Archives for September, 2009
This week we welcome Freya, the newest member of the CineGeek team to the podcast for baby talk, shaved legs, 10 worst films of the last 10 years, and Surrogates.
Directed By: Tibor Takács
Starring: Christian Slater, Cuba Gooding Jr., Al Madrigal, Sarah Ann Schultz, Christa Campbell, Robert Giardina
Wes Wilson is on top of the world; his first book, a self help relationship book extolling the virtues of honesty, has just cracked the top ten bestsellers list, he’s just proposed to the love of his life and best of all she’s just said yes. As you can guess from the title though, the good times, they do not last.
After ducking out of Wes’s bestseller party, he and his fiancée, Sam, are attacked in the parking garage. Wes is knocked senseless, a cop is shot, an elderly couple is frightened and Sam is abducted. …continue reading
Legendary martial arts choreographer and director Yuen Woo Ping (Drunken Master, The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) continues to amaze and impress with each film he is involved in. Believe me; I couldn’t list them all in this review. Iron Monkey, originally released in 1993, recently became available on Blu Ray from Miramax and I happily gave it a go.
The film opens as Wong Fei Hung (Tsang Sze Man) is being held captive. He is being held because his father Wong Kei Ying(Donnie Yen) has been accused of being the infamous Iron Monkey, a mysterious person who takes from the rich and gives to the needy and poor. He wears a mask and no one has seen his face. …continue reading
We will be at the Geek Media Expo in Nashville, TN this weekend! We’ll be promoting and giving away plenty of Buzz Bites and maybe some other surprises too! Check out this week’s episode of the official CineGeek webcast for more details! Check out the official website for GMX for more details including guest list, programming, and registration!
I’ve already commented on just how influential I believe this X-Men series to be on animated television series. It offers more complex storylines that often take many episodes to complete and it’s geared toward older fans as well as children. It’s crazy to think that it has taken as long as it has for this series to come to DVD.
The centerpiece of volume three is the “Dark Phoenix” story arc. Last season Jeanne Gray had become the Phoenix a powerful entity that saved the universe by taking a crystal into a sun to destroy it. The Phoenix returned to Earth though, still inside Jeanne’s body. The Phoenix, through Jeanne’s body and personality, has learned what feelings are like. She wants to experience more feelings, the good and the bad. With a little prodding from the Hellfire Club, she descends into experiencing very evil feelings and she becomes the Dark Phoenix. This epic story arc was one of the most famous in the comic book series and while it is watered down a bit for the television series it’s still the best the show has to offer. …continue reading
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank
Here we go with the start of yet another story about Clark Kent becoming Superman. The question many may have is “why are we going through this again?” We’ve been through a couple of crises since we last revisited the pre-tights days, and if history has taught us anything, with each new crisis comes a new origin. Geoff Johns is doing what John Bryne did with ‘80s The Man of Steel after Crisis on Infinite Earths. The whole miniseries is going to show the steps Clark takes to become the hero we all know, and this first issue starts with Smallville. …continue reading
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Starring Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Donnie Yen
“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
Wuxia is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists set in ancient China. Although Wuxia is traditionally considered a form of literature, the genre is now found in art, comics, films, television, theatre and video games. Wuxia films feature dazzling fights and characters that can fly, move with extraordinary speed and generally defy the laws of gravity. Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, To Live), a director that at the time was known for his dramas, loved the genre and wanted to try his hand at it: Hero was the result. Hero was recently release on Blu Ray by Miramax.
The Emperor has summoned Nameless (Jet Li) to his castle as the film opens. He wants to know how a single man could have dispatched all the enemies that were sent to destroy him. The story that unfolds is told in flashback and the audience sees the journey that brought Nameless to the feet of the Emperor as a hero. …continue reading
There are few true icons of martial arts cinema. There are plenty of actors that have starred in martial arts film but most of them aren’t iconic. Some examples are of course Bruce Lee, but also Chuck Norris, Sho Kosugi, and there’s Jackie chan. Before the emails start rolling in, yes there are many other icons those are just the first ones that come to mind. Jackie Chan stands out because he successfully executes amazing martial arts action and at the same time brings slapstick comedy to many of his films. The Legend of Drunken Master is one of Chan’s classics. …continue reading
“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.”
The first samurai film I saw was Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai. It blew me away and ever since, I have loved chambara cinema with a passion. So, when Takeshi Kitano announced he was going to bring the well beloved character Zatoichi (played by Shintaro Katsu in 26 feature films and 112 episodes of a TV series) back to the big screen, I was skeptical. While I love Takeshi Kitano, I just didn’t know if anyone could fill Katsu’s shoes. Did it work? Miramax recently released The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi on Blu Ray. …continue reading
Coming off an impromptu Mexican vacation thanks to Osborn’s pre-H.A.M.M.E.R. Thunderbolts, Moon Knight is back in New York to hit the big time, and by big time, I mean Norman Osborn in the face. Before working his way to the top, Moon Knight warms up on Obama and McCain-masked bank robbers and dark alley rapists.
This is the first issue of yet another ongoing Moon Knight series. Why? The last issue of the previous volume ended with Moon Knight in his Jake Lockley personality deciding to leave Mexico to return to New York and confront Osborn and the forces that led to his exile. …continue reading
Created By: Craig Wright
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Peter Krause, William Baldwin, Blair Underwood
Being a member of the Darling family must be a charmed life. And being their lawyer well, it must suck.
Death seems to follow the Darlings around. The first season saw the death of Dutch George, the family’s lawyer, in an airplay crash. Season two opens with the death of Patrick Darling’s (William Baldwin) wife Ellen. Of course this isn’t the only scandal going on in the Darling family. After Jeremy (Seth Gabel) is shot down by Lisa George (Zoe McLellan) he runs head long into Nola (Lucy Liu) who just happens to be the prosecuting attorney on Letitia Darling’s (Jill Clayburgh) murder trial. …continue reading
Directed By Rolf de Heer
Starring Nicolas Hope
Blue Underground has been rapidly bringing its brand of film over to the next generation of media with a slew of blu-ray releases. Some people say that these older films are a waste of time on blu-ray because they don’t benefit from the blu-ray format as much as newer ones. More often than not there’s always at least a minimal amount of improvement in audio and video when any film of any age is presented in HD and having these films on blu-ray future proofs them, guaranteeing that they will be watchable for years to come. I couldn’t wait to experience the world through Bubby’s eyes again, this time in HD. …continue reading
Astro Boy, the new animated film based on the classic anime and manga hits theaters October 23rd from Summit Entertainment. We’ve got three minutes of what looks to be a highly stylized and entertaining film! Check it out: