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Favorite Movies:
Police Story (Ging chaat goo si) (Police Force), The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II, Collateral, Scarface, The Dark Knight, Casino Royale, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Hurt Locker, Snatch, Die Hard 3: With a Vengeance, Face/Off, Gladiator, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Hot Fuzz, No Country for Old Men, Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India, There Will Be Blood, Boyz n the Hood, Higher Learning, Friday, The Exorcist, Pulp Fiction, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Barbershop, Slumdog Millionaire, Eastern Promises, Lethal Weapon 3, Election (Hak se wui), Cidade de Deus (City of God), Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior), Million Dollar Baby, Frost/Nixon, New Jack City, Batman Begins, A History of Violence, Blood Diamond, Blade, Gran Torino, Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, American Gangster, The Departed, The Wild Bunch, For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Pił), Unforgiven, Rumble in the Bronx, The Great Escape, Memento, Hotel Rwanda, A Better Tomorrow II, Ip Man, Batman, The Last Samurai, The Wild Geese, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Bourne Identity, Brother, From Dusk Till Dawn, Pretty Woman, Casablanca, Superman, Jarhead, GoodFellas, American History X, Full Metal Jacket, Syriana, The Hard Word, Apocalypse Now, Man on Fire, The Lovely Bones, Invictus, Passenger 57, District 9, A Better Tomorrow, White Men Can't Jump, I, Robot, Beverly Hills Cop, Drunken Master (Jui kuen), The Negotiator, Jaws, Changeling, Traitor, Battle in Seattle, Death Race, Kung Fu Panda, Predator, The Illusionist, Michael Clayton, Speed, The Crow, Hustle & Flow, True Romance, Heat, Bullitt, The Dirty Dozen, Bad Boys, Rocky, First Blood (Rambo: First Blood), The Untouchables
Favorite Actors:
Clint Eastwood, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Eric Bana, Jack Nicholson, Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Will Smith
Max: What did he do to *you*? Vincent: Nothing. I only met him tonight. Max: You just met him once and you killed him like that? Vincent: What? I should only kill people after I get to know them? <b>Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise <i>Collateral</i></b> Harry Callahan: Well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That's my policy. The Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that? Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher's knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross! <b>Clint Eastwood<i> Dirty Harry</i></b> Alfred Pennyworth: Because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. <b>Michael Caine<i> The Dark Knight</i></b> Neil McCauley: What am I doing? I'm talking to an empty telephone. Van Zant: I don't understand. Neil McCauley: 'Cause there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin' line! <b>Robert de Niro <i> Heat</i></b> Police Camera Tech: Who the fuck are you? Dignam: I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy. Dignam: Oh you're a fucking genius, who forged your transcript dickhead?" Ellerby: Go Fuck Yourself. Dignam: Im tired from fucking your wife. Ellerby: How's your mother? Dignam: She's good, she's tired from fucking my father. <b>Mark Wahlberg <i>The Departed</i></b> Zeus: You having a nice day, sir? You feeling all right? Not to get too personal, but a white man standing in the middle of Harlem wearing a sign that says "I hate niggers" has either got some serious personal issues, or not all his dogs are barking. <b> Samuel L Jackson<i> Die Hard with a Vengeance </i></b> Clubber Lang: No, I don't hate Balboa. I pity the fool, and I will destroy any man who tries to take what I got! <b> Mr T<i> Rocky III</i></b>

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Fast Five

Fast Five

3 years ago via Flixster

yeah.... this installment deserves its 4 stars for pure unadulterated high octane action and stellar cast and just edge of seat thrills.

For a 5th installment, its RARE to see quality on any level. But unlike everyone else in the industry, Justin Lin (director) and producers (including Vin) have learned over the series how to make the Fast and Furious come to full circle in this one, and I think its the best one of the whole series, even better than the first.

It really takes its roots back to pure action film making, it doesnt really focus too much on crap but the bare essentials to keep it moving 200mph a hour. Fast cars, hot women, eye candy for the ladies and enough beef and testosterone on screen to make it all cool, keeping the die-hards happy and the new fans loving it as well as probably drawing in some critics with its charm and "I dont give a f**k" attitude, the only prizes this baby wins is with car, crashes and humor.

If anyone saw the original Gone in 60 Seconds, we would all say we never saw such a sequence and level of destruction using cars ever.

I guess thats just been topped with this one.... not even in Bad Boys 2, Gone in 60 Seconds (Nic Cage) or anything else comes close to the level of damage and chaos and LOOKS SO GOOD!

A mix of The Fugitive, Oceans 11, The Italian Job and of course, F AND F, and then you got something special here. As they say, nothing better than an original cast, and quite a cast to go with it, cool edgy characters with a level of humor and fun, plus the pure bad ass of its leads and The Rock stepping in to take the crown of bad boy Vin Diesel - and yep, put those two meatheads in one room, its street fighter v pro wrestler gone bonkers.

Typically its more than just so bad its good, its actually so good its better than expected.


Repo Men

Repo Men

3 years ago via Flixster

Hmmm.... I really wanted to see this, and now I have... its disappointing. In a dark nihilistic and corporate overrun future, the REPO-MEN of the UNION are the feared debt collectors, no job too disgusting for them, repossessing artificial body parts from clients in arrears.

Remy and Jake, childhood buddies, are a team, ex-Army trained Repo Men who live and breathe the job. Until Remy's family life begins to strain because of his work overload, and after a near fatal accident, Remy is implanted with an artificial heart, which changes his perspective forever. Unable to continue as a Repo Man, and with no other qualifications, Remy himself is soon in arrears and then becomes a target.

