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Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu (2011)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu (2011)

A Dojo challenges another, kind of. It's a modern Kung Fu movie with good ol' Samu Hung standing in the sideline, and a few younger actors fighting it out with a mixture of boxing and martial arts. An Asian version of Rocky... you could say. It's a good movie, slick and fast-paced, but without that extra spice. The plot is more like soap opera than movie, and the actors are... OK. If you want martial arts, you get martial arts, nothing less, nothing more!

 rated 2/5: decent

Jump (2009)

Jump (2009)

Kung-Fu, Dancing, Romance, Asia. Great combination! It's like an exotic version of the series. Story is boring, but with interesting characters and talented dancers in the final show it still becomes a great watch. We follow a happy country girl (alias Phoenix) as she moves to the city to pursue her dream: dancing. She doesn't know her dream is dancing yet, but she loves to dance, and from a cleaning job she advances quickly. It's a fairy tale classic with some fancy moves, that's it, I give you:

 rated 3/5: not bad

Bounty Killer (2013)

Bounty Killer (2013)

Bounty Killer is a movie about bounty killers (surprise!). It's about Drifter and his partner (also part nemesis) Mary Beth, an enthusiastic gun caddy I don't remember the name of and a council that steers the world in a post-apocalyptic future where remnants of corporation executives have gone rogue and attempt to corrupt the new world through their now renewed lust for profit. Out of these many corporate organizations there is one that stands out, an army of yellow ties, and our hero (and heroine) must battle both the council and the enemy in their quest for justice. It was a good movie, gritty action, hot chicks, a plot that reminded me of Rage (the game... and I liked the game so that's a good thing) and eh... well that's all. It's a movie you just ride along with and don't need to think much about. Action, that's it. Good watch!

 rated 3/5: not bad

Contract Killers (2008)

Contract Killers (2008)

I was really expecting more from this. The plotline itself wasn't so bad, but the actors were... not perfect. It's like a mash up of different movies, the usual good guys/bad guys/spies, hero(ine) gets frame, tried to sort things out, ends up getting chased around, shot at, almost killed, looses a loved one; gains another. It was an entertaining watch, but it's not a movie I'll remember for a long. Well-filmed, sure, but somehow they didn't make use of their budget in the best way. Emotions are too clear, people frown when they're supposed to, show no emotion, when they're supposed to. I guess that's the difference between a decent movie and a great movie, you can tell that everything's mapped out, but apart from that it's really not bad. I'll give it a...

 rated 2/5: decent

Any Which Way You Can (1980)

Any Which Way You Can (1980)

Considering how old Clint Eastwood looks in this movie, it's hard to imagine that the last movie I saw with him was made more than my current lifetime after this time. He's come along way, and is still going strong! This movie is a sequel (a rather oddly named such - no numbers) to this movie, and it's good!

The plot is the same combination of randomness, relationship and fighting as in the previous one, with a few differences. The most major one is the monkey (still not sure if Clive is a baboon or some other breed), who suddenly seems much older; not as fond of life as earlier. Add to that the prrrrft noises they keep zooming in on for all kinds of situations (overall there are way too many close-ups of reaction faces for pretty much all eventful scenes), and he's suddenly not the charming character he was in the first movie. He does play an important part, but it's like he and Eastwood have a rather distanced relationship in this one, similar to the relationship he now has to the girl who abandoned him in the first movie. While that movie had a not-so-happy ending and a happy beginning, this one starts unhappy and gets happier. Still the relationship drama is not enough, it's not plausible, they get over their previous emotional torments way too fast, the motorcycle gang (replace potential spoiler with plot development here) get over their grudges way too fast, the fighter he's supposed to meet up and fight with becomes his friend way too fast, it just doesn't have any depth. Still an entertaining movie though, in the same manner as the previous one.

Fun fact: Jack Wilson, the fighter who fights Clint Eastwood in his final fight (a pretty good fight btw) has only appeared in a single movie: this one! IMDB has no character biography either. A mystery character! I'd have liked to know what happened to him...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

Every Which Way But Loose (1978)

Here's a rather odd movie, featuring Clint Eastwoood, a monkey (baboon?), his friend, his friend's girlfriend, a biker gang, a couple of fake cops, a girl who's run away, and a grand adventure! The one thing that strikes me most when watching this movie is how beautiful everything was back in the seventies, the skies were blue, the water was clean, the grass was green.. it's like the whole world was an oasis.

Of course that's what they show us, but it doesn't make the fact lesser that normal movies don't usually compare in terms of scenery. All the paradise we see in modern movies is man-made, it's either sleek beaches or cityscapes, or forest canopies from the distance, or mown patches of grass by a cottage in the woods. There's never a patch of tall grass and a few dandelions growing amongst a group of ungroomed trees. It's never wild.

So anyway, there was wildlife, there were fights, fun, drama, tragedy... and at the end of it all it's all a comedy. It's a light-hearted film with a few serious elements, and the camera angles are experimental, some traditional, some shaky-cam, some interesting objectives and close-ups. The sound effects for the fights are as exaggerated as they were in most movies of the time, but apart from many other movies of the time they do manage to capture the intensity of the fights, in a grittily realistic fashion... to a certain extent. It's not something you'd watch just for the action, but it was a fun movie!

 rated 3/5: not bad

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