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New Karate Kid’s Trailer Ruins the Movie

December 24, 2009 1 comment

Not that many people have heard about this movie but after watching Sherlock Holmes which comes out on December 25th, everyone will know about it. I am pretty sure the trailer for this movie will be in the set for Sherlock Holmes. The first trailer for the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid was released yesterday on Yahoo Movies. I had the chance to watch it and I was very excited…until I found out it was set in China. The most obvious reason for me to watch the movie is Jackie Chan, he plays Mr. Miagi or win this remake, Mr. Han. I do not mind this name change anyway. When I first heard the news that they were remaking this 80’s classic with Jackie Chan as the sensei, I nearly did a back-flip…as all us ninjas do. I then found out, Jaden Smith will be playing Daniel but they renamed the character to Dre Parker which I find to be an odd name. I guess Will Smith is a fan of the doctah! I was kind of dumbfounded to here that Will Smith’s son got the part. It was out of left field and no one expected it; frankly, everyone expected a white teenager and not a 10 year old black kid. After trying to figure out how this kid who pretty much only has <a href = "; The Pursuit of Happyness under his belt, I discovered that Jaden’s father, the almighty man in black, the Fresh Prince, Will Smith was behind the production of this movie. I completely understood the reasoning behind the casting. I’m skeptical about Jaden’s performance though. I really do not think he will do well in this role and the chemistry between him and Jackie will not really flourish. All that aside though, that still won’t stop me from watching the movie.

I had my sights on seeing the movie and then I saw the trailer. It was cool at first and kind of strange at the same time…and then the most dreadful thing happened. Jaden’s character, Dre and his family (get ready for this) MOVED TO CHINA. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Why would they movie to China? I do not really care the reasoning for them moving to China but I find the decision to have the movie set in China is a big mistake. The whole entire aura of the story and the main part of the story itself seems so out of place. Honestly, I don’t think Jackie Chan can save this by himself now. His other Hollywood movies kind of sucked, story wise and acting wise (especially Forbidden Kingdom where they casted a caucasion male as the lead role. It would have been SOOOOOOO MUCH better if they put in an Asian male as the lead, even half Asian would have been better than that white kid) but the fighting and stunts made up for it. In the case of the Karate Kid, it will not make up for it. Even the stunts and fights Jaden partakes in will not make up for it. I’m very concerned about the success of this movie because it has now been butchered up and Jackie Chan has been casted in a bad Hollywood movie…again. I’m pretty sure deep down inside, he regrets taking this role.

The trailer has given the viewer enough information to piece the story together. Dre’s family moves to China (for some reason, I will not understand) and he goes to school where he meets a cute girl he likes. This bully comes up to him and kicks his ass (multiple times) and then Jackie Chan comes in to save the day. Jackie Chan’s character, Mr. Han teaches Dre about Karate and enters him into a competition where no doubt he will somehow kick the bully’s ass. This would have been so much better if a caucasian male was the lead actor. Don’t get me wrong and everything, I’m pretty sure Jaden’s a great actor or will be but he just seems so out of place in the movie. Not just because he’s a black kid in China…well it’s mostly that but come on, how many black people do you see in China? He sticks out like a sore thumb (if that’s how that saying goes). There’s also another scene in the trailer where Mr. Han defends himself against the group of bullies and obviously kicks their ass. Even though it does not show that part in the trailer, I’m pretty sure he kicked their ass. Now there is the part where the families could go and sue Mr. Han for assaulting adolescent teens but that’s no fun and the movie will end right there. What a great half hour movie that was.

As I digress – I’m actually too mad to talk even more about this but I thought this movie had potential but watching the trailer set me back, way back. I would have much appreciated it if the movie was set in America. I’m pretty sure they wanted to emphasize how much of a loner/new kid Dre is by having the movie set in China and I’m pretty sure the Fresh Prince wanted to avoid the whole racism thing with white on black violence and vice versa but the whole thing about setting the movie in China ruins it for me and a lot of other people. I hope Jackie Chan’s skillz can help make this movie mediocre but I doubt it. I will still go to the theaters and watch this movie but I will set my expectations very low just to prepare for the absurdness that will be shown in front of my eyes. Oh yea, one more thing. It has been a while since I did my martial arts training but I do not think that was karate Mr. Han was teaching Dre.


