I really expected this to be pretty scary. If you look at the cover, you get a little frightened just by the picture. Unfortunately it is not that scary at all. But it is a little scary in your own mind. The thing that scares you is making you think, "what if I was in that situation". That in itself is pretty scary. The movie is more of a thriller mystery type. Who is the killer? The story line is pretty interesting and you do want to sit until the end of the movie to see who the killer is. The cast for the most part was ok. Peter Mullan was really good and had pure emotion on his face every time you saw him in the picture. A weird surprise was David Caruso. He was good in the film, but after seeing him on CSI, it is hard to take him seriously. There are two others I don't need to talk much about. It is Stephen Gevedon and Josh Lucas. They were just ok, but didn't have too big of a part. They were more sides characters. Then you have Brendan Sexton III who was pretty bad in this film. He was on the verge of annoying. I did not like how he played his character at all. There could of been some better decisions. But for the most part, the film was interesting and it worth a watch at least once.
This film is based on a true story about Yip Man. He was the first to teach the art of Wing Chun that was first introduced by a woman. This is way all the other martial art masters at this time made fun of him. But he proved that it was just as strong and takes a lot of focus making the people around him respect it more. Some still wanted to challenge him though because they believe this art was fake. During this time Yip Man was rich, but the Japanese invaded China and took over his house and money. Being poor, he shows that the love of a family and the love of his art could get him by and one day, make him famous. In fact Yip Man actually helped train Bruce Lee. There are many great actors in this film, but I will mention a few that stick out. The star who plays Yip Man is Donnie Yen, who really shows how fast Wing Chun can be. He has a small rival in the film who is Fan Siu-Wong. He believed his style was stronger than Wing Chun. The last person I will touch base on is Hiroyuki Ikeuchi who played the Japanese general who thinks that Japanese Kung Fu is better than Chinese Kung Fu. Throughout the film you will see many different fighting styles played by great martial artist actors who appear in various US and international films. The film has an ok and touching story. The only problem is at times the story seemed in pieces. This was because they did not want to make the film super long and concentrated more on the fight scenes. But the fight scenes were a pleasure to watch and you can tell they were well planned out. Even though the story is in pieces, you see by the end what the whole picture is about and realize that Yip Man was a great man in Chinese history.
Another great grindhouse film by Robert Rodriguez. Blood, action, nudity, bad story, weird acting and washed up actors. That is what makes up this movie in a nutshell and it all works for it. This film had an interesting cast. Danny Trejo plays Machete. He was perfect for the role. He is only crazy looking person and he didn't have to say much, but when you hear the name Machete, you can picture him as the character. A great character was played by Cheech Marin; A priest wielding two shotguns. Could you ask for anything more? Michelle Rodriguez played a character called "she". She looked great for the part and really played up the character nice. You also have Jessica Alba who plays a sexy cop. Her acting was a bit strange, but the way she worked the character was great for the film. Tom Savini is an ok actor and always gets side roles. But the roles are always funny or interesting character. This make up artist really has it going for him. Now the four surprising people in the film. Robert De Niro was a big surprise. Usually I couldn't see him in a film like this and I know why. His character didn't fit with him too well. Then you have Don Johnson who really was a great character. Every close up of him wearing his cop aviators made me laugh. Then you have the famous Steven Seagal who I really can't stand. But some how, some way they found the perfect character for him and I really enjoyed his role. Last you have crazy Lindsay Lohan. How can the once teen star get back into the movies? They cast her as a messed up, sex crazed, woman with a gun. Plus she does do a few nude scenes. I guess that is the only way she could be in the film. I can never see her doing a serious role again, but strangely, this role did fit. So a very fun grindhouse film that is fun to watch and has some memorial action shots. Then you have that added to the badly edited film, just like the old days.
I see reviews on this film and I have to say that I was a little different when it came to it. I actually really enjoyed this movie a lot. The only real criticisms I had was that it ran a bit too long and some of the focus was lost at parts. Other than that, I thought it was pretty nice. Recently Adam Sandler has been pretty bad in some of his movies. But in this movie he was combining his comedy and some more serious acting. I really enjoyed him in this role. Seth Rogen was pretty funny in his role also. And again, he added some seriousness to his acting and it really fit well. Rogen's roommates were Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill. They were in the film more towards the comic relief part and they added a bit of fun to the film. Especially Schwartzman. The two main girls were played by Leslie Mann and Aubrey Plaza. Plaza was not bad, but she was just ok. Leslie Mann was ok to watch also. Last you had Eric Bana who in my opinion is not a decent actor. But in this film he got to use his natural Australian accent and he was really funny. I think what threw viewers off was the raunchy humor mixed with serious drama. The movie had a teen comedy feel mixed with a deep independent film. I can see how that would turn some people off. But I loved the combination and I thought it fit. But hey, maybe I just like weird things. Like I said in the beginning, I really wish it was a bit shorter, because I thought the film would never end. But for some reason, it needed that extra 30 minutes to get its point across.
A nice little easy going film with some added humor. I mean laughing humor and good jokes. Not the humor of seeing Alec Baldwin in his boxers for 60% of the film, which is a tough thing to watch. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin make a pretty interesting team in this film and both acted great. Steve Martin is added to the older stew and I am sorry to say that he really didn't fit. There was something off about him. There was some young cast members and the one that really sticks out is John Krasinski. His type of humor and acting sometimes clashes in certain films, but he fit well in this movie. A little added pleasure to the mix I guess you could say. There were smaller parts in the film played by some who seemed to not fit or act well. One example would be Lake Bell, she really didn't fit. The story line was decent but really seemed to jump around a bit and sometimes it seemed like pieces were left out or missing. The one thing that worried me about this film was the whole concept. It really leaned towards one age group. I mean they put younger blood in there to help, but it does focus on older couples. I think even though it is a good movie, they will lose a lot of viewers because of this. But overall, I enjoyed this film and you could say it is one of those Sunday afternoon sit back and watch pieces.