Yang has just slaughtered the last of his rival clan in a misty grey dawn to win the title of "World's Greatest Swordsman" only to find an infant left hidden in a travelling box. Currying no favor from his own clan The Sad Flutes for letting the enemy child survive, Yang is banished and hunted by his own Master in The Warrior's Way, a debut feature from South Korean writer-turned-director Sngmoo Lee exploring familiar Asian territories of historical melodrama, slapstick comedy, and hyper-stylized action ballets.
Acclaimed Korean superstar Jang Dong-gun (Tae Guk Ki: The Brotherhood of War) makes his English-language debut in the sort of limited role afforded most Asian idols courting Western fame (think Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li). A very handsome man and a much better dramatic actor than this film allows, Jang is burdened with fortune cookie dialogue and bland stoicism, only allowed to come alive in a few comic-action flourishes. He doesn't even have chemistry with the baby, a surefire lighthearted device if ever there was one (lifted directly from the classic film series Lone Wolf and Cub).
Yang and his infant charge wander into a decimated American West-styled town inhabited by circus performers surrounded by the decaying remains of their attractions. The pair is befriended by the lovely spitfire Lynne (Kate Bosworth), Eight-Ball the little person (Tony Cox of Bad Santa), and the town drunk Ron (the increasingly Vincent Price-like Geoffrey Rush). Lynne is a cauldron of revenge, plotting against the malevolent "Colonel" (Danny Huston) whom she permanently scalded and scarred after witnessing her parents dropped by his gun, creating his facial mementos to fend off his advances. "Colonel" is making his way back to town to terrorize and seek out the now-adult Lynne as Yang arrives and assumes the disguise of a laundryman.
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First meet Jamie Randall, a smooth-talking prescription drug salesman with a reputation for womanizing; then meet Maggie Murdoch, a fiery passionate photographer who eventually changes the formerly mentioned Randall's womanizing ways. If this storyline sounds familiar, throw in a chronic illness in young Maggie, several ounces of flesh, and a retro 1990s timestamp, and now we've got ourselves a movie that is worth the price of admission –...Read More
One of the more obscure graphic novels to join the film adaptation fray this year is the English comedy Tamara Drewe. Originating in 2005 in the weekly pages of The Guardian newspaper in the U.K and primarily based on the classic British novel Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, the author's epic romantic tapestry has been retooled as a country manner comedy in the vein of...Read More
Burlesque can best be compared to a highway car accident – painful to listen to, but so visually captivating that you just can't look away. The costumes, the makeup, the flesh, the stage, the FLESH. For better or worse, the film certainly delivered on the American tradition of burlesque as a form of strip tease – with Christina Aguilera in all her "enhanced" glory as the main attraction....Read More
At first glance, Faster is a movie that doesn't care much about characterization or plot. For example, the three male leads are known as Driver (Dwayne Johnson), Cop (Billy Bob Thornton), and Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Director George Tillman Jr. seems to be completely at peace with this fact as well given how he introduces each of those three characters. I was completely ready to sit back and enjoy...Read More
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the seventh and second to last installment of the epic Harry Potter series based on the writings of J.K. Rowling, director David Yates spins a dark and thrilling web that will surely keep audiences stuck to their seats. Though the premise is the same as every Potter film (Harry must rely on the help of his two best friends...Read More
As female spy stories go, Valerie Plame's is no Modesty Blaise or Mata Hari, but it is one of great significance and enduring controversy in the recent history of the United States. Her tale of betrayal at the whims of top government and the press is at the center of the new thriller from director Doug Liman, the deft hand at the helm of the energetic and smart...Read More
The Next Three Days takes hold of you from the first second of the film and doesn't let go until the last. Director and Writer Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) pulls together an amazing cast to tell the story that will keep you on the edge of your seat almost through the entire film.
John Brennan (Russell Crowe) and his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) begin...Read More
Today's Special is the story of Samir (played by Aasif Mandvi), a first generation American born from parents native to the country of Inia. Living in the shadows of his deceased older brother, Samir aspires to become the head chef of an uber trendy bistro in the ultra competitive Manhattan restaurant industry. Plans go awry when he, the sous chef and natural choice for the head chef position,...Read More
Tim Burton has Johnny Depp. Ron Howard has Tom Hanks. Now, with Unstoppable being the fifth movie they've worked on together (with the last two being runaway train movies), Tony Scott has Denzel Washington. In Unstoppable, Washington stars as Frank Barnes, a railroad employee with over 20 years of experience. He's paired up with a rookie union kid named Will Colson (Chris Pine) as they embark on a...Read More