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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Alien: Covenant

Eh it's another bad sequel except by a legend director. Which makes it frustrating. But seeing the continuation of Prometheus was worth it. Otherwise pointless. And the fx were some of the worst in the franchise!??

RoboCop 3
RoboCop 3(1993)

If you pretend Robocop 1 & 2 never existed this movie is a whole lot cooler.

The Pros: Looks good. Natural evolution of the story. Has that social commentary I adore.

The Cons: Disappointing departure from the brutal mature tone of the first two. New actor plays Robocop and it's really really noticeable. Poor filmmaking choices (franchise killed by "Hollywooditis").

Judged as a movie and not compared to its predecessors, it's an above average piece of action-adventure cinema. Judged as the 2nd sequel to Robocop, it is way too Hollywood (overblown and watered down)

The Founder
The Founder(2017)
½

Great movie with one of the greatest actors alive.

X-Men: First Class

Not a huge fan of this franchise but this one is pretty damn good. Other than it's one of the least faithful to the source material of the decade.

Catwoman
Catwoman(2004)

One of the worst movies ever made.

The Wolverine

Best of the X-Men franchise. (As far as it's the least screwed up compared to the comics, and highest quality story.) It feels like Marvel put it out and not Fox. That's the highest compliment. It's low budget compared to say Man of Steel but it's at least as good a movie about Wolvie as that is about Supes. If you like stuff being set in Japan, see it.

Daredevil
Daredevil(2003)

Of all the superheroes, this one is not kiddie, and I love that! Watch the Director's Cut -- it changed even haters' minds. It went from 4 to 5 stars for me (back in the mid-2000s pre-MCU and pre-Netflix. Now we're so spoiled that the genre has been elevated, meaning movies like this have had to come down in hindsight).

This character is not about neat powers, it's about simple petty real-world street crime and a self-defeating compulsion towards justice. They did a good job of adapting the origin into a film and yet having a plot of its own going on. It's directed well. Some very cool stuff. Again, watch the mature R Rated Director's Cut, not the watered-down theatrical cut pictured here.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Half the budget of the original movie and I liked it better? That is what you call a success. I enjoyed watching this more than even The Amazing Spider-Man or any X-Men movie except First Class.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

One of the decade's surprise hits gets a sequel. It can't repeat the surprise but it is every bit as entertaining as any space movie you can come up with. And unlike some of the MCU such as Ant-Man and Dr. Strange, you don't know where they might go or how it'll turn out in the end. That alone makes it a nearly flawless movie. And like Age of Ultron, it may be looked at as a disappointment for some but respected greatly in hindsight.

Confucius
Confucius(2010)

A mixed bag. Mostly a bunch of crap happening that you are barely following. The best thing is Peter Pau's cinematography. I just think we could've gotten a better movie than this devoted to Confucius.

Initial D
Initial D(2005)

Nope.
Fast & Furious wannabe.
With all this talent, and this is the result? Huge failure unless as a cashgrab possibly.

The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin)

it's good just as I would've thought. There are moments when I'm like..."how can this be that old - that technique i didn't think existed that long ago." which is what a Kurosawa movie is always like.

It's kind of a straight forward action type picture but when it eventually gets rolling, you really are invested in it.

Ip Man
Ip Man(2010)

I give it a begrudging 5/5 -- I think a low 4.75 is more appropriate. This series insinuates that it's a little more biopic than it actually is, but it's a great action picture - the kind that seemed to be retired with the timeless epic Fearless which was Jet Li's chosen final martial arts picture.

With Jet Li "retired" from the genre, Donnie assures his rightful place as this generation's kung fu hero in Jet's absence. (even though Donnie Yen has been making movies nearly as long as Jet and they battled each other on-screen as far back as 1992)

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
½

I can see why the chinese, especially Hongkies would like this more than the original but I didn't. This is a high 4.5 while the first is a weak 5.0. This one certainly has less depressing stuff happening, and it has a good variety of everything you could want, but I can't live with rating it the same as Fearless which is a similar plot but on a whole different untouchable plane from this movie.

A few things ring false here and are even cheesy, but it's still one of the strongest kung fu movies of the decade, even century so far.

Re-cycle (Gwai wik)

Like "What Dreams May Come" or "The Cell", it's an fx overload that's pretty barren of connecting emotionally for me. This seems to be like a mini Dante's Inferno for a writer, done as a live-action anime by the masters of chinese horror The Pang Brothers. That is all you should know going in because that's about all there is to it.

Kong saan mei yan (An Empress and the Warriors) (The Kingdom and the Beauty)
½

A chick flick action movie.

I found myself spacing out a few times. This movie isn't even trying to be good. It's a popcorn commercial style film starring movie stars. Way too much overblown music (almost all the time, making this an overgrown music video - almost universally a bad idea). There's also not much of a script here. But the sets look very nice.

If you watch with the sound off, you might be under the impression that it's an awesome movie. It's not. Everything is derivative of better films. But the young, especially chicks, will be into the movie, so I will be generous and give it a 3.5 out of 5.

Muk gong (Battle of Wits)

Most of the movie is 3-3.5 stars, however by the end it's really taken you on an original, high quality ride.

It's a little slow at times but that's fine because it's a realistic movie here. A few of the cg shots are distractingly flawed, but the movie as a whole has a great look.

The non-fantasy action is pretty interesting and the philosophy of the Mozi is fantastically interesting and amazing to research. For the movie though, I'm comfortable leaving it at a very strong 4.0.

Samehada otoko to momojiri onna (Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl )
½

A lot of thought went into the characters, and the plot is more complex than the average film. The problem is, there are only a few moments when anything you see on screen connects emotionally to you.

Yeshou xingjing (Beast Cops)

One of those plain sorta movies with a sudden crazy unforgettable climaxes. It's admirable but the story was always on the verge of flying apart for me. The fact that it won best HK movie that year shows how bad a state they were in in '98.

The Warrior
The Warrior(2002)

The definition of 'epic' - a beautifully brutal masterpiece.

The Legend (Fong Sai Yuk)
½

one of the best. an emotional roller-coaster, as you'd expect, it's all over the place. eye-popping fights and good cast. Jet Li shines. The comic-like style is punctuated with wire-fu shot by shot like comic panels and it works very well.

Flirting Scholar (Tang Bohu dian Qiuxiang)

pretty funny, good cast and story. not exceptional but better than it could have been. some of it is lost on English-viewers like me, as a lot of chinese traditional movies are.

Star Trek Beyond

The best Star Trek movie of the 3. It belongs with the best of the franchise - that'd be 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, even if it may be the weakest of those.

Star Trek Into Darkness

The Batman V Superman of the franchise (though not that bad or divisive.)
One of the more mixed bags of the franchise along with the likes of Star Trek: Nemesis. Everyone will tell you it's competently made, but no one is gonna tell you this movie means much to them personally. It strayed just a little too far from "Star Trek" at times - sometimes by being too much of a tribute to the past - if that makes any sense! If you're a poser and jumped on board with the last movie, you might be a little left out this time with all the nods to the original series and The Wrath of Khan - which I find to be a little unwelcome to be honest - it should've stood on its own. That's the practically its only problem - it may not even be followable without having seen a movie from 30 years ago.

But it's still the best visuals on screen since The Avengers. Seems like the biggest budget movie of all time. However, it's not the Star Trek I know and love since it's almost completely about action action action fx fx fx. If it weren't for Peter Weller stealing every minute, I wouldn't have a lot of use for this movie. As grandiose and dazzling and hard-edged as it is, it leaves you feeling that same tired disappointed feeling you got from Man of Steel and Batman V Superman -- the cgi destruction porn has grown tiresome. Been there, done that. Tell a story.

Star Trek - Nemesis

Intelligent action-adventure. Sweet to look at (although I think the washed-out color distances a lot of fans). Engaging, moving, socially relevant. Many discussion-able themes which are among the most fascinating of the movie series (ie: nature vs nurture, social injustice, the Star Trek philosophy of being better than you could be). Not the best example of a Star Trek film but after Insurrection this is a very acceptable way to end the series, even if it is leagues more forlorn than Part VI for the original crew.

Star Trek: Insurrection
½

Good movie but..something about it felt half-assed. Questionable choices & bad editing (or is it directing?) weaken the pleasant but lacking plot. This is the exact point that Star Trek lost its mainstream appeal. Sometimes the stars align, but this one was a slight bungling in all areas. Not that bad of a flick but nearer the bottom of the series when compared to 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 as everyone does.

Star Trek Generations
½

Undeniably gorgeous movie. Sweet stuff.

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier

The worst of the series. Is it more watchable than the first one? Yes, due to the awful pacing of the first movie which was its only downfall.

Curse of Chucky
½

One of the best in the series. So strong that I would say this could be the best horror series of all time. (Nightmare is mostly bad movies, so is Halloween, Friday and Hellraiser are about 50% shit...)

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

The Titanic of superhero pictures. This is the biggest scope yet attempted in a superhero movie -- some superheroes are street vigilante justice style and I love that, but some are planetary and they pulled that off for the first time.

Thankfully it also breaks the superhero genre mold in two ways. 1) Non-linear time and 2) it's really SCI-FI even more than it is a superhero flick. I've waited my whole life for Superman to be done with sci-fi epicness and mind-blowing destruction.

Story: 8/10 The origin & the plot weave together seamlessly -- wow. The origin parts are meh cause I know the god damn origin already. Give me a good Superman movie.

Emotional Impact: 5/10 The dramatic moments failed to connect emotionally with me mostly, but other people seem to like that setup better than the action stuff. I just think the dramatic storytelling and acting was done better in the original Superman movie. Check that out if you want a dramatic origin.

Visuals: 9/10 Take the most rousing epic scene in the Dark Knight Trilogy - every scene is at least that visually exciting. A Superman movie should be like the highest amount of fx craziness ever and Zack Snyder pulled that off near miraculously.

But after a while the fx become tiresome. We have reached peak cgi, and peak Snyder. We must have good stories or at least some fun to entertain us. So this is not one that I find myself revisiting. Still, a good effort.

Captain America: Civil War

As good as it gets - ie: the stuff lifelong dreams are made of

RoboCop
RoboCop(1987)

Masterpiece. One of the most ingenious socially relevant movies ever! The writing, directing & acting are the finest I've ever seen.

RoboCop
RoboCop(2014)
½

The beginning and end with Sam Jackson are brilliant. The rest is boring and largely less likeable than Robocop 3. Without Oldman, and to a lesser extent Jackson & Keaton, this would be one of the worst remakes ever.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
½

wrong approach and weak executing of that approach. but it looks awesome. this is a terrible movie riddled with great shots

The Prophecy: Forsaken
½

Terrible movie. Incredibly boring. No plot development at all. Kari Wuhrer is protecting a book for reasons unknown even after a whole movie already, and the boring reason is discovered at the very end of this, the 2nd part.

The only thing that gives this movie an extra .5 star is you are watching Tony Todd and Jason Scott Lee this time, so that's worth a little something, but as a huge fan of Prophecy 1-3, I say do not under any circumstances watch Part 4 & 5.

The Mothman Prophecies
½

Very cool, very disturbing, supposedly true phenomenon!

The Prophecy: Uprising

Absolute shite, and I gave The Prophecy III 4.5 stars.

THX 1138
THX 1138(1971)

Pretty cool, but it`s filmmaking from another time. If you can handle that, it`s great. It is probably only for big cinema fans and sci-fi fans cause it`s a little too artsy. But at least it`s not something anybody`ll forget.

It surely influenced Terry Gilliam, Spielberg, even Kubrick I bet. It goes hand in hand with 1984, Brazil and Equilibrium. The director`s cut hugely helps it because it`s already pretty bizarre - it provides much better world building and communication with the viewer.

I prefer sci-fi like 12 Monkeys and Oblivion but this is quite a classic similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Pretty phenomenal.

Dragon Tiger Gate
½

If you don't mind full video-game cinema, this could be the movie for you. Holy, this movie is goofy, but it's entertaining. It is fantasy like The Storm Riders but modern day so it`s over-the-top and comical very much like the action in Scott Pilgrim only much more serious. I mean it`s almost Riki-Oh silly. It's got a nonsense story, the most pointless and 0-dimensional villain of all time... but it's still got nice visuals sometimes, especially in the end fight which is the stuff of legend. It`s all some great work from Donnie Yen and Nic Tse and the rest of the cast. I just can`t believe in the over-the-top abilities of these martial artist characters who are much more powerful than most superheroes but it`s impressive to look at. This definitely feels like it`s from the aftermath of Shaolin Soccer.

One of the most entertaining pieces of pure crap I've ever seen.

A Scanner Darkly
½

So smart it'll be over most people's heads until the second viewing. The animation is perfect for this type of warped story. It may not be Minority Report but it's classy as can be but cool at the same time.

Chasing Amy
Chasing Amy(1997)
½

The least fun yet also most mature and highest quality of Smith's work. Not a favorite but it's a sharp indie film. Glad he went there and showed he could do a good movie not just funny/shock.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
½

Though it can never be as classic as the others it's the most fun and madcap by far. It ain't no cinematic masterpiece but it's not trying to be in the least. Little too low-brow but some great stuff. But compared to his return to View Askew universe in Clerks 2, this is pretty crappy.

Going Berserk

Couple of good moments, but it would be better if they just made it a full-blown SCTV movie. Same with Club Paradise, though that's also poor, it's more of a movie.

Out of the Dark
½

I've seen just about all of his movies - I'm talking 20 at least. This is one of the least well thought out and least funny, at least coming from someone who doesn't know chinese and is probably missing the puns and some of the other 1995 era jokes - that's just the way it goes, but again, this is one of his most cheap and least watchable for someone like me. Not sure who thought this was a good idea. There's pretty much no story at all, though it does have Karen Mok and the regular goofballs.

Armed and Dangerous
½

I think you need to be a fan of these folks but if you are, this is a nostalgic super 80s romp. Light on laughs and of course script, yet somehow the cast makes it more than watchable. It's probably a like it or hate it movie. It's humble and I went with it.

W.
W.(2008)
½

How could so few people like this? I smell a rat. It's not shot as traditionally cinematic as other biopics like Nixon or J Edgar but it's more important than those, and for those of us (the great majority of the planet Earth) that is not a fan of Bush, there's a lot of humor in it. I love it.

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
½

I've never been a Star Wars fan but I acknowledge and respect the new step in cinema it took - it could be said that it created the 80s sci-fi craze almost single-handedly. This one? It's just as good as those originals if you ask me. Great acting, well handled fx & action. Classic Spielberg/Cameron style sensibilities from JJ in his best movie. This restarts the mythology in a way the prequels, though they were braver, couldn't come close to.

The Revenant
The Revenant(2015)
½

Slightly too long but definitely a new level unlocked in the techniques of directing & cinematography. And the acting was pretty good too - Tom Hardy as well as DiCaprio, though DiCaprio deserves an Oscar for what he put himself through -- Hardy as always was a DeNiro level acting masterclass though.

As Tears Go By
½

I rate it a 4.25
It's a pretty run-of-the-mill script on paper, but what Wong Kar Wai does in his first movie shows the Tarantino level talent about to rise and stun the world starting in a few years.

Flawless, gorgeous shooting. Excellent acting. Striking music. Good story and not cheezy maudlin over-the-top at least as far as editing. It plays more as the most real gangster movie ever done in HK. It's an equal to "A Better Tomorrow", only with more drama and less crime romanticism. This does the triad world from a hyper real place on-screen, and sometimes you jump inside the character for a bit of romanticized style. Perfect combination.

Exodus: Gods and Kings
½

It's not the most enjoyable film, but it's quite brilliant. Most people didn't get what Ridley was communicating but I did. This is an important world event, myth, and it can contain shades of grey, faith, coincidence, science, logic, perhaps there is a God (and it correctly shows that that God is strange and only concerned with a single lineage of people).

This is the most realistic portrayal that could be done at this time in history.

The Conspirator
½

mmm Not good enough. I feel like PBS films are usually better than this.

The Martian
The Martian(2015)

it's Ridley Scott's best reviewed movie since Alien in 1979.
What else do you need?
Unlike almost every space-related movie in the last several years, this is flawless. Better than Interstellar. Makes the Star Trek reboots into trash. This is a movie about hope & inspiration about humanity which is missing element in those Star Trek reboots. You just have to see it.

Lincoln
Lincoln(2012)

It was maybe a little boring but everyone should see it. Daniel Day Lewis was extraordinary to watch every minute. And they did a great job of making a drama that was intense at times even though you know how it turns out. But you'll be surprised what you'll learn. However, it could've been a little faster paced, you could've gotten to know the people better. And what's with that lighting situation????

Shaolin
Shaolin(2011)
½

Maybe this one just isn't for me. Could be that I feel like I've seen it all before. It's a collection of excellent material taken from other films from "Shaolin Temple" to "Iron Monkey" to "Running on Karma". Strange movie. Seemed big-budget even by American standards! It's mind-blowing to view. However, it's largely unaffecting. Highly depressing and unenjoyable. Characters needed much more work. I don't know what I was expecting but this was not what I wanted, despite a great director and mind-blowing cast (Wu Jing, Xiong Xin Xin, Nich Tse, Chan and Lau) I think the directing was a success but the script is a failure. Everything else varies (action, acting, drama vs melodrama)

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Amazing movie that dropped of a cliff in the last act... Huge disappointment as it could've been one of the all time greats. The trailer gets 5, but I can only manage a 3 for the movie unless you stop watching half way through. One of the biggest letdowns ever.

Also what's with the avalanche of jingoism in Chinese movies these days? They're pretty much racist. Ip Man movies as well.

Ex Machina
Ex Machina(2015)

One of the best scifis of the century so far.

Insidious
Insidious(2011)
½

Basically a low budget remake of Poltergeist. Handled well. Glad I saw it (for free anyway).

Troll 2
Troll 2(1990)

I love Troll 2. It's so bad.

Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler(2014)

Super good. Fiercely watchable every minute. Better even than Gone Girl and other good but overhyped movies this year.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

One of the best action movies I suppose ever. Plus the intrigue of that of McQuarrie's "The Usual Suspects". Damn! Outside of my Marvel movie dedication, this could be the most fun I've had in the theater in a decade thanks to its smarts, bone-crunching and funny-bone-tickling all in one.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
½

Pretty damn funny. Far better watch than the Jackass movies.

Terminator Genisys
½

At times it came close to making sense and doing cool things but it constantly de-railed itself. Doing a cover of a previous movie doesn't make your movie...a movie. This is probably the worst in the franchise and makes the Terminator franchise more bad than good. This should be called Jai Courtney: Franchise Killer

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines
½

Considering this was just about the most expensive movie of all time and felt like it was straight-to-video, I have to consider it a failure of legendary proportions. What a joke of a Terminator movie this is. Makes me super angry.

Terminator Salvation
½

If Transformers wasn't made for teens (every teen and only teens), it'd be this.

I was blown away by how crazy and exciting this movie was. Outstanding directing and effects. It was sorely missing some humanity, but . . . it makes T3 look even more unspeakably horrible than it did before. This is a Terminator movie worth making and watching. Except for the crappy acting of Sam Worthington and his uncomfortable character.

Rise of the Legend (Huang feihong zhi yingxiong you meng )
½

Pretty, but not especially enjoyable for a storyline. What we're left with is a pretty typical melodrama with nice looking yet powerful action sequences, somewhere between Ching Siu-Tung and Yuen Woo-Ping (actually done by Cory Yuen) but it sometimes felt unrealistically photographed when everything else is down to earth. I mean, this is a real guy who could not fly -- there's a time and place for wirework. You can even use it in any case but not to make them look like they're literally superpowered martial artists everywhere.

The Rock
The Rock(1996)
½

One heck of a movie's movie this is. probably Bay's least ridiculous (ie: best) it's such a blockbuster (i mean that in a negative sense) but this is actually an awesome one - a major gamechanger in Hollywood, side-by-side with the likes of Con Air and FaceOff.

Snowpiercer
Snowpiercer(2014)

A tough-as-nails sci-fi action piece --- yeah those are few and far between this century. Thank god for Snowpiercer.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)
½

Simply amazing. As a comic fan (but not Iron Man reader) the twist didn't bother me, it served the movie and entertainment value. Iron Man 1 may be the best origin movie along with Batman Begins, but this ranks with Incredible Hulk and TDK/DKR as the best of sequels.

In fact, people that think it's not as good as the original -- I encourage you to rewatch it. You will be bored. You're celebrating the memory. Of a time when most superhero movies weren't impressive and that one was. The bar has been significantly raised since 2008.

Thor: The Dark World

My least favorite of the MCU.
Many good moments but it pales in comparison to the first, which is a masterful work. This one kinda just grinds out some more Thor n' Loki. Natalie Portman is incredibly bored for most of the movie and it's painful to watch her boring character. The first half of the movie is pretty dull in fact, but the end of act 2 and the final battle are rousing.

Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg
½

Such a japanese-style post-apocalypse flick. Literally this is Fist of the North Star only not nearly as good. Cheap and poorly directed, acted, scripted, etc. Though in the end it successfully made me care a little at the end.

Money Talks
Money Talks(1997)

Atrocious movie but Chris Tucker shines throughout a movie that's really only funny because it's so bad.

Red Rock West

At times I felt it was unrealistic, but it turned out to be a little smarter than the average bear and there was sort of a reason behind it. A very solid 8/10 kinda movie though.

Scary Movie 4

a reluctant 4 stars.
this is the best-made of the Scary Movies beyond any doubt.
though the laughs became few and far between in the 2nd half but they were still trying. their big problem is they try too hard. i know Airplane and Naked Gun had a joke every 10 seconds and you miss some cause of laughing, but trying to recreate that may not be the best plan. and the pratfalls (people getting hit in the head and falling down and going boom) got super old but maybe some people enjoy that, i dunno.

still, most of this movie was great, due to the team of Zucker, Proft and Abarahams.

the problem with this franchise, though, is that it will get more and more dated as the years go on. the pop culture jokes in old spoofs like Airplane or so easter egg that they are overlooked if you don't get it. these movies, however, will make absolutely no sense to the young people 10 years from now.

Scary Movie
Scary Movie(2000)

They really slapped this crap together. I do enjoy a good spoof and that part of it was neat and nostalgic. I laughed a few times, i smiled a few times, but most of the jokes were too straight-forward and simple-minded and predictable. I think it's better to have no joke than one that falls flat.

And if you aren't familiar with late 90s movies especially two horror movies specifically, it would make no sense. But then look at "Hot Shots". Loved it all my life and to this day I've never seen "Top Gun" which it spoofs. And yet it's pricelessly funny and solid. THAT'S how it's done.

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

This is an obscure 70s kung fu film redubbed and digitally screwed up with random weirdness, poking fun at the whole genre. You either get it or you don't. I've never laughed so hard in a theater.

Zardoz
Zardoz(1974)

Terrible movie with an interesting story, despite the fact that you wonder if it has a plot at all, until it ends. I can't help but give props to this movie. It's cheap, crazy and outdated, but it's....pretty original!! I would watch it again.

Catch Me If You Can
½

It's Spielberg. It's a great movie.

The Master
The Master(2012)

What a terrible movie! Worst I've seen in a long time. The 3 leads and Kevin J. O'Connor who i've missed for a long time are all quite good, though very unlikeable. Without those talented actors, this would be probably epically bad.

Interstellar
Interstellar(2014)

Can't quite give it a 4.5 cause it failed to plug many emotions in me... at least not the weepy maudlin shit at the end - what a failure. Still, there's some epic moments. If only it was a little less Hollywood with the ending and a little braver in its 2001: A Space Odyssey worship. I love Nolan but he played it too safe and commercial.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

An inter-generational interconnected-stories movie! That's something I haven't seen. Good concepts though the editing is a little manic between the introduction part which was fine, and the middle of the movie. I understood the usage of it later. Anway, it's kind of epic, but kind of..not. It's good but I'm not going to be insisting anyone see it.

In Time
In Time(2011)

Great messages. Underwhelming journey, since the main character doesn't exactly have a coherent arc. Neither does the leading lady, but both do a passable job with what they've got to work with. It's a B grade sci-fi sort of like Surrogates - great concept but it never makes it to being comparable with the best.

The Zero Theorem

Kind of awesome. A few parallels with 1984. Slightly less absurd version of Brazil. Brilliant but too philosophical for the multitude of dummies. The thing is, this movie is a symbol for the tragedy of the working world that leads a meaningless lives believing in the existence of the meaning of life. It's like a requiem for those dummies from the point of view of the "awakened".

Inside Job
Inside Job(2010)
½

Crazy. . . movies like this should be what television is each night.

The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (Yip Man chinchyun)
½

It started out better than Ip Man 1&2 but by the end it lost me pretty hard. I've seen this movie done better before -- it's Fist of Fury, Tai Chi Master, Fist of Legend, Fearless..... But at least they're stealing from the best.

The acting is superior and it feels a little more authentic at the beginning. However, it's a lot more of a soap opera drama - not surprising, but it doesn't deliver in the end. The title character disappears from the movie for like 25 minutes right before the end. Mistakes like that brought down what could've been an instant classic, but stil, it's a great movie. Yuen Biao is awesome in it. High 3.5 (3.75 is more like it which would equal a decent 7.5/10)

Ip Man: The Final Fight
½

What a cast! It's a priveledge to see legend Xin Xin Xiong. Ken Lo as well. Strange to see Anthony Wong in a martial arts battle against Eric Tsang!

Seeing as how a few of these guys are among the best actors in Asia, the right thing to do would be to make this as epic of a drama as possible, but it under utilizes them. In fact, although the Donnie Yen ones are over-the-top traditional Hong Kong action fests with the expected cheesy moments, at least they are achieving what they're going for. "A Legend Is Born" and "Final Fight" both seem to be unsure what the point of their movies are, though they are filmed quite beautifully.

This plot is a complete mess, and we don't come to know the characters quite enough to care, and there is no arc for really any of them except that some of the good guys become unlikeable for stupid reasons.

Anthony Wong improves any movie, and this time he kicked ass physically more than emotionally, but that plus a sweet fight at the end isn't enough to say this movie is all that good on its own. A full star is given because we get to see Anthony Wong for a whole movie. Without him, it would be mediocre indeed.

Amistad
Amistad(1997)

Pretty much one of the best movies of the decade - outrageous I didn't see it until 2014. Makes for a good follow-up to one of the best tv series ever made - John Adams (HBO)

Raise the Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua)

When i saw this I knew Zhang Yimou was an utter genius on a Kubrick and Spielberg level. Any fan of film has to see it.

Still Life (Sanxia Haoren)
½

For those interested, it's a Yimou style slow dramatized doc. Could've used a little something more but it has breath taking environments mixed with modern squalor. Interesting and meditative.

Letters from Iwo Jima
½

Excellent achievement. Movie isn't perfect but it's a truly one of a kind war movie.

The Expendables 2

The only good party was Van Damme and that new martial arts guy Scott Adkins. Both badguys.

Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)

One of the greatest movie achievements ever. A future martial arts historical figure playing a past one. A movie with the deep beauty and esthetics of Zhang Yimou's "Hero" with the real feel of Tsui Hark's "One Upon A Time In China". Even though I've seen hundreds of these types of movies, seeing this one makes me feel as if it's my first time seeing "Crouching Tiger" or "Iron Monkey" and I become a kid again. Between the action, visuals, and most importantly the message, this is a movie that can not be surpassed.

Angel Heart
Angel Heart(1987)
½

If you liked Seven you need to check this out.

Wong gok hak yau (One Night in Mongkok)

is the shocking & unforgettable finale worth the 90 minute setup? can't really say unfortuantely.

Argo
Argo(2012)
½

Highly overrated, but good movie. Pretty obviously over-the-top into fiction, but it is pretty intense all the same!

Saw 3D
Saw 3D(2010)

The movie making is laughable (the director didn't care - it's a fact), the acting is the worst I've seen in a decade for a theatrical release) and the plot made no sense. Complete lack of understanding the roots of these movies. This is the only black mark on the series - too bad.

Saw VI
Saw VI(2009)
½

Never had there been a harder top root for protagonist in these movies. That doesn't work well. The main character, though, had become a bland killer cop whose story doesn't make loads of sense but does explain a couple things from earlier movies. Convoluting the series for that is a mistake though.
But this movie further sympathizes with Jigsaw yet makes sense too and had a good message. Could've been one if the best if it had been pulled off a little but cleaner and a little less straight to video like 4 and 5 felt. This could've been a kick ass ending but they screwed that over too just for one final awful end film.

Saw V
Saw V(2008)
½

The main quest, while not giving you any relatable characters (the series' main problem) is cooler than last movie at least. This is the Hoffman/Jigsaw origin movie. Now that Kramer has been made sympathetic, a less cool villain of the series emerges. It could've gone somewhere but apart from done logical choices, it's really just spinning its tires. Lowest point in the series except for the tracked on party VII.

Saw IV
Saw IV(2007)
½

The most forgettable main quest in the series - the one dude is pissed cause his cop friends all died.
Also the reveal if the killer's origin us both interesting and makes him sympathetic, killing the future of the franchise. However, the movie had a smart surprise twist which makes it a success, though too reliant on previous and future installments to really stand on its own.

Rambo III
Rambo III(1988)

Looking back historically, this is one strange movie! All of Rambo's wars are lost causes....that's so sad. If only they'd write a script about something like that instead of about all the things that would make Stallone look hardcore.

Rambo Part 2 & 3 are "war fantasy" pictures. It's strange to think that in the 80s people seem to have accepted these Herculean caricatures for lead characters. Then again, James Bond is still going strong. I can accept that stealth & surprise are powerful, and there are superhuman warriors out there, but...

This one was visually impressive even more than the previous one, and at times I felt it was legitimate in ways the previous cartoon-ish movie wasn't. However, there's so little dialogue that it doesn't involve the viewer and repetitive -- Rambo sneaks around, kills a guy, sneaks around, kills a guy.... It's a mystery to me who these are meant for.

But I give them credit for a strong effort. I can't believe it was the most expensive movie ever (a third of it went to Stallone) but there is some good military action.

Sure am surprised that the first was great and the sequels aren't, but maybe I shouldn't have been.

Rambo: First Blood Part II

Yesterday (September 2014) I saw First Blood for the first time - loved it. Today I saw this one. I knew it was gonna be an all-out action flick this time, but then I saw it was written by James Cameron!! I was like "oh shit this is gonna be incredible!" But it wasn't.

This movie was kind of a joke. Over-the-top war fantasy. That's the genre. It's entertaining visually, but still boring because it's kind of a cartoon.

First Blood
First Blood(1982)
½

Not a work of genius but I was very pleasantly surprised, seeing this for the first time in 2014. Quality movie.

The French Connection

It may be fast paced for 1971 but it's slow paced for today, but it's a surprisingly cool, gritty, unpredictable cop movie. It's almost like The Wire (tv series). Seems to be an inspiration for more crime films to come.

The Untouchables

A weak 5-star movie but I'll give it 5 - pretty blown away that it took me until 2014 to see this movie - one of the best of the 80s.