Inglorious Basterds: A Review

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I saw a movie on opening day. I think the last time was when X-Men 2 came out. With an expectation that the theatre will be full, my friends and I grabbed a seat at the back an hour before the movie started. Of course it was empty and pretty much stayed empty until fifteen minutes before the movie started. I had my doubts about this movie. I kind of wanted to watch it but overall it seemed like a movie that I would not enjoy and a movie that I would not want to see again. Quentin Tarantino surprised me though, overall it was actually a pretty good movie. I would say it is his best film since Pulp Fiction, of course I actually have not seen all of Pulp Fiction so I can not say that it is as good haha.

The movie revolves around eight Jewish-American men lead by Brad Pitt’s character, Lt. Aldo Reins Tennessee native. Their mission, to brtually kill any Nazis they find to spread fear and crazy rumors across the Third Reich, like the ‘Bear-Jew’. The company’s objective is to make sure every Nazi soldier hears about them and become so afraid of the rumors that every time they go into battle, they think they are fighting against the Basterds.

I expected the movie to be action packed with crazy stunts and a lot of gun fights but unfortunately I was let down by Mr. Tarantino. There are not that many gun fights and the only action scene is at the end. I can not be surprised though as Mr. Tarantino is not known for making action movies like Michael Bay. With Tarantino, the movie is more about the talk and the dialogue. While watching the movie, I did not really care fo the plot. It’s pretty much like every other WWII movie, try to end the war but there is a twist at the end of the movie that is unlike the other WWII movies you have seen. What really surprised me though is the dialogue and the writing, this movie has one of the best dialogue that I have ever scene in quite a long time. I loved the fact that the characters speak in different languages other than English. I hate it when I see these kinds of movies only to see everyone talking English…like in Valkyrie. I don’t think EVERY German knew how to speak perfect English. The setting was in France, and I was really surprised the movie had Germans speaking French. Pretty much the only time you hear English is in the first chapter and when the Basterds are talking.

By the way, the storyline is segregated into five chapters (I think). Each chapter is pretty much a story on its own but the audience does not get lost. There are two stories that the movie revolves around, the Basterds and the French Jew who owns the Cinema. Everyone knows the Basterds and their storyline; kill as many Nazis as they can find and cut the scalps from their heads off. The other movie which the audience does not see in the trailers is this French woman who owns a cinema and is reluctantly forced into hosting a premiere for a biopic movie on one of the greatest German war heroes ever. This war hero was trapped in a bird’s nest for three days and he picked off about three hundred American soldiers. Coincidentally, the soldier who plays himself in the movie is attracted to the French woman and tries everything to make her love him. He even has his movie premiere at her theatre. Everyone’s seen this device in story telling; there are multiple stories going on and in the end they all converge on each other to make a spectacular ending. That’s what this movie is, two separate stories and in the end they come together. What’s amusing to me though is that none of the Basterds and the French woman do not meet so it makes the whole ending like a coincidence and not like those other stories where all the characters in separate storeis meet each other at the end.

If you aren’t a stickler for historical fiction, then you’d be fine with the ending as they successfully assassinate Hitler. I didn’t spoil the movie for you because Hitler’s assassination takes a back seat to the main story line. That’s just a bonus Tarantino put in but no one expects it because we all think that the movie would follow historical fiction. There are some gory scenes that people in the theatre were evidently disgusted by. The whole scalping of the dead Nazis thing, everyone could see their brains. They made it so easy though, when the Basterds were scalping their Nazi counterparts, it was like slicing a hot knife through butter. They cut it so easily but it makes me wonder though as if they were scalping them, they would have to cut through bone in order to see the brains and that would be really hard to do with just a knife.

The movie was really great up until the ending. I did not like the ending nor did I understand why the main antagonist did what he did. Hitler’s not the main antagonist in this movie. The Jew Hunter as they nick name him is the main antagonist. Unfortunately this movie is like a lot of Tarantino’s movies where EVERYONE dies. This is pretty much at the ending but I was puzzled as to why though because for some of the characters that died, they could have easily avoided the confrontation but they chose not to and in the end they go on a suicide run…whichw as pretty much the plan in the first place. My only beef with this movie is the ending because it seems like a slap in the face if you ask me with what happened. All together though, I enjoyed the movie. It was refreshing to see it, you just have to not be bored by like two hours of dialogue and only about half an hour of action which comes at the end. Unfortunately, this is one of those movies where that I would not want to see again; it is not for me.

