:

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2010 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

"What movie title did you just watch? Rate 1-10!" is my favorite thread ever. Isn't that right Mrs. Elsie Koll?

 Posted:   Sep 29, 2010 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Krull (1983): 2/10

What garbage. Even James Horner's rousing score only serves to make the movie funnier in an Elmer Bernstein/Airplane! kind of way. I imagine kids in the summer of '83 being taken to see this when showings of Return Of The Jedi were sold out and being bitterly disappointed.

Yeah, it was a bit of a flop (something that the liner notes for La-La Land's recent release oddly omitted to mention)... Ken Marshall's career never seems to have recovered. (Lysette Anthony's did, but then she was a beautiful woman willing to do nudity - see also Eddie O'Connell and Patsy Kensit in the wake of one of the British film industry's biggest bombs, Absolute Beginners.)

 Posted:   Sep 29, 2010 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I'll always remember, during a showing in which I took my little sister, in the bit when Ken Marshall is climbing up a rockface, and some rocks start raining down on him and he starts kinda dodging them with a few slight body movements, there was a bunch of young scallies near us in the cinema and one of them stood up and shouted, at the screen "I'M NOT HAVING THAT!"
Well, everyone in the cinema burst out laughing and me and my sister still laugh about it every now and then.
The film was awful, but I love the music (and Lysette Anthony - she never looked better).

 Posted:   Sep 29, 2010 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

Re: Krull - One man's trash... I actually like the film. The locations, cinematography and effects are top-notch, the pace and action are smooth, exciting and different, and the score is the best fantasy-based one I've ever heard. It's cheesy and sometimes overly melodramatic, but I thought the acting was very good most of the time, and the story pulled me in - mainly because of the score. The only part that really bored me was the Seer's cave sequence. The music definitely plays a huge factor in making the visuals more interesting, and I don't think the movie would work with any other score. Of course, I say that because Horner did such a perfect job at capturing ever tear shed, life lost, battle fought and nuance of emotion the characters experience on their journey - 9

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2010 - 4:09 AM   
 By:   jackobjames   (Member)

Inception - the biggest and greatest movie that I had ever seen.

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2010 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Set It Off (1996) -- 7.5/10

Not without its flaws, but still very good. Fans of John C. McGinley SHOULD NOT MISS THIS.

Damn Jada Pinkett is one seriously cute mofo...

 Posted:   Sep 30, 2010 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   mrscott   (Member)

Inception - the biggest and greatest movie that I had ever seen.

This is very impressive as far as short reviews go. Unless it means something else altogether. Someone once told me the exact same think about a different film. It seemed a little odd. How many other movies have you seen, I asked? No others so far he answered. So, how many other movies have you seen? It will help put the review in perspective.

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2010 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Ivanhoe (1952) - 9/10
Another fantastic historical action/adventure/drama from the 50s. The cast was highly enjoyable and wow the young Elizabeth Taylor was HOT! Great movie and fantastic Rozsa score smile DVD transfer is quality as well.

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2010 - 11:23 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

SHADOWS IN THE DARK: THE VAL LEWTON LEGACY-10/10 Excellent documentary narrated by Martin Scorsese.

 Posted:   Oct 2, 2010 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

A Perfect Getaway 7/10- A surprisingly effective thriller... until the last 10 minutes. Then it becomes unbelievably stupid. The funny part is, it's not the big reveal that's bad. I loved the revelation as to the identity of the killer/killers. It was what should have been the cut and dry chase to the end that was horrible. Every cliche in the book is used and all the characters that were pretty smart up to this point turn incredibly dumb.

I still would recommend it though.

 Posted:   Oct 2, 2010 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

The Village (2004) by M. Night Shyamalan -- I only finally watched this because my mother happened to rent it while I was visiting her, and it wasn't as bad as I'd expected it would be. Bryce Dallas Howard and Joaquin Phoenix do their level best to make it watchable, and Adrien Brody is always more convincing as a fool than as an action hero. The movie looks good, and James Newton Howard's score is fantastic. Unfortunately an ensemble of decent actors, particularly William Hurt, are wasted William Shatnering their way through Shyamalan's awful dialogue. Even more unfortunately, the movie just falls apart in the last half-hour, where the twist had me thinking not, "Whoa, I didn't see that coming," but "Hmm . . . how would the logistics works". The whole thing just didn't seem thought through, and the lies and deception involved rubbed me the wrong way. Still, I enjoyed it well enough even as I was troubled by it. (**½)

Iron Man 2 (2010) by Jon Favreau -- Watched it for the second time. I liked it better this time. I'll still rate it ***½, but I've changed the Netflix rating from *** to ****. Not only did the video correct some errors in the theatrical print I saw, which seemed to either be missing some frames or else suffering some technical problem, but the movie just seems a lot stronger after the abysmally awful genre competition from the rest of the summer! It still feels like it could have very easily been a much better movie than it was, but it's still enjoyable fluff. (***½)

The Killer Inside Me (2010) by Michael Winterbottom -- Based on the Jim Thompson novel, this movie is well-made but, in the end, unsatisfying. I recall it made some noise due to the graphic violence -- I guess graphic fist violence is more noteworthy than graphic gun violence? -- so if you're interested in that kind of thing it may be worth seeing. Casey Affleck is good as a polite, personable young deputy sheriff who's also a sociopath. He does one awful thing to get out of a bind, and then a number of other awful things to hide evidence and silence witnesses. But the movie doesn't go enough into what makes him tick, and the climax has one of those situations where nobody notices something they really should notice, and overall the movie is ugly and interesting but kind of empty. (***)

Ondine (2009) by Neil Jordan -- Neil Jordan gets back on track after The Brave One with this modern-day fairy tale. Colin Farrell gives one of his best performances as an Irish fisherman who pulls up a young woman (Alicja Bachleda) in his net. His precocious daughter (Alison Barry) believes she's a Selkie, and when his luck starts changing for the better he starts to believe the woman, who calls herself Ondine, might be more than she seems. But he's also scared -- he knows that fairy tales are both wonderful and terrible, and he knows that after a run of good luck the other shoe will eventually have to drop. This is a beautiful movie that never forgets it's a fairy tale, even when it's not. The ending gets a little too standard thrillerish, but it's not bad enough to ruin the rest of the movie, which is highly recommended. (****½)

 Posted:   Oct 2, 2010 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The Hole (not the one with Thora Birch and Keira Knightley). Joe Dante's first movie in years isn't really a return to form, though it certainly keeps the attention. Bonus points for not playing it tongue-in-cheek, but loses a few for the 3D not being of Disney standard. 6/10.

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