Adventures in Babysitting

Fairly great 80s movie. Even though I saw it in 2014, I got a lot of enjoyment out of it. I think it's an important movie of its era for teens, but teens now might enjoy it just the same with an added bizarre alternate reality feel of the 80s which they know nothing about.

12 Years a Slave
½

Super good . . . . one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen . . . . but worth seeing. The serious version of Django Unchained.

Guardians of the Galaxy

I can't think of a funnier or more fun space movie ever made. No not even Spaceballs or Fifth Element.

To make a long story short, James Gunn did what Avengers did without 5 setup movies. Pure outstanding fun. One of the best space adventure movies ever made, and one of the top Marvel highlights.

Mr. Nanny
Mr. Nanny(1993)

Really, really, really bad.

Du sheng (All for the Winner)

One of the most important movies of the decade in some ways because it's Stephen Chow's breakout film and the first teaming with Ng Man Tat, meaning this is the start of one of film's most important comedy teams. a really crazy, funny classic though it doesn't hold up real well today. and since it is a parody of God of Gamblers you need to see that first.Note: Chow Yun-Fat is not in this movie. He is in 5 seconds of the sequel "God of Gamblers 2".

Shi xiong zhuang gui (Shaolin Idiot) (Look Out, Officer!)
½

The real title is "Look Out, Officer". That's the version I saw. This new title is the single most misleading title I've ever seen in my life. I don't know if any changes have been made - this is a new corporate re-release to exploit Shaolin Soccer's success.Its age shows embarassingly badly. Partially entertaining, and a good enough concept. A remake could rock. The filmmaking here was too weak to recommend.

Du xia II zhi Shang Hai tan du sheng (Back to Shanghai) (God of Gamblers III)
½

What a disgrace to the original God of Gamblers which was a great standalone of 80s HK. Now you've got Part 3 which should be called All For The Winner 3 because there's no resemblance to the first. This is about psychic powers and time travel. Jesus Christ.

The best part of it is it's fairly entertaining. The police captain from Curry & Pepper reprises his role which is bizarre, and Billy Chow "pre-prises" his unforgettable role as Fujita from Fist of Legend...4 years in advance. Strange.

You can tell Wong Jing is directing. The comedy is mostly great / copied from Airplane and Bugs Bunny. Everything else blows.

Xin jing wu men 1991 (Fist of Fury 1991)

Before I even see it which I'm about to, I already know that's the wrong photo as it's Donnie Yen from the '95 version.Like virtually all of Stephen Chow's early early stuff (pre-'92) it's hardly funny. He always does a great job but it's as much drama as comedy. You gotta sit through a lot of bullcrap just to get to an effective 15-minute climax. I love the beginning which jokes about Chow's last movie (which was only like a month prior! -- shows you how fast they farted these movies out back then) and I also thought there was a funny scene involving fighting dirty when the ref is distracted kinda like WWF wrestling. But this is as cheap a movie as it gets and also too mismatched between trying to be serious and a meandering random plot that pretty much sucks. Also the title is too misleading - you couldn't pick something better? Even just the fact that it recalls a classic movie. This is tv-movie quality, it's pretty terrible.This Rocky clone stars the wrong guy. The few scenes of random Stephen Chow comedy are ok but only take time away from what could've been an ok boxing drama. It was definitely more fun for them to make than it is to watch. It's meant to entertain Hong Kong folks for that week and not much else.

Curry and Pepper
½

cop buddy movie with a good cast but without it, it would be garbage. kind of bare bones tv-pilot feel. but it has a bit of everything. it's not Stephen Chow's first film, not even his first co-starring role, but based on reviews, I'm sure it's his first movie of any interest. Jacky Cheung is his extremely talented co-star and Ann Bridgewater is always a welcome sight.worth a watch but nothing more. Chow will be used to increased comedic effect later this year. This movie is comedic but there's a lot of romantic drahms and a gangster subplot. a good mix, but none of it impresses.

Long de chuan ren (Legend of the Dragon)
½

One of about 7 films he starred in during 1990.A few great scenes and not a bad story, it's just not that funny. It's honestly a God of Gamblers clone with snooker instead. It would be another half dozen movies later in only one year's time until his first super funny flick "Magnificent Scoundrels", though I am fond of All For The Winner and God of Gamblers II from 1990 which were his star-making roles only months on either side of this one.

This one isn't half bad, but not really note-worthy except that the story is a lot like a primitive version of Shaolin Soccer - the 2001 masterpiece.

God of Gamblers II

surprisingly, this is a fun sequel to the original AND its parody, All For The Winner!!! But both are necessary to see before this (and necessary to like them. a lot.) This one's fine but it's no God of Gamblers 1, and it's even dumber than All For The Winner. The novelty of it being a sequel to the original & the spoof is the best thing about it.

Prison on Fire

Idunno, it was pretty good but Shawshank it ain't. Pretty brutal watch at times - not much levity or entertainment value, but I can't say anything's wrong with it. Maybe I wished for better action coming from Ringo Lam. It's just a drama, and as far as asian drama's heights can reach, this wasn't all that. But I was genuinely interested how it would turn out at the climax.

Kung Fu Hustle
½

Cool, crazy movie. Maximum entertainment. Insane amount of fx. Not as good a story as expected though. It's a total cartoon, but sure is well done.

CJ7
CJ7(2008)

The third movie in Chow's FX rampage. [He's like Jim Carrey who's become James Cameron.] I enjoyed it, I really did. But if I'm to be honest, I can't give it a high rating. It's not a family-friendly picture, it IS a FAMILY picture (aka kids & parents too). I'm not in that demographic, so it's not meant to be my cup of tea. I can see the good aspects though. First, it's well made. There are moments of brilliance. Unfortunately I also see the bad and it's real simple: the tone is all over the place. I know that's common in this culture but not so much anymore, and it's for the best by and large. Here there's Spielbergness, Shaolin/Hustleness, pathos..very mixed messages story-wise - it should've at least had a better story for a kid's movie. The FX totally eclipse the story here. But it's still a must-see for first-generation Stephen Chow fans who now have kids the age of the boy in the movie (who is very good...and a girl!? holy jeez, bravo!!)

Mong bat liu (Lost in Time)

Great acting, great story though nothing groundbreaking. Sweet, mature and intelligent.

Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet)

'Chinese' and 'tragedy' go together often, this one is no different. It's about visuals 1st, story 2nd, action 3rd. All three were done fabulously. But it is one of those epic movies that you would never want to watch often...once in about 5 years - only once you've forgotten it.

Go
Go(2001)
½

Bizarre. You will never believe this movie is not Korean made. Though it is about being Korean in Japan, so . . . the movie is aimed at not a huge demographic in that respect. But... it's well done and it does connect emotionally. Some scenes I found unnecessary, but. . . . . I dunno.... kinda good. Like a much more serious My Sassy Girl . . . . a bit?If this material is familiar to you, it will be the most important movie in your life. I love asian film but I'm just a Canadian so I'm far removed from it, but I recognize quality.

Tian ruo you qing (A Moment of Romance)
½

Starts off with Andy Lau super cool, like an asian Tom Cruise circa 1990. Then it goes on to be a 80-minute "cool" romance movie (so like, it's a romance tale but crammed with crime action, lol)Actually it's pretty good. Became an imitated film. You can kind of feel the 90s are about to happen! It's just ... a little bit corny is all, and don't think I'm hard-hearted, because I cried during Not One Less by Zhang Yimou. I guess this is made for teenagers and that's fine. Slight improvements to things like typical cheesy sound fx could've made this a 4 star for me but it might be better than that for youngsters during that era. I was not quite old enough yet and i just watched it in 2013. After 20 years it's not that fresh anymore but at the time I can see it being a 4.5 star film.Ng Man Tat does great in an award-winning role that reminds of Christian Bale's oscar winning role in The Fighter. Also it's Benny Chan's first movie (big-name director of many great late 90s and 2000s movies including Who Am I, Gen-X Cops, Invisible Target and Shaolin)The key is... any movie that got a sequel or two is always good during this era and region (or any era and region) so you won't be going wrong checking out movies like this, A Better Tomorrow, etc if you haven't already.

The Story of Qiu Ju (Qiu Ju da guan si)
½

Yimou's least interesting film. I respect what he did, but hardly anything happens in this film. that is in itself the statement it's making. make your own decision. i give him credit for his guts more here than ever, but ultimately it's not something you want to watch. it's a tough call between 1 star and 5 so I'll go middle of the road just like Happy Together by Wong Kar-Wai (his least compelling story also).

A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon

A Better Tomorrow III: The Origin of Brother Mark's Wardrobe! LOLYet another small step down from the previous installment, yet a highly watchable movie nonetheless. Where the other two I classified as (barely) action pictures, this is 100% a drama. The story is not really multi-dimensional like previous movies and yet it's harder to follow. Not off to a good start here. I guess it has a bigger scope though. Admirable respect for story and character - dramatic without melodrama -- Tsui Hark (aka the chinese Spielberg) is possibly the first HK filmmaker to craft a seriousness with the narrative so as not to need over-acting from his cast in order to communicate emotion. To be fair, though, John Woo in ABT 1&2 achieved good acting, not over-acting, except maybe with the shellshocked dude in part 2.Speaking of which, yes John Woo is gone due to differences on ABT2, he is filming his own version of this movie - A Bullet In The Head (probably a little better than this movie, but it's all melodrama and explosions galore, where this movie has all the good controlled storytelling but not much fun to be had). Though it is Tsui Hark, the only 80s filmmaker in HK that's arguably better with the art of cinema. He does an admirable job of imitating some of Woo's slow-mo, though he quite fails to impress with it. The sets are dressed in a Tsui Hark fashion (high quality to say the least). This movie is set in a different decade so it makes perfect sense for it to have an intentionally different style from the early Woo films.At the end of the day, the only reason this isn't a travesty of a cash-grab is the talented Mr. Hark and the cast as per usual.

The Mission
The Mission(2000)
½

defines borderline for me. in other words, it has its good points and bad, so it is too flawed to think much of it beyond one viewing. the first half is awful, the second half is awesome.great concept and cast, the filming is well commanded, but it's just sooo slow. the movie is trying to be 90s-hip, a bit like Tarantino but more like Hong Kong's answer to The Usual Suspects. It's going for the realism of being slow and un-movie-like - that's Johnnie To's style. to the Chinese, this is a revelation. Hong Kong movies were always out of control A.D.D. and now they're swinging back the other way.The movie doesn't give you any reason to care about anything. It kind of relies on your liking of the actors you've seen before. that's weak. that, and being openly boring to show the downtime the gangsters have..... how anyone can call it entertaining is beyond me. there are moments of cleverness where it reminds of John Frankenheimer's "Ronin" which is a masterpiece. But by and large, this is very commonplace stuff.The soundtrack is strikingly bad too. It has a memorable theme because it repeats so many times but.......i'm no snob but there's no excuse for a movie with this many movie stars to have a soundtrack that consists of one guy on a Casio. I understand cheaping out if it's a small production or some kind of Stephen Chow romp especially in the 90s, but give me a break. The quality of the music is bad and the content is weaksauce.So for me it's a frustrating film. I can not recommend it because the first hour is so difficult to get through, but it's almost worth it for the last 20 minutes which are actually interesting. I gotta give it an even 50% rating, which is not good in my book, but it's worthy of note for gangster movie fans, and it has to be pretty bad to avoid with Anthony Wong in the cast.

Ashes of Time
½

A highly poetic film noir period piece. The Redux version is twice as good as the original failed, partially uninspired version. This version makes sense, though it still needs a 2nd viewing to understand what you're seeing which is good and bad.

Beautifully shot by Chris Doyle, the great cast doesn't have a lot to do - everyone's the same (brooding on their complicated past). There's so little in the way of plot that there's no movie if it wasn't for keeping your brain searching for what the characters' relationships are (which either is fun to you or it sucks) and of course the jaw-dropping visuals and haunting mood.

That's why its great strength is also its weakness. This is a poem accompanied by pictures, not a movie! That's why it's so beautiful yet not very good.

It's like Chen Kaige's "Emperor and the Assassin" without the epicness - in fact the landscape is the star of this movie - there's only a few actors with a few lines each with the exception of the narrator. Or it's like Zhang Yimou's Hero with the fight scenes deleted. Make of that what you will. It's beautiful to me regardless. It's kind of pretentious to blur out the one action scene (by Sammo Hung) just to not have this movie be about action in any way, but that's also a gutsy statement. This is a poem, not yet another cheezy kung fu dramedy.

So in the end it's a slow, meditative, forlorn but at times intoxicating film in a desert atmosphere which is the right setting for these dried up characters. On your second viewing, especially if you get a little high, anyone will fall deep inside it, particularly if you've ghosts in your love life past.

If they cut this down to an hour and 13 minutes it would be the best 73 minute movie ever, but this version is 93... Still, I hated the original cut and this one kept me pretty mesmerized.

It's a controversial, memorable film that is more note-worthy in 90s film history than a lot of other more traditional and enjoyable flicks. That's interesting in and of itself.

Election (Hak se wui)
½

As with most of Johnny To's work, this disappointed me. More of the same from the chinese 'Tarantino' - gangster realism, good acting, but unlike Tarantino he fails to imprint any emotion in me.Johnnie To is the anti-Wong Jing. He's Batman to Wong Jing's Joker. Johnnie To is so overrated. He seems to shart out his movies just like Wong Jing but because they're uber-serious and have modern camera work like that of Wong Kar-Wai or washed out 2000s colors, people think he's Jesus Christ. Most of the ones I've seen stink.

Gu huo zi: Zhi ren zai jiang hu (Young and Dangerous)

As pointless as I expect from a Triad film. There is a steady hand in the director's seat (Andrew Lau - for my money the HK director of the decade (2000s, certainly not the 90s). Because there's little substance, I could've used more style. But it's played pretty real and that was welcome. Francis Ng acts his ass off in a unique role, but other than that, the cast is pretty much as mediocre as you expect from pop singers. (I like Ekin Cheng just fine....I don't need him to be a great actor, which he's not. He's a movie star, not an actor.)It's an important film but it's not that special. It pandered to teenagers to get some asses in cinema seats and it worked. Doesn't mean it's a good movie.

Huang tu di (Yellow Earth)

I gotta say I get the movie but it was the slowest movie I've ever seen. Slower than I could've imagined a movie. And I love "Spring Summer Fall Winter And Spring" :p.There was no real reason. This is a half hour story in 90 minutes time. Lovely though the film & the shooting are by Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou!! It was tough to get through. One viewing is probably too many. If you want a snail-paced 80s movie that's excellent, try Red Sorghum.

Love on a Diet (Sau san naam neui)

Super annoying, with bad messages.^That was my review before I knew who Johnnie To was or that he directed this. I went on to dislike almost every movie he's done yet people seem to love him. I don't get it.

Longest Nite
Longest Nite(1998)

The second half of the 90s are utterly devoid of oldstyle kungfu slapstick or traditional fantasy, and chalk full of something new to the chinese - slow boil crime without the melodrama. No action, no concern for fun, nor intelligence, just "90s cool-factor". Why do so many of these movies get made? I don't get it. Triad movies are so boring. My guess is they appeal to impressionable teens who dream of growing up to be a gangster. They're also easy to dump out, like diarrhea. Any up-and-coming director can shit out movies like "The Longest Nite". This one is just like all the others - the dark humor is not just unfunny but vile, the characters aren't very interesting.... it's just a lot of nothing happening, the runtime filled out with lots and lots of montages, cityscape shots, driving shots, violence, typical criminal blather, actors trying to look tough/cool. At least at the end of the 80s there was cheezy fun involved instead of the whole 90's Tarantino-meets-Wong Kar Wai thing going on in every Triad picture. I'm so glad Infernal Affairs would soon come out and reset the standard to something requiring effort and talent, which would lead to movies such as Colour of the Truth and Jiang Hu -- even the weaker of crime movies of the 2000s utterly destroy these 90s ones.And for God's sake it's 1998, can we record the on-location audio yet? No? Still dubbing in the year 1998?

The Notebook
The Notebook(2004)

Yes I thought it was real good. Yeah I'm a straight male. Predictable and sappy but a well-told story.

My personal rating of enjoyment is about 2 maybe 2.5 but for chicks, you're talking straight up 4.5 to 5 and that's who this is for - let's be honest.

Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)

Stunningly involved. Serious, funny, accessible.... Moving without ever being contrived. Never syrupy with sap. Never a trace of disingenuous tear-jerk-baiting.

Simply, this is a recipe for the best character drama that can be found.

The Help
The Help(2011)
½

Underrated! This is interesting with lots of layers. I didn't think it white-washed things. I thought it did a few surprisingly brave things.

The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)

Dodgy start but I really cared about the characters and story by mid-way. Though it was as plainly shot as could be, I dug it a lot. 4.25 out of 5.

Wild At Heart
½

Excellent performances but the story is stupid and the filmmaking is experimental in all the wrong ways this time. I had to wonder how many ideas Lynch cut if this is what was left in. This is a terrible movie. I suppose there are times when it's supposed to be absurd/comically symbolic, but I'm pretty sure it was unintentionally funny more often. The acting makes you wanna keep seeing where it goes though even though it seems to go on and on.

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
½

It's not a movie. Not one minute makes sense without seeing a dozen episodes of the show. However, if you have, it's a cool, open-to-interpretation yet still internally consistent follow-up art piece prequel with a message of its own. Cool way to finish the series, as there was obviously plenty of material with which to do a prequel movie. Though the series had not enough Lynch-ian trippy stuff happening, this one has almost no normal scenes! I think that kind of hurt it. I could've used 15 minutes of non-psycho stuff even if it only revolved around other townsfolk we didn't get to see here. I do understand why he amped up the crazy factor surrounding Laura more and more as it went along. It does, as Laura says, fall faster and faster. And although this is Laura's story, the amount of crazy gets tiresome. You needed a little more real stuff. Show more good normal characters -- show some good that's worth saving. In any movie where everyone's a scumbag (not the case here but close) there's no one worth caring about so why do you care about the movie?

But by and large I am a fan of the film and the series -- both cases editing might've improved it, but it's fascinating and experimental cinema-art which there isn't enough of in the world.

In a way this could be almost a companion piece to the pilot - an alternative to watching the whole series. One could watch the pilot, then this, then decide to watch the series to see it making sense in a fascinating way.

Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet(1986)
½

It's kind of a new form of film -- not too arthouse but not too alienating like some of Lynch's work. It's got messages and a clear story. Though it's a little bit fucked up, I can recommend it to most anyone.

Lost Highway
Lost Highway(1997)

my first David Lynch experience. i didn't like it but i didn't not like it. it certainly was unforgettable, and has stayed with me. i went on to watch Twin Peaks and then a string of his work. i still feel this is a cool film but one for only those interested in film experiments.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow

Extremely ass-kicking sci-fi. Perfect movie. Best sci-fi since Inception & District 9 and there were many great ones in the last 5 years.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
½

For the first time they made a good x-men movie. Maybe they should learn from this experience and keep adapting famous stories instead of pulling shit out their assess for another 7 movies.

Ashes of Time Redux

A highly poetic film noir period piece. The Redux version is twice as good as the original failed, partially uninspired version. This version makes sense, though it still needs a 2nd viewing to understand what you're seeing which is good and bad.

Beautifully shot by Chris Doyle, the great cast doesn't have a lot to do - everyone's the same (brooding on their complicated past). There's so little in the way of plot that there's no movie if it wasn't for keeping your brain searching for what the characters' relationships are (which either is fun to you or it sucks) and of course the jaw-dropping visuals and haunting mood.

That's why its great strength is also its weakness. This is a poem accompanied by pictures, not a movie! That's why it's so beautiful yet not very good.

It's like Chen Kaige's "Emperor and the Assassin" without the epicness - in fact the landscape is the star of this movie - there's only a few actors with a few lines each with the exception of the narrator. Or it's like Zhang Yimou's Hero with the fight scenes deleted. Make of that what you will. It's beautiful to me regardless. It's kind of pretentious to blur out the one action scene (by Sammo Hung) just to not have this movie be about action in any way, but that's also a gutsy statement. This is a poem, not yet another cheezy kung fu dramedy.

So in the end it's a slow, meditative, forlorn but at times intoxicating film in a desert atmosphere which is the right setting for these dried up characters. On your second viewing, especially if you get a little high, anyone will fall deep inside it, particularly if you've ghosts in your love life past.

If they cut this down to an hour and 13 minutes it would be the best 73 minute movie ever, but this version is 93... Still, I hated the original cut and this one kept me pretty mesmerized.

It's a controversial, memorable film that is more note-worthy in 90s film history than a lot of other more traditional and enjoyable flicks. That's interesting in and of itself.

Chungking Express

super cool, super cute (and i've never referred to a film that way), peak of originality, a simple movie that pulls your heart strings like a marionette. without being in any way maudlin, overdone, melodramatic, tear-jerking, or any precious children for easy sentimentality.

this miniscule character piece plays you like a violin.

the opening is intentionally confusing and seemingly unnecessary on first viewing, except as a juxtaposition to the real story. but once tony leung's story begins, this movie dominates.

one of the greatest films of all time, seriously. no really. this movie defines the entire decade as much as, say, Pulp Fiction or tv's Friends & Seinfeld. and it was done in 23 days with no plan, just a genius director and cameraman, some actors and a city.

Yin ji kau (Rouge)
½

Not the kind of movie I will rewatch until I've forgotten it in a decade. It's beautifully shot, and the story is fascinating, though the end of the movie really fell on its face for me.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

As expected: spectacular design, acting and directing. They shoulda lost those uncatchy songs -- slowed the movie down. apparently i liked it a little more than most. in other words, i would be happy to watch it again.

Alice in Wonderland
½

As expected, it's really Tim Burton-y (looks cool & goth but story is so empty). Didn't have any emotional pull on me for a second. It's one of those movies that seems weak and boring because, and you notice this, the music neeeever stops. Could be Burton's dullest film, or at least, the last i'm willing to pay to see unless he hits me with Beetlejuice 2.

Godzilla
Godzilla(1998)
½

At times the fx were top-notch for 1998 but the movie is just a steaming pile. Plus it isn't even Godzilla, it's a Jurassic Park knock-off. A cashgrab exploiting the pop-cult name recognition. You might call it a trashgrab.

City on Fire
City on Fire(1987)

Stunning 80s crime story from Ringo Lam - one of HK's finest directors ever. And yes, by the end you realize this is the story of what happened in Reservoir Dogs before that film begins. Extra cool.

Compared to The Killer and A Better Tomorrow it falls a little short but it's still one of the best HK cop dramas of the 80s.

A Better Tomorrow II

Starts off feeling like an unnecessary sequel, but soon picks back up as you realize the story of Ho (Ti Lung) and Kit (Leslie Cheung) is an interesting one and much welcomed to continue. It's good but not as good a story this time, but the action is bigger. Every film Woo makes seems to set a new standard for action shoot-outs. You can draw a line through history from Taxi Driver to this to Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino, Johnnie To -- a ton of modern filmmakers. The reason is: this is an inventive and uniquely talented production in cinematography and acting. I feel by the end it is almost as enjoyable to watch as the first, but the first is just better. It has something special like Robocop -- a sequel wasn't necessary, though like Robocop 2, there's a lot to enjoy here anyway.

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl
½

It may not be Zhang Yimou or Chen Kaige but this is that strong.

Xin buliao qing (C'est la vie, mon chÚri)
½

Masterful, real, unorthodox romantic dramedy about musicians! As a professional musician myself , it really rang true in every sense too. Impressive. Lau Ching-Wan (an actor I never thought much of before) proves himself to be the Gerard Butler of this era here and Anita Yuen performs even better - without even knowing, i suspected she was given the Hong Kong best actress award that year or at least a nomination and it turns out the pair of them both won, and so did some supporting characters, not to mention Best Picture! I wouldn't go that far...I'm hesitant to give it 4.5 stars, but I bet people (chicks) who like this kind of thing would give it a perfect 5 and there's nothing wrong with that assessment. It's like an older, chinese "A Walk To Remember" which people often hold dear too.

Jia you xi shi (All's Well, Ends Well) (Family Happiness)
½

Good quality comedy. It's partially ludicrous Naked Gun style (even stealing a joke from Police Squad the Naked Gun TV show from about 1980) and the other half is like a character story more like Judd Apatow.It's proudly a movie made celebrating 1992 (references the recent blockbusters) so for what that's worth, you be the judge.Excellent performances by the main stars- Sandra Ng impresses...in fact this could be the role of her career- Maggie Cheung has, like, the best DNA on planet earth with impossible beauty and impeccable acting- Teresa Mo is one of the funniest females in cinematic history though not given good enough material here to shine as she did in Magnificent Scoundrels - this movie is played a lot more real in the non-Stephen Chow scenes.- Leslie Cheung easily owns his relatively small role too (top billed due to popularity)- Stephen Chow has made a name for himself as a leading man in several movies in just 3 years at this point, but it's here that he steals the show every moment like a Jim Carrey -- without him the movie would've been damn weak. here you can see that he's not just a recent fad. he's destined to be the chinese comic actor of the decade and more

Righting Wrongs

It's a run-of-the-mill 80s cop story....except...we have Yuen Biao in an awesome, nuanced starring role, and Cynthia Rothrock in her 2nd co-starring role in her 3 films thus far. Director Cory Yuen also has a large role.

For the 80s, this story might as well be straight out of TV's "The Wire" (best crime series ever made in the past or the future). It could be the plot to a Daredevil comic, with the lead actor actually being Daredevil in the flesh! Pretty god damn sweet. The story is relatively intriguing philosophically, the humor is kept minimal (slapstick is nonexistent which is a huge treat here in the retarded 80's Hong Kong)

This is a Jackie Chan picture but with Yuen Biao in his place, and there ain't nothing wrong with that -- he has got the balls and the acrobatics, but unlike Sammo and Jackie, he shies away from the bozo antics. Biao is bad-ass! He's pure class. And Cynthia Rothrock is a benefit to any film.

This is a little-known gem -- as good as or better than a majority of Jackie Chan movies, therefore it's more than worth a watch. If the villain had been ... less one-dimensional ... this would've been a 4.5/5 and a legendary film. But it's a pretty kickass 80s actioner that shouldn't be missed.

Shi di chu ma (The Young Master)

A scene 30 minutes in is hilarious, spoofed in Kung Pow, i laughed out loud.you can see some growth into a more story and acting focus from Snake In Eagle's Shadow and Drunken Master, but somehow this movie is a step down of a "star" or more for me. At 1.5 i would say I didn't like it at all, and I'm close to dropping it to that, but it stays interesting enough to watch Yuen Biao & "Mr. Han" from Enter the Dragon, as well as the godly villain.

Jackie Chan's First Strike

pretty badly acted movie but it has its share of wicked scenes. light-hearted and eye-pleasing action.

Dragons Forever (Fei lung mang jeung) (Cyclone Z)
½

A very special moment in asian film history - the last of the 'three brothers' films officially, and I think overall the most watchable for anyone. This movie is super enjoyable for its comedy, a hot chick who can not act but doesnt have to, a memorable villain character from Yuen Wah, and one of the most amazing fight scenes ever filmed involving Yuen Biao, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Billy Chow and Benny the Jet Urquidez ! ! !This being 1988, these guys have honed their craft, so this movie is more solidly shot than the early and mid 80s films and it's nice and light-hearted with lots of action, so it's quite a pleasure to take in once every few years.

Jackie Chan's Project A2 ('A' gai wak juk jap) (Project A, Part II)
½

In a lot of ways, this is the Jackie Chan version of Once Upon A Time In China II (even though yes that came out 5 years later.) The sequel to 1983's super hit. But without Sammo and Biao. Hmm the movie sorely misses them.. Project A was a romp, popping with fresh energy of being in the movies. This is a Jackie Chan picture, and it's good, but different. I see it as Jackie honing his directing skills, both acting and situations, and action/stunts to prep for the incredible Police Story 2 the next year. First half is very boring. One short and sweet fight scene. There's a brilliantly directed set-piece in the center of the movie, and then a Three's Company style sequence where multiple parties are hiding in the same house who are looking for each other. Then there's a short but sweet action scene again. Then the set up for the final act which is the best and longest action sequence, just like it should be. Still, a perfect movie sets up characters a lot better than this. But overall, we are here for the action and it delivers. Maybe the running time is a little too long, and it could've dealt with the characters better.The final action scenes are required viewing, but apart from that..... I mean...Game of Death has one of the best action scenes ever made, but as a movie it's one of the worst movies ever made, right? The movie still needs to be good on the whole and this had some weak parts. Still good though.

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Eagle's Shadow)
½

This and the follow-up Drunken Master were a breakthrough - setting a new genre into play that would dominate for the next 15 years -- kung fu/comedy.

Pretty entertaining. It's completely bare-bones production. (Just people & a camera.) But it's pretty allright especially watching Jackie's youthful abilities.

The Story Of Wong Fei Hung

I mean... it's a very important historical movie -- the first Wong Fei-Hung film! And considering it's 1949, it's surprisingly watchable too.

It's unfair to rate a movie this old -- it's a vastly different time. It's essentially two serial-style episodes combined into a feature. For its historical importance plus the fact that i've seen a lot more boring movies and the action is practically the same from that of the 70s I can recommend it to any big Wong Fei-Hung fans out there like myself.

Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It
½

After the perfect sendoff of the 2nd movie, this is pretty dull in the first half, but once it turns into a road trip movie it got going pretty good.

The Weather Man
½

Boy is this bunk. I'm so disappointed that Ebert & Roeper gave it 2 thumbs up. I guess it was a slow movie month, plus they must be suckers for anything atypical. This is atypical and it's pure shit except for music and cinematography.

SUCH a wannabe-quirky-but-just-plain-fucked movie. Tons of times I had a better idea to improve the cool factor of the movie, but it's as if they just wanted to get through the shooting and rush it out. FAILURE. It's weird without being endearing. Who wrote this awful, awful screenplay?? "Donald Kaufman" from Adaptation? The movie making is fine but the script is sooo bad it actually brings it down almost to a joke level like worst-movie-ever. No one talks like this and these situations are unrelatable and depressing.

When they make parodies of blowhard hollywood and/or film-festival films, it's hard to believe this isn't one of those.

Matchstick Men

i'm gonna go full marks on this baby. awesome and offbeat

The Raid: Redemption

It looks fantastic, the action is totally excellent. I'm not sure I cared about the story enough to give it a 4.5 but maybe a rewatch will change that. Must-see for action fans though. I'm glad they made a The Raid 2 because now I'm pumped for it. What I would want is better story at the cost of the amount of action but maintaining or elevating the quality of it. Not an easy task. Here's hoping.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Much more mind-blowing than I expected, and it was my most anticipated movie of the year.

Not a superhero movie. One of the best spy thrillers I've ever seen and one of the best action flicks ever made.

J. Edgar
J. Edgar(2011)

High quality, though it isn't easy to champion it as it lacks a little oomph, or maybe some more guts.

Empire Records
½

Just because this movie is dripping with 90sness doesn't mean it's worth seeing even if you want to relive that time.

This is not a traditional chick flick but it is definitely for girls.
I thought every character was incredibly annoying especially the guys.
I watched this and the entire Rocky series in the same week in 2014 for the first time. The Rocky movies were anywhere from good to incredible. They didn't rely on nostalgia for me to be impressed. This movie really must because it doesn't work as a movie unless you saw it when you were a teenager in 1995.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)
½

Very good once again.

Rocky V
Rocky V(1990)
½

I expected it to suck but it was almost as good as 1 & 2. At least the story was much better than 3 & 4. As always, the story pushes into new, interesting areas.

Rocky IV
Rocky IV(1985)
½

Definitely the worst Rocky movie -- like Rocky III, it's a short, formulaic film about boxing, much like a martial arts movie, it has its many training montages, etc. But the introduction of Dolph Lundgren is cool. The story is the least believable and doesn't ring real true at the end, but it's still a good enough movie.

Rocky III
Rocky III(1982)
½

Damn cool 80s movie. Legendary. It's the origin of "eye of the tiger" as well as brought fame to Mr. T and Hulk Hogan. The story is as interesting as the others now that Rocky is the champ. In some ways, there's not as much there as far as story - it's strictly about boxing almost, but it's fun.

Rocky II
Rocky II(1979)
½

Excellent sequel . . nearly as good as the first.

Rocky
Rocky(1976)

I only saw this in 2014 but it's one of the best movies of the 70s. Extremely impressive.

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
½

These two movies are like the Brazilian answer to Infernal Affairs, but it's also more based on reality like The Wire, with extreme handicam film style.

This movie is far better than the first movie which everyone will tell you. They're right.

Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad)

The first half is incoherent, but the second half gets pretty hardcore. Impressively made but it doesn't make you feel very good to watch. However, it's needed to see the sequel which is actually better.

Next
Next(2007)

One of the best ideas of all time, like all Philip K Dick adaptations. This one does let you down in the end due to weak directing, very weak editing, garbage soundtrack. The first half hour was 5 stars like one of the coolest movies I've ever seen, but the pacing is horrendous later especially during a very non-intense climax, though it had some cool moments to be sure. This is the kind of movie you should see if you're imaginative and like sci-fi/superhero-y type things, and fun schlock like The One with Jet Li which in some cases I certainly do.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

I give it one star but as far as being a fun movie to watch it's at least a 4 or 4.5 out of 5 for best worst movie. It's up there almost as good as Troll 2 and The Room.

Screamers: The Hunting

I just finished watching it. I was so psyched and blown away to find out there was a Screamers 2 as it was one of my fave sci-fi's of the 90s.

Well it uhhh unsurprisingly is not too good. I mean... it's not complete trash, it's alright for fans I guess. If it was on TV it'd be worth a watch for free. It's like the difference between The Avengers and the Agents of Shield pilot on ABC......

This is literally like a 2010 quality tv movie. I applaud the effort - I love Screamers and was happy to see a new sequel after all these years. Really happy. It's too bad it was such a wasted potential. Now, the fx and film quality are quite capable - they can do more with less than they could 15 years ago, but.... there's not a lot of talent here compared to the original. Lance Henriksen shows up once again as the special guy in an unspecial movie. The rest of the cast is very sterile and chemistry-less. Sure, it keeps you guessing who's a Screamer, but the first movie didn't have to do that. Every character was brimming with personality. Directors need to encourage actors to improvise, especially in overly serious movies like this. It's empty thematically . . basically watching someone play a pretty boring ps3 game. The overall plot concept was fine but it could've explored more interesting things. The practical effects were the only impressive thing.

Too many scenes fail to achieve what they were going for, but there are one or two moments of brilliance that I won't spoil in case there are fans of Screamers out there. If you haven't seen the original Screamers, check it out immediately for some of the most intense acting you've ever seen, as after all, it's based on Philip K Dick. In fact, I'd recommend fans of Screamers just re-visit it instead of this one, unless you like straight-to-video sequels.

Immortal Beloved

Very accurate indeed, except for the actual plot which is pure speculation. :P
A pretty powerful, poetic film.

you know what's awesome?
this is a romance flick and it's rated R.
i miss the pre-2000s.

Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing
½

low budget movie but pretty good. i didn't see the original but i liked this. some undercranking was hysterical unfortunately. but i came to watch scott adkins and he ruled. i was impressed with his acting also. fights were awesome. it felt like they were trying to make Fist of Legend but MMA!

Did pretty good job. Even with the story too. This is probably only a 2.5 star movie but because it's straight to video, i will go to 3.5 cause it's a pretty strong flick considering that. From good ol' New Line.

Gymkata
Gymkata(1985)

One of the worst action movies ever.
Probably worth seeing because of it.
Don't forget to listen to the How Did This Get Made podcast about it though!

1985 -- the same year as Back To The Future, and a comparably high budget. Yet it looks like the lowest budget movie you've ever seen. This is classic "chop-socky" (more like schlocky) with the same tired plot as Enter The Dragon and so forth (and same director, but way worse...everything.)

(oh Richard Norton, you gave me hope but this movie is...nope.)

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Higher percentage of cool shit than its predecessors, but a less fulfilling experience. Needed 20 minutes more or 20 minutes less. The majority of the movie is gorgeous and brilliant. Some sinkholes in the middle and very botched ending. It is certainly weaker overall than the flawless emotional build of Part 2. Although the themes here are genius and entertaining, the movie's got too much story to tell... But I'm sure glad I'm not one of those people who don't have enough brain power to follow three different plot threads at once. Some are turned off by the sheer amount of story. I say: try reading a comic book sometime why don't ya! Gonna need to follow like 5 plots at once.

I would've taken out some of the romance drivel, and how Harry was handled felt rushed and inept at the end, but there's still enough cool stuff here with Sandman and Black Spider-man to satisfy me. Not as classic as the original two - it never had a chance.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Very good movie, although I didn't dig it a huge amount, some people will. It's a cool flick set in depression-era south which makes it automatically cool. The Coens just seem to be able to nail early on in their movies the signal in us that this is no ordinary movie you're seeing - anything could happen. And that makes the movie very very interesting.

Over the Top
Over the Top(1987)
½

Contrived and cliche . . has 80s charm written all over it, but this is often laugh out loud funny unintentionally -- as a movie for kids, I could see this being good.

Howard the Duck
½

Awesome fx for the 80s. It's also an unfunny piece of shit. There is no purpose to this movie's existence, and no tone or appropriate audience.

No Country for Old Men

This movie was quite different than I thought. Very very intense - mostly because of incredible acting and the lack of music, thank god. And I say that as an aspiring composer.

V/H/S
V/H/S(2012)
½

The first story is one of the best things I've ever seen. The next is less impressive but well crafted to look extremely believable. The next is even less impressive but well crafted too. The fourth story is less than youtube quality short film. The final one has all these fx that some people might find scary but I didn't. But the whole thing was pretty cool in my opinion.

By far one of the best found footage movies ever.

Breakdown
Breakdown(1997)

Riveting. Awesome 90s thriller. You got Kurt effing Russell and JT flippin' Walsh.
Only trouble is the casting of Kathleen Quinlan who strikes me as all wrong for this. Sorry but I think you want a more attractive princess to rescue.

Surrogates
Surrogates(2009)
½

I missed out on this movie until 2013 but wow, my god what an ingenious script. This movie is fascinating. The only thing that keeps it from being one of the best sci-fi films of all time is that it's too straight to the point. It's too short. It needed another half hour. Ironically, the movie is as cold and inorganic as the surrogate robot doubles in the film. They should've followed Cameron's approach on something like The Abyss or Strange Days, or Spielberg's example with the weird yet organic feel of Minority Report. Let the movie have some fun so it doesn't feel as much like a movie that's trying to get to the finish line.

You could argue that we barely know these characters because..that's what life is like in this world, but I don't buy that at all. You gotta make us love and hate your characters.

It's a real shame this movie flew at breakneck speed towards the conclusion at the end. It could've been one of the greats, instead of just a great sci-fi film of the 2000s (a decade containing almost none). But the thought-provoking world and complex plot kept my brain firing on all cylinders for the whole thing. Will fit somewhere at the bottom of the top 10 sci-fi flicks of the decade.

Let's Go to Prison
½

A rather ambitious comedy with a problem -- it's not funny. It's actually so mean-spirited that it's hard to get through, despite the presence of Arnett, Koechner, Sheppard, Odenkirk. The main reason is... Arnett's character is too easy to sympathize with as he's being tormented.

The Other Guys

If it's a comedy I'd give it a 2. If it's an entertaining action picture with some humorous elements i'd give it a 4.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Good flick. Recommended for anyone.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim(2013)
½

Crazy awesome in the theater. Deafening and one of the most entertaining / wonder-inspiring movie since well the last Del Toro movie.

This Is the End
½

Automatic 4 stars for the stars playing themselves. And it's a Edgar Wright-like movie that does pull off what it's going for which is hard to believe.

Waiting
Waiting(2005)
½

Pretty good 90s comedy . . . done in 2005. Not that that matters in the least. Those who have worked in the restaurant industry will mostly love it. I haven't and I thought it was decent.

Prometheus
Prometheus(2012)
½

Disappointing. Yet quite awesome to behold. Visually one of the greatest movies ever.
Contradictory, yes, just like the movie itself. It plays with your head with different themes which I liked, and is more about tension and forboding and exploration than scares. And there aren't many scares you don't see coming. But the movie succeeds in tantalizing you with figuring out the mystery, and it leaves you with no answers, at least not until I see it a second time which will be a much different experience knowing how it all turns out. I'm looking forward to piecing it together. Because there's a lot going on and it's frustrating to not know the answers. Which is what the movie is all about. You're supposed to yearn for the truth. It pisses you off after seeing it. But that's the point.

Any time a movie leads you to talking about it all the way home and looking online for discussion, that's the definition of money well spent. It's no Alien or Aliens but it is the best movie set in the Alien universe in 25 years and that should be good enough, since Alien 3 and Resurrection are decently strong in their own right.

Elizabethtown

Near perfect date movie (about realizing your dreams are wrong) but I don't know if it would stand up to repeated viewings. In fact I don't want to see it again.

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)
½

This is Len Wiseman's finest hour, and he still couldn't pull off a good movie. His stuff is so cliched. It's PG-13 safe and predictable with human characters that can do what superheroes would be envious of. It feels made in 2002 but then it would've been wall-to-wall nu-metal. This being 2012 it's full of bass drops and dubstep. But I can recommend it if you want to see fantastic effects.

THE GOOD: Absolutely dazzling cgi. Might be the coolest future-world design seen in the movies since Fifth Element (yes even neater to look at than Minority Report, one of my favorite movies of all time). If some young person had sadly never seen the original, they'd have a good time seeing this.

THE BAD:
This movie is more dry and simple than the original; clearly made by a less intelligent director, who has computer graphics to rely on instead of creativity so it becomes even more bland. The first movie had so many layers of reality going on, it's one of the smartest movies of all time.

Not only is it dumbed down, it's tamed down. I don't honestly believe you need an R rating to make a movie good. Maybe I did when I was 16-21. But when watching this, I realized how ridiculously much better it would've been if it had realistic dialogue (swearing and lots of it) and violence for intensity. If you don't see any blood, it feels so sterile and made-for-tv... in the '60s! Come on! Stop it with the action movies with no consequences. None of this invincibly falling off everything and getting up and running and everyone gets shot and falls off camera bloodlessly. Robots are everywhere just to be dismembered without showing gore. Did you learn nothing from Die Hard? Remember that hero? (Speaking of which, even Jon McClane isn't Jon McClane anymore. Wait a minute... Len Wiseman was responsible for shitting on that franchise too!!)

And why the fuck would they hire Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale - they look practically identical. At least make Beckinsale blonde for the hell of it - that would've even attracted people to see it for that. Bone-heads! Len Wiseman is the 2000s version of Paul Anderson -- not as famously enraging as a Joel Schumacher nor the very worst like Uwe Boll, but he's one of the crappiest directors of our time anyway because unlike Schumacher, he's failed to make any good movies.

TRON
TRON(1982)

A computerized fantasy.

First viewing in 2011. Two thoughts:
1) looks awesome after almost 30 years!
2) meh. i sure hope the sequel has a better story than this bullshit.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)
½

A lot like The Matrix. But more like Matrix 2 or 3. (Not a game-changer like The Matrix, but tighter than those sequels.)

Some people will rate this a 2/5 just on an emotional level - they'd be right about that. Others will rate it a 5 based on a nostalgic/fan level or fx level and they'd be right about that. This is far better a movie than the first unintelligible storyline despite its revolutionary graphics.

I'm not really into this franchise despite being an 80s child and video game fan since my earliest memory. I never saw Tron till the remake. This sequel will definitely survive as long as Tron 1 did. I'd welcome a sequel.

This movie has great fx, great music, and is the perfect length. If only there was more philosophy, or more emotion behind the father-son thing, this would've been great.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Solid story and better pacing - a big improvement. Still aimed at families but at least this time families can enjoy it as well as comic geeks like me! And hey, the story was a very satisfactory amalgamation/truncation of not one but TWO classic storylines! And it manages to illicit some emotions from me - a powerhouse director who's actually a lifelong FF fan could've made this the most amazing superhero movie ever, at least in 2007, perhaps even beating The Avengers in wow-factor. Unfortunately, this is just above average superhero fare. Huge improvement though. I have it on blu-ray. Silver Surfer rules.

Signs
Signs(2002)
½

Have to say, I just saw this in 2013 and it's a damn good example of screen writing and directing. It is a little bit weird, but to me that makes it endearing. It has a personality like a Tarantino film. I could recommend this to anybody, unlike Unbreakable which is less commercial I feel.

Wong Fei Hung chi neung: Lung shing chim ang (Once Upon a Time in China V)

Unlike Part 4, this is directed by Tsui Hark again, so consequently, there's a genius at work and the movie works all the way along. The budget is lowered like with 4 but that was a fully bad film except for some unrealistic but eye-popping wire-fu. I much prefer a good film with very non-special action. without a story, action is just two people you don't know or care about sparring. only problem here is that the finale is underwhelming with villains you've barely seen so the drama is pretty low, but the rest of the movie is very decent.

Once Upon a Time in China and America

like a bad Shanghai Noon with way better action. take that how you want. some really bad American actors. but the majority of the movie is allright. if you're a fan of Part 1-3, for sure check it out. Stay far away if you haven't seen those.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine
½

Liked it ok, for what it was. Never been excited about these X-Men movies, as to me they're a pale imitation of the comics. This movie is a semi-successful telling of a story. We finally see the immense history behind one of these characters. This is what they need to do for them all!!! Even though, as a movie, it isn't good. It shits the bed worse than almost any movie I've ever seen in the final act. If they'd have re-vamped that climax, this would've been the only X-Men movie I approve of.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)
½

The first was a flawlessly paced flick, and also a surprise smash. This one's expected to blow our minds already, and since it can't, it doesn't. But in the theater, actually FEELING the blast of rockets and the boom of robot feet in the theater - amazing!! The whole cast was stellar. Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell in the same superhero movie = two Gary Oldmans for the price of one (even if they both disappoint with the dialogue written for them. And Black Widow wooo! Best part for me.

Aside from pacing issues, it's solid. Whiplash and Justin Hammer were kind of squandered. The movie was clearly rushed out, but to say this movie sucks -- proof we have gotten incredibly spoiled. Remember when half the superhero movies out were like Hulk/Elektra/Ghost Rider? Or worse: Batman & Robin, Steel, Spawn??

Temptress Moon
½

Banned in its home country -- this is an engrossing, dark film about love & lust, desire & betrayal. Immaculate cinematography & acting. This seems to be one of Chen Kaige's least celebrated works critically, but I think it's about as good as he gets and he's one of the best chinese directors in history.

Lust, Caution

It's been a long time since I've seen a movie this good as well as dark. Not since the 90s movies of Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou has this been pulled off so Spielbergian perfectly. It's a pretty long movie but it's super unique and there's definitely a scene in the movie that is one of the most amazing moments in the history of cinema much like the best scenes of Goodfellas or Reservoir Dogs, etc.

Mo li hua kai (Jasmine Women)

Pretty excellent drama in the tradition of Zhang Yimou's "To Live" which is a masterpiece. This is a mild masterpiece as well - powerfully acted and interesting yet simple story.

My Blueberry Nights
½

Maximum beautiful images. Darius Khondji was the perfect and only choice to replace Christopher Doyle in a Wong Kar Wai film. Critics didn't buy Norah Jones as the lead, but I see the genius of this casting -- she's an inexperienced actress playing an unworldy young girl -- of course it had to be someone like her. And she has Faye Wong's eyes and soft face. This is like Fallen Angels done a decade later except the opposite soul behind it - light instead of dark. It's his most at-peace work since Chungking Express. But forget that stuff. This is a contemplative adventure film for those of us who like philosophy and the exploration of ourselves and the fleeting connections we make with others.

So Close
So Close(2003)

I couldn't forget I was watching a movie. But a couple nifty sequences. It's a throwaway popcorn overgrown-music-video.

Bullet in the Head (Die xue jie tou)
½

Woo's script originally planned as an A Better Tomorrow prequel. Compared to Tsui Hark's version (ABT3), this is comparable, if a little more important due to its high-octane pyro extravaganza, where ABT3 only has steady, well-told character drama, if a little dry. This flick is dripping with cheese but it's got all that cool action to enjoy. It's The Deer Hunter John Woo style! Undeniably cool. Superb action, great acting (but pretty heavy-handed). For action fans it is a must. It's over-rated as a film but it's universally liked, so I don't think you will go wrong with watching this if you're even considering it. You know what you're doing. It's John Woo.

Dog Bite Dog
Dog Bite Dog(2006)
½

One of the hardest films to rate ever, and certainly to watch.

Dog Bite Dog is darker than A Clockwork Orange, grittier than Irreversible. Like those, this is "crime horror", but this the first that should be thought of as such a genre in its pure form. This movie is so humorless, it sort of becomes funny in itself which hurts it. It is wall to wall yelling and hitting and stabbing. My enjoyment level was 1 star, but you know what, the movie has incredible fucking balls to do what it does. And it's not just a stupid movie. I get the point and I like the point. And it makes violence something truly disgusting rather than delightful fun. Edison Chen turns in a breathtaking performance as one of the scariest creatures put to screen ever. I just had to give it an extra 0.5 star for the awesome climax which I did not see coming, though some people will take away 0.5 for it. I dug it.

I did not like this movie and that's what they wanted. For those that can make it through, this is a movie that spits in the face of almost every movie ever made and makes aggression and brutality distasteful to the max, and even makes a point that it is truly stupid, and I have to applaud that.

Suicide Club
Suicide Club(2002)

The antithesis of Battle Royale. A cinemtaic essay with moments of shock & dread that will stick with you. It will make you think, which deserves respect. In fact it demands you discuss its meanings with someone else if you can. Maybe that's one of the meanings. Very cool themes explored (messages of pro-togetherness, anti-suicide, suicide as empowerment, the unfeeling de-sensitization of some toward depression and suicide, youth alienation via TV and Internet, marketing and commercialization of kids, much more) but too fragmented to "enjoy" all the way. But pretty brilliant in the broad scope of it. You may like it a lot or only barely tolerate it, but it will make you think.The filmmaking: 3/5What it's trying to say: 4.5/5

Pulse (Kairo)

Very admirable creep factor, but the story...well...did it have a story? It sure was a slow, long movie for an almost indescribable plot. You have to admire what they did here symbolically/artistically, but it's irritating that it could've been awesome and it isn't except for a couple moments. Probably the lowest of the essential asian horror films.

Face
Face(2004)
½

the scares at the beginning were fantastic, but lost its momentum and got pretty cliche and subpar

Gin gwai 10 (The Eye 10) (The Eye: Infinity)

it's the pang brothers so it's solidly shot, but this is an unserious sequel aimed at the youngsters. sucked except for a remake of the best scene from The Eye 1!

Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit)

Strong effort, amazing to look at, but he fell in love with his footage - could've been half the length and you wouldn't have missed anything. i know that's Wong Kar-Wai's style but I found it unacceptable here. but it is beautiful stuff and a brave story.

Enter the Phoenix
½

ok filmmaking, it just didn't do anything for me

Hua yue jia qi (Love in the Time of Twilight)
½

Crrrazy. "A Christmas Carol" meets "Three's Company". This movie is genius filmmaker Tsui Hark's version of Back to the Future 2, with more romantic themes like Groundhog Day but more zany themes like Beetlejuice. And a few more movies sprang to mind from the 80s & early 90s. If this is sounding good and you're reading this, you should be checkin' it out.

Fulltime Killer

Johnnie To trying to do kathryn bigelow meets tony scott with John Woo action. For typical Johnnie To movies thus far, this has double the style and substance compared to the dull triad movies that people think are high art just for being different.

An action-drama with a fresh but unsatisfying plot, it's somewhere between amazing and awful and it is tough to decide. I respect the international appeal attempt. I feel the To and La-Fai team is still learning here but improving quickly.

This is their big sell out commercial flick and it's goofy and yet very watchable. I wouldn't be able to recommend it however.

Last Life in the Universe
½

a mixed bag. unique story. a lot like Ki-Duk Kim. fairly slow at times even for a character drama, and got weird at the end. could've been a little better but pretty cool at times.

The Iron Lady

Rather pathetic human being - that a biopic would only work by having her talk to an invisible dead person most of the movie because someone like her doesn't have someone to speak to.

That said, the movie does the right thing by doing this and keeping it bouncing confusingly between past, recent past and present keeps it a little bit interesting and symbolizes her dementia and confusion at the same time.

Now that THAT'S said, it still doesn't make a movie that one needs to see other than a historical curiosity about this conservative tyrant.

Reality Bites
½

Post-college confusion meets romantic comedy. Endearing, but a little vacant. I guess that's what Gen X is all about, isn't it?

Watched this in 2013 so it probably has lost a lot of its relevance if not all by now, but it is sort of original and puts a timestamp on the early 90s in a pleasurable way. Watch it if you want some 90s nostalgia in a grown-up sense.

Boogie Nights

Wow. Watching this in 2013. I missed out on one of the best movies of the 90s.

The Magnificent Butcher

The story is pretty bad but the action is good.

Point Break
Point Break(1991)
½

Watching it over 20 years late, it was still awesome. Maybe it's not the best movie ever but it is one of the best directed movie I've ever seen. I've always been in awe of Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days" and it sucks I waited so long to see this one.

A World Without Thieves

expensive-looking drama. unnecessary wannabe 'Tokyo Raiders' fight scenes. good performances. flawed movie. didn't like it.

Sul sun (Slim Till Dead)

loved Anthony Wong but very unmemorable. needed bigger budget & tighter plot. won't be watching this ever again.

Odd One Dies
Odd One Dies(1998)

Almost 2/3rds of the way in, this is my exact thought: "This movie isn't just boring, it's absolute shit." This one I literally hated. I know the Hongkies only got extremely A.D.D. crazy movies for decades so they would be interested in something different but this is sooo bad in the opposite way. There is only like 5 things that happen in this 90 minute picture and they all suck. One of the worst movies I've....ever....seen.

Vital
Vital(2005)
½

exploratory film. i slightly enjoyed being lost for a while. Some movies are fucked up for fucked's sake :p but this one is art. although it seems to be super forgettable because I've seen it twice and I remember nothing about it except the autopsy scenes.

Zero Dark Thirty

A very masterful work that I'm convinced only Kathryn Bigelow could've done. Is it overhyped? Sure. It's at times a little boring, and it connect to you through any characters (there are only a few and we don't get to know them - it's very much the un-Titanic in that sense.) It's something everyone ought to see though.

Brother
Brother(2001)

I love Takeshi Kitano but hated this flick. Almost no narrative or music - this a boring film. I had no interest in the story. If you're into gangster shit then you might.

Super Mario Bros.

Utter failure. A good adaptation could (and should) be done today.

Double Dragon

Awful movie, although entertaining. Just turn your brain off and be ready to be dumbfounded.

Barb Wire
Barb Wire(1996)

Craaazy bad. I didn't expect it to be that bad!
The movie attempts to inject fun black comedy moments but it's actually funny how much they fail at comedy, and funnier how unintentionally funny the rest of it is. Makes a great movie to watch, laugh at and pick apart.

Love on Delivery

great flick. 50% romantic comedy, 50% insane kungfu comedy. 100% entertaining. love every minute of it.

Jade Warrior (Jadesoturi)

Monumental let-down. The trailer was 10X better than the film.Ultra-slow epic Finnish/Chinese story, partly in the past and partly in the present. The idea is brilliant.It's like Highlander. The present-day stuff is nothing special but the parts in the past are nothing short of unforgettable.Although the acting is ok, so little emotion is displayed by the actors that I felt pretty much none. And normally I love movies that throw you into a story and bide their time in letting you figure it out, but when you don't know what the story even is until the very end...AND it's this slow....that's a mistake. The second viewing will be better but...So all-in-all: a clever story but all you get is a few gorgeous scenes in ancient China, and a whole lot of boring confusing poorly-shot stuff in the present.

Twin Dragons (Shuang long hui) (Brother vs. Brother)
½

A funny comedy with the awesomest of action. Twin directing prowess of Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam who are known the world over. I don't know whether this deserves a 4 or 5 stars however, due to one inappropriate instance of slapstick and one long, embarassing, unacceptable use of special effects fail, keeping this from being the best Jackie Chan movie to date.

Any way you slice it, this is hugely entertaining popcorn flick and every action scene is a must-see for...everyone in the world if you ask me.

I wish I could see the original chinese version but I have only been able to ever see the Miramax version which usually means they cut out a good 15 minutes of the movie and edited some dialogue. I'm sure it's not that different this time since it's set in modern times and all. The dub job is perfectly acceptable.

Chin wong ji wong 2000 (The Tricky Master)

waste-of-time Wong Jing crap. Stephen Chow is clearly unhappy and so was I. There was one good spoof and a couple humorous moments, but...how can anyone possibly give this more than 3 stars???? it is just rubbish.

Lu ding ji (Royal Tramp)

short review: didn't like it.
long review: a Wong Jing wire-fu fantasy - a painful watch apart from the over-the-top yet fluid action. for a gweilo, i'm a huge asiaphile and I still couldn't follow this one. I'd recommend just about any Stephen Chow movie before this one.

Chai gong (Mad Monk)

I haven't hated a movie this much very many times.I have seen probably like four-or-five hundred chinese movies including most of stephen chow's work which is awesome but I did not understand one damn line in this movie. The subtitles were just THAT BAD. All I can do is rate it as a Canadian white dude and say: stay far far far away, unless you can find a high quality copy or don't need subtitles.... in that case, take a chance if you're a Chow fan like me. Probably doesn't exist right now.

The Last Samurai

They did their homework.
Beautifully shot.
Kind of ridiculous -- Tom Cruise, the Last Samurai? Kind of offensive. I guess not really because it's the same basic story type as Dances With Wolves and Avatar. It's possibly my favorite type of story in fact.
Movie was well made = good.

97 ga yau hei si (All's Well, Ends Well 1997)
½

Not for better or worse, but the fact is this one is much less slapstick-crazy than the old ones. Never funny except when Stephen Chow's on screen and then I smiled ever single time - he's so damn funny he steals movies that aren't his own.

Life on a String
½

Most movies only offer a straight-forward, physical battle that is always overcome in the end. This movie, while some would say is depressing, is more uplifting than you almost ever see in this arthouse genre, and yet it's much deeper than some story about a person gaining victory over another person, or a person against nature-gone-amok, or 99% of all film stories. For this high-brow concept alone, 4 stars are deserved. The constantly slow pacing is just par for the course. But maybe because I'm a musician and philosophically-minded, I got into the ponderances of this film more than most people will, so I am giving it an extra half star. I was interested the whole way and captivated by the music. Perhaps there is a way to make this material 5 star-worthy with an adjustment to pacing or style. But this was a masterful director's early work, so what do you expect?This could be a Chinese "Ran" in a way -- long & contemplative. And similarly as that story was ancient Japan but based on a Shakespeare play, I was also struck here by how timeless the story was. It could've as easily been 1000 years in the past as the 21st century. This brought an extra meditative quality to the film. Sure, it ended up feeling like a Director's Cut that didn't need to be as long as it was. Could've used 10 minutes shaved off here and there. But it was a remarkable, gripping watch despite being as slow as expected. There's powerful enough stuff going on. Moving stuff even. If you're willing to think deeply about what you're being shown and why. Overall, though, it feels a little typical of older Yimou & Kaige stuff. They're both incredibly similar filmmakers but Yimou bests Kaige every time, and this one is by Kaige.You can either handle this meditative arthouse style or you can't. Most people can't. That doesn't mean this isn't a great piece of work that took meticulous effort.

The King of Masks
½

impressive, seemed like it was real. interesting story and authentic acting.

No Escape
No Escape(1994)

Wicked flick....think Lord of the Flies starring a pissed off Ray Liotta. Cool premise & plot, great acting. One of the most bad-ass movies of the 90s!

Fortress
Fortress(1993)

A little silly but such a cool hardcore sci-fi flick. Such a video game of a movie. It seems impossible that it isn't a video game adaptation, or vice versa. Gotta love it! They did a lot with a limited budget! It's like a cheesier version of No Escape.

Fortress 2: Re-Entry

This is bad. And I loved the first one. And it wasn't a good movie either. There's a reason this is low rated. Fortress wasn't a movie you should make a sequel to, but you could if you continue the STORY of this cool character and world, but this does neither. I can't be forgiving on this just because it's straight to video.... it's a terrible movie. There is no audience for this movie. The first Fortress is a life-long guilty pleasure for me though. If you want a movie that seems impossible that it wasn't based on a video game, watch that.

Kickboxer
Kickboxer(1989)

Some of it is laugh-out-loud bad, and there's no excuse for that in 1989 especially after Bloodsport has set a template for adult martial arts flicks. Some of it kicks ass though - it's entertaining all the way through. Both this and Bloodsport mixed together and improved is the Van Damme movie "The Quest" in the 90s that is kind of a masterpiece.

Bloodsport
Bloodsport(1988)
½

I like how it was shot, the action isn't that great, the story, the acting, nothing is very impressive. But... it's the first Van Damme movie and it largely created the Mortal Kombat franchise! So it may not be that amazing but it's still a classic of 80s martial arts.

Sleepaway Camp
½

This is a piece of shit but it's meant for teens and it's good enough for early 80s teen slasherness. I expected pure crap but it is a Friday the 13th rip off that's better than some of that franchise! (Namely 5, 8, and X, and maybe even 3).

I always saw it on the shelf growing up but watched because of the awesome How Did This Get Made podcast online.

Friday the 13th Part 3
½

Fuck this movie. Useless filmmakers. Braindead unoriginal plot elements. Stupid lead character & bad actress. The mythology set up by the first two films is not developed.

