Let the Right One In, Ip Man and Severance

February 27th, 2011 by admin

Severance is an interesting movie.  One part goofy office comedy, one part suspenseful horror, one part action.  Each act in the movie was distinctly different, but none of them were particularly good.  The movie wasn’t bad, per se, it was just very mediocre throughout the whole movie.  None of the characters were likable enough to make the comedy endearing, or for the build up in the second act to be extremely dramatic or for the action sequence at the end to be very thrilling.  The other major problem was that I knew what was going to happen — If I had thought Severance was just a comedy, it would be pretty scary… but the end result was a movie extremely by-the-numbers movie.

Speaking of expectations ruining a movie, I really wish I hadn’t heard about Let the Right One In.  The movie was interesting, but the build up was wasted because I had already known too much about it.  If you haven’t heard of Let the Right One In, just watch it.  I won’t talk about the plot, but I do have to say the casting was great: It was extremely non-Hollywood looking.  All of the actors looked like real people, not models… which makes the remake even less enticing.

Ip Man also didn’t have a particularly interesting plot.  It’s the classic Chinese vs. Japanese plot:  One man changing the entire society.  But, it’s a martial arts movie, the plot is not the point of the movie.  The action is the point, and the action was pretty amazing.  Unlike Raging Phoenix, it was an extremely conventional martial arts movie.  No drunken boxing, no comedy, just good, old fashioned action.  Donnie Yen is amazing.  Go see him, now.

Sorted from best to worse:

  1. Ip Man
  2. Raging Phoenix
  3. Let the Right One In
  4. Gamer
  5. Severance
  6. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  7. Croupier
  8. Gene Generation

Amazon vs. Netflix

February 24th, 2011 by admin

I have Amazon Prime.  I love it.  I order random stuff and I don’t have to worry at all bout shipping.  A few days ago, Amazon announced that prime members get a free Netflix-like streaming.  They claim ‘over 5,000′ videos available.

I was curious.  If you go to the Prime site, there are 71 pages of movies:  A total of around 1,700 items.  I guess the rest of the items are television shows…  Maybe I’ll take a look at them next, but that’s neither here nor therem.

But I already have Netflix, so is Amazon Prime any value to me?  I did some website scraping on Amazon and I used Netflix’s OData provider to see the differences between the two.  Random details below…

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Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever and Raging Phoenix

December 7th, 2010 by admin

First, there was Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu shooting guns and fighting. First and foremost, it has to have one of the most ridiculously terrible names ever. I really don’t know what they were thinking. Were they expecting to have multiple “Ballistic” movies? But, that’s neither here nor there. The movie was just “Meh.” Really unmemorable. Some average chase scenes, a bunch of explosions, some disconnected fight scenes, and a completely dull plot.

Next, there was Raging Phoenix. Take one part Ong Bak, one part Legend of Drunken Master (a.k.a. Drunken Master II) and a tiny bit of The Fifth Element and you’ll end up with Raging Phoenix. It’s not nearly as good as the first two, but it’s still quite an awesome Thai Drunken Boxing movie. The choreography was pretty amazing… Very break dancing like fighting. Good rhythm. Everyone was quite awesome. I have to say JeeJa Yanim is becoming one of my favorite stars.

Sorted from best to worse:

  1. Raging Phoenix
  2. Gamer
  3. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  4. Croupier
  5. Gene Generation

Gamer

November 29th, 2010 by admin

I just finished watching Gamer.  Starred Gerard “300″ Butler and Michael C. “Dexter” Hall.  Lots of explosions, a dance sequence, and lots of grunting and punching and what not.  Plus a big fat guy who touched himself quite a bit.  From that description, I know the movie sounds amazing.  Unfortunately, none of it was done very well.  There was some fun fights, but not enough to ignore the completely asinine plot.

So, we’re now oh for three.

But, I have decided that a binary opinion of movie is kind of lazy.  Instead, all movies should be compared to all other movies.  So, going from best to worst, I have:

Gamer
Croupier
Gene Generation

Up Next… Ballistics: Ecks vs. Sever … what could possibly go wrong?