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Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk

I must say that Marvel Studios has just been pumping out the great movies based on their comic book heroes and it really shows.
With a whole bunch of great CG and story lines, they’ve actually made this version of Incredible Hulk a sight to be held. Of course, there is no comparison when it comes to the earlier version of Hulk by director Ang Lee, which turned an comic book hero into a drama that bored you to tears (I’ll confess that I actually fell asleep a couple times trying to watch that one).
Fortunately, Bruce Banner (Norton) and Betty (Tyler) will have none of it in this. There’s a little schnitzzle in the nizzle, but nothing too crazy. I think Iron Man probably had a little more gratuitous stuff that was non-needed. But in any case, this particular one is just action packed. And right when you think it’s going to be the end sequence, it goes on with a battle that rages for a good long while. And that’s just the bonus. Well, maybe not even that. Don’t forget to watch it completely to the end (no need to wait for end of credits, it’s before that) where there’s also a … well, you’ll see what I mean.
Overall, this movie totally blew me away. It was absolutely awesome and was totally in line with the movies that Marvel Studios is known for. I really can’t wait for 2011. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it. You’ll understand soon enough.

Movie Review: Street Kings

Street Kings is an interesting cop movie that’s actually been done over and over again. It’s been a while since this plot has been revisited so when I saw the movie, it was actually pretty good.
Basically, the premise is that Tom Ludlow (Reeves) is this alcoholic cop that basically can’t live with himself because his wife was killed. So he goes on insane streaks to “clean up the streets” regardless of law. His captain, Wander (Whitaker) basically cleans up after him and takes care of the paper work trail. But needless to say, he starts to find out that there is something fishy going on in the department when internal affairs starts snooping around.
Overall, this was basically a dirty cop type movie and what happens when a police officer doesn’t abide by the same laws that he enforces. The questioning of if there is justice when it’s righteous versus the laws that allow some bad guys to get away has always been one of those story arcs that is featured in movies and books. Overall, Street Kings was a great action flick and definitely worth your time to at least watch once. Personally, I’d probably put it in the same league as Assault on Precinct 13.

Movie Review: Forbidden Kingdom

I have to say that this movie is truly a kid’s movie. It’s got that cheesy Zathura type feel which isn’t bad…. but it’s something that you don’t really think about Jet Li doing. Jackie Chan on the other hand, definitely. The story arc is basically a spin on the whole Journey to the West story line.
I have to say that Jet Li as the monkey king is a bit far stretch for him. The part was more suited for someone like Jackie Chan. So when the monkey king was frozen in stone at the beginning, I was actually pretty happy. Later on, Jet Li appears again as another character (a fighting monk) that is looking for a way to free the monkey king. Jackie Chan’s character is the one that guides the young American boy through the land by teaching him kung fu and assisting him in finishing the Seeker’s quest.
The Forbidden Kingdom could have been a better movie in my opinion, but it was one of the teen type CG and wired action instead of what you’d really like to see like the things in Fearless. However, I did enjoy the film enough being that it brought the two major action stars together.

Movie Review: Mr. Brooks

When it comes to Kevin Costner, it’s sort of a hit and miss these days for his movies. I have to admit that ever since Waterworld (of which I didn’t find all that bad, but it sure wasn’t worth the budget that it cost), I really haven’t seen him in too many movies. Nothing spectacular at least.
Mr. Brooks definitely showed that the guy’s still got it. As a successful businessman, he’s got everything that anyone could ever want. But yet, there’s some sort of genetic disposition that has created a side of him that no one knows about. Marshall (William Hurt), is that other personality that functions independently almost like two people. What’s interesting is that Marshall knows that he’s a part of Brooks, but they still remain pretty separated. And Marshall has a lust for killing.
In any case, over the course of the film, you find that there are actually two or three different sub-storylines that are running at the same time. The plot twists and turns, unexpectedly, which definitely made me give it the full and undivided attention. Overall, both Brooks and Marshall were a sort of calculated psychopath type genius, somewhat similar to the Joker in Batman. Always thinking multiple moves ahead and even when in a bind, they are able to get out of it by reconfiguring their thoughts on the task at hand and playing it out.
If Costner’s hinting at the film being the first in the trilogy, then I would be happy to see what more is to come. Definitely one of those films that I didn’t expect that it would be so good, but very happy to know that it was better than I expected.

Movie Review: In Bruges

Definitely a more artsy film. Why? For one, it gets pretty deep into the non-PC type of commentary. The entire film is littered with them, along with pretty nasty stuff. Not a wonder that film critics liked it since it was definitely a bit more crude, but much more like real life than a happy-go-lucky side of life that movies often portray.
The overall story of In Bruges is about a first time contract killer, actually accidentally killing a little boy. So his employer sends him off to Bruges with his partner to “lay low” for a while.
The entire thing is a very dark comedy, of which started out a bit slow for my tastes but gradually got into the heart of the matter. I personally don’t care for Colin Farrell’s acting at all, so it was actually somewhat amusing to see him trying his hand at the “dejected, depressed, I want die” act. Personally, I actually like Brendan Gleeson’s character a lot more although … well, just watch the movie. You’ll see what happens.
Overall, In Bruges wouldn’t go too high on my list of re-watches but it definitely had a someone one-time appeal to it.