But the final act with Jason masked for the first time is classic. If you can sit through the first hour things will start getting..watchable.

Speed 2 - Cruise Control
½

Could have been allright except for a few stupid things, like calling it Speed 2. If you have to re-write the script because of an actor change, maybe just make a different movie. But nooo, the studio wouldn't want that. They wanna sucker you in with the name.

Waterworld
Waterworld(1995)

Underrated. Most movies from the mid-90s were worse than this. Or at least less impressive. Cool premise & eye-catching visuals. Maybe just too epic for its own good - it feels longer than it is, that's all.

Wild Wild West
½

A cartoon full of perversion and pointlessness.
When you take into account the gargantuan budget (2nd highest budget of all time at the time tied with Waterworld, a much less embarassing film by the way -- second only to Titanic), it's one of the worst movies of the decade, up there with Batman & Robin and Battlefield: Earth.

Operation Condor (Fei ying gai wak) (Armour of God II)

The most expensive HK movie ever so far (a measly $15 million US! hey they make some great movies for cheap don't they? Jackie does well with these Tomb Raider Indian Jones type flicks. After all, who does action-adventure better? And the very second this one kicks off, you feel that a new phase in Jackie's career has started -- he's pushed through the stratosphere of HK films and now he's out to get international attention.

The story/plot is acceptable (for an action film which isn't saying a lot). If you edited out every action sequence the movie would be like 1 star, but we came for those action sequences and they're 5 stars. Despite giving it "only" 4 stars as a balance, this is recommended to each and every dude in the world assuming they wanna see what awesome action looks like. 4 stars is appropriate, as with the original, where...after you've seen it once or twice, the fast forward button becomes your friend on the 3rd time.

Gorgeous (Boh lee chun)
½

I always thought this was one of the best of his movies, and i just recently saw the original version which is not dumbed down and cut to crap. It's awesome.It's a romantic comedy starring Jackie Chan! Light-hearted magical movie plus GREAT fights, the final one being one of the best one-on-ones ever! Very unconventional movie and you gotta respect it for that. It will surprise you.

Armour of God (Long xiong hu di) (Operation Condor 2)

One of the most entertaining of Jackie's. This movie screams Eightiesness and that's awesome! Action-adventure antics and insane stunts! The story is pretty dumb but it keeps its entertainment value up constantly -- you can see why it broke HK records at the time as Jackie's biggest hit to date. Singer Alan Tam has great chemistry was Jackie, I'd love to see more of him. Apart from that, it's a Jackie Chan flick (but a more bad-ass one than usual) so you're gonna enjoy the visuals.

Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (Ji ji) (Miracles) (Black Dragon)
½

Sweet production, original, but ultimately it doesn't do much for me sorry to say. Great action but not enough.

13 Assassins
13 Assassins(2011)

This is "Seven Samurai" without the villagers, for better or worse. Supposedly it's more a remake of a 60's movie but you could've fooled me. (That movie must've been a REAL rip-off of Seven Samurai). This is Miike pulling of Akira Kurosawa, the ultimate director of Japan. And with this Miike assures himself of not only being the most prolific and crazy director of his time but the best as well! Virtually a remake of Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" which rings out as one of the greatest films of the 20th century, this film does find its own valid reason to exist by the end. There are great themes here, and beauty in the violence. Though the first half is the set up and becomes quite boring, the second half is just the opposite, just like what was intentionally done in Miike's "Audition". I've probably missed some, but this is the best samurai movie to come out in 8 years since "The Twilight Samurai" and "Zatoichi" and could arguably be better than those.A 2nd viewing might bring this right up to becoming one of the best samurai movies I know.

A Better Tomorrow
½

After watching a bunch of Yuen Woo-Ping or Jackie Chan/Seven Fortunes flicks, even the better ones, this is a breath of fresh air. If you want a 1980s version of Infernal Affairs, look no further.We got some of the best directing the world has ever seen from John Woo, excellent use of music, we got a dark and more nuanced story than usual for the 80s, we got a few action scenes. Anyone would be proud of being part of making this film.Many will be disappointed though, because this isn't The Killer or Hard Boiled. It's a different animal. Chow Yun-Fat isn't the main character, he just became one of the world's biggest stars because of this and the sequel leading to The Killer and Hard Boiled. This is more akin to Infernal Affairs than Hard Boiled. It's entirely character-driven. Much like Robocop, every character has a vastly different motivation, and that's special for any movie, any country, any time.But for some reason, the movie doesn't take me over the top emotionally. Maybe the pacing isn't flawless but it doesn't rise to the level of amazing classic for me, but it is in the top 50 must-see movies of the decade without a doubt, even just for the fact that it impacted asian culture so much, and obviously it's mandatory for those interested in John Woo, Chow-Yun Fat or Leslie Cheung.

Mo fei cui (Jade Crystal) (The Magic Crystal)
½

A rare and interesting movie. First and foremost, it's a family picture that's highly kid-friendly due to the role of the child that befriends an alien in the guise of a jade rock. If that's all you know about it, it works on that level as a cheap action movie for kids.But here's where it gets interesting. This is Wong Jing's first movie and he co-stars as well. Here's where it gets mind-blowing. He does a great job at both. This may have led to other successful movies like God of Gamblers which assured his powerful presence in HK movies for life, even though he quickly became the biggest self-assured hack in the business -- sort of reminds you of the early success of M. Night Shyamalan.That's not all. In her second film role, we have Cynthia Rothrock as well as Richard Norton (fresh off their appearance in Sammo Hung's Millionaire's Express) and they ignite the screen every second, especially Cynthia who will blow your mind with her weapons and Shaolin form demonstration. This movie needed a lot more of these two and a little less ridiculous alien plot, but that's just me.Starring in the movie is a baby-faced Andy Lau (the modern equivalent of a young Justin Timberlake in the role of a Bruce Lee/James Bond) who does one hell of an amazing job in his fight close ups, and whoever is doing his main stunt action is a damn superhero for real, man. You also get a super young Max Mok who also surprises with his fighting. The action is by Tony Leung Siu-Hung who isn't as well known as some choreographers but he is now for doing the choreography on Ip Man. Well he does an insanely good job on this movie.Summary: this is a super-charged 80's movie with a Goonies/E.T. vibe going on, but made in Hong Kong with tons of great fights, special FX, and Wong Jing hijinx that's not omni-present so it actually is good. It's not the best movie. In fact it's pretty retarded. But the 80's-ness gives it a charm and it's got something for everyone.

Live Free or Die Hard

Poeple think the 80s were cheesy, well wait'll you get a load o' Die Hard 4 starring Bruce Willis as action hero Bruce Willis -- Jon McClane the policeman this is not. It's Bruce Willis, Action Hero.

The camera work is as good as the rest, and so is the pacing and story. What else could I ask for? Why do I think it's the worst of the franchise? They went too far into James Bond silliness just a couple times. There's one or two sequences that are just dumb, as in True Lies / Last Action Hero action-parody territory. If they cut those 1-2 scenes out (1 minute's worth) the movie would have been fantastic. Does 60s seconds really hurt a 2 hour movie? For me it truly did. I prefer to watch realistic stressed-out banter between Willis and Jackson than cgi masquerading as a stunt. A very simple edit could have kept that/those scenes believable and cool instead of being a slap in the face to say "hi there, just remember that you are just watching a mind-numbing action fantasy."

But again, 99% of the movie was good. They went all the way with this one...just too far for me.

Drunken Master (Jui kuen)
½

Zero budget, this movie is so god damn bad, but Jackie's capabilities are UNBELIEVABLE. Hard to rate therefore: it's 1 star for movie, 5 stars for martial arts demonstration.

Robin-B-Hood
Robin-B-Hood(2006)

Wow! It's true, it's a return to the good old days! This movie kicks ass and has effective & shocking humor and seriousness. Best action from Chan this decade!! And really great chemistry/comic timing between Chan & Koo. If the villain was less over-the-top cheezy-diabolical this would have been one of his best films in fact! It's his 2nd best of the 2000s which were mostly Disney garbage or cheezeball hongkong experiment failures.

City Hunter (Sing si lip yan)
½

Warning: this is the stupidest movie and you gotta love it for that! It's insane. Not quickly forgotten.

Wheels on Meals (Kuai can che) (Powerman) (Weapon X)

Another movie by the Three Brothers in 1983. Not great, not bad. It's typical 80s style action-professionalism/wacky hijinx-slapstick. This is the opposite of the usual though -- The comedy works pretty well, the story is surprisingly decent, the fights however are undercranked so much that "Yackety Sax" is sorely missing. If you like the light-hearted comedy side of the "Three Brothers", this is great just like Winners and Sinners, but if you want a dose of intensity, stick to Project A, Dragons Forever, or their individual starring roles.

Jackie Chan's Project A ('A' gai wak) (Pirate Patrol)

Not the best film the world has ever seen, but the action IS some of the best in the world has ever seen!! and the plot isn't that bad either. Also it's a period piece so you gotta give it credit for that. It has 3 leading men as the stars (although they were pretty new stars then) -- the Three Brothers (Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao)! This is the movie the movie that blew the doors down on what Hong Kong productions can be.

The Bride With White Hair

neat fantasy-horror-wuxia-romance-tragedy epic. beautiful. ingeniously directed

The Bride With White Hair 2

Really the second half of one epic movie, which may have been better if cut down to about 3 hours and combined into one.

The Storm Riders (Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha)

Have a soft spot for this one. (I love RPGs and that's totally what this is like). Good directing, good cast. Weakness: doesn't evoke enough emotion.Watch if you're into: RPGs, video games, fantasy

Yes, Madam!
Yes, Madam!(1985)

The first movie in the "In The Line of Duty" film series!

The story's not good and the directing is quite adequate (by first-time director the one and only Cory Yuen!). It's deep in the heart of 80's style super under-cranking and even the dialogue is break-neck paced, but the characters, shallow as they are, make up for it. The virtual who's who of 80's Hong Kong movies (except for Jackie) keep the energy topped out. It's a super quick cheap flick that so happens to have a lot of importance -- it made Cynthia Rothrock an on-screen legend as the first and only white action starlet ever. (Her image would be the inspiration for Sonya Blade the Mortal Kombat character.) And let's not forget it's Michelle Yeoh's debut too and she is mesmerizing.

And even though the movie grows tiresome half way through because they run out of reasons to keep the movie from ending....the stunt-action at the end saved it from being a failure -- even though I've seen 100 of the best kung fu movies ever made, there's still stuff here to make me go "Sheeziz Christ, that was good." a couple times.

It's a middle of the road movie in quality but it deserves an extra .5 star for its place in history.

Foo gwai lit che (Millionaire's Express) (Shanghai Express) (Wealthy Train)

A great achievement in 80s Hong Kong action cinema. Sammo's first huge production and it looks really nice with the most astonishing cast of the decade (so many 70s-80s actors and actresses, many of the cameos were left on the cutting room floor for time.)

Sammo's movies such as his next movie (a war picture called Eastern Condors) are alternately cheezy and maudlin like a good deal of 80s and even 90s HK films are. This film elevates itself to something better than that. The Seven Fortunes is known for making goofy comedy with amazing stunts and martial arts action. You get what you're expecting, but this time, especially for the 80s, this is like art. Sammo is trying to become a real filmmaker here, going for a Sergio Leone look. It almost looks like Tsui Hark is directing. It's the most expensive flick to date for these guys.

The movie is kind of slow and cornball as ever if you're not being impressed by the cast, so it might not be the ideal movie to introduce someone to this universe, but it's not a bad choice either because it has literally everything.

This is a multi-faceted film following over a dozen characters. You get Sammo in a very memorable role, Yuen Biao is such a heroic dude here and some of his best action and that's saying something, you get Eric Tsang, you get the new 1985 sensation Cynthia Rothrock vs Sammo, you get Dick Wei vs Richard Norton (in his first of many pictures with Cynthia), Cory Yuen is there, you get Jimmy Wang Yu as Wong Kei-Ying with son Fei-Hung just like in Iron Monkey!! Damn, yo. Check it out. The Dragon Dynstay release is so good.

Versus
Versus(2000)
½

Terrible movie but strangely watchable. interesting indie flick sort of.

Xanda
Xanda(2004)

relatively well done boxing movie, admirably strong characterizations. you'll probably like it an ok amount and then never need to see it again.

Saat po long (S.P.L.) (Kill Zone)

This is either a boring Jackie/Sammo style action movie or a Infernal Affairs clone with some phenomenal fighting scenes. Take your pick.This is a disappointing movie because it has so much potential with its visuals and stylish directing. The story is decent but. . . . . typical of Sammo Hung's movies (almost all tend to be either goof-tarded or ultra-depressing or both), this movie is super bleak. And beyond that . . . . because the movie tries to pull off so many tragic or dramatic scenes, instead of being powerful, it becomes cheezy and repetitive. Best way to describe this movie is: This doesn't feel like real people being filmed. It feels like folks acting in a movie.Now onto the good points. Though limited to 3-4 short scenes, some of the best action of the decade, a story that you haven't exactly seen before, and great visuals, not to mention some legendary matchups such as Yen vs Hung and Yen vs the new Jet Li of this generation, "Jing Wu" in his first role.At the end of the day. it could've been something more, but SPL is well worth a watch every 5 years or so.

Johnny Mnemonic

I'm surprised to say it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It's so cheaply made, even for a movie where you're constantly in a slum. Every scene is a great example of how NOT to direct a scene.

In 1995 alone, other sci-fi that came out: Strange Days, 12 Monkeys, Virtuosity, Ghost In The Shell, The City of Lost Children -- masterpieces of the genre
Other great ones: Congo, Species, Screamers, Judge Dredd, Fist of the North Star

Even Waterworld kicks Johnny Mnemonic's ass, bigtime.

Takedown
Takedown(2000)
½

Entertaining if you know who Kevin Mitnick is, or are interested in hacking.

Overall.... it's not gonna interest most people and that's probably ok. I say watch a real biopic, not fake studio and ego-driven shit like this, though it does depict phreaking and social engineering super impressively so if you know what that means, maybe check this out for fun.

In some ways it's less fantastical than Hackers, but it's also quite misguided - written from the point of view of the 'protagonist' .. it's literally an attack piece on the main character played by Skeet Ulrich (the poor man's Johnny Depp). And some of it is completely, even shamelessly fabricated. So in a lot of ways, it's a less legit movie about hacking than a complete fictional story like Hackers. Certainly only half as good. Director Joe Chapelle does attempt to make the best of what he's got with this now cliche plot stolen from the movie Sneakers which is pretty much for the parents of the kids this movie is aimed at. If only he was given a hacking movie script that someone could get behind.

Sneakers
Sneakers(1992)
½

A hacker+heist movie that leans into comedy because it's the boringest thriller you'll find. As a dry comedy or light-hearted romp, this movie really works. But from an action/thriller perspective it's like "Hackers" by old people, for old people.

Even though it's quite realistic, the whole thing fits together like something on television. Robert Redford exudes a "I'm in a movie right now" attitude in every scene. Nothing really wrong with the plot other than two very silly uses of technology in one scene involving a phone trace. There's a lot of good use of technology too for being in the pre-Internet days (at least to 99% of the population's knowledge in 1992.)

You gotta wonder: Who is this movie for? The only answer I can come up with is hippies that became techno-geeks in their 40s. In other words: like no one almost.

In short, seeing this movie 20 years after the fact in the year 2013, this movie is all kinds of meh. Nuff said.

So Hak-Yi (Fist of the Red Dragon) (Heroes Among Heroes)

Somewhere between Once Upon A Time In China (epic cinematic gem) and Last Hero In China (crappy parody/cash-grab) comes this film. This is the whimsical kind of slapstick action movie that came out of Hong Kong in this period. Some works like Iron Monkey rise above the entertainment-value to become great works of film though. This is not one of them. It ranks in the run-of-the-mill pile with Wing Chun - there's a lot better and there's a lot worse. Breakneck speed, lacking in script, acting, proper pacing, etc. Everything is over-the-top. The fighting is awesome like Woo-Ping's choreography in Last Hero In China which is an incredibly annoying movie. . . this flick ends up overly campy though.

It does have some benefits; Donnie Yen vs Xin Xin Xiong. All the while you've got a Jet Li lookalike as Wong Fei-Hung kicking ass. This movie is shot competently and feels like it is officially an unofficial spin-off of the OATIC series.

Soooooo: the reason to see it is for Yuen Woo-Ping's directing (he's not the best director but he is the best choreographer), or Donnie Yen especially if you wanna see him fight Xin Xin Xiong. Not a bad movie but probably one of Woo-Ping's weaker films. Glad he went on to do Iron Monkey after this followed by Tai Chi Master (Twin Warriors) -- two back to back masterpieces before kinda falling off again with Wing Chun and then moving away from directing to focus on his true talent.

Wild Zero
Wild Zero(2000)

Punkabilly and zombies. This is surely one of a kind. A bizarre, kinda shitty movie but mostly on purpose which rocks! a lot of entertaining scenes. It's kept from being greatness by long stretches of uninteresting characters and cheap zombies. But you will never forget it, ever.

Treasure Hunt (Hua qi Shao Lin)
½

This movie is fragmented...some of it awesome, some of it awful.

You could say it's The Killer meets Tai Chi Master.

So that kinda tells you...you're getting rip-offs pasted together that don't belong. It's original in that sense even for chinese film. But a movie this flawed can never be thought of as good to anyone, just throw-away entertainment that's trying to win awards for being heartfelt at the same time.

Too bad because I recall Gordon Liu worked his ass of in an incredible role as the monk, and he had a wicked fight scene. Fans of his or Chow Yun-Fat should take a look if you're running out of their films to see.

Samaritan Girl (Samaria)

From the Korean Zhang Yimou / Chen Kaige -- Ki-Duk Kim. Excellent indie character study, and situational study.

To Live (Huo zhe)

Awe-inspiring and one of a kind. Banned in its home country for its honesty, this is an important movie among many important asian movies.Same basic point as in Chen Kaige's "Farewell My Concubine" but this movie is more genuine and wholesome. Take that as you will. Personally I felt a lot more emotion watching this one than Chen's interminably long and slightly deranged but just as strong film. Do see this one if you have to choose.

Red Sorghum (Hong gao liang)
½

Fantastic work. The kind of work that isn't made in Hollywood anymore as Roger Ebert said in his 1989 review!Though the story is a little meandering you might say, it at least keeps moving and it brings about an authenticity that Zhang Yimou is the best in the world at shooting, plus he has the most artistic way of framing and showing beautiful color.So maybe it's not quite as good as his future work: that's a good sign since this is his first film and what a shockingly good first film it is. Nearly breathtaking.

The Bird People in China
½

Awesome film.I watched it for the movie, not for Miike, who is so experimental, that half the time his movies are fucking garbage. Yeah sure I like Audition, and Ichi, and some other stuff I've seen was shocking and ballsy, but this time he experimented with making a GOOD movie! He pulled it off. This could almost be Zhang Yimou / Ki-Duk Kim.

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
½

Not the coolest or most beautiful one Zhang Yimou has made but what an achievement, using almost 100% real people instead of actors!! I had no idea watching it, and when you think..some directors often can't even direct professionals towards a good performance! At the beginning I thought I wasn't going to like it much, but sure enough I was choked up just half an hour into the movie, and was tearing up at the end - something no other filmmaker has been able to do to me ever, yet Zhang Yimou has done it many times. However, it is a tad disappointing in that it's not on par with most of his other films. Little slow and low-budget. Could almost be documentary television. Still . . . 4.5 out of 5 is one of his worst movies? That tells ya something.

Fallen Angels
½

Brave and breath-takingly beautiful. This is like nothing that could be dreamed of in the '80s. This movie takes the romanticism out of romance which is why it wasn't included as Part 3 of Chungking Express which was unforgettably uplifting. Instead, this companion piece is another meditation on life, love and relationships in the craziness of modern times but is more bitter than sweet. This film is almost never emotionally striking, unlike Chingking Express. You feel there's something missing here, but it's intentional. Detachment and drifting is what it's all about. I feel a connection between the movie and my own life, instead of between any character and myself! Talk about experimental!!

Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji)

Weird that such an epic was one of the last Chen Kaige films I saw. Much like his future work "Temptress Moon", this movie is like a "Titanic" situation - it's an epic drama set around famous real-world history.As usual this film is so well done, no one anywhere could say it's not. It's immaculately shot and very brainy. God bless the few movies out there that are built on implications rather than exposition of every story thread and each character's every thought.However, I also feel Chen Kaige's films lack one je-ne-sais-quoi that Zhang Yimou brings to the table, even though Chen's movies are by and large much more epic and deliciously sick often. Both men are brave and brilliant, and shoot tragedy and beauty as if they are one and the same. But somehow Kaige's movies neither move me nor excite me like Yimou, even though they're more grandiose and cinematic.Due to its length and failure to connect to me personally very often, I give it a low 4/5. It's highly depressing to take in. Before the 2 hour mark it almost became comical to me in continuing to show only shitty things happening to these people. Come on. Tragedy is tragedy, ok, but you can't even have ANY levity? As a musician I have to say: How can you have forte without piano? So I was a little disappointed. Luckily the third act finally got to the point and saved the movie.Some will disagree with this but for me, much like "The Godfather", this is more important to history than it is to the history of cinema greatness. And like "The Godfather" and "Ran" and epic-length character studies like it, it's nice to watch but only every 5-10 years or so, so you can forget it again, because it's all story and acting -- once you know what happens, there's little to keep you going back. That's my personal opinion of a lot of 150-min-plus dramas. This is a great cinema documenting of 20th century chinese opera singer life, so yeah. Nice. The end. This movie is not a crucial film in my life but...if you're a cinemaphile and you haven't seen it. . . what are you doing? It and the rest of Yimou and Kaige are important to see.

Daai si gin (Breaking News)

the last in a string of good Johnnie To movies ('Running on Karma', 'Throw Down') that I've seen. The directing is jaw-dropping at times. Johnnie To's movies pretty much never evoke any emotion in me, but here i was pretty amazed by the story and camera.

Throw Down
Throw Down(2004)

most movies fall into "shlocky fun fantasy" stuff or else "artsy slow stuff". this isn't either of those. it's a fantastic film, i found it inspiring to me as a human being. one of my favorite Johnnie To movies.

Ran
Ran(1985)

Beautiful and nightmarish Shakespearean epic.(I wrote that before I knew it was largely a retelling of King Lear.)Some brilliance here. Unforgettable images. And no other filmmaker would've made the choices he made. However, it's longer than it needed to be . . the middle part of the movie is slow and repetitive and becomes uninteresting.

Hak bak sam lam (Black White Forest) (Colour of the Truth)
½

i remember this as being "the one where anthony wong is a loan shark" which is so damn cool. it's a modern crime drama that focuses on script (Infernal Affairs clone). it works only cause Anthony Wong rules. otherwise it could have even been boring.

Yojimbo
Yojimbo(1961)

An important film historically. But to be honest - it's just a samurai movie, nothing special. It ain't no Rashomon or Seven Samurai or anything. I liked the main character's character, but other than that, nothing compelled me with it at all. It's a simpler, commercial effort than those masterpieces. The people that worship it simply because it led to those western movies -- well i don't like those either. It must be a taste thing.

A-1
A-1(2004)

Real good flick. Nothing to write home about, but no flaws either. Just a calm & cool, highly unique story.

Gong wu (Jiang Hu) (Blood Brothers) (Triad Underworld) (Left Hand)

Following the mold made by Infernal Affairs, this is a great, unique movie - stylish and well-thought-out, though not the greatest movie in the world. I'm tempted to give this a 4.5 out of 5, except that it didn't quite resonate strong enough emotions in me, but it's an impressive piece of work. Like Infernal Affairs mixed with a little bit more Wong Kar-Wai?

Peking Opera Blues

unique, well directed & acted....it's pretty good but I wouldn't say i recommend it

Dredd
Dredd(2012)

Another solid 2012 flick, this one offering something different from The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, and Prometheus. This movie is the HARDCORE one.

I feared this would be another Punisher: War Zone but hell no. This one did not let me down. It lacks the ridiculous budget of say Prometheus and Avengers but we have amazing production values here. Excellent understanding of the reality of the world. True to the grittiness. Visceral, but also not just a bunch of dumb stuff happening. They're keeping you thinking sometimes, but also definitely believing. Not a masterpiece but it's better than it should've been. This is modern 80's hard R rated stuff that's been missing from cinemas for a decade and a half.

I would be delighted to hear news of a sequel to this. I want to see more of this Dredd in this universe.

Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi (King of Beggars)

quality film, a nice balance of seriousness and sillyness. not an amazing story nor hilariously funny, but kind of a comedic spin on a run-of-the-mill plot. noticeably good directing by the always trustable Gordan Chan (Fist of Legend, Fight Back to School, Beast Cops)

Tao xue wei long 2 (Fight Back to School II)
½

they made a sequel to a movie that makes no sense to sequelize but somehow it's a riotous adventure - better story, more laughs, more fun action than the first. a real good time!

Qing sheng (Magnificent Scoundrels)
½

hilarious, never serious, little bit of everything, very entertaining. most stephen chow films aren't trying to be a cinematic achievement by any means. they try to be entertainment and this one does the job.

Marvel's The Avengers

Just see it cause you're the last one on Earth if you haven't. This is the Star Wars of the generation, unlike those shit Star Wars prequels.I was sure this'd be a short gathering of characters and a few fx shots but I was wrong. This is a legendary triumph in cinematic history! It's the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America. A sky-high non-stop good time like nothing since Star Trek (2009) but unlike that movie, this is perfection!!! The first time a comic-fan's every desire has been brought to the screen and everyone will see how great it is to be a comic fan.

The Amazing Spider-Man

My feeling is positive because it doesn't drop the ball in any area...except the whole soul of the movie. Unless maybe you're in junior high, it doesn't make you feel anything. Maybe because there's nothing you haven't seen before here. It's predictably predictable.It's a mixed bag. For example:Pro - good cgi Con - it's way overusedPro - good retelling of origin Con - why?? why, when everyone knows it. Sick of origins.Pro - well acted Con - it's not well shot & cut, it's brutally sterile and safe despite the Nolan aping.Marc Webb can direct people talking to each other just great but everything else is amateur hour. It felt like it could've been television. The cinematography indeed is going for Chris Nolan and David Fincher. Did that help? Not at all. And where was the fun that Raimi brought? You could feel a director's personality in his films. This one has none. At one point I had to notice that there were about 100 shots in a row that were about 1.9 seconds long each. It went on for 2 minutes, I swear to God, you'll see it too. A lot of the movie is too much like that.Now, there's nothing about it that falls flatter than anything else. I was worried how they would treat the characters, especially Dr. Connors, but it was all perfectly acceptable. Better than expected. Even the unnecessarily Hulkish "The Lizard" cgi that looked super ugly compared to the comics.Also good is that, at the end of the day, it's closer to comics-accurate than the Raimi trilogy since it's Gwen and her dad and whatnot instead of Mary Jane, and even Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2 was given a Doc Connors backstory that was aggravating as a comic reader. So this is the first time I've had to complain that a movie was comics accurate but wasn't one of the best because of it. It didn't make for an emotional experience at all. Except for watching Emma Stone, not that Garfield isn't an even better Spider-Man/Peter than Tobey McGuire.It's just a lifeless movie. It's evident of a novice filmmaker. Some shots were 100% recreated from Daredevil, Hulk, Iron Man and even Hellboy. With a somber look and final dastardly plot stolen out of the first X-Men and umpteen others.So I was relieved at the story they brought to the screen, yet I didn't feel much more while watching than I did Green Lantern and Ghost Rider. Perhaps it's the yet-another-origin movie and a retelling of the same hero origin once again. GET ON WITH IT! Clever filmmakers would've started the movie with a rampaging Lizard in New York and take the viewer on a journey to unravelling the story, even just a little bit. Here.........where's the mystery? Every step of the way you know what's going to happen next. You've seen it all before. This movie is basically a great collection of greatest hits from every previous superhero film. It's a product of the 2000s superhero genre but it is 2012. He set out to remake Spider-Man in the way of the game-changing Batman Begins / Dark Knight, but unfortunately for Marc Webb, Avengers changed the game again right before this dated episode came out. Maybe the next movie will be his chance to do something original. For now, Spider-Man has gone from the genesis of the modern superhero film to the definition of its mediocrity.

Ultimate Avengers II
½

Part 1 was a little weak, but this is beyond disappointing. And I'm a comic book freak. I suppose if you hunger for a pretend Avengers 2 movie, you could give this a try for shits and giggles.

It's the same quality as the first (standard for a dvd movie but nothing special either in any regard) and the villain is......uninteresting beyond words. That and the characters are all pretty terrible here.

Seems Marvel can do live-action but have no idea how to do cartoon versions - the closest they came were the kid-oriented shows of the past (Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, and most of all, X-Men which is up there with Batman as the best superhero cartoon of all time). This is aimed at all-ages (as opposed to kids) but it fails to deliver anything of interest.

Ultimate Avengers: The Movie

Quality animation, some good ideas, some not so good ideas. Voice acting is typical cartoon level (sorta crappy). This came out before Iron Man kicked off the new standard in Marvel movie quality and it served as a partial template for the Avengers movie, but other than that, there's really nothing about this that will please anyone more than the actual movie, so this is pretty much worthless now. There's not enough character arc here to make this watchable for any real reason.

Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election
½

Not extremely entertaining, it's just for information and the documentation / journalism here is very good & important to see. Find out why Bush became President through election rigging and vote-recount manipulation.

Hacking Democracy

This is hugely important to see. It'll change anyone's opinion on American democracy. This should be considered a companion piece to "Unprecedented" because both of them will shock anyone.

I like documentaries to have a little more panache, but that's a personal thing.

Dragon Inn (Xin long men ke zhan)
½

Fantastic film - heavy on pretty clever drama, equal parts brutal and beautiful, light and dark. Pretty legendary film. However, as a young man I thought many scenes were cool that almost a decade later I find silly. But it deserves exactly 4.0 stars out of 5 for cinematography, choreography and romanticism.

House of Fury

modern wire-fu film. tolerable commercial popcorn flick. on par with "Twins Effect". the family dynamic is kind of refreshing but if it wasn't for Anthony Wong this movie would be a little on the weak side.

Shinobi
Shinobi(2006)

some awesome moments and cool characters but not enough story to be a classic. it's one of those movies where..without the computer fx there would be no film. however, most people will slightly enjoy watching it i think.

Returner
Returner(2002)

Far too ambitious for its limited budget. The movie could have been improved by cutting down on the visual effects. A nice try, combining half a dozen different sci-fi movies into one. I just hate this cheap era of throwing computer graphics at the problem instead of filmmaking, and asian sci-fi is no exception.

The Assassin
The Assassin(1993)

Soooo bad. this movie will have you rolling on the floor if you watch it dubbed. If you watch subtitled it's just a bad movie. The action directing's pretty good but the whole movie is so mediocre and drowned in an ocean of melodrama. And I swear, the shadow of the camera rig is seen in every scene.

Once Upon a Time in China 4 (Wong Fei Hung ji sei: Wong je ji fung)
½

I gotta be honest, the original trilogy is the holy trinity of period action film. Then we come to this one which is a piece of shit. To watch this movie at all, you're obviously a giant fan of this series. The direction reeks of mediocrity, the budget is noticeably low, and whereas the last movie had liberal use of wire enhancement, this one has people outright flying, which just makes it like every other flick in this 5-6 year cycle of fantasy period-pieces.What a poor decision to base this movie around lion dancing TOO after we had our fill in Part 3. And Vincent Zhao is super skilled but he looks nothing like Jet Li! Come on! The dude from "Hero Among Heroes" was perfect as Wong Fei-Hung. In fact, that movie wasn't that great but it's for sure better than this one! This is the definition of straight-to-video sequel (even though it did go to theaters).

My Lucky Stars (Fuk sing go jiu) (Winners & Sinners 2: My Lucky Stars)

Bad. Not half as good as Winners and Sinners. Almost no humor, definitely no story, and the action wasn't as cool, though of course it had its moments. But trying to sit thru this movie just for a few seconds here or there - no way.

The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)

So bad it's good! Granted, it's simple and dirt cheap production. The final fight (only reason to watch the movie) is cool. It is an important movie in history in that it made Bruce Lee a star.

Du shen 2 (God of Gamblers' Return)

the cast is mind-blowing, but Wong Jing's jokey-hokey style ruins every minute except the last few (it has a sweet poker climax like the first movie).but seriously, this movie goes from a disgusting murder in the beginning to a slapstick romp for most of the movie with moments of intense drama interspersed. that just doesn't work for me, i'm sorry.i would like a movie being this crazy, but you need a competent director who doesn't make up the story on the set.

Django Unchained

I'd give it 4.75 out of 5. It felt just a little bit long, however, it might be his best movie since Pulp Fiction. For all the hoopla about Inglorious Basterds....this movie is just plain better.

Prophecy 4: Uprising

Cheapest movie ever. Drab scenery and washed out colors, editing that aches of cheap 2005 indie film... There are 4 characters and what plot there is is just terrible.

Strange to see Doug Bradley in yet another Dimension film shot in Romania. This feels so much like a cheap Hellraiser sequel, the two franchises have become inseperably bad. Someone even says "Welcome to oblivion" which is a line from Hellraiser IV.


Prophecy 1 = 5 Stars
Prophecy 2 = 5 Stars (for a straight-to-video)
Prophecy 3 = 5 Stars (for a straight-to-video)
Prophecy 4 = 1 Star (even for a straight-to-video)
Prophecy 5 = 1.5 Stars (even for a straight-to-video)

The Village
The Village(2004)
½

If the acting was directed more adeptly, this would've been as good as Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Still, all comparisons aside, it's a really good early-to-mid 2000s movie if you ask me. I can't think of a whole lot of movies that ought to be seen ahead of this. This one should please everyone (though no one will rave about it either).

In summary: I liked it visually and I liked it narratively. Better-directed dialogue and cleverer use of sound would make this a masterpiece.

Casino Royale

Not sure what people see in this hokey franchise and in this "brilliant" rendition. Doing it any different in this day and age would be insanity, so I'm not going to credit them for making it all modern and hard instead of 90s glamor and hollywood. I have to judge this as a movie of its own, as it should be, and it's not really that impressive except that it's not very predictable (which is shocking for a Bond movie right?)

Personally I'd give it a 3/5 as far as how I enjoyed about it. But for many Bond fans and general action movie-goers it might just be the Messiah, so yah, Casino Royale gets a 4.

Hard Gun
Hard Gun(1996)

This is a dirt cheap movie in the vein of old Hong Kong (Drunken Master for example). Trying to get by on cheesy comedy (often slap-stick) and occasional violence and occasional soapboxing. The soundtrack is bootlegged from movies such as Goldeneye and Mortal Kombat, and Joe Satriani songs from "Flying In A Blue Dream".

Tony Jaa appears as... a glorified extra, although he has a lengthy fight at the very end. This is one of his first screen debuts and he does pop on screen even here.

I think one word sums this flick up: retarded. Every character, all the voice acting, the story, everything.

"Hard Gun" is a piece of shit. But the English dub is nothing short of legendary. It is one-of-a-kind. Utterly mind-blowingly stupid, far more than any other dub on the planet. It is therefore a new and most prized possession in my dvd collection.

Deadfall
Deadfall(1993)

Absolutely terrible, which means it's so bad it's becoming good again. Nic Cage is as over the top as Michael Biehn is asleep - I do recommend seeing this and skipping to every part with Nic Cage... and Charlie Sheen!

Ransom
Ransom(1996)

Well done and suspenseful. It's Ron Howard so what do you expect. It's good.

JCVD (Van Dammage)
½

Fantastic achievement. Feels like one of his lowest budget yet easily a contender for his best filmmaking - that's a top notch film in my book.

Just left a little je ne sais quoi to the experience, but there's seriously some of the bravest choices in this movie that i've seen in any film in the whole decade.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Awesome finish. Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 are the ones where every actor in the franchise gets to unleash and with the same great cinematics of the "dark movies" (David Yates, the director of 'Goblet', 'Order', 'Prince') this movie was the biggest and best rollercoaster in the series.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

I thought it would be boring stretching the last one out to two parts but no, the bleak mission in the wilderness is augmented by the available time, plus about as many things are going on here as in the other movies so this was better for me than many of the others. Powerful stuff. And cool because it calls back to all the movies of the series.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A few of the plot points confused me, but this tied for best of the series so far. I have only seen these movies for the first time in October 2012, all of them in about a week so far, and I legit adored this movie. The visuals and effects are better than anything you are gonna find elsewhere. Incredible job. Good plot, fully mature and dark as The Dark Knight! Thoroughly riveting.

Again I need to reiterate: immaculate fx and cinematography. Not for the series but for all history.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
½

Merely average for the series, but a super well made flick.

2nd best plot so far, and . . . well.... adequate directing. Setpieces aren't as memorable but the story (cunty conservative woman fucking up Hogwarts via politics, harry's dark visions) definitely iskgood stuff, and the FX range from flawed to great. Best climax of the series. In summary, it's one of the stronger movies thus far. Stayed interesting and amped up the tension. The maturity of this one wins out to make it an impressive Harry Potter movie, and just plain impressive movie.

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)
½

A movie where sweatty, sultry young girls in underwear and miniskirts prove that women are empowered as long as they're sexy model/strippers.

Nuff said.

Actually not quite. This is one of the stupidest, worst movies I've ever seen. However, it is entertaining for teens of both sexes, and Snyder's photographic tricks are as amazing as usual.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Good enough family picture but definitely a weak entry in the series. Even though the often poor effects of Part 1 & 2 are long gone, this reminds me of the 2nd -- cold cinematography and a plot that doesn't have you connecting with anything. It does have some thrills but that doesn't make up for uninteresting plot. Once the big competition starts, the movie is all action and effects with no substance, not even a big finish. But it's still a well made flick. All ages can watch this with mild to strong enjoyment. Perhaps this needed to be two movies as the book's length suggests. Or perhaps this is just the least imaginative story. I haven't read the books.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

The story was good apart from some goofy moments & convolutedness. Like Matrix 2&3, Pirates 2&3 is really one movie. Where... the 2nd movie takes a turn for the worse and the 3rd does not rescue the trilogy as a whole. And just like Matrix 3, it starts trippy and weird and ends with an action sequence so epic and never-ending that it becomes boring. And way too long. There's not much story here. Even cutting a half hour out of this might still be too long.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Big disappointment. Awesome directing, cool fx, but I didn't like the plot. No character displayed any heroism whatsoever. Bravery yes, but heroism hell no. I guess they do end up miserable at the end as a result, but still doesn't make for an enjoyable experience for me. This is not my idea of how to make a sequel. This is an uninteresting movie, and 2 and a half hours of it.

" This movie was uhssuuum! Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom!! Like OMG <3 " -- The only people that think this wasn't a piece of crap that the studio shat out to make more money

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

OK! This franchise just kicked into high gear. This movie had what was good about the 2nd and none of its negatives. I thought it was excellent, and that's before the. . . .

[Small Spoiler:]

Time-travel aspect. Which was as brilliantly done as I've ever seen. Brought this movie up to "God tier"! Who'd have thought I'd be into a Harry Potter movie this much! (Watching them all in the month of October 2012 for the first time!)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Better filmmaking. Spookier stuff, as it should be this time. Unfortunately a lot of the plot points left me going "Why am I supposed to care about this?" Until the climax turned out to be great and made sense.

All-in-all, good movie but TOO LONG. Down a half star because of it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
½

I'm not saying it's a favorite movie but I finally watched this in 2012 and yup it's a strong movie for smart kids. (All kids and teen girls). Some of the cgi is bad like you expect from 2001 so what are ya gonna do.

Cradle 2 the Grave

I've seen 27 of Jet Li's 31 films and this is possibly the biggest failure, since this was one of the most costly and it's trash.

Gei ba ba de xin (My Father is a Hero) (Jet Li's The Enforcer)

Wong Jing

For those not in the know, that means it's a silly movie (because it's from Wong Jing.)

It's overly melodramatic...good cast...fights are noticeably fake but eye-popping all the same. If only a good filmmaker made this movie it could've been good. This is a joke.

High Risk
High Risk(1995)
½

Die Hard as done by Wong Jing....the Paul W.S. Anderson of Hong Kong.
So basically this is a bad movie that has entertaining moments. Wong Jing films seem to be made for teenagers. This has a lot of eye-candy but the fights and humor are both mostly weak, the story is bad and a rip-off. All these types of movies look like sewage compared to certain movies like Fist of Legend made the same year.

Kerd ma lui (Born to Fight)

action superior to Ong Bak! this movie kicks your ass from start to finish! barely a story but it's so well made you won't care. one of the best filmed action movies of all time, easily. Dan Chupong has a little range in his acting compared to Tony Jaa, and his work here is just as good in a slightly different way.

Looper
Looper(2012)

Almost reaches the level of District 9 and Moon to be the best sci-fi movie in 10 years. (Prometheus and Star Trek were really awesome to behold, but other than space travel, they're barely sci-fi. Space travel doesn't = scifi cause Star Wars contains no science - it's fantasy.)

Stuart Saves His Family

Pretty pitiful, I'm sorry to say, because I love the SNL sketches like crazy. There's hardly any sign of any laughs here and the dramatic aspects are pretty flat except at the end. The concept is just flawed. Could've been saved with a few more SNL alumni (there's only 1!! how did they not cast any comedian actors??) in cameo rolls.

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

This movie sucks so good, I love it! You've never seen anything like this! (4 stars based on comedy. only 1/2 a star based on being serious.)

Judge Dredd
Judge Dredd(1995)

Action/scifi this good is polished. There are better, but this is pretty good. Very geek-pleasing for a kid. Cool premise and plot due to the comics influence - very much a 90's Robocop or a 90's Equilibrium.

A departure from the comics, which the new movie does better and keeps it real, this version is Hollywood adventure movie plus violence, and I think it worked well and gets a bad rap.

The new movie is not family friendly, however, which this franchise is not meant to be in any way. This movie is more for kids.

Body Parts
Body Parts(1991)
½

Good fun. It's lacking in some areas (it feels shat out into the can overly quickly, or maybe it's a budget or pacing/editing problem -- likely all 3) but it's not a movie you'll soon forget. Got some cool actors obviously, so I say check it out unless horror or quirky older film turns you off.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

Muscles, cars, and muscle cars.
Big dumb bullshit but it's not pretending to be anything other than a big dumb action movie. Appealing to men, gay men, and some women, it's no surprise it's popular.

Battlefield Earth

Damn. They were not kidding.

I Know Who Killed Me

This is the biggest mess of a movie so it's awesome that Lindsay Lohan stars. One of the worst movies of all time. Easily the worst script I've ever seen for this type of film, and the directing was soo bad and amateurish. Some of the acting is very poor too, so it's quite enjoyable to watch for the trainwreck of a film it is.

Season of the Witch

nick cage continues his bad movie spree since "The Wicker Man" (with only 1 exception or so). this is incredibly bad, so bad it's totally good. so what i'm saying is. . . . .it's worse than The Wicker Man, although it often looks good and doesn't have as many unintentionally funny scenes, so it's hard to say if it's a must-see or avoid-at-all-costs. but it's definitely shitty!

i liked how everyone had a different accent even though it's medieval Europe -- some like Cage have partial accents some of the time. Ron Perlman is fully American sounding. Others are full Brits. Cool concept, utterly ridiculous execution.

All About Steve

Incredibly annoying and totally unfunny. Unbelievable how someone thought this was a good idea.

Manhattan Chase

Bad and super boring. If only it was a little more entertaining & worse like say Honor & Glory, this would be a precious gem of hilarity.

Scream 2
Scream 2(1997)

One of the best 90s horror flicks. Just as tight as the original, with a plot that I enjoyed more.

The Dark Knight Rises

Incredible. Ties the circle back around to the start in what ends up being one of the best made trilogies of all time. Probably my favorite.

District B13 (Banlieue 13)
½

Wicked flick. Cool story and great new-age action (no wires or fx, just awesome talent). It's Ong Bak meets . . . Kiss of the Dragon to be quite accurate. A step up from The Transporter, and 10 steps up from Transporter 2 & I can only assume Transporter 3.

Valkyrie
Valkyrie(2008)
½

Phenomenally well made and important historical film.
Not going to be on people's favorites list, but this is a must-see.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Marvel does it again. There's no way they can fail now that they're keeping their movies out of the hands of Fox and Sony executives. For a lifelong superhero fan like me, this is top-notch in its transition to the big screen. As a movie for the masses, it's simply swell popcorn-munching entertainment. I wish they had taken a few more chances and gone darker cause I'm not a kid, and this is WWII, I can take it. But there's nothing wrong with this approach. I also just wish it had taken its time even more. In fact it needed more scenes for more emotional build. I really wanted 2.5 hours as opposed to 2. But when "I didn't want it to end" is your big criticism, you know you have a winner!!Captain America doesn't have the pro directing of Incredible Hulk or the drama of Thor or the quirky snark of Iron Man. Some will say "Steve Rogers is too blah and too wholesome a character, he needs more attitude". To those people I say - you clearly don't understand what a good person looks like in the first place so it goes without saying you'll misunderstand this film about heroism. And you really don't know what you're talking about when it comes to Captain America. Steve Rogers isn't a wise ass or a sexualized object. He's the golden age hero that the other heroes grew up hearing stories about.This is an action-adventure story (that's right story, not cgi-fest) based on one simply pure and good human being which we should aspire to be. Steve Rogers is the man. They nailed it. Polar opposite of Tony Stark.

Green Lantern

Pretty lame. Not like Captain America and Thor. This is wholly unoriginal. It's a mixture of allll the other superhero movies, every last one. Especially the weaker parts of them. This movie feels dated like 1997 (Spawn, Batman & Robin) with better graphics, at least when in space.The movie is rife with directorial mis-steps and mistakes -- poor editing and soundtrack choices, not to mention this cynical, detached 90s quipping from not just Hal but all the characters -- never taking seriously what's going on. If the actors aren't concerned with selling it, we aren't going to bother trying.The sci-fi space stuff is neat to look at, but most of the movie is set on Earth and it's uncommonly boring. There was a little unnecessary comedy cause y'know you gotta keep it light-hearted. Wrong. Plus ALL the comedy is so forced, it is embarassing.So in short, it's a lot like Fantastic Four -- sure kids should dig it for the fx but will be bored by the poor talky stuff and cheesy and interminable introspection that pervades the movie. It felt like they tried to make it "cool" for everyone, and in so doing, they should've gone all the way and made it a family film or an adult-targeted film because all this is is a crowd-pleaser-for-no-one.For the actiony-fx it's a watchable movie but it was poorly handled at every turn for a major motion picture. It's not offensively bad, but it is one of the below average superhero movies of the modern age. Not one everyone should check out -- just young teens and superhero fanatics. An 11-year-old might find it their favorite movie but anyone else -- just watch a better superhero flick like just about any of the others.

Thor
Thor(2011)

Excellent movie! Very interesting and different! It's fantasy mixed with real world. That is incredibly hard to do. Imagine bringing Frodo and Gandalf suddenly into modern day half way thru a movie and make it work. Makes doing a Batman movie look insanely easy. It's a job to be commended greatly.And you're going to see a lot more cooler stuff in this than any Batman movie. It's absolutely about the 3rd-4th best for the Marvel films (and that's out of 22 films so. . wow!) Not as flawlessly paced as Iron Man 1 but even though it's fantastical (I mean if you're into LOTR and Warcraft you're at home here) it's a more interesting story than most. It's Branaugh directing a pretty Shakespearean drama after all. A must-see. You can't not see it before going into maybe the most anticipated movie in history next year - The Avengers.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)

Not a good movie but a cool one. Get it? It entertains. Expect nothing more and you'll have a good time. This story won't evoke emotion in its audience, but hot damn Ghost Rider is bad-ass! Believe me, seeing him on-screen is too sweet.This movie is basically "Spawn" only it doesn't suck this time. It's like Ang Lee's "Hulk" done right - with good pacing and personality. "Hulk" on the other hand was immaculately shot, yet excruciating to make it through, so which is the more rewarding experience?

Superman Returns

This clearly came out in the CYNICAL, DEPRESSING 2000s.Any movie that makes me feel any emotion is good. This made me feel exhiliration, hope, and bittersweetness. So why was I disappointed? This is an amazing sequel to Superman II but it's not the Superman movie that I as a comic fan have been waiting for.Great fx, bad pacing, the plot is as awesome as it is craptastic. It had many awe-inspiring scenes yet everything apart from those action scenes felt slow and colorless. The themes of abandonment, hope vs. cynicism, and greed vs. compassion are very good. Superman represents hope and dreams for a better humanity. I for one hold that idealism in my heart so I responded to this story. The BIG PROBLEM with the movie is that Superman is exceedingly alien and sad in this movie and that's not what Superman is to me. Superman is supposed to inspire us all. Not creep people out.And they should have just made a good Superman movie, not a good Christopher Reeve sequel!!!!! You do quite need to see the original movies and that's terrible. So I'm torn. I liked it cause I grew up with the original movies and it lived up to them and went beyond. I also didn't like it cause it wasn't the Superman from the comics, it was a forlorn imitation of the imitation of the 70's version of Superman.

Elektra
Elektra(2005)
½

Here's what's wrong with this movie -- it's pretty low-budget, but if it had been even more low-budget it would've worked better! The only thing wrong with this film is the effects shots!! The tattoo guy especially. The effects with him take you right out of a movie that's struggling to maintain your interest in the first place. But there are worse superhero movies. This one's probably middle of the road or slightly below now that so many since Iron Man have been great. The first half of the movie worked before the supernatural villains come in. There are moments where I was just elated! Basically the reason to watch this film: Terence Stamp as Stick, the blind sensei to Daredevil and Elektra.And the film is shot beautifully. Clearly influence has been taken from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hero -- two of the best movies of all time. It's just that those movies had very human characters and this one doesn't so much.But this movie also has ninjas. Any movie with ninjas is worth a look in my book.So I wouldn't recommend it to one and all, but if you are interested, give it a shot. It's far from the best, far from the worst. You wouldn't have read this far if you weren't into superhero type stuff so check it out.

Ebola Syndrome

Hilariously shitty. Disgusting. They really go for it. Even having seen Ichi the Killer and such, there were times when I wondered if I can watch this. It's also just terribly made, yet bizarrely entertaining. So it's probably better than some Anthony Wong movies that were way better but just boring like "Slim Till Dead".

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (San qiang pai an jing qi) (A Simple Noodle Story) (The First Gun)
½

Why do people not like this? I haven't seen "Blood Simple" and I don't care to. This stands on its own. Visuals so beautiful it makes you wanna believe in God, and a story with an interesting tension mixed with humor. Pretty great stuff.

Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled)

YEAH!! I'm just gonna say it: This the greatest pure action movie ever made. The most hardcore gun battles ever on screen and will never be duplicated. The story, though it didn't need to be so to be a kick-ass movie, is actually superb. The final action sequence is 30 MINUTES long!

Full Contact
Full Contact(1992)

Wicked movie....original, real good action, awesome cast. Might even be considered an action masterpiece. Thoroughly original in execution. Seek it out.

Alien Resurrection

One of the coolest movie of the 90s hands down. Again, utter genius directing thanks to visionary Jean-Pierre Jeunet! It's all fun action and dark humor which is welcome after the depression-fest of Alien3. And the whole thing looks sweeet. It's like taking Jeunet's masterpiece "City of Lost Children" and mixing it up with Alien & Aliens. I adore it. Ahead of its time. (But only a couple of years. Alien & Aliens were both 10 years or more ahead.) True cinematic art piece packed with horror action! Sounds like an Alien movie to me.

Alien3
Alien3(1992)

Cinematography is marvellous. Directing & acting is immaculate. Too bad the story is drab and the characters aren't likeable. Almost ruins the flm - a definite fumble in the series. Still, this movie was destined to be the disaster of the decade due to studio meddling. How Fincher pulled off something so unique that works is shocking. Still... I do dig the desolation theme but I sure wish there was something more interesting here -- not these shitty prisoner characters. At least there's quite a surprise ending. And several hugely dramatic scenes. The whole concept from the drawing board stage is just too flawed.

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
½

Very good. The kind of movie I've always wanted to see. Completely seperate stories intertwining, not unlike but far superior to Magnolia. Kind of amazing movie. Not one you see every day. Probably takes influence from foreign film, and yet re-influences foreign film back again.

This is the 2nd best 'seperate stories intertwining' film I've seen so far. Pulp Fiction probably tops the list for me.

Dr. Giggles
Dr. Giggles(1992)
½

Hee hee... I saw this when I was young.. I liked it, so expect nothing groundbreaking and you will too. No masterpiece, but it's underrated.

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie
½

Hands down, Trailer Park Boys is the best Canadian show of our generation, and this motion picture is the best comedy I've seen in a year or two for sure! Exactly what I hoped for! So much better than the other movie - this lives up to the greatness that was the tv show and sends the boys off in a great way after the lacking final seasons and rehash of a first feature. I'm not sure you'll follow this movie well at all if you've seen neither the show nor the first movie, but if you are familiar with Trailer Park Boys, do not miss this! Run out and see it with the energetic (drunk & stoned) audiences quick!

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

I don't know what it is, because I'm not a boxing fan, but I have never seen an even mediocre boxing movie and this is right up there with some of the best movies possibly ever, such as Raging Bull, Cinderella Man and Million Dollar Baby.

The Prophecy II

Understanding that this is straight-to-video, it's certainly one of the best examples of such. Unless you hated the first one, check this out. This is like a smaller, religion-oriented version of The Terminator. Of course it's a big step down but there's a lot to like too. This is THE Christopher Walken movie, more even than the original. More great moments.

The Prophecy 3: The Ascent
½

Walken is most interesting here as an angel turned human. Another good flick provided you're a fan of the first two.

Rounds out the trilogy in a great way. Also this bares resemblance to Terminator 2 just as the previous one resembled The Terminator.

This movie is probably more watchable than Part 2. For a straight-to-video movie, this is incredible.

Rush Hour 3
Rush Hour 3(2007)
½

Barely enjoyable ride this time. Much more serious flick, sort of like the first but even less fun. Kind of miserable in fact. Chris Tucker gave a fine performance but least interesting of the trilogy, and not worth $25 million dollars!! Everyone involved in this movie clearly stated that it was for the money. It shows. The movie-making is strong enough but it's a bit of a hollow experience after the good 1st and amazing 2nd film.

The Cabin in the Woods
½

Brilliant. It's a playful loveletter and essay on horror done as a film! I'm jealous I didn't put this together myself.

Seems big-budget at times and small-budget at times though. Still, a must-see for horror fans. (As some hipsters 4 years ago would say "Dude, it's sooo meta.") It's the genius examining of horror similar to Scream and Tucker & Dale Vs Evil but possibly the most comedic and by far the most all-encompassing because it takes on all of horror, not just one subgenre.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Without hesitation I put Iron Man in the top 3 superhero movies of modern times. The most consistently "fun" superhero movie ever. You get a crowd-pleaser like this only when the filmmakers respect and love the source material instead of putting their own pretentious spin on it.Actually it's also very much a new Robocop/Robocop 2! (the social commentary, humor, multi-faceted antagonists, and of course bad-ass robotic title characters) Iron Man doesn't have stylish directing but unlike even a great flick like Spider-Man 2, in this movie every scene is inconceivably fun and fascinating. And it's the most comics-faithful of them all other than [the much less colorful, bright & hilarious] Batman Begins. But to even be compared to those films means you'd be a fool to miss this.

Hellraiser - Inferno

As a straight-to-video sequel this is good. As a standalone movie it's interesting. As a Hellraiser movie it's one of the worst. It took too long to go nowhere.

Hellraiser: Deader

My review in 2006 was that it was a cool movie and it's encouraging to see the series gathering momentum with another quality film.

This is part of the 2nd quadrilogy of Hellraiser films that has a different mythos going on and a much cheaper budget. Revisiting it in 2012, I'd say a 3rd movie in a row consisting of dream sequences is very tiresome. The filmmaking is a little bit amateur hour too. This is one of the more watchable of those 4 disappointing straight-to-video films so it's a decent little title comparatively.

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth

The Hollywood Hellraiser --> big-budget visuals but feels like a big dumb movie. Decent story...disappointing acting. In summary: it's very entertaining and that's it.

Hellraiser: Hellseeker

Practically a remake of Inferno but better. Very strong for a low-budget sequel. It gets a bit tiresome eventually not knowing for sure what was a dream sequence and what wasn't. But it at least feels akin to Hellraiser 1-4. It's a solid enough film.

Chat gim (The Seven Swords)

True epic from one of Asia's top directors. Extraordinary filmmaking. Pretty cool stuff. And yet, this may be the one asian movie that I think a shorter cut would improve it. Seven Samurai this movie is not. What a bummer. It came so close.

Now if you want to go deeper and find out why this movie disappointed many people, it's that it is like a spiritual and generational successor to the early 90s swordplay/martial arts films, most of them cheap Wong Jing crap. However, as classy as this movie is, it still doesn't live up to the ability of one of China's greatest directors of all time.

It's a little boring, especially on repeat veiwing. 2 and a half hours is awfully long. That's epic Lord of the Rings length, which this does want to be. Or a Chinese answer to Korea's "Musa" but with more fantasy. Rare is the movie that needs that length and can maintain it. It turns out that the Seven Swords sequel that was never made could've helped - the 2 movies could've made 3 streamlined flicks of let's say 1 hour 40 minutes each and still have had better fleshed out characters which is the biggest problem here! The seven swordsmen and the people they protect and the people they're fighting -- you don't even know everybody's name. This makes it not easy sometimes to get through it all in one sitting, or multiple viewing. Luckily there are great action sequences including the end which is quite unforgettable.

So all-in-all, this is a rare, high-quality, high-class fantasy, and yet one that drops the ball on an emotional level due to its scope and confidence much like the villains of the piece. A movie version of a book with this many characters can't afford to take its time on an artistic level to look at amazing pictures of mountains and mountain goats and meteors as breathtaking as it may look when Tsui Hark is in charge. It needs every moment with each character to win you over immediately as in Infernal Affairs or Hero. It's kind of tragic how good this movie is, and yet isn't all at the same time.

Seven Swords won't be in your favorites list, but it's a good watch. It looks super good and it's a .... story. With action.

Infernal Affairs III (Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan)

a treat! outstandingly ingenius examination of the events leading to the AFTERMATH of the first film!

a must-see for any fan of Infernal Affairs. the end of The Departed was meaningless and was a 15 second scene. with Infernal Affairs we have a brilliant 2 hour movie. people who haven't seen it and consider themselves above average intelligence are really missing out.

Infernal Affairs II

the first one was tight & tense while this one is grandiose. epic. it takes its time, but it's THE best prequel i've ever seen!!! it examines what happened to the characters to push them towards where they are in the first film in deep and unexpected ways. highest recommendation.

Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou)

One of the best movies ever made. The smartest & tightest cop movie of ALL TIME, bar none! Non-stop suspense and intrigue. This movie does what most movies do not: assume I'm smart instead of assuming I'm stupid and narrate every plot element and character motivation to me through dialogue. Here you have to understand what everyone is thinking through sheer acting alone and the amazing thing is you do!!

The remake (The Departed) is a good movie too in the overblown American sense. It is comically over-the-top in its violence and naughty language. The Departed actually makes you feel something with its 95 minutes unlike The Departed with its extra hour of running time. And the story here is much deeper with the far richer themes and backstory of characters. Infernal Affairs is only the beginning to the story. Get it, now.

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

An action fan's dream come true. It's back to the classic era of real stunts and brutal fights - no blue screens, no effects, no wires. Tony Jaa is the first next-generation martial arts star. and you know what. . even though you're seeing this for the action, the surrounding movie isn't bad either. it's well shot - better than it needs to be.

Wong Fei-hung chi tit gai dau neung gung (Deadly China Hero) (Claws of Steel) (Last Hero in China)
½

strange half-parody half-sequel to Once Upon A Time In China and Drunken Master. it does its job of cheaply entertaining you for 90 minutes. Wong Jing's movies are generally to be avoided but Yuen Woo-Ping's work is generally to be sought out at all costs. the directing is weak, the story is actually pretty decent, and the fighting is extremely awesome to watch, even though it's nuts compared to the OUATIC trilogy (Yuen Woo-Ping!) See it for the fights if that appeals to you. I used to kinda hate this movie but it's more watchable than OUATIC 4-6)

Du shen (God of Gamblers)
½

a little of everything, with a good story at the base. many great moments that aren't soon forgotten. strange that Wong Jing's earliest work is his best.see it if you're into: asian movies, movies that don't fall into any category because they contain everything, Chow-Yun Fat, Andy Lau, poker, gambling, gun-fights

Bodyguards and Assassins (Shi yue wei cheng)
½

Not the most enjoyable movie but a phenomenally well made picture about serious subject matter in a mature way, with some intense and varied action sequences. Not a light film but an impressive one.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
½

Totally excellent flick. Entertaining for all.

The Social Network
½

I'm not saying it's Goodfellas, but it is the new Goodfellas. A rise to riches story for the current era. It would take a Fincher to make this movie be that freakin' good. In most other people's hands it would've been boring and bad.

Though I don't think it's the best movie of the year by a long shot.

New Police Story (San ging chaat goo si)

he peaked a decade ago but jackie's still pretty awesome when he's allowed to be (not in US movies). this is one of his best in the 2000s, though that's not saying much.

Nick Tse saves this movie from being below average.