Hmmm... a twisted personal, narrated story, with a not-so interesting twist in the end which didnt leave much to be desired, the action though is bloody and brutal, its funny seeing Law and Whitaker kicking ass and taking names, when proven action star Liev Schriber (the best thing about the movie) is on the side giving a good performance as a "suit" - maybe he and Whitaker should have had a role reversal. I think it was a serious miscast, a movie trying to be< in essence, like Minority Report, Paycheck or Blade Runner in spirit, but different enough to stand out... but fails. Nothing seemed to be inspiring or entertaining, and its easy to get lost in the mumble and jumble.

Anyways.... avoidance is my advice.

The American

The American

3 years ago via Flixster

No, this is not a hit and run action movie. You all should know Geroge Clooney petter than that!

Instead, its a dark dive into the sad, lonley and dangerous world of a professional spy, gunsmith and killer named Jack, who is becoming more and more disillusioned with his life, and after a close encounter with some professional killers gunning for him, and making a terrible decision in the process, he disappears to Rome and is given another assignment while he disappears from his pursuers.

Undoubtedly, his presence becomes known in the sleepy, picturesque town Castelvecchio in the Abruzzi mountains, the quiet non-descript "Americano" photographer and he forms a friendship with the local inquisitive Priest. But his superiors and partner are always around to remind him that a job needs to be done, which is to customize a rifle to be used in an Assainsation. Then there is also the constant and growing presence of Clara, a prostitute with whom he becomes romantically involved with. After another encounter with his pursuers, Jack decides to call it quits. But a man in his profession can't just simply walk away.

George Clooney plays the quiet, brooding hitman, and obviously he meant to carry the movie, which he does so superbly. The movie is dark, depressing and cold, which is a reflection of Jack's attitude and lifestyle, and not even sex and women can make him forget his tormented life.

We travel to a picturesque mountainside of Italy, a beautiful country place hidden away from the rest of the world, another reflection of the nature of the movie and Jack's character, a hidden persona behind a handsome and unassuming facade - twisted with a beautiful landscape hidden away by the rest of the world, a contrast of opposites.

As I said, its a dark thriller, an intelligent movie to which every motiff and scene and shot has a meaning to be discovered to make the story work and flow, from the birds eye view to the background music to the silence to the words spoken.

Make sure you defintley have a strong cup of coffee and are wide awake when watching this one, and not for the action junkies or other mindless cinema goers, its a thinking man's movie.

The Mechanic

The Mechanic

3 years ago via Flixster

Obviously remakes are a tough business, and its good to know most people wont know of the 1972 Bronson classic and treat it a seperate film. But in the end, it was an enjoyable action thriller for the modern times.

Statham is not Bronson, but he is the best action actor of the day, so the role is rightfully his. Ben Foster is the standout, an impetueous, impulsive and dark character whoes emotions rage within him and manifests outward as extreme violence. When Statham is played by his organisation into killing his mentor, he reluctantly takes up the burden of training his mentor's son into the role of a "mechanic" - a master assassin who specializes in death in many degrees. But as the truth begins to unravel and the hunters become the hunted, there is a three way battle to the death as Staham faces of against his former employees and his apprentice who getting closer to the truth.

In the end, its a movie which isn;t very inspiring but clever in methodolgy and its execution, the only character with a sense of life is Ben Foster.

In the end, its a smart action thriller wannabe, and does alright, worth going to movies for the big bangs. But its forgettable in the sense that there isn't anything special about it, unlike the original, with Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent which started and provided inspiration for many movies after.

The Town

The Town

3 years ago via Flixster

Defintley a superb thriller, though it does have its many hits and few misses, but overall it packs a wallop and makes for really entertaining and quality cinema.

Ill start off by saying Ben Affleck has got talent behind the camera, moreso than as an actor. But of course, an impressive cast seems to help people forget about that as well as a rich storyline which keeps you on the edge and focused. its definitely a crime thriller in the tradition of Heat and the best of the new recent wave of cool and edgy heist movies like the bland Takers or underdone Armored. Jeremy Renner was the standout as the tough but very violent second in command, with a cool murderous streak and his near nazi appearance only offset by his rough irish charm and aggression. And Pete Postlewaite, god bless his soul and RIP, the shadowy influence and mob boss who comes into direct conflict with Affleck's professional unit.

What I really like is the basis of a factual background, notably the location of Charlestown, Boston, the Irish crime gangs which is a good throwback to the excellent The Departed. Of course, Charlestown is known as a breeding ground for Irish thugs and armed robbers, so it is an appropriate setting to this tragic story.

Affleck leads a super skilled and professional armed robbery group, who leads a string of heists, until they finally hit a bank to which they take hostage the bank manager Rebecca Hall, who is severely shaken by the incident, but they let go when they escape. When they realise their hostage lives close by to their homes and fearing identification, Affleck decides to befriend her and see what information he can get from her, to the opposition of Renner who believes they should get rid of her.

Of course, Affleck and Hall fall in love as they continue, but the FBI led by the very cynical and vicious Hamm is getting closer, their second last job they only managed to get away by pure luck, and the mob finally believe the group owes them a job for their recent success and for not sharing their gains. So all this is going to lead to a very tragic end... or maybe something else.

In the end, this movie does explore the relationships between everyone, the cat and mouse game and for Affleck's character, a road of discovery and hard truths to which he never knew as he tries to enforce some stability in his life with Hall.

its nitty, gritty, fast paced and edgier than a drunken Paddy, it really has an authentic feel, the colors are washed out in greys and blue hues to match the sombre atmosphere it creates, and the constant greyness and lack of sunshine is always motioning a storm is coming,... just not a weather storm but a storm of bullets.

I love crime thrillers and this is one of the best I've seen in ages, the characters are well rounded and interact with intensity and such a flow and vibe it works. its really character and story driven and very down to earth and has a great hold on realism which I love.

two thumbs up!

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