(And I mean that in all seriousness; I could see why someone wouldn't enjoy Peking Opera Blues, but if they called it bad because of those qualities I could argue forever on how they were flat-out wrong to do so. It's goofy, wacky, low-budget and jumps between tonal extremes without warning, but it's also smart, funny, brilliantly choreographed and edited, and Tsui Hark plainly knows exactly what he's doing - every single one of those tonal shifts sees him totally committed to making it work, not just throwing slapstick in for the lulz or drama for cheap shocks or whatever. I don't think Fong Sai Yuk clears that same bar but I seriously think the same point can be made - it can seem jarring to foreign sensibilities but it's plainly not just throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.)
Anyhow. I appreciate what CTHD managed to do: it's still a mediocre film that's entirely style over substance which was praised for things it didn't remotely accomplish by people who plainly didn't know what they were talking about, and I've seen nothing in the fourteen years since to make me seriously reconsider my stance.
Which, again, makes me bloody wonder what on earth DC is doing with all its goodies.
Also, it might seem obvious, but I just went to see Captain America 2: Captain Is The Highest Rank. Who'd've thought? And it was really, really great! What a complete turnaround after the first Cap film. I just only wish I had remembered it was half term and going during the day was a stupid, stupid decision.
A lot of people I know who didn't know who Tony Stark was pre-Iron Man cant wait to see "that gun-rat and tree thing".
Ahem, I think you'll find it's 'and tree thing voiced by Vin Diesel', thank you very much!
Have you heard how he got the voice-over work for it? It's great. Something along the lines of when GotG was announced, he posted on Facebook saying that he had been contacted by Marvel, as a joke, to suggest he was in the film. They then did actually contact him as a result of his post and offered him the voice work for Groot. So there you go, Vin Diesel showing you how to get a job - pretend like you do already and then you'll be offered it!
My main point though is that, when I saw Thanos at the end of Avengers it gave me a bit of happy in the pants. When one of my friends saw him, it was just "Oh, that looks interesting" and no real interest beyond there.
Insisting on rebooting the same two characters over and over and over again?Quote:
Which, again, makes me bloody wonder what on earth DC is doing with all its goodies.
That is actually an interesting point. Iron Man, Cap, and Thor are Marvel's "big three" in-universe, but they were basically completely unknown outside of comics (until the movies). The REAL "big three" are Wolverine, Spider-man, and a team-up between Wolverine and Spider-Man (in large part because of the cartoons over the decades).
DC/WB meanwhile focus on their two core characters (who, admittedly, are insanely well known) at the cost of just about everyone else. And when they DO try to branch out, they do it stupidly (Green Lantern was a perfect opportunity to have "The first superhero movie with an african american lead that hasn't been hunted down by the IRS in the past decade". Instead, they went with a mixture of Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner... Also, they wasted Ryan Reynolds who should never have been allowed near a "serious" role but would have been a perfect Wally West-Flash).
Admittedly, DC got screwed by the Nolan films. They were REALLY REALLY good, but they aren't world builders. The House of Mouse started the current wave with plans to at least build on every movie (I forget if they had Avengers planned before or after Iron Man did so well, but the movie definitely had the right hooks). But constantly failing to reboot Superman is their own damned fault. Especially since that is the one character who they DON'T need an origin movie for.
For your list, I'd add Hulk. Whilst films might not have done the character much favour, he's definitely remained in the cultural memory. Big green dude who sheds his clothes and yells "Hulk smash!"? Easy enough to remember!
Peking Opera Blues is a wonderful piece of work as are many other gloriously silly but wonderful films from the 80s - Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain comes to mind in particular. As for the awful films I was thinking about are the likes of The Storm Riders and the ilk it spawned.
And i'll take your view about what genre is meant for me under advisement.
(No argument over The Storm Riders, though. Ew.)
(Also, EDIT: If you're wondering why I haven't seen stuff like the films you mention, I only got into Asian cinema around the time of Infernal Affairs, and while I tried to play catchup, I was somewhat hit and miss about it.)
The headphones scene from the GotG trailer is awful. The mid-credits scene from Thor 2 is beyond awful.
Whilst reading a little more than I should have, I'm led to believe the headphones/music plays a bigger role than might initially seem. Thor 2's was apparently hastily thrown together. Even without knowing that, you could tell watching it.
And the headphones thing just felt like a "Oh, yay, he is hip and modern" while letting them segue into a musicy montage.
And mostly what I was getting at is just that, for a normal person, they are basically trailers/ads. They may boost a bit of hype, or they may just be the same as if we saw Clark Gregg before Coulson existed. So I can see how some people may be willing to skip (not me though, I sit there until my vision is yellow tinted).
Even with how crazy GOTG is I see it doing well just because it's another big movie from Marvel and until they release one thats really bad, every Marvel movie is going to do well at the box office between now and whatever comes after that movie.
Nóż w wodzie (Knife in the Water) by Roman Polański. It was his debut and his only movie he made in Polish language.
The communists hated this movie, so Polański had to left Poland, because he wouldn't be able to make another film there.
Nad rzeką, której nie ma (you can loosely translate it as "By the river, which doesn't exist") by Andrzej Barański. It's another Polish movie and it's one of the best I've ever seen. I don't know if it was released outside Poland, but if you have a chance to watch it, do it, especially when you like nostalgic movies.
I'll point you to these two posts for more martial arts/wuxia films to check out:
Make sure you absolutely watch Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain. It was a direct influence on the brilliant Big Trouble in Little China. There's a few more I can list when i'm done with work.
The day earth stood still (2008)
not a good movie at all.
Few things: the plot made no sense. None of it. SPOILERS: so the alien sentenced the humanity to death because they are killing the planet. Hokay. I can live with this idea. What does not make sense is that he will kill off humans and all life at the same time. so in order to save the planet from us he would kill the planet. Also if he already decided to kill us off why would he land in the middle of Manhattan and then ask to speak to UN? Finally the end: he gave his message that if we want to live on Earth we need to stop fucking it up. and then turned off electricity on the planet. how the hell are we supposed to follow his message if a)the message was delivered to a random woman in desolated NYC b)no way of spreading it around the world. c)turning off our machines will result in increased damage to environment while we fight to survive.
plot holes and stupid decision would make this a silly movie.
but they had to put an annoying kid in the main role. the hell? do people actually enjoy seeing whiny kid messing stuff all the time, being jerk and just nuisance to everyone? Every single scene with him was cringeworthy.
also retarded us government officials... unfortunately that's probably truth in television as I can totally see american government trying to attack an UFO just because it violated their airspace and illegally parked in their park.
my recommendation: stay away!!
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think Kubrick was outdone. The other Lolita, from 1997, is in some case superior to his version. Quilty goes from loveable rogue to a disgusting pervert and Humbert looks even more pathetic.
Dolores gets to be the main character, manipulative and provocative, but at the same time childish and immature.
It's also much more risqué, and downright uncomfortable at times. There's a lot of innuendo and a comedy side that wasn't explored in Kubrick's film.
Well you could get away with a lot of stuff in 1997 that Kubrick couldn't get away with in fact he was banned with what he had in it so it kind of makes sense. But I actually think that experience probably made him into a better director and lead him into the more art house direction, he wanted to say all this stuff and to outright say it would have gotten him banned so he put a lot of the deep themes in the weird direction and acting he would use.