Shanghai Knights
½

Just a Disney farce...their word would be "romp" though. Not unentertaining but... completely Hollywood junk. Owen Wilson seems to play a time-traveller from the year 2000 with his use of then-modern slang (so realistic). And Chan's career is officially over. His fight scenes are now pretty much not interesting enough to watch. But Donnie Yen is in it and he always kicks ass. He saves it from being unwatchable for me. The badguys' scheme is diabolically cool, it's too bad they fail in fact. If you think that's a spoiler, you're dumb enough to love this movie.

Jackie Chan: The Myth
½

Pretty sure they were making a chinese Pirates of the Carribean here. Even the music indicates it. This is another action-adventure-fantasy with big production and effects. If other efforts are any indication (and they are), this is going to be disastrous like The Touch and The Medallion. It seems like a collection of producer's ideas on what would be good in a movie. It's all very entertaining and meaningless. The story has to come first. Even in the silly 80s action movies of Jackie's, where the movie only exists as an excuse for action scenes. . . . there's something viscerally real about it that makes it feel like it has a story. This one. . . Far too much felt forced and fake. The FX were very unwelcome. Didn't look right. By the end I realized the movie was trying to be emotional but I was devoid of emotional reaction of any kind watching the movie. The really crazy zero-g stuff at the end was sweet to watch though! :P And there's some dames and stunts to look at.I'd recommend it to . . . well not really anyone. In trying to have mass-appeal, I don't think it's suited for anyone in particular. It's one of those. It's a blockbuster. Many people will see it, accept it, and forget it.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)
½

The story good enough to be legend (and holy trilogy for me "Infernal Affairs") done as well as it could be as a Scorcese-esque epic....by Scorcese himself! Not better than the original, but different and very strong. Not as good as other Scorcese pictures such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Casino, but very good. The Infernal Affairs trilogy evokes much more emotion in me though. The scope of this one was bigger than IA1, but the blood and testy characters were a little over-the-top, unintentionally funny at times like when a character falls off a building and the blood is Kill Bill cartoonish.

Ju-on: The Curse (Curse Grudge)

Ju-On: The Grudge 1&2 were enough to make it one of my top horror series. Now I checked out this TV predecessor. As a standalone, it'd be kind of sketchy. As a TV prequel it's pretty cool. Even after seeing the movies, there's yet more original stuff here to watch and mystify over.On the downside, people will probably not know what they're watching and that'll be a turnoff. It also didn't build anywhere. It's just random. See, even in the first 15 minutes of Ju-On: The Grudge you could feel the dread ratcheting up and I know several people that only made it that far before they couldn't continue.Basically, a cheap production, shot all in daylight that can successfully be creeptastic . . . this is a sign of greatness to come.

Ju-on: Kuroi sh˘jo (The Grudge: Girl In Black)

Ehh... for a straight-to-video movie it's good, but i'd hope for more for one of my favorite horror series ever.I found it got less intense as it went on. Fail. The original one-hour tv show Ju-On: The Curse is just as good if not better.

Ringu 2 (Ring 2)

does what a sequel should do: give answers & create new questions....but ultimately not as well realized as it could have been...probably rushed

Double Vision

Complex, classy Taiwanese horror/detective-mystery. Very real-world. Ambiguous open-ended plot.

Idiocracy
Idiocracy(2006)
½

Pretty amazing. Hilarious movie.

Drive
Drive(2011)
½

Most of it is awesome. It's like a new Taxi Driver. It's a slow boiler, and I mean pretty slow. I love when filmmakers take the time to leave it on a character who's not saying anything. I love it. This movie is constantly doing that. Little bit too much. Could've had 10 minutes more story depth instead of just dead air. Otherwise, brilliant.

Samurai Cop
Samurai Cop(1989)

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is soooo terrible and entertaining. If you thought The Room was laugh-out-loud hilarious, wait till you see this. I wish there was a whole franchise.

T˘ky˘ Zankoku Keisatsu (Tokyo Gore Police)

Robocop meets Ichi the Killer
This is ok to watch when you're . . . I dunno, waiting for something, or drinking with friends. It's not as fun to watch though as a movie that doesn't know it's bad. This one does. I never thought it was as fun to laugh with the filmmakers as at them.

About a Boy
About a Boy(2002)
½

Passable film that will be enjoyed by all. But loved by only a few. Still, it's easy to recommend. It's well made for the most part. . . definitely a fresh experience. And this is not the sort of movie I would ever watch.

Super High Me

Bleh. Not a bad project at all. Neat for all followers of Doug Benson and other comedy podcasts, and I suppose, marijuana enthusiasts. Otherwise it's a pretty low-budget production.

Rubber
Rubber(2011)

Wanted to adore this movie. I delighted in the Monty Python 'retreading' in modern times. Enjoyed the good stuff immensely and "got it", but the pacing was just too stretched out towards the end. I legitimately believe they were stalling for running time after the 60 minute mark to make a feature length out of it. Too bad. It brought the movie down from "55 minute masterpiece" to "smart but not smart enough 80 minute indie with a terribly disappointing ending", and you just do not do that.

This would be a good movie to have some drinks with friends with and talk through in bewilderment.

Cashback
Cashback(2007)
½

I suppose you could say this is a romantic comedy? But this one has it all, so you gotta respect it. It also succumbs to that very same thing. It's a little confusing as to the tone and direction (though i know that's what you want in an indie movie -- something you haven't seen a million times) and the pacing was pretty off especially towards the end. The longer it went, the worse the pacing seemed to be wrong. It just needed tightening up in the editing room I suppose, but that often has a crippling effect on movies like this. I can't say I can recommend it to anyone, though serious film fans will be interested in checkin' it out because there are wonderful fleeting moments.

In other words, no matter who you are, there are some things here for you, but the whole package is not going to be for anyone.

Paprika
Paprika(2006)
½

A little more length (for better explanation) would've made this ingenious work a real masterpiece.

This had a clear influence on Nolan's "Inception" so check it out if you're looking for more along those lines and twice the challenge to grasp both sci-fi and artistic surreal elements.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Amazing layers of psychology and symbolism. Not to mention great acting and Aronofsky's fresh take on cinemtography. Almost as good as The Wrestler, but I suppose for women it is a 5 star movie whereas The Wrestler would be the 4.5.

Now, Aronofsky has proven himself the bravest filmmaker in America today and one of the few masters of his generation.

Don't Say a Word

Totally average thriller. That doesn't mean it's bad, in fact it's very...decent. Really. I just don't remember it any more than I remember The Bone Collector, etc etc. There's a lot of memorable 90s movies just like this. Some memorable for being poor. This one is somewhere in between. If you're a fan of Michael Douglas or Brittany Murphy, go for it.

Transporter 2

The first movie was great and fresh. This one is everything it wasn't. I wanted to like it. It's by Leterrier and Luc Besson. But . . it was pretty crappy, and then I saw the car flipping scene: "Fuck this movie." That's my review of that.

Nanking
Nanking(2007)
½

Not only important subject matter but a fresh and interesting way to do a documentary, even though the readings by the actors were uneven -- Stephen Dorff was reading pretty straight and flat, Mariel Hemingway was acting her ass off. Someone like Jurgen Prochnow was in the middle and perfect. Just nickpicks. It was good, but it's just not a favorite for me.

The Ides of March

4.25 out of 5

It was a little too talkie for most people. However, it's a definite 4.5 star movie. The directing - good. The acting - good. The script - good. It's a movie for smart people. It doesn't explain away everything for you. It gets the point across to those who are smart enough to watch it in the first place.

Winners & Sinners 3: Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (Xia ri fu xing)
½

The movie is absolute garbage but there's some decent fights so I'm not sure what to say. The original Winners & Sinners remains the most watchable.

Aliens
Aliens(1986)

Classic as it gets! The most amazing movie of the '80s (along with Robocop). Jurassic Park is the sweet but mindless litte-kid version of this.

The Forbidden Kingdom
½

Nice asian-fantasy family picture. Not a great movie (nothing I haven't seen better before) but really nice to look at. Fabulous FX, sweet visuals courtesy of Peter Pau, and lots of good Yuen Woo-Ping choreography. If only he directed! Rob Minkoff has only done children's movies. Guess that's not too far off. This is ideal for parents who are Jackie or Jet fans. Suitable for anyone, but too been-there-done-that for anyone to fall in love with it. If it does bring kids/adults into asian cinema then I will be beyond happy, I assure you.

Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan)

Very uneven but averages out to being a decent popcorn movie. not a good movie at all but very entertaining. Very Hong Kong but done outside of Hong Kong.

Heart of Dragon (Long de xin) (The First Mission)

heart-wrenching action-drama, stellar performances all around

Winners & Sinners (Qi mou miao ji: Wu fu xing) (Winners & Sinners: Five Lucky Stars)
½

I'd have to say it's a delightful 80s romp. Wow does it have everything. Except gravitas, but it's a comedy after all. With fight scenes and bonkers stunts.

Shanghai Noon

Well made, wholesome movie, although disappointing too. Any hardcore asian film fan will know it's a total rip-off of Once Upon a Time in China & America (OATIC VI). That one focused on action. This one focuses on comedy. This one's far more expensive and better made but more entertaining? Nah.

Uzumaki
Uzumaki(2002)

very cool imagery and disturbing story but it builds to a most unsatisfying ending. The movie is too much a collection of scenes in between at least a dozen boring montages.

The Frighteners

90s Beetlejuice. Quality 90s movie. The FX are wayyy ahead of its time. Not much to really get into compared to Beetlejuice but it's really enjoyable. Some of the characters were a little flat but Jeffrey Combs saves the movie.

Mongol
Mongol(2008)
½

At times slow and confusingly disjointed, but at times surprisingly good and real. Could've been great but at least it's kinda good so long as you're into that sort of thing (think of it as "Genghis Khan Begins")

Casshern
Casshern(2004)

Whoever this director is, he was Zak Snyder before Zak Snyder was Zak Snyder. This is a stunning yet barren (only due to its length, not lack of intelligence, i promise you) fantasy epic done completely on a computer ;) Think 300, Sucker Punch, Sin City, etc. It's an anime/RPG-like studypiece on human conflict. Casshern is artsy philosophy done as a music video. Could've been a 5-star movie but it's just inexcusably too long. However, it's pure audiovisual wizardry...it'll take you beyond this world. Or else you'll hate it, i could see that too. Easily. One or the other but i was on the "wow" side.

Red Cliff (Chi Bi)

Amazing to see. The battles and the strategy are truly awesome.

Red Cliff Part II (Chi Bi 2)

Beautiful. What a monumental achievement in filmmaking. Perfect balance between epic and believable visuals makes it a perfect score. Perhaps not on my upper tier of favorites, but a perfect score.

Gin gwai (The Eye)

I no longer wish I could see ghosts, that's for sure. This is a killer flick due to the Pang brothers' extreme talent for directing/editing.

Pootie Tang
Pootie Tang(2001)
½

Funny crap. And I mean crap. It is not well done. But it's super enjoyable, that's what counts in a comedy and I laughed my ass off at times. It'll be an acquired taste. It suffers from the same phenomenon as watching an entire "Mr. Bean" movie or one based on an SNL character. But I suggest getting a friend or two together for some shots and giving this movie one!

Honor and Glory

So bad it's utterly hilarious and awesome. If you love bad movies, it's one of the best around because it's also entertaining. It's a super-low-budget imitation of 80s Hong Kong action so you shouldn't expect much more than that nor rip on the movie too much, just enjoy the incredibly bad acting and directing.

The Wicker Man

Pretty pointless movie. A few good things going for it, except for some unintentionally funny scenes which you have to see, but don't need to sit through the movie for, just watch on youtube and you'll get everything you need to get out of this movie.

Old Dogs
Old Dogs(2009)

It's increeeeedible how atrocious it is. It is infuriating and it's fun to watch. Every cliche is treated like genius. You can only have this big an embarassment when the writer is an team of idiots and the director demands the height of over-acting from the cast.

The Piano
The Piano(1993)
½

Pretty excellent. Nothing fabulously special except for Anna Paquin I'd say. Who knew she could be that good??

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

It is like Groundhog Day meets Inception but with a massive difference - this story hasn't been seen before other than some similarities with "The Thirteenth Floor" and some other sci-fi stories that I won't mention for fear of spoiling the secret premise of this movie.

Fascinatingly smart. It never works to mislead you, and yet it takes some thinking. Took a 45 minute conversation to figure out if I understood the ending or not, but afterwards, I found that the movie is more internally consistent than I expected, even though the premise of the movie is a little bit misleading on purpose, in that it's more about quantum physics than about a computer game!

There hadn't been much sci-fi in the 2000s but now we're being treated to some great ones like this.

The Pursuit of Happyness
½

Good enough movie. Couple moments of greatness. Best actor nomination? Give me a break! He's impressed me before, but here he doesn't have a lot of acting to do, unless you think pretending to love his real-life son is amazing.

But like I said: decent movie. Why? Because it touches on things normally we don't see when we go to the movies. This is a movie with heart. It did send mixed messages though.

1) We struggle to make it but love is what counts.
2) Everyone who's wealthy is very happy.

?? And I also don't buy the implication that what one person can do, anyone can. That's preposterous.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

I never even heard of this movie when it came out, not for years, and I was a fan of Nolan already because of Memento and Batman Begins. I missed out on probably the best movie of the year. Anytime Christopher Nolan makes a movie, it's obviously one of the best.

The Illusionist

Nice movie. Paul Giamatti is in it, so it must be seen.

The Fisher King
½

It is a very manic film. As Ebert said, it's a disorganized, rambling picture. It has moments where it wins you and loses you. Near the beginning I was very quickly tired of Robin Williams. But it is a movie that has everything, including a healthy dose of imagination. It's unique and yet not so pretentious as a movie like Brazil. It wants to win the audience when it's all said and done, and it does.

Here is a highly flawed movie that wins you because of those flaws, not despite them!! That is the purpose behind the story -- the basis of what we call love.

The Painted Veil
½

Probably not going to be anyone's favorite movie, but it's a pretty incredible piece. The juvenile-minded guy won't be into it but everyone else will get it. Only a few flaws keep it from being amazing.

1408
1408(2007)

Best scary movie I've seen in a long time. Awesome experience. If psychological horror is your thing (rather than gore horror) this is the movie you've been waiting for. Really cool stuff, visually impressive. A couple things are predictable to someone with an interest in writing and has seen a lot of horror but that's nothing I can fault it for.

The One
The One(2001)
½

Far from genius but it was the best sci-fi/action movie of 2001. Couple very cool scenes.

Friday the 13th
½

A dumb slasher movie that's cool to watch. It's new and it carries the drawbacks and benefits of that. In short, it's the first four Friday the 13th movies done in 97 minutes, less well, but with way more money. That means it's good to watch with chicks in a party setting that don't know the originals. But it has no other film value other than that, which..I guess that's what the old ones were for more than anything else anyway.

The good:
- characters
- visuals & visual style
- the tension is high
- the kills feel real & threatening
- maybe it could fit in the series if you use your imagination, yet it will please the new generation

The bad:
- no character development
- no mystery
- no story, just a premise (no exploration of Jason neither within the story nor symbolically
- pacing issues
- couple things only happen to set up other stuff

The makers took it seriously and nailed what they went for - a slasher movie that... ....yyeah. It is a great slasher movie but that's it. It's a copy of Rob Zombie's Halloween just like the original was a copy of John Carpenter's Halloween. Could have interchanged Jason for any other new or old killer. Hollow experience after it's over. Like eating popcorn instead of a good meal. I guess I like the more brainy symbolic level to the series. The mindless killing and nudity was certainly.. very much there though!

Isn't too hard to remake a movie with 10X the budget and have it turn out better, yet this one isn't. It has the benefits & drawbacks of being a new-age Hollywood type movie and will be dated the same way as the ones from the 80s are now. For better and worse. And there are some of each compared to this.

So I liked it but wished for so much more. If only I could've been involved because I also:
- would've made the origin intro longer and better
- wouldn't show Jason so soon or at least only glimpses until the 2nd half
- put more effort into the final escape portion, though the resolution was very good

All-in-all it's an updating of Friday the 13th Part 1-4 which I think were more impressive in the writing department cause they didn't have the money this one has.

Captain America

The ultimate failure, as it's too lame for adults and not fun for kids. However, I realize how limited a budget they were on. This ended up straight-to-video so it's a little unfair to compare. Still, I know there will be people complaining about the real Captain America movie coming out and I just have to say: "Shut your mouth. Not good enough for ya? Try watching this one - your mind will explode."

Lost In Translation
½

Great film. Over-celebrated to be sure. But it's a great character piece ala the great Wong Kar-Wai.

Battle Royale II
½

Very inferior to the first but some brilliant stuff nonetheless. It's not even trying to be a fun & entertaining watch like the first movie. It's something else entirely and you gotta give it credit for that. The movie is very gutsy and the first half is pretty phenomenal. It loses its way during the cool-at-first contemplative 2nd act and by the 3rd you realize the movie never went anywhere cool after all - lack of clarity, and characters you can't feel much of anything for unlike everyone in the first movie. I do believe it failed to achieve what they went for, which isn't what people wanted in the first place. But I do at least get it.I'm glad that: 1) the consequences of the first movie went forward, and 2) it's familiar yet new -- far from more of the sameBut it was doomed to be a hated movie because... if it was the typical sequel exactly the same as the first, it would've been panned for being the same only worse. If it was different, it would be panned for being way different. Both are the case here.It pisses people off even more because the beginning teases you with the potential of being even more awesome than the original, but then hugely fails. But Act 1 and some of Act 2 are really impressive.

Around the World in 80 Days

Feel-good family action-adventure. I haven't seen the original and I don't care to. I liked this just fine. Not in any way an action movie. Chan's become Buster Keaton, doing nothing but silly physical comedy. Accepting that, this is a sweet little flick. I enjoyed the different locations and numerous cameos.

Iron Monkey
Iron Monkey(2001)

unsurpassable masterpiece, arguably the purest and best martial arts flick in history. (as pro looking as modern movies but made with no computer fx whatsoever - everything you see was done right there in front of the camera in 1993, it's unbelievable)

The story is a prequel to the Once Upon A Time In China series and because those are also my top favorites, this story was touching and interesting seeing asian cinema's single greatest hero portrayed as a young boy.

Not only that but it's Donnie Yen's definitive role and best movie. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. What are you waiting for?

Once Upon a Time in China

The masterpiece of the era, this is both beautiful art and historical martial arts action film. This movie altered my life....a marvellous epic...a movie like this could never be repeated today.

Once Upon a Time in China 3 (Wong Fei Hung ji saam: Si wong jaang ba)

Excellent story, directing, & cool action. more light-hearted, which is nice too after the darker 2nd chapter. the primary villain isn't a kung fu rival for Wong Fei-Hung so that's a little anti-climactic but at least something happens with the super-powered adversary that is almost never done in movies, and you will want to cheer, so bravo for that. and it's nice to see Fei-Hung's father Wong Kei-Ying, getting up there in years (compared to Donnie Yen's portrayal in Iron Monkey which is even more of a must-see than this movie)

Once Upon A Time In China II

triumphant sequel. like good sequels all do, this movie benefits from a familiarity with the characters and not doing an origin story, and it's also a fish-out-of-water entry in the series which brings a sense of constant surprise.

dark & slow, the dry 2nd act builds to an astonishing double-climax!

it's definitely less enjoyable than the 1st movie as it's less pretty on the eyes, but the action is phenomenal again, demanding slow-motion viewing it's so legendary. i pity those who haven't witnessed Jet Li vs Donnie Yen in this movie!

Hard Target
Hard Target(1993)

Awesome action directing courtesy of John Woo. Silly flick, sure, the movie is below average in terms of plot and acting. This is an action movie and in comparison to other action movies, it is sweeeet stuff, the likes of which you don't get to see anymore. John Woo is the god of action. Though it's no The Killer or Hard Boiled, it's a great practice piece for his Hollywood movies, which I don't think hardly outdo this one either. This is pretty good. Might even be Van Damme's 4th best movie behind Timecop, Universal Soldier, and The Quest.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
½

I love film so much, so it's a treat when I get to see it sometimes when watching a movie. This is one of those times.

Though I didn't connect emotionally to this picture very much, I still rate it higher than I ordinarily would because it's such a ballsy and unique cop flick with a totally original message and amazing shooting techniques. It looks great and it keeps you guessing. There is a crime case but it's not about that, it's about the day-to-day life, and though it's pretty dark stuff, it's not depressing, in fact it's a subtle black comedy!

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

If you liked this movie, you are a fucking idiot.

I've seen several movies made for like $10,000 that made me want to cry, maybe even did. This is a $300,000,000 waste of fucking time. It was fucking pain to endure. There was 15 minutes of plot in this 2 and a half hour commercial. So boring. Please someone tell me what the story was!! Please! I just watched it and I have no clue what it's about.

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and it is also one of the most expensive movies ever. Therefore it is one of the most hugely tragic pieces of garbage ever put on screen.

Hanna
Hanna(2011)

Very interesting, cool and unique. See this movie if you like . . .movies. Drama, action, sci-fi. This movie has it all. It's disturbing and sweet!

It's ALWAYS good to see stuff that's not in America and it's very cool here. Intriguing story, innovative choices in shooting, though Cate Blanchett's acting was possibly almost as1.5-dimensional as the villain in Avatar, weighing the movie down from being pure excellence.

The Medallion
½

Big-budget Chinese movie made for the West (a huge flop for both). Except maybe for kids. Basically the most expensive chinese movie ever (at the time) and it's this bad? Ouch. It was a matter of time until Jackie did a fx fantasy action comedy. It was a failed experiment. He did more (The Myth which was also poor.) This is so bad it can be enjoyed by ripping on it with friends. There is actually some good moments but they're only a second here or there, while the bad stuff is hilariously bad, especially some of the dubbing. How disappointing that Anthony Wong was in it and his voice completely dubbed. Very bad movie, BUT incredible cast! Lee Evans gives a funny performance. Claire Forlani and Lee Evans act their asses off. What a shockingly bad movie.

The Number 23
½

This is a polarizing film due to its style. All throughout, I wasn't sure if it was working or going to work, but in the end I felt that it did have me thinking the whole time and curious about the turns it made. I never felt I've seen this movie before, so that's favorable review right there.

Though it borrows from David Fincher movies, it reminded me of some other modest thrillers that are often forgotten like, well, Unforgettable and The Caveman's Valentine (both much better) as well as Copycat and Blink (about the same).

But the story is pretty cool and smart and Shyamalan and mystery novel. This is recommended for people who are into murder mysteries and thrillers of all kinds.

I actually miss this type of movie! So I liked it a lot.

Memento
Memento(2000)

if you don't think this is brilliant, you just might be an idiot. this is one of the best films of all time. ALL TIME.

The 6th Day
The 6th Day(2000)

Trying to recapture the old Total Recall days. This is an allright flick, even thought-provoking!

Natural City
Natural City(2004)
½

This is a beautiful, TERRIBLE movie. If you want to overdose on violence and maudlin sentimentality in the same film, this might be the one for you.This overgrown music video is the worst Korean movie I've seen. It does look good . . after all it's Korean, so it feels like a solid production like an Equilibrium or Minority Report or of course Blade Runner. The world of the film is a sterile, selfish, unemotive one which is difficult to pull off because the viewer doesn't connect with much except the visuals. This one was hugely unsuccessful for me.There are two types of scenes in this movie:1) Love-story: when you take a disingenuous love story and make it super overdramatic you get . . . bored and angry.2) Action: i was surprised by how much there was, and the choreography was excellent, although it's mostly a squad of badass soldiers raining bullets at the villain who is doing backflip after backflip without being touched! It looked good but at the end of the day I did not care who wins or dies in this movie so I was yawning and stretching during these battles. Plot summary:Main character likes the girl for some reason. Evil cyborg is evil. I am disappoint.When you alternate melodrama with action melodrama, you have a recipe for unintentional comedy. This movie works better as a MST3K (to be heckled, enjoyed for the cheese) than a valid movie of its own. I'd actually recommend it for that.

Arahan (Arahan jangpung daejakjeon)
½

hugely entertaining, although the ending goes serious and loses steam, the sweet fx pick up the slack

The Red Shoes (Bunhong Shin)
½

Best part of this movie is the classical music, which most Korean movies have. Aside from the audio/video quality you expect from Korea, this flick has nothing to offer. It tries to be classy but it just feels pretentious and comically unscary. One of the worst in asian horror. Also tied for worst Korean movie I've seen. Which at 1.5 out 5 isn't even that bad. It does look pro.

Shiri
Shiri(2002)
½

Good movie - well done for a limited budget. The first Korean film that gained international buzz. Not the best but monumentally important to history. Due to this movie's success, the Korean film industry, with all it's top talent in the world, was born.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Groundbreaking story & directing. A must-see for film fans. Extremely bleak movie.

Fighter in the Wind

Very awesome - highly inspiring story.This is a true martial arts film. Not the typical "guy must revenge his master or something so he trains and then does" plot. This shows you philosophy of martial arts spirit that can translate to anything in life. And it's a biopic. It's goood.

Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)

At the start I wasn't that interested but I should've had no doubt that by the end I was amazed. Amazed.

Huang Fei Hong jiu er zhi long xing tian xia (The Master)
½

a nice surprise. Basically it's a Jackie Chan film, and a good one. This English dub is .. well I've seen worse. 3 stars for extremely good, non-fantasy fighting. It's cool to watch Jet's actual skills, and you've got class directing by Tsui Hark. And it's noticeably a late 80s movie which is kinda funny/cool nostalgic.

War (Rogue Assassin)

A hardcore assassin story, NOT the action extravaganza they want you to think, but they had the balls to go against convention throughout, and it'll leave you with something to talk about when it's over! I didn't mind waiting to figure out people's motivations even to the last minute. Unfortunately some of the story develops kinda slowly.Pros: - Kick-ass R rating like the good old days - story-driven- smart script- impressive castCons:- the title sucks. original title "Rogue" was way better.- instead of balancing story with violence, it should have been story & action. there's a difference.- it may be story-driven but not a lot develops either. (the killer gets away a lot of times.)- missed potential...it's a totally good enough movie but you'll want it to be great and it's not

The Shaolin Temple
½

the opposite of Romeo Must Die - this is a terrible looking movie with incredible, real martial arts performances.this is just like watching the original Drunken Master -- terrible movie but watching the ultra-young mega-star is pretty sweet.

Born to Defense

Before Jet Li became the martial arts actor of the 90s, he starred and directed in Born to Defense -- a brutal 80s-style HK action flick which carries on in the tradition of Bruce Lee's film style.

Some embarassingly bad stuff goes on, some cliches, and it's not fun to watch due to the grimness of the storyline. On the other hand, the fights are pretty phenomenal and there's a couple well done scenes and some originality. Jet Li shows an unbelievable amount of promise in the director's "chair" here. Too bad it was his first and last. At his young age he showed genuine talent.

The movie, however, is all over the place, too melodramatic, and below average because of it. Movies were that way back then, but it's just unenjoyable sometimes.

Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master)
½

certainly one of the cooler kung-fu movies ever. several-movies-worth of awesome. though some of the movie is unbalanced with violence and slapstick . . that's just the way it goes sometimes. the wire-fu action is whimsical...fake but eye-popping.

Legend of the Red Dragon

One of the worst Jet Li movies by one of the worst living directors (Wong Jing). Then again I watched the English-dubbed hatchet-job version. But I know to expect inane cinematic swill from the chinese Uwe Boll.

Heung joh chow heung yau chow (Turn Left, Turn Right)
½

great directing and cool story, just plain original. can't recommend highly enough to those who like romantic comedies. i'd even recommend it to those who hate them cause it's so dang original. it is dramatic but it's still a rom-com so it's a silly little amusing romp but it doesn't get much better as far as that goes.

Together (He ni zai yi qi)

simple, slow, sweet, involving, inspiring. the story really explores and you just don't know at all what'll happen.

The Devil's Rejects

This is exactly the movie that comes out of someone who idolizes the Manson family. Best thing I can say: way less shitty than House of 1000 Corpses.

I love Rob Zombie and I hate all his movies. And they're not good either! This one being the best crafted. It seems this crap is just what he wanted, but what that is is so disturbing: a movie that truly glorifies psychopathy more than any other. I can't imagine the mental health of anyone who gets off to this shit, and coming from me that's pretty bad. On a creative level I suppose it deserves a 3, and an extra star maybe for being pretty ballsy and unprecedented. Sid Haig is phenomenal and his son is too, and there's some memorable scenes to be sure. But as a whole .. just .. why?

It's a story about the ultimate hedonist murderers whom the audience is supposed to fantasize about being. And I guess it's a revenge horror story . . the villain being a law man who succumbs to revenge/justice. But that's a pretty thin raison d'etre. It's mostly about sick in the head stuff going on. As opposed to something like Zhang Yimou's "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers" in which you can't believe the beauty of every single frame . . every shot in this movie is fugly. Right down to simple hamburgers cooking on the grill somehow disgusted me. That's just not what turns me on, sorry.

I also don't know if the movie makes a lick of sense. I question the possibility of people so psychopathic that they love to harm every one and everything and yet have incredible empathy for their family and friends. To eat people, sleep with dead bodies like they do, they'd have to be a level of insane that would make empathy impossible I would think. Can a whole family of the worst insane maniacs treat each other like it's fuckin' Full House? I don't buy it.

But if you're looking for shock horror, this deserves a place in the Top 10 I suppose. It'd be my least favorite though. Check out Hostel or a lot of the horror that came out since 9/11. Hell, if you really want to be mindblown by the goings on, watch "Visitor Q" by the director of "Ichi the Killer" in which the opening scene... you know what I can't even say it. If you disagree with this review, that movie will be right up your alley. Go. Now. Except that it's not done stylish like this movie. It's shot on a digitial handicam. The guy's even more insane than Rob Zombie. :P A lot more. .... See the movie. A lot more.

Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan)
½

A who's who of brilliant chinese thespians, Christopher Doyle cinematography (best in the world) and a very offbeat story in the signature Wong Kar Wai style (a slow, French-style realism).WOW. Coolest ending I've ever seen. MIND-BLOWING!! See some other Wong Kar Wai movies, then see this. Or see this and then see some more, I don't care. But check it out.In and of itself it's a pretty cool movie. It's a must-see in connection with his future works.

Curse of the Golden Flower
½

Only one filmmaker exists that has the guts to tell a black tale about bad people set amongst a treasure for the eyes the likes of which you haven't seen before.Not for a second did I think Yimou's third big budget picture and my least anticipated would make me feel like Hero and House of Flying Daggers did. By the end of the movie I was stunned to realize I was wrong. Although my feelings for the movie are not as strong as those, my feeling wasn't the same either, which is good, because this movie is "ugly", set amongst a gorgeous backdrop which is the whole point. All three movies may be tragedies but this one is no romance.And it's no action movie either. It's a simple story yet multi-faceted character drama. If you're looking for action, watch some Tony Jaa or something.

