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I've been wanting to see Riki-Oh for a long time; ever since I had seen a brief video clip where Riki was punching through a man's jaw. People kept telling me how violent and fun it was and it quickly became my most-expected movie. And when I finally saw it, I wasn't disappointed.
Sure, one could brag about its almost Quichotesque formula where the hero constantly finds himself beaten to a pulp and imprisoned so he can defeat the next bad guy on his list, which also happens to be stronger than the one before. You could also make fun of the acting, the cheap special effects and the fromagilicious moments of pure cheese displayed in flashbacks (or not). But really, they're all part of Riki-Oh's very own charm (although it is a charm it shares with films such as Peter Jackson's Braindead/Dead Alive).
You might as well face it, no one wants to watch a movie with profound visual metaphors followed by a man getting half his head punched off. If you're going for the cheese, you might as well go all the way.
There are various reasons why I haven't been updating much, here they are:
[list=1][*]As you know, I finished school. I now have a job and actual things to do during the day. I still visit the board now and then, but much less than I used to.[*]I always used this place as a viewing log and recently, my viewing has been cut slack due to the NHL, playing hockey and spending time with my new darling AKA my new computer.[*]I've been watching mostly TV series now. Serenity, The Office and Carnivale, mostly. Still waiting for the season 2 of The Office by the way.[/list]While I'm talking about TV series, I might as well say this: Carnivale deserved to be cancelled. Not because it was a bad show, but because it obviously stretched its material. Apparently, the creator had a 6 year plan in mind for what is obviously more adequate for three seasons. Half the show consists of useless fat (and sort of like bacon, it's pretty tasty). It's an otherwise phenomenal show, though. And seriously, what was that anal sex thing about? Talk about awkward.
Speaking of phenomenal, here are the specs for my new PC:
Case: ANTEC Sonata II - ATX - 450W
Mobo: ASUS A8N-E : NVIDIA NFORCE 4 Ultra
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ / 2.2GHz / S939 / 1MB Cache (SAN DIEGO)
Mem: KINGSTON DUALKIT 1024MB DDR400 C3 - KVR400X64C3AK2/1G
Vid: Ati Radeon X1800XL
HD: WESTERN DIGITAL Raptor 36GB / SATA / 10K RPM (for games, progs and sys)
and a black liteon keyboard
Coupled with recuperated parts from my old computer:
19 inch LG monitor
some beige Cambridge Soundwords 2 speakers+sub sound system
120GB Western Digital HD (mostly used for porn... er, I mean data)
Intellimouse Explorer (can you believe it used to cost $100 ?)
16X LiteOn DVDRW
and my trusty scanner.
I've been running every game I've installed so far (Day of Defeat: Source, Quake 4 and F.E.A.R.) at maximum settings with a steady ~80 fps. Take that, you stupid Xbox360. And take that, stupid wallet.
A guy who's not quite Tony Jaa stars in the Thai remake of Die Hard. Replace the setting with some Thai village and the remove the awesome bad guy and they're essentially the same movie. Well, except for the fact that the movie doesn't progress in any real way in the last 45 minutes, because everyone's busy killing each other.
So yeah, I guess it ain't lone cop vs germans anymore. But there's still a cop bent and busting heads and taking names and the outside forces not being able to help. Anyway, the stuntwork is amazing. The fight choregraphy is decent and... lots of stuff blows up. Lots and lots of stuff.
Shane Black wrote this. Shane Black was in Predator. Shane Black wrote The Last Action Hero.
Shane Black > You, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a pretty damn fine movie. Great writing + fun very self-referential narrative style (okay, I stole that from Buff) + great acting & chemistry + really hot chicks = good time.
Try not to read anything about this movie before seeing it, you'll be better off. Anyway, the movie's loaded with potential, but I might need a second rewatch to fully appreciate it. As it is huge gap between the introduction and the conclusion (AKA the development) is somewhat... superfluous.
Someone on IMDB referred to Fanny & Alexander as "a [color=#000000]Dickensian novel with supernatural touches" which I think is relatively accurate (maybe fantasy would be a better term than supernatural touches). I don't think the two mix very well. And Ingmar Bergman felt the need to tell me otherwise in his movie. How subtle. Anyway, I guess Mr. Bergman used this film to tell us what he thinks of just about everything. I don't think Mr. Bergman is a particularly interesting fellow, sadly. Each scene felt like it dragged for twice the time it should've and the entire movie felt like little more than a collection of those scenes. And is it just me or Ewa Fröling looks like an uglier version of Denise Richards? Freaky, yo.
Girls of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:
An adaptation of [font=verdana,arial,helvetica][size=-1]Pushkin's story with an added love story (or at least, a very hammy one). Said love story ruins the middle of the movie, but otherwise, it's a solid title. I did not see Dead of Night though, that's not the edition I got.
It's not actually a direct sequel to Lep in tha Hood, but rather... another sequel set in the hood with a title leading you to believe it's a sequel to chapter 5. This would actually have to be the scariest (if you can call it that) and most serious Lep sequel (although I haven't seen 4) and sometimes, it feels like it's taking itself too seriously. But some other times, the fact that it's taking itself seriously feels like a breath of fresh air in a serie that was getting quite stale. There are parts when the movie feels like they basically took a ghetto movie and added the Lep. Weird shit, yo.
The Rock and the dude from Lord of the Rings are sent to Mars to kill 2 or 3 monsters. At some point of the movie, The Rock yells "Semper fi, motherfucker". That right here is the high point of the movie and not the first-person segment, which might've work if it wasn't so poorly realized. But other than that, it's a rather standard movie. I just wish they didn't keep on hinting at the fact that the game had biblical elements in it and that the movie made sure to avoid them to sidestep controversy like a dog's poop on a Paris street.
I read somewhere that the writer of [b]The Night of the Hunter[/b] wanted the movie (or the book if it is based on one) to experience like a child's dream, which would explain why the movie made [i]no freakin' sense[/i]. I mean as far as most cinematic fields go, I guess the movie's alright, but I'll be damned if it's not one of the dumbest movie I've seen since... [b]Doom[/b], I guess. And what's with the floating heads at the beginning of the movie? Trippy, man. At least, now I get one more Simpsons reference.
My first Godzilla movie. I wish they'd spend less time on the piss-poor human storyline. Gawd, could it get any more boring? And not in that funny way, too (although the movie can become exceedingly dumb at moments).