Mark Pollard

Mark Pollard

Agrees with the Tomatometer 80% of the time.

Publications:
Kung Fu Cinema
Total Reviews:
24

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 1 - 24 of 24
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 63% True Legend (2011) " There is certainly quality action to enjoy here but [it's] an overlong disappointment that falls beneath Yuen Woo-ping's potential as a filmmaker. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Aug 17, 2010
3/5 78% Ichi (2008) " A melancholy period drama colored by spurts of violent, blood-splattering swordplay. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Feb 4, 2010
3.5/5 48% Ong Bak 2 (2009) " Delivers Jaa's most intense and impressive fighting action yet but a complex and underdeveloped plot and fractured, non-engaging direction leaves much to be desired. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Feb 1, 2010
2/5 20% Legion (2010) " Would-be supernatural thriller ... tries too hard to play B-movie material serious and goes straight to hell by the ... second act. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jan 26, 2010
2.5/5 48% The Book of Eli (2010) " The Hughes brothers struggle with keeping the story intact and characters engaging but they do know how to shoot action with flair. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jan 16, 2010
4/5 67% Daybreakers (2010) " A thinking person's vampire flick with deliciously gory action, an underlying social message, lean direction, and best of all, no obnoxious product placement or pop music. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jan 8, 2010
4/5 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) " A first-rate action adventure movie that provides a near perfect example of how to redress an aging genre franchise for a new audience. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Dec 29, 2009
4/5 26% Ninja Assassin (2009) " Fast-moving and gruesomely satisfying fight fest ... that rarely lets pesky character or plot development get in between a hail of shuriken and their target. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Nov 27, 2009
7/10 No Score Yet Reclaiming the Blade (2008) " A high-concept and broad-ranging documentary that examines the evolving history, culture and application of the Western European sword ... eye-opening detailing. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jul 8, 2009
2/10 18% Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009) " Quite simply an embarrassment that cannot crawl into ignoble obscurity fast enough. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Mar 18, 2009
7/10 73% Chocolate (2008) " A sweet treat for martial arts movie buffs despite lightly bitter flaws. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Feb 18, 2009
4.5/5 65% Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010) " For all its faults and there are more than a few, The Warlords offers a much-needed change of direction for the current Chinese period epic trend. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Oct 18, 2008
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Man from Hong Kong (The Dragon Flies) (1975) " Rough and tumble fight choreography and spectacular stunt sequences ... provide dynamite showcases for some of the best stuntmen working in Hong Kong and Australia. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Sep 5, 2008
2.0/5 No Score Yet The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008) " Lightly entertaining but forgettable B-actioner best described as JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS meets HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Aug 23, 2008
1.5/5 13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) " An over-indulgent mess of mediocre computer effects, excessively confusing action editing, misfired comedy, and colorless characters. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Aug 1, 2008
4.5/5 87% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) " Gains big points for its dazzling visuals and for significantly ramping up the fantasy-tinged screen fighting. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jul 14, 2008
3.5/5 No Score Yet Rebel (2008) " A hard-biting martial arts and gunplay actioner from Vietnam ... a fast-moving and genuinely thrilling experience filled with visceral fighting action. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 30, 2008
2.5/5 No Score Yet Slaughter in the Snow " Possesses none of the charm of Zatoichi and little of the outrageousness of Lone Wolf and Cub ... is lacking in focus and momentum. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 23, 2008
3.5/5 No Score Yet 36 Deadly Styles (2009) " Low-budget winner is packed with quality kung fu action, wacky hair, memorable lines, comedy, and talented genre stars. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 21, 2008
4.0/5 60% 300 (2007) " This is death and war as ancient poets might have imagined it, glorious and provocative ... 300 is a powerhouse actioner. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 21, 2008
1.5/5 No Score Yet Nan er ben se (Invisible Target) (2008) " Sluggish, overlong Hong Kong action movie from NEW POLICE STORY director Benny Chan can be summed up in two words, epic misfire. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 20, 2008
3.0/5 No Score Yet Dirty Kung Fu (1978) " A great showcase for the comic talents of Wong Yue and the fighting talents of Wilson Tong ... a solid kung fu comedy. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 12, 2008
2.5/5 No Score Yet Slice of Death (2002) " Low-budget knockoff of about every other movie covering the destruction of Shaolin Temple gains points for its solid casting but suffers in most other areas. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 7, 2008
4.0/5 87% Kung Fu Panda (2008) " Fighting action is as dynamic and creative as any live-action wire-fu match by Yuen Woo-ping while the story is a refreshingly simple tale. " ‐ Kung Fu Cinema
Posted Jun 7, 2008
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