Archive for September 12th, 2008

Bangkok Dangerous: Bangkok Retarded! more like it…

September 12, 2008

Worst chase sequence...ever!

Worst chase sequence...ever!

 

 

 

Bangkok Dangerous is a remake of The Pang Brothers first Hong Kong action film – a movie I have not seen. Since then they made a film called The Eye, a trite collage of other horror films in which a woman gets an eye replacement and can not only see ghosts, but can see into a future which she tries to stop from occurring. It was a retarded movie. Then I saw their first American film, The Messengers, a retarded horror film about a family moving out into the middle of absolutely nowhere to start a cotton farm or something to that effect…it was simply retarded.

The Pang Brothers are not good filmmakers. In any sense of the two words that comprise that single word, film and makers. They are not even mediocre filmmakers, so it was a little surprising to see some mediocre elements in their remade version of Bangkok Dangerous. Which in fact is a little derivative of a much better Hong Kong action film called Running Out of Time by the far more prolific and competent director Tsui Hark.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Intoxicating Lush Hopeless

September 12, 2008
Beautiful imagery permeates this film and plays with stark contrast to the interior emotional sates of the characters.

Beautiful imagery permeates this film and plays in contrast to the interior emotional sates of the characters.

Woody Allen… In Vicky Cristina Barcelona he writes some of the best dialogue he’s written in years. His words roll from the mouths of these beautiful and talented actors and you wonder perhaps, maybe this was improvised, but it wasn’t.

Allen’s dabblings into commitment-phobes, people whose desires and passions are more their worst enemies than inspiration for greatness, has truly been sparked by the passion and romance he may have found in Spain. Unlike his usual still camera work, the camera here wanders in and out of focus and sways gently back and forth sometimes catching the actors’ faces just on the edge of the screen. Watching this film is like having a perpetual buzz from a delicious wine.

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