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The Comet Strikes

Posted : 8 years, 5 months ago on 23 June 2009 05:03 (A review of The Comet Strikes)

Early Golden Harvest old school wu xia movie. In some respects, it's a lot like a Scooby Doo episode only with a way higher body count. Some solid sword play and wire-work with only a couple instances where under-cranking was a little too obvious. Nora Miao is at her vixenish best. Lo Wei gets some screen time in towards the end of the movie playing the movie's Big Bad. Shih Kien is playing 'old man Smithers'. Probably best to watch it in a dark room at night. Which is for the best since the movie plays a lot like an horror film.


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Evolution review

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 19 June 2009 01:28 (A review of Evolution)

A genial comedy with a cast of likeable misfit characters. The story was re-cycled from an unused Ghostbusters 3 script. The creatures are fun and while it does build a sense of menace, it's never particularly scary. The comedy tends toward slapstick though there's plenty of character based humor (Duchovny should do more comedies).


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Evolution review

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 19 June 2009 01:27 (A review of Evolution)

A genial comedy with a cast of likeable misfit characters. The story was re-cycled from an unused Ghostbusters 3 script. The creatures are fun and while it does build a sense of menace, it's never particularly scary. The comedy tends toward slapstick though there's plenty of character based humor (Duchovny should do more comedies).


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Latitude Zero (Dub Sub) review

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 18 June 2009 11:05 (A review of Latitude Zero (Dub Sub))

Goofy. Even when they were making this movie, all the involved parties had to have known it was goofy. The submarines are cool, the women hot and the monsters...I like to think of them as a charming homage to Sid & Marty Kroft.

It moves at a good clip, but there are a smattering of dry spots (unless it's just me). There's two versions English and Japanese; the Japanese actors did the dialogue phonetically so there's no crappy English dub to endure. The English version is also several minutes shorter than the Japanese version, perhaps to the movie's benefit. The dvd has two discs, one holding the English version, the other, the Japanese version.

A goofy good time on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon/night.


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Latitude Zero review

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 18 June 2009 11:05 (A review of Latitude Zero)

Goofy. Even when they were making this movie, all the involved parties had to have known it was goofy. The submarines are cool, the women hot and the monsters...I like to think of them as a charming homage to Sid & Marty Kroft.

It moves at a good clip, but there are a smattering of dry spots (unless it's just me). There's two versions English and Japanese; the Japanese actors did the dialogue phonetically so there's no crappy English dub to endure. The English version is also several minutes shorter than the Japanese version, perhaps to the movie's benefit.

A goofy good time on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon/night.


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Masked Avengers

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 18 June 2009 10:49 (A review of Masked Avengers)

Three of the six Venom's, Chiang Sheng, Phillip Kwok, and Lu Feng, star in this fast-paced, brutal 'Heroic Bloodshed' movie. Lot's of people die (this being a Chang Cheh movie, mostly men), some of them not so much ugly, but mean deaths. The fighting is weapons based with an emphasis on tridents and this being a Venom's movie there's a high degree of agility on display.

It's superficially a mystery; who are the bad guys/good guys, but the emphasis is really on action and the relationships between the lead characters. If you're into the Venom's or Chang Cheh you'll want to see it.


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The Rocketeer review

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 18 June 2009 12:17 (A review of The Rocketeer)

Good comic book movies are still the exception and this movie is one of those exceptions. I never read the comics so I don't know how literally faithful it is, but in spirit it's as faithful an adaption as you could have hoped. It's as much an homage to the time as it is the the pulp movies/fictions of the time. The art-deco mini movie poster is a classic, too.

All the actors do a bang up job, with Jennifer Connelly standing out as a Betty Page look alike and Timothy Dalton as Erroll Flynn in everything but name. Also, any movie that references Rondo Hatton deserves a viewing.

The special effects still hold up nicely (the movie will be 20 years old in a couple of years!). Definitely in the top ten of comic book/superhero movies.


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The Rocketeer review

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 18 June 2009 12:16 (A review of The Rocketeer)

Good comic book movies are still the exception and this movie is one of those exceptions. I never read the comics so I don't know how literally faithful it is, but in spirit it's as faithful an adaption as you could have hoped. It's as much an homage to the time as it is the the pulp movies/fictions of the time. The art-deco mini movie poster is a classic, too.

All the actors do a bang up job, with Jennifer Connelly standing out as a Betty Page look alike and Timothy Dalton as Erroll Flynn in everything but name. Also, any movie that references Rondo Hatton deserves a viewing.

The special effects still hold up nicely (the movie will be 20 years old in a couple of years!). Definitely in the top ten of comic book/superhero movies.


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Pretty Good

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 17 June 2009 05:09 (A review of Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme)

The animated movies produced by Lions Gate for Marvel have as a whole been inferior to their DC Warner produced counterparts. The Doctor Strange movie is one of the better efforts, up there with the first Ultimate Avengers movie. The animation is solid; high end television quality. I don't remember anything particularly good or bad about the voice acting. I guess it did its job and that's all.

The story takes a some liberties with the Doctor's origins, but on the whole it's reasonably faithful to his comic book origins. The movie is kind of one long build-up to the big finish. I liked it enough that I'd like to see another Doctor Strange movie now that we've gotten past the necessity of an origin story.


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Time, Gentlemen, Please

Posted : 8 years, 6 months ago on 27 May 2009 03:02 (A review of Comedy Classics [DVD])

This is part of the Long Lost Comedy Classics box set released by Slam Dunk Media that contains six movies from the mostly forgotten Group 3 studio. The disc is not quite bare bones; it contains a stills gallery and adverts (not trailers) for other movies in the box (all the movies are available separately, too).

A village's smug Council is hoist on its own petard when they send the town's one and only well liked indigent to the village's alms (poor) house, as they're expecting a visit from the PM because of the village's 99.9% employment rate.

Gentle English farce made in the early Fifties. Chances are the only name you'd recognize is Sid James. Still plenty of echoes from WWII present. The arch narration at the beginning and end of the movie prove that irony was alive and well, well before the Nineties.


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