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A Bittersweet Life (2005)

A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Why do Asian movies always have to be so sad?

Can't complain though, it's a good thing in a movie, and this is a great movie. The action starts out regular, with punches and kicks, goes up a notch with knifes and sharp objects, and ends with guns and intensive mayhem. All through the movie the gore stays realistic, bloody, yet realistic. Smoke trails, small explosions and carnage are in a perfect balance between realism and wanted special effects... though I do wonder how the main character so often manages to hit people's legs or feet, he should be aiming at the torso, legs and feet are hard to hit.

Anyhow, the story is about a gangster, working for his boss, sent out on a routine mission to keep an eye on a girlfriend of the boss, things don't go as planned and all hell breaks loose, though. The movie is shot from some really interesting angles, like from the back side of a car while it's driving, and with the main character far away in the background while some other characters stumble around after a car crash.

It's not only the angles that are different but also the events in the movie, small details like really savoring a chocolate dessert or speaking about how the branches aren't stirred by the wind, but by your heart and soul. (more…)

Rampage (2009)

Rampage (2009)

This movie sucks. I shouldn't even post a review, but I thought I would do it anyway just so I can save people from wasting their time watching it. Sure, the actors are good, the action is good, the story is good. The only problem is that it still sucks. For a movie with such a ravishing title, there is really not enough action. The main character spends his time riding around town, threatening people, eating & shooting in the roof. The rampage is just not there.

There aren't any good dialogs. Nothing special happens. You go through the whole movie just waiting for the action to start, thinking, maybe it'll start soon, maybe now, maybe after he's finished eating that burger he'll go out and do some serious damage... but nothing ever happens. The story is planned well, the ending is clever, but what's a good story in a movie when everything else is no good?

I've heard people criticizing the works of Uve Boll (the producer) earlier but I didn't think much of it, I actually watched a movie he directed a while ago about the war in Vietnam and people crawling around in tunnels killing each other (don't remember the name) and it was really good, but this, it's a disaster. You wont be satisfied by anything, really, no, seriously, I'm not kidding. At least not if you're like me. I can't speak for the possible psychological differences that made so many other people not completely degrade this cinematical disasterpiece.

 rated 1/5: shit shit shit

Can't give it a zero since it is well made. The only problem is that they made it into a really crappy movie.

S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2010)

SWAT Firefight (2010)

The first SWAT movie was great, this one was so so. Great acting, great filmography, very realistic action, yet it doesn't have the same atmosphere as the first one had. The idea of putting a camera on the rifles (hidden as the scope... I guess) was pretty interesting, makes the movie look a little like an FPS game. This isn't an entirely new concept, but they managed to mix it up with the otherwise realistic filming pretty well.

The story is simple, a tale of revenge and rookies and so on. Cliché.

It could be a more than decent movie if it wasn't for one fatal flaw, the characters don't have enough time to build up personality, or they don't use the time well enough to build up the personalities. At the end when one of them dies it's not a tragic moment, he's just dead, oh, shame, but the main character just goes right on and takes his revenge and everything is happy ever after. It doesn't feel right. If people get hurt or injured it's hard to relate to them when you don't know them yet at all.

Good movie, yet it doesn't have that extra... something.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Unstoppable, The 777 Train

So, I've been thinking, is the 777 just a number or is there some meaning behind that specific choice of numbers? First thought was it's just a step up from 666, evil in a way, but not so evil it'll actually derail and take a thousand lives with it... retrospective spoiler alert btw. ;)

Today I read some interesting info, apparently 7 is a lucky number. Could this have something to do with it? Imagine the luck in getting that train to stop before the, well, you better watch the movie.

A third option could be that it just sounds good, or maybe it's just a favorite, or it could be completely random... or maybe it has something to do with the triple 7's you usually see in casino slot machines, the one armed bandits, you know? I'm curious.

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

I watched this movie at the movies first time I watched it. I was there with buddy Bear a Thursday afternoon long after the premiere and there were no other people in the room at all! Wish it were that empty more often, or maybe not, it would be reason enough for any cinema to go bankrupt... but still, it was nice. I laughed out more than I would ever do in a room full of people.

Though I like Jackies HK movies better than any of the newer ones, the Rush Hour series seems to go way beyond the old Jackie. It's not just about stunts any longer (the great attraction with his older movies where everything was real and everybody risked their life in the movies making), or creative martial arts. It's eh, well, of course it has some of that, but it's much more dialogue and encounters with different people. Like Shanghai Knights, but better, because, well... I don't know. Whatever. (more…)

Burlesque (2010)

Burlesque (2010)

I like musicals, yeah, really, as movies. Across The Universe is a favorite I remember easily, and there are many others. You would think action is my genre of absolute preference since that is what I mostly watch, but maybe that's just because there are so few musicals in movie format. The ones that do exist, with no exceptions that I know of, are all good. Why do I like musicals? Well for starters, I love music, beautiful women & inspiring theatrics, something many normal movies lack large amounts of.

As for this movie, it was great, reminded me of Moulin Rouge, which was great too. I haven't liked Christina Aguilera much earlier. Her songs have been trashy, normal pop, but now, wow, what an amazing voice, and the acting not too bad either.

The story starts out at a cafe. She decides to give up her job and to pursue something else, and when she gets to Burlesque and sees Cher's performance (who owns the place in this movie) she knows what she wants to be. She picks up a tray and starts working as a waitress, temporarily, until the opportunity to stand on stage appears.

Of course the movie is mostly romance and drama and jealousy with really no comedy or action other than when Cher almost breaks a glass window, but still, the performances are great and that's what counts. That's what makes the movie worth watching.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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