[b]Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ...... 6.8/10
[/b]This one gets a low passing grade at least partly for my childhood affection of the irreverent group. The Silver Surfer is the best part of the film, and Jessica Alba and her awful skin tone is the worst. Gah. The romance between Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman has an icky taste. At the end, though, it was still good to see the comic book characters fly off in their comic book car.
[b]36th Chamber of Shaolin ..... 8.8/10
[/b]The early 80's was the beginning of the end for the original Chop Socky movies, but 36th Chamber... is already a classic. A little obscure in the beginning and perhaps a little too much of a combat training video in the middle, the finish is great and the movie doesn't get too caught up in pretentious bullshit while the players back theirs up with some excellent combat sequences.
[b]Cinema Paradiso ........ 9.4/10
[/b]Close to a 10/10 were I not so stingy, Cinema Paradiso is like a breath of fresh air after the tedious 'CGI-filled/90,000 car chase scenes with no worthwhile story' that Hollywood is stuck on. In the days before TV and video games, there was the cinema. The story centers on the goings on at Cinema Paradiso and the kid/projectionist/grown man that grew up loving movies. Filled with beautiful people that look mostly ordinary at best, coupled with a picturesque Sicilian town and an Ennio Morricone soundtrack, anyone with about 3 hours (Director's cut) would be better off watching this.
[b]Salvatore pisses off his beautiful but sad mom again, with Alfredo getting some grief too.[/b]