Between Inglorious Basterds and District 9, I would choose District 9. Mainly because District 9 is one of those movies that make you think.

A Review of GI-Joe: It Wasn’t That Bad

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Seriously, GI-Joe The Rise of Cobra Commander was not a terribly bad movie at all. It must have been the fact that I lowered my expectations of the movie before seeing it but still it’s not one of those movies where you ask for your money back ten minutes in. The movie has garnered quite a bit of negative press since the first test screenings and most likely will be the biggest box office bomb in the summer of 2009. Possibly the biggest bomb in all of 2009 but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The bad press this movie has gotten has ranged from the director Stephen Sommers getting fired to receiving the lowest score in <a href = "; “>test screening history. Even the actors are not confident in the movie and are probably already shunning their work. In a couple of years when you ask Channing Tatum about behind the scenes of the movie his response will be, “GI-Who?” Even Paramount, the studio behind the movie is trying to shy it away from the spotlight. As you can read in this article they did not screen this movie to critics in fear of getting even more bad reviews.

I don’t really care about the bad buzz this movie has gotten in the past few months because the only reason why I wanted to watch this movie was to see Ray Park kick ass as Snake Eyes. I went yesterday which was opening day to see how terrible it was and to my surprise, it wasn’t that bad. There were a few good things the movie had to offer like Sienna Miller and one of my favourite actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and…well alright, the movie did not have a lot to offer. It was pretty much riddled with one bad idea after another but the action kind of made up for it.

What I hated most about the movie are all the freakin’ flash backs I had to watch to get the background of the story. Fans of GI-Joe would already be familiar with the characters but I am not a fan of GI-Joe so I don’t really know much about any of them. The whole entire flashback ordeal was pretty much like an episode of Lost. You know in pretty much almost all the episodes of Lost, they put in all these random flashbacks to give you a background of what the episode is about and then they can introduce another stupid plot twist? Yea it’s exactly like that and they don’t even make the transition from the present to the past subtle, they just just zoom into the character’s face and then the flashback starts. The way they transition it is so bad except for when they do Snake Eyes, that transition was alright.

I also didn’t like the random stupid one-liners said by the characters. They were really unnecessary and sometimes they just interrupted the mood. They’re not like those funny one-liners that Ryan Reynolds had in Blade III. I’m talking about those lines that state the obvious and then the other lines that re-inforce the obvious. It’s a good thing though they kept the comic relief to a minimum because I would have left the theatre if they had Ripcord (Marlon Wayons cracking all the jokes every five minutes.

The most important part of the movie which is the writing and the acting were terrible. We all know it but who really cares about that when we know this is an action movie and we know this movie will suck. I certainly did not care about it. You can figure out the entire story within the first ten minutes of the movie when the commandos get attacked by the Baroness. She is hot, I mean it is Sienna Miller but she really has to take more acting classes because she can’t play the bad guy. The whole entire repenting thing that she does at the end of the movie to save Duke’s life was very surprising. I did not know how bad the acting could get until I saw Sienna Miller switch sides. It basically goes like this: The Baroness captures Duke and then they take Duke away to turn him into a nano-tech warrior that is controlled by the doctor (aka Cobra Commander) but as she sees them taking Duke away, we see flashbacks of her and Duke making out and being in love. After about thirty seconds of these flashbacks, she switches sides and saves Duke’s life. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!?!?! Come on that has got to be the worst acting ever and also worst writing ever. It would have been better if Duke kissed her and then she started getting all these flashbacks and what not. Anyways, to make it more plausible, turns out she was injected with nanites so she wasn’t doing all these bad things willingly. Once you get past the terrible acting and the bad writing, I guess all you can hope for are the action sequences which were alright. I know that many people didn’t like the trailer when they saw the Joes being suited up with accelerator suits but those suits were used in only one scene and that was the Paris scene when the Eiffel tower gets destroyed. That was the only time those suits were used and thank God it was the only time (unfortunately that was about twenty minutes).

