Jackie Chan requires very little introduction. If you don’t know who he is you were probably born yesterday or living under a rock your whole life. Either way you probably can’t read. Regardless, I will offer a little introduction to him before getting to a top 5 Jackie Chan movies list. Here we go!
I am not only gonna be talking about the Australian 2009 flick The Loved Ones in this little review I am also gonna start out by going down memory lane. Remember freshman year? When late nights in the common room meant stealthy drinking, imagining your female dorm mates naked, and hoping that, that hot girl on the second floor would walk through in her panties again (holy shit that was a moment). Well there was a SPECIFIC part of freshman year that I will remember for the rest of my life… and its not sex.
So after the various casting announcements for films like Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Superman vs Batman, I wanted to take a moment to express my own reactions while also trying to explain why most other peoples’ are wrong. Sorry if that’s blunt, but it’s necessary. Anecdotally speaking it seams like each one of these films received a relatively large amounts of disdain for their casting choices, except maybe Ant-Man. Even Ant-Man‘s announcement of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang didn’t get pleased reactions though, but it usually fell somewhere between “I don’t like this” and “I don’t like this, but it’s Marvel so I’ll wait and see.”
For the last five years I’ve dedicated my Valentine’s Day to watching horror flicks! Violent, Gory, and Disturbing horror movies are the truest expression of love! Since we are all *sniff* apart I thought I would expose you to a few horror movies that will make you love again or not! I am limiting myself to movies on Netflix and YouTube for your convenience. I’ve chosen movies with a romantic subplot that I found to be more complex. In past years I’ve picked movies that have people eating hearts or movies that would make you swear off love but this year I wanted to pick movies that were a little more optimistic about the thing called love. Obviously the films may be pessimistic or messed up but I think the romance shines through!
Despite how it may seem, this article is not about but rather inspired by the current debate on the unsettled case of Dylan Farrow’s statement that Woody Allen raped her when she was a child almost 20 years ago.
I originally set out to write a review of the Venom Mob film 2 Champions of Shaolin but after thinking about it for a day or so, I realized how obscure of a kung fu film it was to non-aficionados. On top of that, like with most martial arts films, the people who watch them or would care enough to read a review about them probably already have some familiarity with the Venom Mob films. In fact, I probably wouldn’t really have anything that new to say about the film. So instead this article is addressed to people who aren’t as familiar with the genre and would want some rad old school kung fu films to check out.
As a matter of my own personal belief, I purposely did not use “best” in the title of this article. That is not what this is and I have no intention to separate myself and my experiences of these films from these and future reviews. I say this to simply emphasize the importance of connection in watching a movie. That in mind, a list of the films of 2013 must also put a focus on the year of 2013 and all 20 films utilize our current technology in unique and exciting ways.
The first five films are completely of my own perspective and are my most personal choices.
The next 15 have no specific order and all express and showcase technical achievement in all aspects of film.
So quick summary. The hero is Emmet, the most neutral construction worker ever.He live in a generic lego city, where every one follows the directions. The directions are literally the direction booklets that come with every lego set now a days (and so the meta fiction begins.) He finds what is called “the piece of resistance” and it gets stuck to his back, which mean he’s the hero. He meets a bunch of “master builders” which are lego people who can build cool things out of random pieces because they are actually creative (like you are supposed to do with legos). They want to stop Lord Business, who is the bad guy. Lord Business hates when people make things out of legos that aren’t in the directions so he wants to fix everything, permanently (which means gluing it together, and the piece of resistance is the glue cap). Lord Business is played by Will Ferrell too (this is actually important to the story).
The most, “Wa? HUH?” Hulk book is now a, “oh no” animated movie. Since I am a HUGE fan of the source material I was looking forward to seeing an adaptation of the trials of tribulations of our green friend on the planet Sakaar going from gladiator to war lord to king. That is the basic plot. To put it simply they took Hulk and wrote him into the best contemporary Conan the Barbarian story line. As DUMB as that sounds its awesome because its actually amazing. They took that silly premise and they told it very seriously which made it very exciting and good pulpy fun. That is Planet Hulk the COMIC, Planet Hulk the animated movie… is really disappointing.
Technically this is a Thriller. But here it is, under Action Movies. Just because. A classic that I just now have gotten around to seeing. Let’s start with the cast: Christian Slater (the world’s greatest sorta famous guy actor), Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman (playing a one-eyed, white Rastafarian pimp – no shit), Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken (I think he literally just plays himself), Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn, and Tom Sizemore. This 1993 Tony Scott flick (directed by, and very obviously well written by Quentin Tarantino) features many of its amazing cast at the height of their careers.
It features one of the greatest character scenes ever devised between Walken and Hopper. I was prodded to watch this movie because it came up in discussion on a Tested.com podcast interview series with Adam Savage of Mythbusters. In it he talks about how Tarantino creates intelligent characters who are smarter than the audience which creates an amazing experience of the audience discovering a wonderful plan by a character. I wholeheartedly agree and cannot say it better myself.
Only bad part is Patricia Arquette occasionally (mostly in the beginning) puts on a really terrible Southern accent. This may not bug some of my non-Southern friends, and it doesn’t ruin the movie. And the rest of her acting is great, especially one kickass scene.