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Ashes of Time Redux
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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[left]Broken hearted ex-swordsman, Ou-yang Feng (Leslie Cheung), spends his days living in the middle of a desert, serving as middleman for people looking to hire swordsmen. His best friend, Huang Yaoshi (Tony Leung Kai Fai) only visits him once a year and he spends most of his time alone. Ashes of Time follows his life through several seasons including meeting a swordsman going blind (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), an up and coming shoeless swordsman, Hung Chi (Jacky Cheung), and a lonely broken-hearted women Murong (Brigitte Lin).

Having never seen, nor till recently heard of Ashes of Time, I was told by a friend to check out the Redux which is a better introductory piece than the original. I really hadn't the slightest clue as to what to expect, and I must say the first 12 minutes left me baffled and on the edge of just say the heck with it. Yet with the introduction of the character of Morung, I found my intrigue slowly growing, as the film's narrative style was becoming more obvious non-linear, and touching on the emotional impact love can have on people. Soon we are introduced to the character of the blinding swordsman and from there on out I was 100% hooked. Beautifully shot, writer/director Wong Kar Wai takes his time in letting the story develop, achieving an almost epic scope in the film's short 93 minute run-time (I'm told this is several minutes shorter than the original).

Weaving together seemingly unconnected stories, we are slowly allowed to achieve a piece by piece understanding of the moral struggles each of our characters are going through. Each piece of acting is spot on, and captivates you right into the film, though the film's greatest strength lies in its majestic beauty and wonderful blending imagery and shifting narration. The dialogue while obviously scripted has a very nice feel to it, and the fight scenes aren't so much fight scenes as instead a series of paintings put together about fights. The interconnected nature of the story does make it a challenge to get through at points, and I think sometimes the film's style gets the best of itself. Yet all in all I felt a truely moving and intriguing film experience, something I haven't had happen in a long while.
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Charade
Charade (1963)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[left]Returning from her vacation in the Alps, intent on divorcing her husband, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) is shocked to find out her husband has been thrown off a train and all her possessions stolen. Teaming up with the mysterious Peter Joshua (Cary Grant), the two are on the run from 3 mysterious men, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy), and Gideon (Ned Glass) all of whom claim Mr. Lampert got away with $250,000 which belongs to them. But when they start dying mysteriously one by one, all are left to question... who is doing the killing and just where in the world is this $250,000?

I know it's a crime I haven't had the chance to see this movie earlier, but as I have noted in the past I do my best to see the "favorite" film of everyone on my friends list, if at all possible. So, as you can probably guess, Charade was the next film on my list.

So let me begin by saying whoever decided to put Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy in the same film deserves a casting Oscar. It's just a perfect combination, one of which I haven't found in an American made film since the Magnificent Seven team up. Each actor plays their role to perfect, all which are backed by just amazing ground work to build upon. Peter Stone's screenplay is a wonderful mixture of action, suspense, comedy, and intellect all the while not sacrificing its story for cheese or stupidity. Bringing about a wonderful set of sequences is the director Stanely Donen, who wonderfully brings to life Stone's script.

The music for the film is exactly what you'd want it to be, and wonderfully brings to life the whimsical and yet dark nature of the film. There's very little not to like about this movie, and every aspect of it. Well done from top to bottom, it's classic nature is by no accounts an arguable affair in my book.
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Sin City
Sin City (2005)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

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Plot: 3 stories of revenge, love, and death revolve around Basin City and a Bar.

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Ok after seeing this film all I have to say is drop whatever it is you are doing and go see it. This is possibly one of the best made films, overall, that have some along in a long time. This movie perfectly shows exactly what it wants you to see. Trust me on this though when they say violent they really do mean violent. This movie is by far one of the most violent films of the past 10 years. Not that it has the greatest body count but instead that almost every death has some sick or gross manner to it (except the occasion just shot in the head).

The acting in this film is straight on perfect, I don't think I've ever seen Mickey Rourke do a role half as good as this one. Clive Owen just made me a fan of his acting after seeing this movie, he nails his part so well he almost steals the whole show. Bruce Willis finishes out the 3 main roles with a comanding performance but his part in this film is not as long as the others so he doesn't really control the show. The secondary actors do provide great support for the film and in some scenes they even take charge.

All three stories are extremely well told and manage to take you for a great ride. Now the only issue I really have with this movie is that it does contain a sex scene and a nude scene which felt as if they could have showed us a bit less than they did. Of course how many guys would really complain about seeing Carla Gugino and Jaime King nude. I love the coloring of this movie, its almost creates a style of its own making it one of the best films to watch in a while. This movie is shot in all green screen, and the last time it was attempted I didn't like it (by Sky Captain...) but this movie seems to capture the mood much better.

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By far one of the best films to have been made this year and its sadisticly violent style really pulls off the look of the comics. I recommend you go watch this movie but this movie is definately not for those with a weak stomach.

Riding the Bullet
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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Plot: A man hitch hikes his wau home after hearing about his mother's stroke.

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This movie often borderlines stupidity with a slight fear but ultimately fails to bring up any real terror. While watching this film you wonder if the movie is suppose to be a comedy because at multiple points you end up laughing. The movie just seems to show that it has no real clue as to what it is doing and is so insanely confusing you'll be annoyed trying to figure out what is real and what is not. The movie is not so horrid that you can't stand to watch it but it is so dumb it makes you wonder why your so involved.

The only thing in this film that makes it a 4 is this small adventure the main character is going on. The movie also puts into your head tons of possible endings and it seperates you thought from reality and crazyness. Now the problem this movie has is when the big finale comes the grand ending has arrived the movie runs head on into a wall. The ending is so insanely bad that the entire movie suffers because of it, never explaining anything at all and never giving you some idea on why the main character is the way he is.

The whole story is midly interesting, and though it is often confusing the movie can keep your interest. I would have given this movie an easy 6 had the ending not been as bad as it was. In fact the worse thing is it uses a line said in the movie that is never explained and really doesn't make any sense at all. With so many possible endings why couldn't they have changed it, even if it is the same as the book.

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I am only going to recommend this movie if you liked, or even read, the book. Just at about an hour and a half into the movie turn it off and finish the rest of the movie in your head or else you will regret it.

It's Pat
It's Pat (1994)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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I don't know why I watched this, it was on tv and I was bored (possibly hoping it was as good as the old SNL skits). Apparently I would have had more fun shooting myself with a gun but instead I wasted my time with this. Lets just get this over with: The acting is horrid, would offend a dead animal, the dialogue is everything but entertaining, and the entire story takes everything from the SNL skits, puts them together and crushes them. There is not a single good thing in this movie, in fact if you see it on a shelf at any store take it off the rack jump on it and when they ask you what your doing say "I'm saving the world one tape at a time." Possibly the single worst movie in history of all film making.

I recommend Nobody watch it and if the thought comes into your mind hit yourself in the head because this movie is just insanely bad.