I was dissapointed with the amount of screen time Ray Park had. I was very excited to see Snake Eyes yield his sword like a pro but unortunately he was in only three cool scenes. The first fight with Storm Shadow, the Paris scene where he chases Storm Shadow and the Baroness, and the final showdown between him and Storm Shadow. The fighting was cool but there was not enough of it. There was like only like five minutes of actual fighting between the two and there wasn’t anything really cool about it like in Episode I as Ray Park kicked ass as Darth Maul. They should have given them a more epic fight scene or put Snake Eyes in a pit with like 100 cobra commandos and watch him work his dual sword magic.

I was really unsure of the plotline too. The Baroness being Cobra Commander’s sister…I thought she was his wife or something like that. Also, Duke had a relationship with the Baroness before she turned into a bad guy? Really? Did that happen in the original series? Ripcord has a thing for Scarlett and always puts the moves on her?
Even the storyline with Snake Eyes I was unsure of. It was the least realistic storyline as it seems like Snake Eyes was a homeless white boy in Japan. How does that happen? An homeless white boy in Japan. The rest of that storyline is good though. He takes a vow of silence after his master is killed by another student whom was Storm Shadow. They were both pupils of the same master but turns out their master liked the white boy better and Storm Shadow got pissed, so he killed him.

Well I guess you can say hat this movie was bad, but it wasn’t terribly bad. You just have to dumb yourself down to a very low level to enjoy this I guess. The action was pretty much the only thing that kind of saved this movie. Just like Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. If you liked that movie, then I guess you wouldn’t hate GI-Joe. They’re both action packed films where the acting/writing take a back seat. Also, do NOT get me started on Dennis Quaid as General Hawk…just don’t.

Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern

July 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Ryan Reynolds has just won the top spot as the new Green Lantern in Warner Brothers’ film of the same name coming out in the near future. Many fans have rejoiced once they found out Mr. Reynolds was chosen to be DC Comic’s latest movie hero, well only Ryan Reynolds fans. I’m pretty sure Green Lantern fans are just crying in agony asking how Warner Brothers screwed this movie up already. I mean, I like Ryan and he’s a pretty funny guy. I’ve seen almost all the movies he has been in and he’s been great in his roles, especially in ‘Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place’. What I will not be able to understand is how on earth is DC and WB going to make a Green Lantern movie with him. Practically almost all of his roles he has been in from television to movies have always been comedic. I’m pretty sure he’s been typecasted a lot because people see him as the funny guy or the comedic relief. I mean he is funny but sometimes he seems so out of place in some of his movie roles. The best example is Blade 3. He worked hard to get that chiseled body but for a movies series that has been adapted from a comic book that delves with vampires and death, comedic relief did not seem necessary. He always had those smart ass one liners and for the first few lines he spoke, it was alright but once you realize he just does it for the whole entire movie…it kind of ruins the serious aura of the movie. He also starred as Deadpool in X-men Origins: Wolverine and the quirky comments he has about his commander are pretty funny but they are not necessary. It is a good thing that he was only in the movie for the first five minutes or else the lines he had to say would pretty much ruin it for everyone. Could you imagine Wolverine finding out that his wife dies and then Deadpool starts yackin’ away making jokes? Oh…that was a spoiler but do not worry, what I said is not exactly spoiler worthy.
As a serious actor though, I can’t really say he has the skillz to pull it off but he’s got a lot of time to practice on that before the Green Lantern starts production. He was alright in Smokin’ Aces and better in Amityville Horror but that’s as serious as it gets. Chaos Theory was a little below average but there is comedy in there so let’s not count that.

I just hope that Warner Bros feels that he can actually pull something off other than comedy because the Green Lantern is not supposed to provide comedic relief. Flash is most likely the one who will be doing that which a lot of people thought Ryan would be playing in an upcoming Flash or Justice League movie. If you look at Flash’s personality, he is the DC comic book hero that fits more with Mr. Reynolds and not the Green Lantern. Ryan has to step up his game and Warner Brothers and DC can not just rely on his comedic relief or else a lot or practically ALL of the Green Lantern fans would not watch a piece of shit movie with a piece of shit actor. I do not really know what WB and DC saw in Reynolds but so far in a lot of the comic book movies, the casting has been pretty solid. They just need a better story to work with and not fuck up all the story lines and comic book universe that everyone loves.

