The Painter and the Thief
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Enjoyable sequel to the classic "Invisible Man", that while doesn't have the darkness and social satire of the original, makes a fun viewing, nevertheless. Vincent Price is his usual excellence as the horror lead, using his iconic voice to great effect while the filmmakers take a twist on the story, this time with the 'invisible man' being someone framed for murder and using his new invisibility to clear his name. It keeps it from being a standard sequel, while also giving nice nods to the original (the formula's creator has a director connection to Griffen, while Price's Invisible Man slowly goes mad under its influence). While not the classic of the original, still a fun viewing.
Horror classic that remains one of the best of the Golden Age, thanks to Claude Rains brilliant performance and some break through visual effects that still hold up fairly well today Rains is perfect in the role of Griffen/The Invisible Man, using his voice to brilliant effect of an intelligent mad man, succumbing to the effects of invisibility and the power it gives one. Behind the camera, the great James Whale (the greatest director of the Universal monster movies) stays fairly faithful to the H.G. Wells novel, throwing in a bit of social satire (the image of singing, dancing pants down the street is classic), while also using breakthrough visual effects well. Technically, they are dated, but still quite effective, conveying invisibility brilliantly, from flying props to using black velvet (an early form of green screen). All in all, a true classic and one of the best of the Universal monster movies.
Solid but disappointing sequel to the classic "Police Story", that suffers from being too long and melodramatic at times. Jackie Chan continues his exceptional work in front of and behind the camera, delivering some brilliant action scenes and set pieces, from a fight in a park to the conclusion in an explosives warehouse. He also delivers some fun comedic bits as well, especially when his long-suffering girlfriend, May (a fun Maggie Cheung), finally lets him have it in the most inappropriate place possible. The main downside is the film goes too long (20 minutes more than the original) and gets too melodramatic at times. While it is nice to see some drama added (Kai-Kui faces real consequences for all the destruction he caused in the first film) it gets overblown at times, especially with his relationship with May. Overall, still one of the better action movies ever made, and even when Jackie Chan makes a lesser one, that is usually the case.
Classic martial arts movie that ranks as the very best of Jackie Chan. Chan covers all the bases in this film, not only starring but directing and even singing the theme song. He puts his martial arts and comedic skills to brilliant use, whether fighting a bunch of thugs in a parking lot to dealing with a tortured girlfriend (a fun Maggie Cheung). The story is simple but effective, with Chan's Ka-Kui tasked with protecting a reluctant mob witness (a solid Brigitte Lin), and is only an excuse for the numerous brilliant action and fight scenes, from the opening where Chan is hanging off a speeding bus with an umbrella to the finale in which he virtually destroys a mall while fighting the bad guys. One of Jackie Chan's best films, which by default makes it one of the best martial arts movies ever.
Solid action movie thanks to an excellent lead performance by Chris Hemsworth and some incredible action sequences, but is a bit shallow in the story department. Hemsworth gives one of the best lead performances as Tyler Rake, a mercenary with a haunted past, credibly delivering his action scenes while showing a soul behind it. The supporting cast is for the most part solid, with David Harbour making a nice appearance as Rake's old friend. Behind the camera, director Sam Hargraves delivers a thrilling film with some breakneck action sequences (the early won that appears to go without cut is a standout) while making nice use of the Indian setting. The downside is the story is a bit shallow, with the villains not fully developed, though they are threatening. Overall, while not a perfect film, great viewing on Netflix.