The Eye 2 (Gin gwai 2)
½

not psychologically scary but a standout production with great fx. better than the 1st in some ways, inferior in most others

Visitor Q (BijitÔ Q)

You'll either find it funny & cool or you will vomit many times. This is an experimental black comedy. I love Takashi Miike and totally admire his bravery, but he is seriously out of his mind! Stay away unless to test the limits of what you can stomach.

Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Curse 2)

Meh.
Merely a disappointing epilogue to part 1 of the tv-movie. If you're a big Ju-On fan like me and you have seen part 1, go for it, but.. if there's one installment of the series that's cool to skip it's this one.

Koma
Koma(2005)
½

Excellent acting but personally I didn't like anything else about it.

Izo
Izo(2004)
½

Very well done yet essentially very unlikeable! Purposely. I don't know if that's cool or stupid.

Daai laap mat taam 008 (Forbidden City Cop)

good enough. dull at times, fun at others. cool ideas but a bit of a waste of time too. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're a Chow fan (liked most/all of his movies you've seen thus far). if so, go for it. i think it helps to watch his stuff in chronological order when possible too.

Perfect Blue
Perfect Blue(1999)

Pretty strong film but flawed. Satoshi Kon's other work is far superior such as Millennium Actress and his tv series "Paranoia Agent". Those are masterworks.

Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)
½

Epic anime movie - maybe the first one to make a big splash in North America, leading to Miyazaki's works being brought over and becoming incredibly influential. It is unique and interesting. Much trippier than expected, again. This could be one of the best animes i've ever seen.

Paranoia Agent

One of the best anime of any kind.

Ghost in the Shell

Very challenging sci-fi anime. Pretty brilliant stuff.

Metropolis
Metropolis(2002)

Amazing story as with most anime, but visually this is also one of the most stunning ever created.

Millennium Actress (Sennen joyű)

Weird wild stuff. Pretty incredible animation. Neat. Impressive. Touching end.

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) (If You Listen Closely)
½

Meh. It was nice. Not what I expected or was looking for. There wasn't a lot to it but that could be a good thing. It's certainly quality.

Return of the Dragon (The Way of the Dragon)

As cliche and lame a plot as I've ever seen and yet it's the most watchable of the three chinese Bruce Lee flicks. I suppose in the 70s it was far from cliche yet, so.. I would recommend this and Enter the Dragon.

Nan er ben se (Invisible Target)

A combo of oldschool John Woo/HK action and post-Infernal Affairs crime drama. Cool story with loads of characters. Bigtime production values. Alternately heart-pumping / boring. It could have been shorter. The middle third of the movie was slow and depressing.

The Punisher
The Punisher(2004)

This movie is an insult to comic readers. This "Punisher" is weak & pathetic just like the overall movie. Every character was horrible. There is a good Punisher movie to be made. This is not it. And the Frank Castle character I know ain't in this offensively dumb movie.

Hulk
Hulk(2003)
½

Epic failure. Respects the symbolic side, looks beautiful, but the most BORING blockbuster ever, and it ought to be an adrenaline-rush fantasy. It's as if Ang Lee understood that these characters are more than stupid entertainment..so he didn't include any entertainment!

Punisher: War Zone
½

Short version: There are action scenes I loved to death, but the majority of non-action scenes failed.

At least there is something to love about this one this time. It is better. But it's still a horribly bad movie that looks good. The acting is just as bad as Batman & Robin from much of the cast.

When Punisher is on-screen you know that YES THIS is the Punisher and you will be rocked by the awesome brutality of the violence, the kind I would have prayed for. This Ray Stevenson guy was born for it, he's the epitome of Frank Castle like Robert Downey Jr was meant to play Tony Stark. However, nearly every other character is some degree of terrible. I heard unintentional laughter in the theater and I would've been if I wasn't trying to like it so hard. The acting/casting & directing were pathetic amateurs, as is the director. And there was too much failed attempt at comic relief. If I was making it I would've been embarassed and reshot/recast/rewritten.

Now, it's true that you go to a blood and guts horror movie for the blood and guts and not the acting. You don't go into a Jackie Chan flick to be moved by the story I always say. So maybe I'm being hard on this movie. Right now I can't give it any more than near-bottom-of-the-barrell-for-the-comic-hero genre: 2 stars. And that's 1 for Ray Stevenson as the perfect Punisher, and 1 for the necessary violence.

X2: X-Men United
½

This time they have a solid story on their hands and it makes for a fun and involving viewing experience. It's as good an X-Men movie as Bryan Singer could've done. Everything else in this Singer-verse is nowhere near good enough.

X-Men: The Last Stand
½

With Bryan Singer gone making the beautiful but sluggish Superman Returns, this movie has serious momentum. And I liked that they based the movie on two real X-Men stories. Other than ruining the franchise of course, just when it was getting good, I think this movie gets a bad rap. But this was meant to be the end to a trilogy so.. I think they did a great job. For once the effects and action is awesome.

The Adjustment Bureau
½

Amazing movie. Though it could've been a favorite if it had put a little more balls into it. But it's a damn cool flick. Except that I've never spotted a boom mic in any movie before and I believe I saw it 3 times!!!

Dawn of the Dead
½

Not crazy about the movie or anything but I thought it was very very strong.

Man on Fire
Man on Fire(2004)
½

There's more montages of crazy editing than there is plot development. Means movie should have been shorter. It is good enough though. I guess.

Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing

Very strong documentary, in the pure form of "documenting" something without a heavy-handed narrator director (not that I'm not a Michael Moore fan).

If you're a Dixie Chicks fan, this must be incredible!! If you're not, (i'm more of a country hater than country fan) you will get an interesting documentary and come to appreciate them and their music. It's made me realize that all country isn't sick brainless redneck shit like Toby Keith!

Plus, it's a socio-political doc as much as a music one, if not moreso. It shows the crazy, savage time that was the beginning of the Iraq war and the childishness of the people who support war and turn their back on their idols for it.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

One-sided because there is only one side unless you are Sam Walton.

Fahrenheit 9/11

When it came out I was a little disappointed because it seemed to be aimed at steering the election, which it pretty much was, but for good reason.

Now that time's passed, I can understand the Cannes awards it won. It is well done, contains fascinating facts and footage, and it is a documentary about the most important world events of the decade and the secret ties in the government, and why Americans are being driven to fear so the government can invade elsewhere.

I've seen much more damning documentaries, though, about the media (Control Room), the war machine (Why We Fight), Bush and Cheney (CBC biographies) and such -- I think he could've thrown a couple more facts in, even quickly, to get full 5 star rating from me.

Spawn
Spawn(1997)

What a turd. This is as bad as they come.

Fantastic Four
½

If you're a kid it's allright...if not, forget it, it's not worth it.

Blade: Trinity
½

Pretty pathetic on an artistic & emotional level. Almost a complete disgrace.

The problem was first-time director David Goyer. I knew from the opening shot of the trailer! His camera has no charisma, his scenes are amateurishly lit, and the actors aren't being directed, so line delivery is sometimes poor. That and the iPod commercial montages (yeah right...purposely taking away the necessity of your sense of hearing in a battle situation to listen to electronica...seems to hint at a very non-threatening group of assailants.)

This movie is just like Blade 1 (killer opening and close but a whole lot of boring in between) except Blade 1 had class and good directing. But for me, anything following the action-horror masterpiece of Blade 2 is gonna look like crap in comparison.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

Not quite flawless but an amazing experience..tons of great moments.. and hey, when it came out it was the most faithful superhero adaptation ever, and would be for years until Batman Begins.

Steel
Steel(1997)

Talk about bad, and yet I've seen worse, cause this movie didn't have a budget to work with, so complaining is kind of unfair. There's simply no excuse for Batman & Robin and Spawn.

Batman Forever

Like being molested on Halloween while having laserpointers shot in your eyes.. done as a Batman film!

There's something to be said for straight-forward action-adventure with eye-candy a-plenty, instead of the bleak crime psychodrama of "The Dark Knight". Dumbing it down to mere commercial popcorn level like this was arguably a smart idea, and after Batman Returns it was a necessary move. Just...this wasn't a good movie. It was just fast food for the eyes with no redeeming qualities except entertainment value. And now that we've been treated to the The Dark Knight, the characters as portrayed here are a downright embarassment almost as much as Batman & Robin!

This movie will always remind me of rancid theater popcorn that made me sick and turned me off popcorn for the rest of my life.

A movie in this direction was smart but Schumacher was the wrong man.

Batman
Batman(1989)

One of the best movies of the 80s. NOT the best adaptation anymore but still a wonderful piece of cinema. An isolated standalone for which no direct sequel should have been made. But they made 3 increasingly bad ones, the final one (Batman & Robin) being maybe the worst movie of the 90s.

Superman III
Superman III(1983)

Underappreciated. I liked going to Smallville, Lana, evil Superman, the humor, and the fact that it's trying something different, even if it was in the wrong direction (see Batman Forever). A bad Superman movie, and a flawed movie in general, it is however very enjoyable since the stuff that pissed me off about 2 and to a lesser extent 1 is not present. Nothing about this movie is outlandish like turning the Earth backwards or bogus powers.

Superman II
Superman II(1981)

Dark with kickass action. Would have surpassed the first except there's some horribly stupid shit - fake powers & bad science that I can't forgive.

Waiting for Superman
½

Little bit slow, though it has the production value I'd want, and the information. I could not BELIEVE what i was seeing! This is how it is in America. . . wow. For documentary fans or those interested in education, see it.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (AVP 2)
½

The AVP series is one of its own. It's a simple, big-budget fx-driven B-movie failure. They're also kinda cool if you forget comparisons to the main series. But that's so hard, I'm not sure I can do it but I'm trying.

As a film it is crap compared to all the Alien and Predator movies, but I was interested in the human characters a little. Definitely interested in the Predator -- we get psychological insight into his character like we always get which is what makes them so cool. Without speaking, he is a cool character. He is the main characer if anyone is in this one. This is a big problem for the film, but we do get more Predator than any previous film. When the once-barely-seen villain is now the anti-hero with the most screen time, that's when the series is basically finished (see Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, etc).

The Good: The score is the best part of this movie. It's awesome. It does a hell of a job harkening to the Alien and Predator franchises. The FX were also top-notch. And the last scene was a great moment.

The Bad: story's just there for setup, after that, there is none. No arcs or nothing. And the movie's too dark.

Yet I was satisfied. You don't expect gripping drama from a Jackie Chan film, and likewise, as with AVP1, if you go into this ACTION MOVIE knowing what you're going to get (to see Aliens and Predators fight) the movie is watchable. On account of the gore which was stupidly absent in AVP1, I give this a half star more.

So... AVP was just a brainless excuse to exploit two franchises and watch monsters fight. AVP2 tries to correct it, they put effort & love into it but only to watch monsters fight AND have lots of fx and gore! But what we want are intelligent movies here. Can't anyone make a movie that's bad-ass AND intelligent in this entire generation of filmmaking?? Well what do you know.... Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal just did it in 2010 -- "Predators"! Thank you, Jesus.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
½

Aside from the fx and the challenging scope of direction, this was almost weak. Too friggin' boring even for me. That fault may be in the storywriting, but in that case, cut down a little bit.

Slumdog Millionaire

Certainly special, and strong.

But sometimes hype surrounds a movie and you look back a few years later and wonder what the hell happened. I never saw this till 2011 and I'm forced to wonder --- 10 nominations and multiple oscars including best picture of the year?? Must have been a boring year. (Just checked, and it was. Exceedingly.)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

What a magical experience! Loved every minute of it!

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This one rocked. Amazing movie. Maybe a tad long. I realize it'd be hard to cut much else but really . . . 3 hours 20 min is pretty long!!! Surely 10 minutes more would've been possible.

But incredible incredible work had to go into this film and it works in an awesome way. Even though it is longer than Two Towers I wasn't bored by it like I was for Two Towers.

Hobo With a Shotgun

If you're a Canadian Grindhouse fan, this is not to be missed. Go now!

Most movies of 2011 so far have asked us to drink in expensive computer graphics displays and turn the brain off. This movie is challenging you personally to a fight.

It's hard to watch. I'll warn you again, it is gorier than probably anything you've seen in a theater before. This is right back to the 80s and the 70s splatter genre. The music is totally Carpenter-esque and cool. Rutger Hauer as the hobo is incredible to watch and worth the price of admission himself. It's enough to make you wish the movie was genuine instead of being 'trash tribute' ala Grindhouse.

Sometimes very real and powerful, sometimes ridiculously cheesy, this flick is way over the top for the sake of it. It's the cheap Canadian answer to Machete, though Machete was so expensive and more fun for me. This is a must-see if you liked Planet Terror and Machete. If you thought Death Proof was too long & slow, well this one here's insane. If you want something visceral, something that'll challenge you and keep you smiling and groaning in between rooting for the single best on-screen presence in a long time. . . see this movie. But the general public will not want to see it and ought not!

AVP - Alien Vs. Predator
½

Worth watching only to a Predator/Aliens fan which I am. And even then it's lame compared to what they could have done. Characters are there just to be offed - who cares. Well if we did it would've been worthy of the previous 6 movies!! Sure it looks good but unlike the 6 directors that came before him, Anderson is a hack. If only David Twohy or Guillermo Del Toro would've taken it on, it would've at least been worthy of the other 2 series.

It's just that a movie of this magnitude ought to have been the greatest thing ever seen. Guys like me waited our whole lives to see this, and this is what we got. There was no way it'd live up to expectation. At least not without loving care by a genius filmmaker. Also, you don't go to a Jackie Chan film for riveting plot and the same goes here. Accept it as a simple popcorn spectacle and it is kinda cool at times.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
½

Haven't seen it for like 15 years or something but it was a good movie.

There's Something About Mary

Some hilarious moments. Actually pretty good movie now that I think about it.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)
½

Well done, good message, and although it's all about girls, it's not just for girls..in fact, guys, it's nice eye-candy!

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
½

As I expected - a fantasy spy movie that's going for plain ol' fun and is while you're watching it, but utterly forgetten 10 minutes later.

A Walk to Remember

Surprisingly I liked it. Funnily enough I don't remember any walk being in the movie..maybe it wasn't so memorable after all.

Gladiator
Gladiator(2000)

Fantastic production all-around but two viewings was enough for me.

King Kong
King Kong(2005)

Meh.
It's good. Is it as groundbreaking as the original? Not by a long shot. The CG is sometimes pretty bad when the actors are in the same frame as the monsters, like when they're running. It did have some heart but.. 3 hours? Coulda had more. It was allll CG monsters it felt like. About as moving as Titanic, only a lot more cooler to watch, but also a lot cheesier. So.. it's about the same to me.

The Terminator
½

Killer 80s movie. This is a heck of a cool sci-fi horror classic. It's a humble movie yet it's incredibly strong because of the humanity. T2 had the money to back up Cameron's vision - it's this movie squared. But this is an example of how a humble budget can make for a more real experience. This is a very human movie unlike T3 and 4. Though 4 is amazing in the exact opposite way of this one -- it's all fantastic effects and no heart.

Zoolander
Zoolander(2001)
½

Excellent comedy, and I'm hard to please in that genre. Classic. I'm not nuts about it personally but I'd be mistaken to rate this any lower.

The Expendables

This is like Snakes on a Plane -- definitely bad but not bad enough to be good like Machete or Planet Terror.

Easily understandable if you were to watch it in a foreign language you don't understand. That kind of sums it up.

I like the effort here definitely, for many reasons (bringing back oldschool hardcore action, putting this dream team of legends together even though it only happened because it's 10-20 years late). The cast is crazy, but the thing is . . that's as distracting as it is cool.

It's such a movie, this movie. I found myself spacing out during action scenes. Action doesn't matter without a story to care about. One or two good scenes isn't enough. Bonus half star for a short but alright screen match of two legends - Jet Li vs Gary Daniels, who it was awesome to see here!

I could get behind a sequel that tries for something beyond childish male fantasy.

Machete
Machete(2010)

I had a ball! This is Rodriguez's "Kill Jackie Brown" or something.
I'm a fan of Rodriguez the man, not so much a lot of his work, but I enjoyed the hell right out of this.

I hope this doesn't turn out to be a "Last Action Hero" where people at large misunderstand that it's supposed to be just fun - it's a comedy here. Machete is the new Shaft, the new Dolemite, the new Blackbelt Jones.

This movie is not supposed to be super good, that's why it's so great!

The Karate Kid

Whyyyy the hell didn't they call this the Kung-Fu Kid?? They still could've publicized it as a re-invention of Karate Kid.

Well anyway I loved this movie with exception of a couple major nitpicks. It's got a lot of beautiful scenes. It's meant as a children's/family flick and it delivers that.

Hackers
Hackers(1995)

Pretty kickass and classic 90s movie if you are wondering about some of the important films of the decade . . . maybe this isn't super important but it's classic for 90s kids like me.

A Mighty Wind

Real good, nice comedy with some seriousness towards the end. All of which works.

Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show were both much much funnier - this one aims for more seriousness and yes it is pulled off. With a cast this talented, though, I prefer those movies, both of which are some of the best comedies you can find.

Akira
Akira(2020)
½

Crazy! Amazing visuals even 20 years later, so it's no wonder this set a new revolutionary standard for anime. Loved the action and was surprised but pleased by the violence.However, story-wise, this movie is soooo detached from...any humanity. It's devoid. As it went along, I lost the sense of magic, it became tiresome, almost frustrating, and I became no longer emotionally invested in anything. Therefore -- do I care about things being blown up and people dying? No. Not even main characters.So it was far from the best I've seen. It's a cinematic milestone maybe but not one of the peaks.

Spirited Away
½

I am giving it 4.5 stars even though I only liked it a 4/5.

It's very very good. Highly artistic and visually stunning. Story-wise though, I wasn't engaged because it was so bonkers and kinda empty. But I understand the point -- it's instilling the feeling of confusion that a child feels about the big magical and scary world out there, and it does that extremely amazingly well.

Roger & Me
Roger & Me(1989)

The original, the classic. Tireless effort was put into this excellent documentary, one of the best ever because of the blood sweat and tears put into it.

Also it's like a documentary version of "Robocop" ;)

Batman & Robin

Worst movie of the century. So bad it's like a parody of the craptastic Batman Forever. Seriously, they must have thought "Hey, let's take everything remotely wrong with Batman Forever, turn it up to 11 and make the whole movie like that." Really, they did set out to make this as awful as they could just like the 60s show. Absolutely no concept of what the point of Batman or comic books are about. Worst directing ever, worst acting ever, worst set design ever, worst script ever. Jesus, I wrote better scripts before I could tie my own shoes. This is shitty on purpose but we weren't laughing when it single-handedly made the image of comic books embarassing for years to come.

Inglourious Basterds

Great movie. Not the best - definitely overhyped. It's Tarantino's trademark breaking of the boring rules of cinema, plus this one has violence and humor in the largest amount in his career. I'd have to say the slowest movie of his career too except Death Proof. Therefore, based on entertainment value and film excellence, I'd have to say it ranks near the bottom of his work without a doubt. But that's still saying it's something special and possibly unmissable. The beginning is a stamp on movie history forever. After that, it's . . . a movie.

Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown(1997)

Good enough to recommend. There's a few awesome scenes & a solid story.

Death Proof
Death Proof(2007)

It came close to being amazing, but it did turn out that it was a little too much shooting conversations to pad a nothing story. Coulda used more story. But it's almost a double film in itself - half horror and half car stunt homage - both excellent. Matter of fact I liked it the same as Inglourious Basterds and Jackie Brown more or less.

Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)

Full marks! What a fun time watching a movie, god damn!

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro)

Cool story I guess. The movie sure kept moving forward all the time. Solid but silly simultaneously. Not much point to it, but it isn't bad.

Existenz
Existenz(1999)
½

Damn good independent film. Bizarre, entertaining, professional.
Best ending ever, man.

Manhunter
Manhunter(1986)
½

A little more dated & cheap than I was hoping for. Neat story of course. I saw this in the 90s. But now that we have Red Dragon . . . don't even think of watching Manhunter. All this is now is a preview of an up-and-coming talent in Michael Mann.

Hannibal Rising
½

Fairly mediocre. It's dull, even the look of the picture. There's not much wrong with the movie but it's just not that interesting or enjoyable though the ending is satisfying.

A thriller like Infernal Affairs for example says so much even when no one is saying anything and it will amaze you. A director like Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) can have you feeling part of the story and emotionally involved within minutes. Take the new Star Trek for another example. This movie doesn't know how to push the audience's emotional buttons, or doesn't even know you should try.

So it's quite a bit below the other weak one in the series - the final one - Hannibal. If you were interested enough in the series, though, might as well check this out too. And it stands on its own too, in fact it might be best to watch this first!! Less disappointment set by previous masterpieces.

Red Dragon
Red Dragon(2002)

Complete and total success . . a phenomenal and mesmerising experience. Definitely rivals Silence of the Lambs for me!

By the way, I'd seen Manhunter way back then, and it's boring old crap compared to this, not to disrespect Michael Mann. In that one I liked Brian Cox as Lecter there as well, and Dollarhyde was played creepily well by Tom Noonan too, it's just a cheaper 80s film, not bad for the time, but it never did it for me.

Hannibal
Hannibal(2001)
½

"Silence" was one of the great movies of history. This is just a movie.

Great directing, decent story..but Hopkins lost his scary edge in a big way. In hindsight, as this is the bookend of the series, that actually works I guess, because he is pretty old, and being humanized here. I also couldn't get past the recasting of Clarice Starling though she tried.

Ninja Assassin
½

This movie is not cool because it's good, but it is good because it's cool. Get me?

I expected this movie to be wall-to-wall over-produced fx and frivolous action. And it kind of is but it was better than expected. It's a testosterone-fuelled action picture, one of the most violent you'll find. That much they pulled off, so --> successful in that mission of 'silly action movie'. If only some of the action scenes weren't made up of 0.5 second cuts and had more genuineness to it like a Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa flick it'd have been something legendary. But it is still a feast for the eyes.

The film also flirts with actual good cinema. Those beautiful flashback scenes were the best part of the movie and it makes you think this could've been a great movie.

Instead, bright red geysers of blood have the second-most screen-time in this flick I'm pretty sure. If they toned that down and toned up the characters, this would've been something special, but still, it is worth checking out. There's so much uniqueness and awesome visuals, and cool ninja stuff that's so familiar yet you've never seen it before.

Ninja Assassin is meant to entertain for an hour and 45 minutes and it will do that if you're ready for a movie with three types of scenes: tantalizing bloodbath action scenes, beautiful flashbacks, and dull modern-day stuff that's poorly acted (par for the course in an action picture - what do you expect?)

Halloween: Resurrection

A new low. This is one of the worst slasher movies ever. It's unbelievably braindead past the point of comedy. If you think this is not bad, it's either your first horror movie or you are a total fucking idiot

Hot Tub Time Machine

As awesome as The Hangover! (ie: one of the best comedies I've ever seen)
The Hangover is highly real-style. This is surreal-slapstick style. Both are genius.

Cop Land
Cop Land(1997)

One of the coolest cop movies ever... yes ever!! Incredibly good story and mind-blowing cast. See this or.. you're.. just a damn fool.

L.A. Confidential

From what I've seen, it's easily the best cop movie of the fucking decade. Wow. Hell of a piece of work. This should be as legendary as a Goodfellas or any such film.

Sphere
Sphere(1998)

Good sci-fi thriller....some amazingly cool stuff.....but it felt like it was building towards something amazing and the ending was not so amazing. but cool story and well done.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Definitely did not like this. A look at the hell of grade 7-8, without compassion or a point to be found.

I saw it when I was young when it came out so I will give it another shot someday maybe.

Last Man Standing

One of the most boring movies I've seen.

The Jerky Boys
½

Classic (if you watched it back when. Good to watch every 5 years!)

I mean, it's a shitty movie, that's for sure, but it's great if you're a Jerky Boys fan. It's not very funny if you've never heard them but I just like the silliness of it all quite a lot.

The Scarlet Letter

I don't know the book, ok. It may be the biggest bastardization ever but I don't know. All I know is this movie wasn't great but I was slightly intrigued. Gary Oldman and Demi Moore and the setting.

The Craft
The Craft(1996)
½

Great 90s movie.

Shutter Island
½

Middle of the road. Worst Scorcese movie I've seen.

What this movie is is his attempt at doing Hitchcock/The Shining. Honestly it's one of the more boring movies I've seen in a theater - the entire movie you don't understand and it gets really tiresome and don't know why you care about any of it. Someone was snoring in the theater to be honest. I saw the ending coming ahead of time, though the way it was done raised the film back up significantly. It not only saves it from being a terrible movie, it makes the rest of the movie make sense. Could be LESS boring the 2nd time in fact! But overall, I did not expect to be wowed and I turned out disappoointed still so I will not be trying this out a second time.

Clifford
Clifford(1994)
½

One of those movies where it would've been an amazing series of sketches or a short, but not a full movie. Something about the movie is annoying, though Short is hilarious to watch.

Halloween H20

Good enough. The iconic 80s killer in a very very 90s movie. So it has gone from strange to strangely cute.

But nowhere near as good as Wes Craven's New Nightmare (the similar Nightmare on Elm Street nostalgia / resurrection).

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Ehh. Had even less need to be made than Halloween 4. It's a direct sequel just like 2 was to 1. This one is extremely standard 80s slasher. Only watch it if you're a Michael Myers freak.

At this point in the 80s, all these iconic horror franchises were running on fumes. You should probably stick to Halloween 1, 2, and 4. Check out H20 if you like 90s style. Maybe Rob Zombie's remake if you like the 2000s gritty grindhouse style.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

This movie had no artistic reason to be made, just to sell out. But... it's pretty well done in some respects. What Friday the 13th copied from Halloween now re-influenced Halloween 4, into being made in the first place, and also in style. If you're a fan of 80s horror or slasher movies, you might as well give it a try. I don't have much positive to say but certainly not much negative either.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

One of the worst ideas ever (to call it Halloween 3). The story is bad and oddly cool - very indie, very Grindhouse. Check it out if you're into that kinda thing. But only then.

Halloween II
Halloween II(1981)

This is the T2 of cheap slasher flicks. It's as good if not better than the first - better story and better action. This should've been the end, but these movies and copycat "Friday the 13th" got so popular that it became a lame franchise.

Friday the 13th

The original. A humble beginning...so cheap but charming. The ending rules! The rest is just a slow Halloween rip-off. No really, they admit it.

Halloween
Halloween(1978)

One of the greats, although it is a low-budget indie film. With what is now considered a tiny tiny budget they made one of the scariest and most influential horror movies in all history so you gotta give it up to John Carpenter bigtime.

Halloween
Halloween(2007)
½

Groaaan.

An ok re-imagining. Should have been called The Michael Myers Story since everybody else is just an afterthought in this movie. Which is not what you wanna do.

First half was pretty great - remaking it into a realistic mass murderer origin story. Second half was rushed, by the numbers, and as emotionally sterile as Michael is.

It's a lot scarier if there is no reason for the kid to have become a killer. That was the whole point!! Also scarier if the killer isn't in every frigging scene of a movie!!!!!!! Rob Zombie once again pulled off what he was going for but if he was trying to make a horror film he must not understand why something is scary. You have to give a damn about the victims.

But the cinematography sure looked good..

House of Wax
House of Wax(2005)
½

The very first scene made me laugh it was so dumb. Then the beginning was pretty bad. It started to get a little interesting and stable in the middle.

It's neither good nor bad. It's typical late 90s/2000s commercial horror just like everything else, from "Urban Legend" to "Cherry Falls" to "Texas Chainsaw the 13th on Michael Bay Street". It is not an attempt at being a great movie, it's meant to bring a date to. So....as far as THAT goes, it does its job without being godawful so I gotta give it a 50% rating.

Cherry Falls
Cherry Falls(2000)

Run-of-the-mill slasher movie but I thought it was executed just fine. There's some self-aware satire running through this plot just like Scream and Urban Legend. Those were a little better, but there's something about this that I have a soft spot for. Jay Mohr and Brittany Murphy and Michael Biehn mainly.

Brazil
Brazil(1985)
½

Surreal and awesome and funny, yet hard to follow (not in the surreal sense but in the negative sense that you really don't get what it's about essentially).

If you want to see this crazy cool style done even better, watch Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, or better yet, everything in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's filmography especially City of Lost Children! Now there's a flawless movie.

Push
Push(2009)

I loved this when it was a tv show called Heroes.

This is such a ripoff but a not bad one. I wish it was re-written into a Heroes film because it could've been. Keep a couple characters and use a bunch of new ones. Then the movie wouldn't have been shameless.

It also needed an ending. It assumes there will be sequels!

I loved it visually and there were some good ideas here and there. If the ending came through and resolved more I could've really liked it. But just barely missed the mark.

The Spirit
The Spirit(2008)

The trailer made it look like Sin City Only Crappy. It actually is, but I was surprised how entertaining it was. It was better than I expected. It knows the movie is bad and has fun being bad. I recommend it for frank miller fans like me because I saw a lot of aspects that may have influenced miller's style - things very Daredevil and Sin City. But it's strange that he made it in his own Sin City look instead of being faithful to the art, not that I am complaining.

Cinderella Man

Amazing!! One of the most superb surprises ever. I was watching and felt from how beyond flawless it was that Ron Howard might be directing and sure enough he was. He deserves more credit as one of the greatest directors of our time. He could easily be my favorite and I never really thought of him being a contender! To parallel this movie.

See this movie. You get to experience the Depression without having to stay there, and the performances.. Everything about this movie had me so emotionally connected it was unbelievable. This is going in my favorites. And I must see all of Ron Howard's films now no questions asked. He must've got all kindsa robbed at the Oscars by Crash and Brokeback that year. Those were good but not as impressive.

Brokeback Mountain
½

I found it very interesting. It certainly has an asian feel to me believe it or not. The chinese do tons of incredible character studies like this. This one's pretty amazing too. I haven't seen other ang lee movies yet except Hulk which I hated and Crouching Tiger which is one of the most important films ever for me. I now must see what else he's done cause he sure makes beautiful looking movies.

House of the Dead

Unreal that this was in theaters.
Director Uwe Boll is the reason we love good film.
This is godawful even for straight-to-video.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Filmmaking: Glorious, as expected
The Music: Unlikeable
The Story: Not cool.
Running Time: 2 hours
Amount of Story: 30 minutes
Director: Tim Burton
Rip-off of: Tim Burton movies
Featuring Johnny Depp as Tim Burton as Sweeney Todd, in one big goth orgasm.

It sucked.

Musicals do not count as movies. I hate musicals...and this is very very much a musical. I was hoping this one would turn me around but in fact I was blown away by how intolerably bad the songs were. I could have come up with better stuff on the spot. I would have given the "movie" more stars on the basis that if you like musicals you'll love this, but I'm afraid I can't because if you like this music you have no taste.

On the subject of subject-matter, the whole movie made me sick except for its portrayal of 19th century poverty & inequality. Everything else is just psychopathy-worship and I'd be truly ashamed if I enjoyed it.

