Are September and October slow months for movies?

PopcornHey all…

I just started looking at the September movie schedule and am wondering where the beef is. There’s just not a lot there I’m all that excited about.

And October doesn’t look a heck of a lot better:

  • October 3: Blindness (a maybe)
  • October 10: City of Ember (a maybe) and Quarantine (a renter for me)
  • October 17: Max Payne (Constantine meets a Cop movie, I’m kind of excited about this one)

Maybe I’m getting too picky for my own good?

What’s anybody else interested in that’s coming out? Are there some that I’m just missing because I haven’t heard about them?

–Fitz

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Tai Chi Master Packs a Punch! Released July 29!

Tai Chi Master Box ArtHi all!

I was recently given a rare treat to review – a martial arts movie made in the early 1990s starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. Tai Chi Master, also known as Tai ji: Zhan San Feng, was directed by Yuen Wo-ping, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest martial arts directors of all time. (Brett Ratner of Rush Hour fame talks about Wo-ping in one of the special features on the DVD.)

[rating:3/4]

Watching Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in a martial arts movie together is just amazing. Both are fun to watch as martial artists and can act. What a concept!

You can read more about this movie at IMDB here.

Tai Chi Master - Jet Li

The general synopsis is:

A pair of lifelong friends are expelled from their Shaolin temple after being accused of cheating.  Tienbao (Chin Siu Ho) becomes a powerful and oppressive military leader while the other, Junbao, (Jet Li) joins the rebels.  Only the discipline of Tai Chi can help Junbao defeat his former friend.

There are a number of great fight scenes, but what got me with this film is that it has a heart. Junbao does everything he can to avoid having to fight his friend Tienbao. But in the end, he must defeat him.

Tai Chi Master - Michelle Yeoh

The story propels the movie forward (unlike some martial arts movies) and the acting and action are fun and frenetic. What’s not to like?

The only thing I’ll say is that there are little things about the movie that detract from it. Though the wire work is great, there are times where you can tell it’s wire work – not as smooth as something like Crouching Tiger or Hero. But other than that, this is a great martial arts movie faithfully reproduced on DVD.

So I’ll give this 3/4. Be sure to check it out if you like martial arts movies, Jet Li, or Michelle Yeoh!

Tai Chi Master will be released on July 29th! Be sure to look for it at Amazon or other retailers!

Until next time, go see a movie!

–Fitz

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Rush Hour 3 (DVD): Not so much of a “rush”

Hey all…

Been a while, but I thought I’d catch up on trying to write a few movie reviews as time allows.

The first of these is Rush Hour 3, which I watched on DVD (rented via Netflix). Yes, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are at it again.

[rating:2.5/4]

Here’s the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293564/

Inspector Lee (Chan) and Detective Carter (Tucker) have a long background going back to the first Rush Hour film ten years ago (1998). They revitalized the series with Rush Hour 2 in 2001, but haven’t appeared since then. I almost wish they hadn’t done a third one. I enjoyed the first two. Cliche and unoriginal as they were, they were fun to watch. Rush Hour 3 had a few funny scenes, but not enough to hold my attention.

The movie opens with Detective Carter doing traffic duty (poorly), and Inspector Lee handling protection for Ambassador Han (played by Tzi Ma). While addressing the World Criminal Court, an assassin attempts to kill Han and Carter & Lee jump in to save the day.

I have to admit I’ve liked Chris Tucker in other movies like the Fifth Element and the first couple of Rush Hour films, but he was a bit of a buffoon in this one. Not sure if it was the script or if he’s lost his touch, but except for one scene (where after a fight he was in with multiple attackers he started singing “Kung Fu Fighting“), he was a bit too clownish for my tastes. (Yes, this is coming from someone who loves Rowan Atkinson and Mr. Bean, I get the irony.)

Jackie Chan has some great fight scenes as per usual, which I did enjoy. He’s an amazing martial artist and has great comic timing, but even he couldn’t save this script. (Any time a character of his suggests renting an adult movie on the hotel pay per view, something is amiss.)

So if you liked the first two Rush Hour movies and have some time to kill, this one is ok. The schtick is pretty tired by now and Brett Ratner (the director) didn’t do much to save it for me.

That said, I’ll give this movie 2.5 out of 4 stars. Wait for it to come to television as it inevitably will.

Until next time… Enjoy the movies!
–Fitz

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