Why all the Hate for Terminator Salvation?

For one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Terminator Salvation seems like it will do poorly on opening day, the 21st of May which is actually tomorrow. As many people stay in line outside the movie theatres waiting to see the latest movie in The Terminator franchise, many more seem to be put off from the movie by critic reviews. It seems as if McG the director of the film blew the biggest chance to thrust his career into stardom with this movie. From what it seems, all fans of the franchise will be very, very disappointed with the fourth installment which will be anticipated as the worst terminator movie, even surpassing the failure that is T3 (even though I liked that movie).

Movie critics who have already seen advanced screenings of the movie have panned it saying that this movie is all action but no acting. All the actors in the movie seemed to be pretty bad the material they had to work out of was very lousy. Many fans of Christian Bale will probably be disappointed by his portrayal of John Conner and how the character somehow developed a slight British accent over fourteen years. From the reviews I read that were on the Rotton Tomatoes website, the only saviour of this film is Sam Worthington who plays Marcus Wright but unfortunately his internal struggle of what he actually is (man or machine) does not do the movie justice. Christian Bale was supposed to be pinnacle of this movie but apparently the special effects are. The special effects team, the artists, and the original designer of The Terminator (I forgot his name) all did a great job with the special effects. Unfortunately they can only do so much to mask the crappy acting in T4.

Fortunately, I do not give a crap about what the movie critics say about this movie. I do not care that the Rotten Tomatoes rating is thirty-seven percent (37%). I am a fan of The Terminator franchise even though I did not see a single episode of the Sarah Conner Chronicles. I’ve seen all three movies oh so many times; too many to count. Well I’ve actually only seen the first movie twice because I only watch these movies when they air on television. It is weird because I have DVD/VHS copies sitting on my shelf. I might watch the Sarah Conner Chronicles when the DVD boxset for the last season comes out because I just found out Summer Glau is the new terminator…and she’s hot! Come to think of it, I’m not really a fan of the franchise at all. Either way, I’m still going to watch Terminator Salvation and the negative ratings the movie has gotten will not deter me from spending my hard earned fifteen dollars.

If you do not want to waste your money on this ‘crap’ movie because of the negative reviews it has gotten, you my friend must stop listening to those reviews and decide for yourself whether or not you really want to see it. Everyone has different tastes and differing opinions on what criteria makes a movie very astounding. If you are a hardcore fan or you have decided you REALLY WANT to see this movie, then go see it. If you are one of those people who still have not decided if they want to see it or not…then wait until aXXo puts a DVD rip of it out in the next six months. OOPS, I mean wait until the DVD/Blu Ray of the movie comes out onto the shelves of Blockbuster (If the company is still alive by then) or comes out on Netflix and then you can spend a measley seven/eight bucks on it which is half of what it costs to go watch it in the theatre. If you have doubts on wanting to see this movie and you still can not decide then wait another six months, it will do you good. Otherwise, go watch the dam movie already and suffer the consequences after. If you do not want to watch this movie, good! Fox will not get a portion of your hard earned money. You should save it up and put it in the bank and let that interest grow and by the time the movie comes out on video, use that money to pay for your internet bill.

Fast & Furious Trailer Featuring Soulja Boy?

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Coming out on April 3rd 2009 will the be fourth installment of The Fast and The Furious Series, ‘Fast & Furious.’ I watched the two minute theatrical trailer that was released a few days ago and it was good. Unfortunately, I can’t say that the movie will be good because trailers are meant to be kick ass and spectacular to arouse attention and get people to watch the movie. Looking at today’s trends in trailers versus their respective movies, this movie will look like it will suck. The best it can go for is mediocre. The trailer starts off with a chase scene with what looks like an agent from the government chasing a gang member. They purposely chose camera angles so ou do not get to clearly see the face of the agent but you can see from the body structure, his voice, and the hair that it is Paul Walker. You can pretty much guess what the movie is because what other movies has Paul Walker been in? Pretty much zilch after The Fast and the Furious series. It is too bad that the chase scene was the only good thing about the trailer. After the chase scene is over you see Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic and Paul Walker’s character, Brian talking and you definately know the movie is Fast & Furious. Once the chase scene is over, Crank That by Soulja Boy Tell’em starts playing. Really Universal? Really, you would use that piece of garbage for a trailer? I know people have been hating on The Fast and the Furious after the first movie, but this movie does not deserve it. It is a good thing Universal had the right mind to use Travis Barker’s remix of the song. His remix actually makes the song worthy to listen to.