Postal
Postal(2007)

Probably Uwe Boll's finest hour, and it's still nearly impossible to watch. Some funny moments though to be sure. Too bad I hated most of it too much to ever watch it again.

Alone in the Dark

Anyone who isn't angry at the director for existing .. I can't even imagine. There's a reason Uwe Boll is a legend. He thinks he's god's gift to cinema but he's the worst hack.

This movie has almost no story told badly, and soo much fx done badly also. How it got such a famous cast is unknown but no one could save it. One of the worst movies I've ever seen for sure.

Half star goes to the music which was competent and awesome end credits tune making seeing the end even sweeter - best part of the movie!

Yee do hung gaan (Inner Senses)

classy and smart horror movie - excellent acting - coulda used a little more actual scariness to make it top-notch. I only felt one scene got me in that sense. But it's not about that so it's ok.

There are ghosts, and they're all of the past..

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

How did they get cameras back in time to 1578 to shoot this incredible documentary!? :P

This epic is of a caliber not only decades ahead of its time but one of the best of all time.

Rash˘mon
Rash˘mon(1951)

Far ahead of its time in filming techniques, story, and ingenuity all-around. Check it out if you're interested in atypical story-telling. It could be one of the greatest achievements in movie history. Movie-making at this time was still basically about shooting a play with a camera. Here you see art.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)
½

Excellent cops/robbers drama. Bonuses: good cast, good messages, and not a shred of love story subplot! Maybe not super memorable in time but it's one of the best hostage movies of all time.

Rush Hour
Rush Hour(1998)

well made, funny, with a couple decent sequences, this one should please almost everyone to some extent. strong 90s movie.

Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2(2001)

Fun, fun, fun. Loved every minute of it. Perfect movie. Nothing Jackie did after this is a must-see.

Superhero Movie
½

weak, forgettable
i'm a champion for these slapstick movies but this is even too much for me. you can spoof something better without all the pratfalls and silly shit.

Scary Movie 3
½

Solid filmmaking skills as opposed to the Wayans' ineptness on the first two movies. I laughed lots, some jokes fell flat like usual, but bless you David Zucker, you know how to make comedy -- by keeping the tone and the actors serious. Although, this is your worst flick. (Except I didn't see My Boss's Daughter) But still.. I liked this.

Scary Movie 2

Feels like the effort was so low on the first one that they never expected to make another, but they did, and the effort is even lower. Like the first one, they haven't put together a clever enough spoof or story so they rely on 6th grade toilet humor to fill it out, and y'know, general late 90s outrageous shock humor gross-out style.

But, this time they have some funny people involved! (Anna Faris is talented but..) I mean David Cross, Chris Elliot, Andy Richter . . . they made me laugh many times throughout this crap movie!

So yah. . . middle of the road experience. Like the original and Austin Powers 2 & 3, it's nonsensical bullshit but because of the talent of the cast, there's a lot of good moments and they spoof a lot more movies this time.

Dracula - Dead and Loving It

muuhhhh....
Short review: you are not finding the movie as funny as it seems the cast and director expects you to. Same problem with most of Leslie Nielsen's later work unfortunately. Both him and Mel Brooks had jumped the shark years ago.

Death Note: The Last Name (Desu n˘to 2)

Original!
A great sequel! It starts off in a way that amps up the ending of the first in a huge way, which all sequels ought to!!! Then it meanders all over but it stays interesting enough. About as good as the first.

Death Note (Desu n˘to)

My first exposure to Death Note. Highly enjoyable. The concept was fascinating and I would've liked to have seen it explored more instead of the police surveillance plot that it became, though that was clever enough to keep my attention too. Look forward to more!

House of 1000 Corpses

He made the movie he wanted to make, but...it sucks. A lot. What a horror show (Rob Zombie's film vision that is. He can direct but he should never, ever be allowed to write or produce again).

Immortal
Immortal(2004)

Abstract and artsy....The trailer looked mind-blowing, but the movie was one of the biggest letdowns of all time for me.

Baak bin sing gwan (Sixty Million Dollar Man)
½

one of the dumbest movies ever. and friggin' funny. recommended if you liked Kung Fu Hustle. just be warned that that was his highest-budget movie and this is not! but it's one of his best.

Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

The animation was phenomenal but I expected more from the story. So cheesy. I guess I have to get used to that in animes which I've seen almost none of.

Zat˘ichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi)

You've seen Kill Bill. Maybe you've seen The Seven Samurai too. You should check this out. It's a remake of the old Zatoichi films (as numerous as James Bond movies). Blind swordsman. Done. You wanna see it, I'm sure. You aren't gonna love it but you'll like it.

Doesn't reach "One of my Favorites" status but it could be the best samurai flick of the 2000s.

creative, artistic, pretty and brutal. it's a good time!

Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?

Really cool thing to do . . not necessarily worthwhile though. Supersize Me was much better.

What the Bleep Do We Know!?

A portrayal of life & the universe based on the principles of physics & philosophy. Abstract thinkers will love this. However, I hesitate to recommend it. It's highly thought-provoking and there were some moments of genius, but a little too much metaphysical mumbo-jumbo for my taste. It didn't provide much scientific substance. In fact it leaves you more confused about what reality is than when you went in. But that seems to have been the intention.Someone should have pointed out: The macroscopic world we live in does not obey quantum mechanical laws. It's fun to pretend it could but it doesn't. Just subatomic particles.

American Movie
½

Pretty funny and quirky documentary, but all-in-all it coulda been a reality tv show. I would stay away unless you like filmmaking (or laughing at loser filmmakers).

Darwin's Nightmare
½

Don't like how it was done (needed more text or narration). Took an hour to figure out the point of what I was watching, but what an incredible message and powerful learning experience. And helped me see how my problems are nothing.How idiotic is the world!? A country in the grip of famine and starvation...the whole country is in the fish business, they make $1 a day, exporting all their fish to the EU and can only eat the maggot-crawling scraps of what the plane can't hold. The rich nations of the world get all their fish, and the starving masses of Africa get weapons in exchange.

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Recommended no matter who you are. Pretty interesting and unflattering.

The Big One
The Big One(1998)
½

One of the neatest documentaries. Cool format. Fun.

Beijing Bicycle

simple tale in the tradition of Zhang Yimou - nicely directed, well acted. warning: slow indie film. don't expect much in the way of entertainment - that is not the reason this was made.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
½

I love Star Trek to death but this is not good. It tried to be but wasn't cool enough by a long shot. Smart idea for a plot but.. Instead of imitating "2001: A Space Odyssey" they should have done what they did in "Wrath of Khan", which is... give it a vibrant reality. Put some humanity in it. This movie seems like it's made by computers for computers.

Ju-on 2 (Ju-on: The Grudge 2)

I pity you if you've seen the American ones instead of these.

Ju-On 2 is as great a sequel as could be. I enjoyed it almost as much as the first, and if i'd seen this first, i'm sure it would've been ahead instead.

Ju-On: Shiroi R˘jo (The Grudge: Old Lady in White)
½

At first I thought it was gonna be lame directing, but after the first scene I no longer noticed. I was kept in the grip of a horrifically good story. This is why Ju-On is cool -- simply a challenging way to tell a story full of very scary ideas. I enjoyed this almost as much as the movies. This is pure Ju-On and it's also standalone. Excellent.

There Will Be Blood
½

Damn amazing in originality, fascinating universe and characters. Incredible acting. Didn't feel as long as it is either, despite it taking its time to tell the story. I love that someone made a movie about someone who succeeds right into the ground.

I've only seen it once, but I suspect I'll like it just as much the 2nd time and if I do, it'll be going up to 5 stars

Dreams
Dreams(1990)

A collection of short films - major cool stuff. A few near the beginning are too god damn slow but others are unforgettable and have affected my life.

Thank You for Smoking

I shouldn't like this movie but how can you not . . . a movie with not one redeeming character is actually a pretty honest one. it's just smart.

Rumble in the Bronx

Even with 20 years experience, he was unknown in the west until this movie, where he set the whole world on fire! Totally rad, adrenaline pumping action & stunt extravaganza! can't be missed.

The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II)

the production is awesome. almost without a doubt Jackie Chan's all-around best movie.

Supercop
Supercop(1996)

an action extravaganza of a kind that will not ever be seen again. this is legend.

Police Story 2 (Ging chaat goo si juk jaap) (Police Force II)

in every way an improvement over the original which was very good. one of his very best. love this flick and you will too.

Who Am I?

it's just got everything you want, it's an amazing action-adventure flick

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

great flick. as solidly watchable as the first. but...
-1/2 star for having to suspend belief over and over and over. but it was a cool watch

National Treasure
½

Just a strong, cool movie. Good for any age and I actually mean 10, 20, 30, 40, etc.

Tao xue wei long zhi long guo ji nian (Fight Back to School III)

not a proper sequel. seemed a poor effort (aka directed by hack Wong Jing) but i also haven't seen the two movies it parodies. even still, shouldn't it work a little bit? And there is no excuse for calling this FBTS3. Quite a piss-off.

Tao xue wei long (Fight Back to School)
½

humorous movie with a competent story and some unnecessary but decent action scenes. simple movie therefore pulled off well = decent watch. but don't miss the sequel.

Tricky Brains
½

the entertainment value is very high and every single minute is amusing

Yi dan qun ying (Just Heroes) (Tragic Heroes)

the two action sequences by john woo are great. if you're gonna watch it, it's gonna be for that. the cast is pretty good too but due to unenjoyable story, the movie is basically awful.

Enter the Dragon

I'm not a big fan of Bruce or his movies but this is a very important film of the 70s. Old but good. For real. Stands the test of time. This was before asian star's movies from their home country were superior to their Hollywood adventures.

Fist of Fury (Jing wu men)
½

Slowww but important classic, so it's almost a must-see of asian cinema, even though it may be tough for people to stay awake between fights.

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

Epiiiiic. Wow. Just awesome. You're missing out if you haven't seen it. It's a great adaptation of a great story.

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade
½

Interesting . . Not a must-see even for gamers. I recommend it to people who played arcades, and any big fan of "King of Kong". This would've been a fantastic extra on a "King of Kong" blu-ray or something.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

It is so much a sequel to the game that you can't possibly make it ten minutes through this if you haven't played it. So this is hard to rate as a movie on its own, but if you've played FF7, this movie is . . definitely cool.

The Thirteenth Floor
½

There hasn't been many good sci-fi stories like this since this movie.

Brilliant story, relevant now in this "The Sims" age. You won't believe that it came out before the game.

It's all about story with this one. The premise is similar to entering the Holodeck on Star Trek: The Next Generation, especially the episode where one simulation character named Moriarty becomes self-aware. That element of a simulated world is the basis, but it's only the beginning. It brings up fascinating questions about the nature of life and existence, deja vu and reality much like Dark City, and story-wise it has commonalities with The Matrix and perhaps Fight Club, plus it's from the same year, only this is more of a classic thriller/mystery story and not at all about style. Part of me thinks that's a missed opportunity but I have come to see it not as an unstylish sci-fi but the one and only sci-fi who-dunnit mystery. Such an unknown movie but such a genius story!

The directing and performances tend to be great, especially Vincent D'Onofrio. However, the movie fails to move you greatly, which great movies must do. Perhaps making the movie an epic 2.5 hours instead of 2 would've done it. However it didn't need to be 2.5 to tell the story, it's just fine. More frivolous time with the characters may have helped pull us in closer though. Just a thought. Anyway, it's a super cool film and I highly recommend it if you like originality and challenging stories.

Ju Dou
Ju Dou(1990)

wow, what a dark drama, this was an intensely intriguing story. if you haven't seen a real non-action asian film, this or Raise the Red Lantern might be a good start because they're dark and Kubrickian.

Gemini (S˘seiji)
½

pretty freakish. cerebral and metaphorical in a fairy-tale sort of way, though all-in-all not very much fun at all.

Dark Water
Dark Water(2002)

very slow and effective build except the pay-off isn't big enough. still, this is a good story-focused horror movie. worth seeing

Phone (Pon)
Phone (Pon)(2002)
½

Cool modern-age horror. Great story. Heavy creep-factor.

The Grudge
The Grudge(2004)

As a fan of the series, this failed to achieve what the originals did. But it's well made. I just wish the fx hadn't ruined it. CG effects takes away any notion of realism.

Ju-on: The Grudge

The top of the top! One of the scariest and best of all time.

Paranormal Activity
½

the acting was strong. the story was weak. one of the least scariest movies i've ever seen. it was pure boredom. ended just when it was beginning to be interesting. but some people seem to be terrified. i dunno. i won't be watching this again.

The Matrix Revolutions

The weakest of the three, it's like an uninteresting conclusion to the 2nd movie.

The Matrix Reloaded

A little too long and meandering plot brings it down but super cool in other respects. Does what it needed to do - expand the mythology and world. It's just a little . . hard to follow along with, it just keeps going in a maze of plot and ends.

Lionheart
Lionheart(1991)

Crappy action flick with a certain charm. Story is ultra simple. The acting runs from bad to good. Van Damme's black manager shines and saves the movie from full awfulness.

Inception
Inception(2010)

One of the best movies ever made.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY for the intelligent.

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)
½

Definite disapppointment. Still an interesting crime story (though one that's impossible to follow without seeing the original first, so don't allow anyone to start with this one) that narrows in on the fascinating Lisbeth character as we had craved. This time, though, there's far less tension. I was hoping for more boundary-pushing scenes, or simply more style. Something. This different director just didn't have what it takes. The story didn't bore me but he did. Also, adept music composing could've helped keep it from approaching boring at times. Hopefully, though, this one has 'middle-trilogyitis' and the 3rd will be back to the moving, gripping level the 1st had. I just have a feeling this director will leave us with more of a Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions feeling.

Predators
Predators(2010)

Because i'm a massive Predator fan, I kept expectations low. It started like I expected -- identical to Predator only worse. But there's good stuff all along the way and it ended up standing on its own. LOVED IT! As good as Predator 2 which for me makes it officially awesome. How much?

Predator 1 = 100%
Predator 2 = 90%
AVP = 50%
AVP2 = 55%
Predators = 90%

The Crow
The Crow(1994)

Amazing and important film.. It almost transcends normal cinema.

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
½

Great movie though I dunno how accurate. Probably as accurate as any biopic i guess. Very well made.

Sudden Death
Sudden Death(1995)

Die Hard at the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Some surprisingly good directing. Excellent 90s actioner. Quality quality flick though in no way a favorite of mine.

Timecop
Timecop(1994)

One of best sci-fi movies of the 90s. Excellent production and smart storyline. Awesomest intro scene ever!

Species
Species(1995)
½

This is one of the better movies of the mid-90s (which was an awful time for movies). It was pretty interesting, Rated R, 80s style, and shot really well.

It's also basically the new movie "Splice" but with more action and ensemble cast.

But Species II was soo fucking bad, don't..just don't.

Splice
Splice(2010)
½

It's sort of "Species" with a lower budget.

It's true sci-fi (like Moon, not Transformers, ok?) It's nowhere near as good as something like Moon. But some good stuff here that some imperfect moments didn't ruin for me. It brings to mind questions of human instinct and nature vs nurture which no movies do. It was a good character study, which a lot of people will completely fail to realize. In fact, that's what this movie is, completely. It's all a symbol of Freudian psychology. The acting was shot craftily, implying motivations. I like that. But something was a little off. Maybe it moved a little fast / wasn't long enough. Every scene is there for a necessary reason, which is good, but there needed to be just a few lines of humor for levity. Without it, it will cross the line into so-serious-it's-unintentionally-funny territory for people.

But I dug it overall. It's not awesome, but y'know, it's pretty good, and that's good enough.

Natali is a sharp guy. This is his Cronenberg movie.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
½

More fun stuff than Episode 1 but a lot of cheesy acting ruins it, and the story is still incomprehensible and still the 1-dimensional characters. Maybe I'll give it half a star higher than Episode 1.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Surprisingly good. For Star Wars. Prequels I mean mainly. The action in the prequels are the only watchable parts and this one is full of it, so I was entertained, once.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Awful story, pacing. . . it's garbage except for groundbreaking fx and the finale is a pretty incredible setpiece. I dunno. It's a failure for sure. It's not a kid movie and too weak for adults.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
½

Undeniably a strong movie. I think the way the climax is set up is the smartest part of the series and therefore this is my personal favorite. Definitely as good as Empire.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
½

Again, not a fan but this is a very good movie I admit.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Not a Star Wars fan, however they are masterworks of their time. Of the original trilogy this is by far the weakest in my opinion so it gets 4 stars (which is what it deserves but is higher a rating than I would give it on a personal level).

Alien
Alien(1979)
½

A classic, but I think over-rated as well. Real slow in the first third. Few moments that fail to sell, and badly for me. But it does look extraordinary and acted so much better than movies today, period.

Gamer
Gamer(2009)
½

Pretty kickass. Most of the movie surprised me by how good it was -- it was super violent (we never get that anymore!), well-layed out plot (kept its plot points to itself until you needed to know late in the game), well acted, with interesting ideas the likes of which are really missing from what passes as 'sci-fi' now.

The bad: once or twice the visual style hurt my eyes....and I didn't feel emotionally connected to the people (just the cool premise and forward-looking sci-fi concepts which we don't get a lot of nowadays). Whereas I was completely enthralled and captured emotionally during Equilibrium especially at the end, this one never built to what Equilibrium had in its first scene even, plus the writers seemed not to know what to do with the end.

But the biggest theme of the movie WAS disconnection with other human beings - the lack of remorse and empathy, which was handled fantastically throughout in EVERY single character!! So the movie wins out for gore, smart sci-fi ideas about the future of media and gaming, and most of all, the near psychopath nature of all the characters which is the point they're making with the movie. Therefore = movie successful.

Erik the Viking

I liked the vikingness of it all, and I liked the comedy, though it seemed to be not going for laughs entirely.

It doesn't compare at all to the Monty Python movies. Same problem with this movie as with Yellowbeard - it's got Monty Python actors but it's really not very funny. It's almost as if they are trying to keep it unfunny! WHY!?

I don't think the movie works cause it's too much a normal movie to be a comedy and too off-the-wall bizarre to be a proper viking adventure story, so it's an undoubtable failure. It is more Python-esque than Yellowbeard though, so that's a good thing, but it also doesn't look as nice as that did.

Yellowbeard
Yellowbeard(1983)

Graham Chapman is a hoot as the unforgettable Yellowbeard! Surrounding him is a terribly weak adventure movie that's comical at times... either that or it's an unhumorous comedy about pirates. Not really sure.

The movie is a whopping big missed opportunity, and that kinda pisses ya off. But It does have its moments. Captain Jack Sparrow has nothing on Yellowbeard.

Did I enjoy watching this movie? Personally yes I guess. Is it a good movie? Hell no. 2 stars. Watch if you're out of Monty Python to watch and you'll enjoy Graham Chapman's work here while you sit thru the rest.

Eastern Condors

better than expected - remarkable visuals and excellent action/stunts make this very engaging. now...the story IS awful, and like a lot of these 80s HK flicks it tries to do comedy and incredible tragedy so close together and over the top . . the melodrama is so thick that it's funnier than the comedy. But it's a kick to watch these superhuman bad-asses pull off crazy moves in this romanticized way. It's not a good movie but you can see they had fun making it and it's worth a watch.

Game of Death

Classic..horrible...unintentionally hilarious, although strangely enough the last scene is a must-see.

The Prodigal Son

Bad movie...just bad...I am a fan of these but come on..

The Touch
The Touch(2003)

The less said the better. High-budget and terrible. Skiip it unless you're the biggest Yeoh fan ever.

Supercop 2
Supercop 2(1993)

Rare film. Not a good one but I've seen worse.

A Chinese Ghost Story II

Ugh. Really. Bad. Movie.
Same good visual style but worse story, everything's obviously rushed out. Awful fx. Totally dumb, not involving story. Painful.

Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)
½

Thanks to Producer Tsui Hark, this film is shot about as well as his "Once Upon A Time In China", more like actual filmmaker style than the wacky martial arts performers-turned-action-heroes such as the Jackie Chan clan. The story ain't that amazing though. But some of it looks neat, and it's a rare kind of "whimsical" horror and with a romance storyline. It's almost like a Beetlejuice or Evil Dead 2 chinese style. Only not that great.

American Psycho

For the most part it's phenomenal! You wouldn't expect it, but this movie is hilarious!! It's so unlike normal movies!!

CSA: The Confederate States of America
½

This is something to see! Brave as hell...truly fascinating speculation. This is a totally believable History Channel documentary of the Civil War and beyond, except in an alternate reality where the south won. It's super offensive! Love it.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Incredible!! Haven't seen a thriller this good in the theater . . EVER! I have never wanted to read the book version after walking out of a theater till this one.

Thank god for foreign film, pushing the boundaries of cinema that Hollywood then remakes badly every time.

The Chronicles of Riddick

If you're intrigued enough by Pitch Black, check it out, but Pitch Black was much smaller and much better. Oh and if you haven't seen that, DO IT!

This movie is sweet eye-candy but no nutritional value for the brain - leaves your stomach pretty hollow. Here's hoping for another movie though because he's one of the most interesting characters to come out of the 2000s.

They certainly tried. You can really feel it. Unlike most hollywood movies, there is personal aristic love in this movie. The sound and visuals are outstanding. The acting is good too. The story started out interesting. Then it got slower (but that's ok, sometimes). Great setpieces though. They tried to make this a monumental epic movie, but it's only a epic B-movie.

Because by the end I stopped caring. It was a 5-star movie at the start, then it looked like it could be only 4 maybe in the middle for me with the fantasy elements. Plot-wise, the last 1/4 really lost me in a huge way. Like "Sunshine" bad. When the ending is the weakest part, the movie is brought down so much more than if it had been a bad start or bad middle. They just didn't build it up. The movie kinda went on and got slower if anything. I saw the director's cut so maybe the original is a little bit tighter and that might help especially with that ending.

To sum up: the action & sci-fi fx blew me away but I hoped for way more in the story department. If only there were more characters to care about instead of just different levels of anti-hero and villain, I would've been emotionally invested in the story at the end and we would've had a killer movie here.

Mr. Vampire
Mr. Vampire(1985)
½

Quite enjoyable silly romp.

In the Mood for Love

immaculate cinematography - this is real filmmaking! it's uneventful but keeps you entranced too

Chloe
Chloe(2010)

Solid. Small little character indie film only with a budget. And it's solid.

Fong Shi Yu II: Wan fu mo di (The Legend 2)(The Legend II)
½

made quickly and you can tell. sweet fights and nice visuals but story doesn't compare to the first. still, positively entertaining.

The Legend of the Swordsman (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi: Dong Fang Bu Bai) (Swordsman II)

The cast is amazing but this is too schizophrenic a fantasy for me. The budget is not big enough to support a story this ambitious.

The Lovely Bones

Lot of cool stuff to look at but the story . . so bad. The entire plot is like it's trying to irritate you. The badguy is quite a cool creepy screen character to watch though. Classic even.

Brick
Brick(2006)

Highest possible honors. I haven't been so spellbound by a movie in years. Thank God I went in knowing nothing, although it's so very intense and intelligent that it will take another viewing which I feel like beginning now and I finished watching the film 5 minutes ago! Once again, this is incredible. Unfortunately it's too much for a lot of people to handle not to mention comprehend, and it's a very dark movie, but for those that like their film to be art of the most powerful kind, look no further. This is up there with Oldboy as one of the most potent cinematic achievements of the decade.

Hellraiser - Bloodline

I really loved it. It's bigger budget than the first two plus less 'Hollywood' than the third. Not perfect but it's intriguing and pretty epic.

2010
2010(1984)

I loved it! Better story and effects. More traditional than the artpiece that is 2001. Not as groundbreaking but that's the only level you can compare the two on fairly. This is totally different.

This is mostly for some big fans of 2001 who wanted more. There are some like me who consider the first movie a greater achievement but enjoy watching this one more (way less slow, weird, and continues the fantastic storyline).

Children of Men
½

Amazing.. not only completely original but viscerally powerful. Phenomenal.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)
½

Amazing! One of the best movies I've seen in ages. And it may be CG but it's one of the most bad-ass flicks in decades. The setting and story are fascinating, the action is exhilirating and feels real, it's all completely beautiful, and you're actually concerned for the characters! I suck for missing this when it came out.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

Best comedy in a DECADE if it holds up as well on 2nd viewing as first.

Jason X
Jason X(2002)
½

This film is a joke and they know it, and that's disappointing to me. Wish they tried to make it good instead of comedy/scifi-horror. The story (not the script but the story) could've worked and worked amazingly had there been more talent and more money involved. This is just utter garbage, though there are a few redeeming qualities and it's pretty watchable even just to take it in in awe. The first 15 minutes are fantastic but then the movie just slides and slides till you give up on it and by the end you can't believe...

If you don't consider it an actual movie and just take it for the crappy entertainment it is then cool, but I take my Jason movies seriously and this is not what I want out of them. Come on. Ten years and this is the Jason movie they gave us? The only one I could go see in my adult life?? This is what I have to live with? Damn why did I have to miss the 80s!!? Well luckily Freddy vs Jason was right around the corner.

Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning

Even by horror sequel standards an embarassment...pointless, dreadful movie. Jason only makes a brief cameo! Could have been an interesting idea. Instead it's scary how not fun to watch it is.

Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan

Kane Hodder continues to own the role of Jason. He's phenomenal. Too bad the movie itself is pretty terrible. Huuuge failure. The ten minutes he spends in New York are glorious. Then comes the worst ending I can even think of. So that wipes away any points it had made, hence this is tied with worst Friday movie.

I Love You, Man
½

Awesome flick. I love the mature, fresh comedies of recent times (Apatow and Apatowian alike). This is simple but one of the best - up there with 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Law Abiding Citizen
½

Started like a Punisher movie ought to, had a lot going for it but . . it went off the tracks somewhere and ended up being just depressing. Not to mention it's the same movie as The Dark Knight -- thematically and plot-wise, where Gerard Butler is the Joker.

The Incredible Hulk

freakin' incredible alright. this is the Hulk movie we wished for. At times I was like a kid again. Like a transformation into the Hulk, the movie started out brilliant and in total control, but somewhere in the 3rd quarter the story became simpler and straightforward action-fantasy-type movie, perhaps due to a slight lack of characterization. The missing hour of deleted scenes will be super interesting.

UHF
UHF(1989)

Good movie! Extraordinarily original. Weird Al is a genius. So much of it is so classic and funny. Clever, wholesome, and very quirky.I wanna give it only 4.5 stars but I won't let myself. It's too dear to me. I'll rationalize it by saying it's kind of low budget by today's standards but considering that they certainly did a 5 star job.

R-Point
R-Point(2005)
½

certainly creepy and well done, but no surprises whatsoever.

Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday

Strange..the best production values of the series..original plot, except it's lame..all-in-all only the first and last 5 minutes are cool. The rest is just a zombie movie. (A quite unique cool one though.)

Zeitgeist: The Movie
½

Great info (though I knew most of it but I'm sure it was eye-opening to most people who haven't read & seen documentaries like I have). The 9/11 part was silly and will date it badly. Would've been great if it wasn't for that. Still, good stuff overall.

An Evening with Kevin Smith
½

Couple classssic stories but other than that he came off like a jerk.

The Corporation

If you haven't seen this you are probably brainwashed by the system. Number 1 documentary ever in my book.

The Ugly Truth
½

Definitely the BEST chick flick I've seen as far as romantic-comedy that's also not trying to do the tear-jerkin' thing. This movie is so surprising -- brilliantly witty and funny physically and in the dialogue, excellently acted, simple plot but not the usual plot. I actually loved it. It won't be for everyone but it'll probably be the romantic comedy of choice for a lot of dudes.

The Time Traveler's Wife

I feel sorry for people who don't understand this movie. It was beautiful and unique. Guys, this is romance that's also NOT recycled chickflick crap! A rarity indeed.

Top Secret!
Top Secret!(1984)
½

Pretty funny! It's no Airplane or Naked Gun or Hot Shots or High School High.. but it's a straange and cool movie. Can't believe I never ended up seeing this till now.

Trick or Treat

Not that special of a film but . . it has a lot going for it. As a movie specifically combining horror and 80s metal, it is a perfect bullseye so anyone into those things has to see it. The movie doesn't really resonate a lot in the 2nd half especially. But it's a smart, very very 80s (not a bad thing) flick. Good acting and shooting make it respectable.

Plot-wise it's a little bit like Fight Club if you can believe that! Am I right?

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

Quite the epic!

I grew up halfway between Aliens and Avatar so... I don't feel I had many good movies to grow up on in that time but Cameron is back!!! The man behind Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, T2, Strange Days... most of the great sci-fi action movies of the past!! We had to make do with Wachowskis and McGs and Singers for so long...and Michael Bays (who puts the army on screen to blow things up but doesn't know why except to glorify war, and show hour after hour of computerized explosions). I'm sooo sick of meaningless action storylines especially in movies passing themselves off as sci-fi.

Me, I've seen pretty much everything by now ('cept for how neat that 3D stuff was in the theater) but if you haven't seen the old greats, then I can understand young'uns being blown away by this movie.

In the first 20 minutes I was thinking "yeah this movie'll be good and stuff, but... 1) I wish I was watching Aliens right now. 2) I wanna see a Mech Warrior movie. and 3) I wanna sees a Secret of Mana movie." Oddly, by the end I felt like I had gotten pretty close to all three.

This is the first ever "science-fantasy" movie that was done right. It was a lot like living in a great RPG video game (ie: Final Fantasy). It took a while but I did get sucked into the beauty of it and it did get to me emotionally a bit, which is the only way a movie can be good. Buuut..it felt like a movie oftentimes, which new movies often do. The story was common sense to predict. The villain was over the top to the verge of cheesiness. But the film is very very cool to experience.

This movie will help define the times. I think it will hold up fine if it's not in 3D, however the best thing about it is the fact that the 3D is so cool and new and stellar. It will lose something watching it on DVD so if you're ever gonna see it, see it now!

I understand now why they say they need all movies to become 3D in order to keep people going to the theater, what with bigscreens at home now. I have a bigscreen but for this 3D shit, I'll bite.

Jack Frost
Jack Frost(1996)

Awful movie! A must-see! It's so entertaining. And the makers know it, and contrary to what i normally think, it kinda makes it even better/worse!

Tropic Thunder

Super good, real funny and hugely entertaining, though not as hilarious as I heard. It's funny but... really.. not even TRYING to be as funny as people claimed it WAS.

The Invention of Lying
½

Pretty middle-of-the-road. I did laugh tons of times but it was also fairly slow all the way thru strangely. Don't be afraid to check it out, it's interesting. But..

Funny People
Funny People(2009)

Not real good. And it's not a comedy. It's a non-serious drama. The storyline is good but I found it annoying/depressing too often. Would've enjoyed it if it wasn't for that. Was a little disingenuous.

Zombieland
Zombieland(2009)

Basically a perfect movie! Not exactly mind-blowing in my opinion but.. every scene is satisfying at the least.