Movie Review: The Scorpion King 2 – Rise of a Warrior

This story was about young Mathayus and before he became the Scorpion King. It goes into some of the details of why he ended up like he did and talks much about some of journeys he goes on to avenge his father’s death with a Greek and his childhood friend Layla. They go off to slay the Minotaur to retrieve the sword of … I believe it was Damascus? Either way, it was supposed to help him defeat Sargon, who had taken his father and had taken the crown in the mean time.
Over all, I found that the mythology storyline was actually pretty good. The CG was a little off kilter in today’s standards, but it was overall pretty decent. I thought the acting was a bit overdone and a little cheesy, but actors and actresses were pretty young so I didn’t expect as much. The Greek part especially played by Simon Quarterman was actually the best in my opinion.
They did have a UFC champion as Sargon (Randy Couture). Sorry, but this guy should stay fighting and stay out of films. There are some tough guys that can act, some that can do B-rated films, but this guy really doesn’t have it in him even for this. Personally, I find WWE superstars in a better role. Anyhow, I think that The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior was an alright movie in general, but I don’t think I would rent it again if I had a choice in it. Pretty much one of those one time deals.

Netflix should setup streaming subtitled content

Netflix, Inc. So far, I’ve not only had a Netflix for over four years now but I’ve also purchased one of the Roku players and often watch the streaming movies.
While this is great and all, there is one thing that the interface doesn’t allow and that’s the selection of different languages and subtitles. And that’s a huge pain. This is because, the current version of instant view actually only streams the English content with no subs. But there are a lot of anime selections along with foreign movies that are available on the set-top box. But you can’t access the correct choices that you would be able to from a DVD and whether or not the masters of the movies there can be made with subs and different languages is definitely one of the draw-backs.
I don’t see why not, having actually been able to locally stream a DVD audio and video tracks over a network through VLC, and being as such, I don’t see why Netflix couldn’t do the same.
While this is but an infant when it comes to free services, I have to say that I’m hoping that they’ve heard my plea and have already begun work on more content for streaming and more availability to how we watch the movies. I’m happy for now, but hear my plea! Subtitles and different languages, please!

Movie Review: The Art of War 2 – Betrayal

Boy, have the mighty have fallen. I enjoyed every Blade movie and pretty much everything that Snipes has done in the past, from Passenger 57 to U.S. Marshals. But he’s definitely had a few films that were sort of cheesy.
And The Art of War II: Betrayal is one of them in my opinion. It was about this entire political play where people were killed dispatched for this twisted plot of cat and mouse. Snipes, finding out that his sensei was murdered, basically sets out to find out who was behind it. Being a former spook, that explains why he could jump right back into the game and be able to kill people in all sorts of martial arts type moves (seen in many of his past movies).
While from an action perspective, it wasn’t that bad, it wasn’t the type of movie I would have seen in the theater (wow, there WAS a reason for this going straight to video!) The elite hacking group was supposedly the messiah of network intrusion, even for the spooks. But what was strange to me was that these guys were getting into things a bit too quickly, and if he was indeed the best of the best, then why was a DHS hacker able to trace him? That made absolutely no sense. Usually the best are that way because they understand how to cover their tracks.
Overall? It’s one of those movies where you might watch when there’s nothing else going on. Oh right. The reason it’s Art of War 2? They quoted one single line from the writings of Sun Tzu. Nice.

Movie Review: Reign Over Me

Isn’t it somewhat ironic that the review for this movie comes out the day after 9/11? On that day, many families were broken.
Adam Sandler’s character, Fineman, portrays a guy that lost everyone that he cared about in one fell swoop on that day. And that tears him apart. Being unable to communicate to anyone else, he bumps into Johnson (Don Cheadle), whom was his college roommate. Both men begin to hang out together and reigniting a brotherly camaraderie and confiding in each other things about their own lives that they couldn’t do with anyone else.
I knew from the get-go that this movie was going to be sad one, but there isn’t anything more touching that one that you can’t talk about and still weep over the scene itself. Yes, grown men do cry, and you’re cold hearted if a tear doesn’t come to your eye at a certain unnamed scene.
I must say that this was definitely one of those films that I thought I would like, but didn’t think I’d get into it enough to actually love it. But I do. For that single scene, this is one of those movies that will be added to my collection. If you’re just bundling up looking for a great movie to cry to with some superb acting, I would whole-heartedly recommend Reign Over Me. But if you think that this emasculates you, then I would probably avoid it since we all know that everyone’s capable of bawling like babies to the right moments.
As for me? I still get choked up with even talking about it. That’s how moved I was with this film. And it’s been a long time that I’ve been able to be that moved by either film or script in that mannerism. The last was probably, “Where the Red Fern Grows,” back when I was a mere teenager.

Movie Review: Felon

Interestingly enough, I had picked this movie to rent from Netflix mainly because it had Val Kilmer in it. Seemed like a decent enough movie, and wasn’t sure if chubbier and older Val still had it in him.
Go figure that Felon had me engrossed the entire time. Not that it hasn’t been overdone, since prison politics has been documented in both documentaries and countless number of films and television series. Remember the television show, Oz on HBO? Yeah. It’s been done.
But what was slightly different is that it’s been a while since there was one where the person that was going and doing time for killing an intruder to his home and the penal society and the differences to our everyday lives.
It’s a somewhat more simplistic view but it definitely gets it across that the “big house” has its own games that it plays. Eventually the pretty predictable twist is played out and the you feel all warm and fuzzy at the end.
Really, all I have to say here is… you go Val. You still got it. You still got it. Not one of the best actors in the world mind you (at least not in my opinion), but you can’t expect the world from a guy that got to get all cuddly with Elizabeth Shue in The Saint.