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I really like this movie for a number of reasons. Way back in my early teens this was the first time I found the legend that it Samo Hung, and his magnificent brand of kung fu comedy.
This film holds up well today probably because of the stellar crew behind the scenes including the legend Woo-Ping Yuen.
Hung here plays Butcher Wingâ the apprentice in a dojo who constantly finds himself caught up in mischief. Wing gets caught up in a series of events that conspire to make him enemy no.1 and lead to some truly amazing fight sequences that truly have to be seen to be believed.
Where this film is a departure from the traditional historic kung fu movie is there are no grand themes or sense of the epic just a nice tight small story and some incredible scenes all laced with some incredible physicality both of the violent and comedic nature.
A true kung fu classic. Enjoy it again and again.
Hoppity is a charming if slightly phycadelic animated movie that considering it was made in the 1941 has stood the test of time incredibly well.
Now I have to admit I have a soft spot for âHoppity Goes To Townâ (as it is called in the United Kingdom) having watched a VHS version taped of the TV by our parents many times with my siblings.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning just in time to catch it on Channel Four (at 0615 never the less!)
The film was just as delightful as I remembered it with the animation standing the test of time and a lovely moral tale which should appeal to parents and children alike. Maybe one day I to shall share this forgotten classic with children of my own.
With a nice running time for kids (88 mins) and a simple yet involving storyline there really is something for everyone in this tale of the little guy coming good. I really could see this being successfully remade in CGI. Take note Pixar.
I have to ask myself why do we get these classic cartoons and try to update them.
What we have here is a stretched put episode of Scooby Doo which on its own would not be too bad, it is just when they try to modernise them that it fails to work and I for one can not see the sense in it. Surely from a quality and economic point of view it would just be better to shot kids the clearly superior originals (pre Scrappy obviously).
Anyway the premise here is that the crew are holidaying in Australia and are due to go to The Vampire Rock Festival. As one would guess a mystery becomes apparent that the kids have to solve. Now the classic Scooby elements work well but where it goes wrong is when the try to bring it up to date with the gay references and the rock music (but still incredibly keep Fred in a cravat). This frankly does not work and would have been best left alone.
I have seen worse updates of classics but still I would avoid this and stick to the originals.
This is pretty sub standard Indiana Jones style family capers with a bit more of the supernatural thrown in. This is the third movie in the series and quite frankly I am surprised they have made it this far.
Everything here is done by numbers and I for one find it hard to accept Noah Wyle as an action hero.
Still maybe children will find it more entertaining than I did but for me a great family movie has to work for the adults as well.
So if you want to amuse the children for a few hours then maybe this will fill the time, but I for one will not be watching it again and I will not go out of my way to seek the other movies.
So where to begin? This is not a bad movie but it is a movie that suffers from being the sequel to a superb movie that still stands the test of time.
Well letâs start with the positive. Roy Schneider is as usual superb and so is Lorraine Grey as his wife. But unfortunately they alone can not carry the movie.
The new cast are a bunch of interchangeable teens that are so stereotypical they could be from any teen horror flick.
Then there is the shark. For one he look so less realistic than in the original which I think maybe be down to less being more in the amount of the shark we get to see compared to the first movie. Also he seems to have to much personality and intelligence rather than just being a stone cold killer. Giving him battle scars and the intelligence to know how to destroy vehicles just does not work for me.
Still there is some suspense and a satisfactory conclusion, it just does not cut its predecessors mustard.