The 90's had quite a few movie adaptations of video games (most of them are shit), and Double Dragon takes the cake as possibly the worst of all. Double Dragon is very corny and extremely lame for most of the duration, from the characters to the dialogue to the fighting. And how does an actor like Robert Patrick (the T-1000 from Terminator 2) end up in this movie!? I regret watching this, and I wish I could give it a 0%, but I could never be THAT harsh to any movie. Don't watch this! Unless you're ABSOLUTELY curious about how bad it is like I was!
Robocop has attained its status as a science-fiction action classic, and it deserves to be recognized. When you really analyze it, it's more than your average action flick, even though the film is filled with numerous action scenes. I'm not great at explaining the message of a film, but I'll do my best. Robocop is sort of a satire on American culture and its corruption of the business world and violence in American society, of course not exactly defining the reality of it since it takes place in a dystopian future. There are numerous examples of this spread throughout the movie and I feel that this is what makes the film so unique.
So the basic outline of the film is that a cop Alex Murphy gets brutally murdered on attempting to bust a group of criminals and gets resurrected as Robocop, an experiment for an advanced "supercop" to take on the out-of-control violence in Detroit. Robocop is a Christ-like figure in a way, fighting against the corruption of the city and protecting the innocent. Peter Weller is great this role, and we can really connect with his character as he discovers his past and realizes life will never be the same for him. Of course, you've got the action scenes which are very well executed with full out violence that is impressive but almost flat out shocking at times, but man is it entertaining!
I left out some details, only because I'd like for you (or whoever reads this) to see for yourself what a great fresh science-fiction action film this is. Recommended.
I had one of the greatest movie watching experiences ever upon watching Spirited Away. It starts off with a normal kind of mood, but than the movie surprises you in the most unexpected way as the story takes quite a turn in its events and director Hayao Miyazaki immerses you into this kind of visionary world that appears strange, yet different and interesting at first. But as the movie progresses and you see more of this world created within the movie, you begin to adjust to it and realize how breathtaking and beautiful everything is, from the engaging story to the creative characters to the settings. And how could I forget the beautiful animation, which is some of the best I've ever seen in any animation film.
I know many people aren't a fan of the English dub, but I watched it with the dub and thought it was great anyways. I don't know how it compares to the Japanese language, but I thought the voices were fine, especially Daveigh Chase who I thought did a great job voicing Chihero and making her such a likable character.
The movie makes you happy and entertained at times, and sad and sympathetic at other times; just a perfect balance of each to keep you immersed with the film. I just found everything likable and by the end, my impression of the film certainly wasn't the same as it was when I had begun watching it. I was astonished and amazed at what I had just seen. This is no doubt one of the greatest animated films ever made! I highly recommend this, even if you may not be a big fan of Japanese anime, and I hope anyone that watches it enjoys it as much as I did, or just enjoys it period!
The first Wall Street film gave us a great in-depth look at the world of the stock market business in the 80's, and the greed and power involved in it as seen by the up and rising stockbroker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) and the ruthless Gordon Gekko (an excellent performance by Michael Douglas). The end of the first film left some questions unanswered, which you could say is for the best.
Well, the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps seems to be here to answer those questions anyways while expanding upon the information we know. This film focuses on a stockbroker named Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) in the modern day stock market business as he partners with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), while dealing with other financial issues and partnerships. There's more to it than that, but I'm trying my best to keep it simple and not spoil anything.
I liked its continuation from the first and how it explains anything that was unexplained in the first, like I said before. As well, this film gives us a more "modern" insight on the stock market business considering that it has changed since the 80's which Wall Street took place in. And of course, Michael Douglas certainly makes yet another great performance.
However, there's less focus on Gekko compared to Shia LaBeouf's character, and other people including Carry Mulligan and Josh Brolin, which was a little dissapointing. I liked them, but you didn't care for them as much. I also personally thought someone could suit the role of Jake Moore better than Shia could, but he was still not bad.
The film and its events feel quite similar to the first with a few twists and changes to it, which can be good and bad. However, this film has less going on and feels a little slow, making it weaker than the first. I can go on and on about what's good and bad about it. But overall, I'll say it's a really good sequel only because it's too much to compare it to the original. The movie itself is really good, so if you see it, don't be expecting it to be as great as the first, just enjoy it for what it is.