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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

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"Karate Kid remake" ~ Comments

Over at Angry Asian Man, I read that Will Smith's kid will star in a Karate Kid remake.

As we all know, the original starred Ralph Macchio as the new kid in town who gets his ass beat every day by a gang of bullies, until he strikes up a friendship with quirky old dude who teaches him karate. Somewhere along the way, the kid hooks up with Elisabeth Shue. And then later, Tamlyn Tomita.

This new movie will reportedly be filmed in Beijing. Does that mean that the Cobra Kai-like bullies will be Chinese? Greaaaaat.

But I can't get too mad. Of course the new Karate Kid wouldn't actually be Japanese... As everyone knows, all Asians already know martial arts.

posted at: 01:45 Wed 12/Nov/2008

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Sunday, 28 November 2004

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"Summer movie wrapup" ~ Comments

Briefly, this summer I saw (in rough ascending order, subjective) Hero, Code 46, Garden State, Hellboy, the Corporation, Spider-Man 2, and Before Sunset. I'm not a big movie goer, so this was actually a busy summer for me, movie-wise.

I also rented Infernal Affairs (1) and Before Sunrise.

... and I just saw Control Room on CBC Newsworld.

very brief thoughts on what I saw, then:

continue reading...

posted at: 10:15 Sun 28/Nov/2004

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Sunday, 14 November 2004

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"Incredibles" ~ Comments

The Incredibles ruled. I mean, obviously some of its strengths are great direction and a strong, well-structured story.

But on a more trivial note, I hope more superhero movies will follow its lead in at least other other aspect: ditch the origins. The origin stories are, generally speaking, not as much fun as the regular stories. Spider-Man 2: better than Spider-Man. Superman 2: better than Superman. What was the most boring part of Hellboy, of X-Men, of the Hulk? The origin. Ditch 'em.

posted at: 08:18 Sun 14/Nov/2004

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Monday, 12 July 2004

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"Before Sunset" ~ Comments

Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset" is my top choice for movie of the year to date, not that the competition's that close. I suppose the conventional wisdom is that its talky, plot-light nature means this film isn't for everyone, but that saddens me. I think everyone should see it; it's a deeply heartfelt film. The other recent film I can think of with such genuine emotion is last year's "In America". (I've also read comparisons to last year's "Lost in Translation", but I haven't seen that one yet.)

Ethan Hawke was great, Julie Delpy was unbelievable, and the writing (by all three, plus story credit to Kim Krizan) and cinematography and camerawork were top-notch.

Without the heavy-handed Hollywood orchestra browbeating you into emotion, without stupid and gloriously dumb plot twists that inject artificial drama into the story, they've combined to build a story presented with such honest and heartfelt emotion that I'm still stunned a day and a half after watching it.

I cannot wait until the Ridge theater picks this up with Before Sunrise for a double bill.

posted at: 07:49 Mon 12/Jul/2004

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Sunday, 04 July 2004

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"Spider-Man 2" ~ Comments

Spider-Man 2 is an excellent movie. I loved the first. The second rips off a few too many elements of the first, but is still better in so many ways.

Matt Yglesias on what he sees as the thematic self-contradiction of Spider-Man 2 (spoilers). (FWIW, I don't really agree with his argument, preferring instead the comments left by Karmakin, Tacitus, and mc_masterchef there, as well as Henry at Crooked Timber.)

But what I wanted to talk about was a much smaller nuance of the movie in particular. Spoilers...

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posted at: 20:43 Sun 04/Jul/2004

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