Friday, October 21, 2016
Bearing my soul here some, so here goes: Gareth Edward's 2014 rendition of Toho property, Godzilla, kinda sucked. It may be because of the fact that I caught a late showing of it at the movies and fell asleep in the finale which is why I continually feel unresolved by it or it could be because to date, even watching it on television or on VoD, that I still end up falling asleep by the third act. Or maybe I'm just cranky and need more sleep. I don't know.. Eventually I did catch the last part in the on/off bits-and-pieces viewing of it but it's still a little frustrating and I'm probably alone on this. A friend of mine named Darren saw it and loved it and frankly I'm a little jealous. Ha!
The Star Wars saga continues this December spinning off with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, before seuging into the eighth official canon installment one year thereafter. In the meantime, Lucasfilm's other spin-off prospects are advancing through an earlier telling of actor Harrison Ford's portrayal of intergalactic smuggler Han Solo.
but the jig is pretty much up and if you can't recognize Zara Phythian and Katrina Durden in any of the trailers and clips now swirling online, I'd say an opthalmologist is in order.
On its face, Raman Hui's 18th century short story adaptation, Monster Hunt, may seem like a kids' movie not worth all the hype. That said, if that's the basis for your abstinence from seeing it either this year or last year, you couldn't be more wrong and its status as China's highest grossing film of all time notwithstanding, the film tells one of the most heartfelt, exciting and compelling stories you'll ever see on screen and with fun action sequences to boot as well from a script by Hui and co-scribe Alan Yuen.
Acclaimed filmmaker Jia Zhangke has business in India this week where the Mumbai Film Festival is underway from now through the 27th. Amid the festivities in the last 24 hours or so brought news of his latest move to adapt an India-set storification of the classic Journey To The West novel.
I remember first seeing the trailer to the CCTV-1 broadcast of the Shannon Lee produced series, The Legend Of Bruce Lee a bit less than a decade ago. Having already been a fan of director Rob Cohen's Hollywood treatment, I wasn't too impressed and I guess because it felt a bit like excess for there to be another pseudo-fictional telling of the life and legend of the Jeet Kune Do founder and martial arts film star.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Hey Los Angeles! Go See PLANET OF THE SHARKS For Free At The Green Me Film Fest This Saturday Night!
Now available on DVD and VoD is director Sand Sharks and Road Wars helmer Mark Atkins's latest offering from The Asylum, Planet Of The Sharks. The film premiered on Syfy during Sharknado week and became a top-rated original. Personally I don't do shark movies but having seen my fair share, I respect the fan fervor quite a bit.
I'm willing to bet there's already a consensus with Marvel fans on how much many will miss actor Hugh Jackman. There's no question that his is a portrayal of iconic comic book superhero, Logan Howlett (a.k.a. Wolverine) is one for the history books with a performance as palpable and gripping as one could ask for in an actor, and with a character who notably shares a backstory bigger than most of his fellow X-Men.