From what the trailer shows, it seems like Dominic’s sister, played by Jordana Brewster got killed by someone big in the black market and now Dominic and Brian are after this person. It is sad to see so many good looking cars being destroyed and flipped over in the trailer which means there is going to be tons of action sequences and gun fights. Oh yes and lets not forget the street racing. The trailer is alright from then on but once it goes to the very last scene of Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in the car facing a rolling oil tanker out of control, it just looks rediculous. It seems like this scene is the aftermath of what happened in the teaser trailer. This scene is REALLY bad. The idea is cool on paper but they had to CGI the hell out of the scene and it looks rediculous. It is a dangerous stunt to perform but almost every single thing in the scene was computer generated which takes realism out of the equation. It just looks bad. I hope that is the only thing that is bad about this movie because the rest of it kind of looks promising but all we can do is hope for the best.

Youtube Goes 16:9

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Youtube or Google just recently and quietly for the most part released their new widescreen video player  The update came out without any front page news and it came out fast.  First there was the old school square box player that everyone is accustomed to and in the next hour, the widescreen player shows up.  It just appeared out of no where without any explanation, even though you don’t really need the explanation as to why.  They pretty much made the viewing box wider.  It is better for the human eye to watch things in widescreen becasue that is what we see naturally and things are less distorted that way.

The implementation of the new wide screen is very nice and thought out well.  The viewing box is about 30% bigger, or longer.  The size of the new player is perfect because it actually does not affect the rest of the page.  The screen is not too big for the user as it does not take up the whole entire page and it spaces the comment area more so the comments are easier to view.  Looking at the new player could get the user confused as many people are already used to the square box but after a few seconds, the whole confusion dies down and people will adapt quickly to it.  Most people these days now have widescreen televisions, so it does not take a while for the user to adapt to the new settings.  The new video player, has kindly spaced out the commenting system and the comments do now look more appealing to read.  They do not looked bunched up together and only taking up one small column of the layout.  Instead the comments now take up about half the page underneath the video player.  The only other thing that people will look through in Youtube after they watch the video are the comments, which are pretty important…for people to call other people n00bs and just to make fun of in general.  There was no major change to Youtube’s layout with the release of the new video player so people can adapt slowly towards the new player.  Good thing there was no major layout change or else there would be another ‘Marc Zomberg’ fiasco on our hands which would piss A LOT of people off including me.  Well not the actual layout change but the people who get pissed off about the change and start posting up video responses or join groups on Facebook to get the old layout back.

Anyways, the layout is pretty good and more spacious.  It actually somehow seems more viewable and more aesthetically pleasing compared to the old video player.  Unfortunately, due to the fact that many people who post up videos do not have access to video cameras that record in widescreen mode and as well as video editing tools that will convert 4:3 to 16:9 (even though that could get very messy).  Dam you Window’s Movie Maker, DAM YOU!  As a result, the user will see the awful dead space that occurs when you view a 4:3 video resolution in a 16:9 resolution, it looks awful and the dead space can be distracting.  It is a new step for Google though as they will be changing things up a bit in the industry.  Youtube has become the norm for video watching these days that pretty much whatever Youtube will do, other video hosting sites will do the same.  It will be no surprise that other video sites will copy Youtube and modify their players to naturally go widescreen to make things look better. In a few months, every single video player on the internet will have 16:9 capabilities (even though a couple of them already had it before Youtube).  Video editing programs will now all have widescreen resolution features.  Actually they already do, but the ones for they don’t, but they soon will.  Then people will be able to post up videos of themselves ranting about in 16:9 and we get to see more of how dirty their house is.