“Fearless” (2006) is Ronny Yu’s latest martial arts movie featuring Jet Li as the Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910). The biggest difference to all the recent martial arts movies is that the fights are far more realistic and as such much more intense, esp. since they all happen inside some sort of arena.
Jet Li portraits Huo Yuanjia and his journey to find his inner self, challenging foreign fighters to defend the nation’s honor and eventually becoming the founder of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.
“Band of Brothers” is the best WWII TV series I have ever seen. This 10 part HBO mini series running 600 minutes tells the story of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division, from their training to their landing in Normandy, their sacrifices, their courage, their fears, the hardship and the cruelty of war. It is a story about a few good men who tried to do what they were trained to do. It forever changed them and their lives. They formed a bond deeper than any bond that is forged during peace. It is their story and it is told with shocking detail and realism.
Despite what you might think Aquaman is not Patrick Duffy although he is from Atlantis. There was a series in the 70s and this one is not a remake of it. Aquaman “A.C.” (Justin Hartley) is based on the DC Comics hero, he is the lost prince of Atlantis and the wicked Sirens are after him. All he has to do is shoot them right between the eyes to kill them. Sounds easy but Sirens do what Sirens do, they bewitch men.
Does this series bewitch its viewers and lure them in to want more? Not really. It’s nice to watch, alright, sunny beaches, makes you wish you were there, surfing. But as far as super heroes go Aquaman comes off as being a teenage surfer dude who can swim as fast as a jet plane and look silly while doing so and don’t get me started on the dialogue…
The newly created CW network already decided not to pick it up and I can’t blame them. However, you can download the unaired pilot of “Aquaman” over at itunes for $1.99.
I just saw the Spiderman 3 trailer (in theatres May 4th 2007) and it does look great. So I had to make a new header picture and if you are lucky you had venom, too (header image is random)! Go watch the trailer! Have some venom today! Visually only, of course!
“Eureka” is a new Sci-Fi show that premiered yesterday on SciFi featuring a small secluded town of geniuses working on mind boggling projects, some for the better some for the worse. An US Marshal gets stuck in the middle of an incidident while transporting a young girl in the back of his vehicle. Dog appears. Brakes screech. Car goes off road. The US Marshal Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) and his prisoner who turns out to be his daughter Zoe Carter (Jordan Hinson) walk into Eureka and crazy things unravel. I had fun watching the pilot just because everything is just so crazy accompagnied by corny one liners and fun acting.
I am definately looking forward to the next experiment.
For some obscure reason “Blade” (1998) was the first film I owned on DVD followed by “The Matrix” (1999). I subsequently also saw “Blade II” (2002) and “Blade Trinity” (2004) but was ultimately disappointed by the sequels. Spike TV now airs “Blade – The Series” and hopes to attract its viewers to this too cool to be true “Terminator of Vampires”. They call him Daywalker, neither human nor vampire, a half-breed.
Let us be honest, whenever you think about this character, you see Wesley Snipes, there’s just no getting around the fact that he kicked some major Vampire ass. Now, Kirk ‘Sticky Fingaz’ Jones, besides having a rather silly nick name, tries to live up to that figure as much as he possibly can but it is just not enough.
The acting of the cast aside, this show does not set new standards as far production design or CGI is concerned. Quite the opposite, it rehashes special effects on every possible occasion and uses prostheses whenever feasible, only that they are recognizable as such most of the time which rather kills any suspension of disbelief you might be willing to invest somewhere along the ludicrous story line. Vampire Ash as a designer drug? That is not only ludicrous but also immensely boring.
Nevertheless, it is Blade and people want Blade, they want it so badly that it does not matter if the show sucks or not, well at least for now it doesn’t. Everybody keeps hoping that it will get better eventually. I do not see that happen any time soon.
“Psych” premiered this weekend on USA network and is about a guy Shawn Spencer (James Roday) who has something like a photographic memory when it comes to his surroundings. As a kid he got trained by his father, who was a cop, to memorize every and anything around him at all times. He does not have any psychic powers but his gift makes it possible for him to see clues and connections where others fail and he does disguise it with theatrical performances, which can be amusing at times. He gets involved in solving a kidnapping case for the police and starts off his own PI business together with his friend Burton Guster (Dulé Hill), no doubt taking on more cases in the future.