Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CINEMA ABYSS and SHARKNADO 2


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

HERCULES 2014

Sword and Sandal

Before he was a legend, he was a man.
Fourteen hundred years BCE, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. Written by Radical Comics

By Rick - I have just gotten back from the sneak preview of HERCULES 2014.  I enjoyed this movie. It is pretty much a perfect summer film. This version of Hercules is based on the Radical Comics character from 2008-2009. Do not expect a Hercules you have seen before. This character is more of a barbarian style fighter. It never is clear if Hercules is a demigod or not. What is clear is that he is a mercenary that has created a legend around himself. He is a troubled soul that is running from the memory of the loss of his family. He is a sale sword that has surrounded himself with other brothers in arms. All who are broken in some way but have found comradeship and healing in this family unit.

This is a good sword and sandal flick. It reminded me of the Steve Reeves Hercules movies I used to watch with my dad back in the day. If you are a fan of this style of movie check this out and have a good time. See it in 3D HERCULES was the best 3D since Pompeii. 

HERCULES 2014
Directed by Brett Ratner
Dwayne Johnson is Hercules  
John Hurt is Lord Cotys



By Tony -Back home, sitting down to put fingers to keys to let our faithful know about the new Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules movie. This was not the telling of the mythical demi-god that most will be expecting. We were spared the long telling of his youth and the known twelve challenges he was tasked to do. Radical Comics spins a Conan The Barbarian tale of the mighty son of Zeus. They even going as far as, what looks to me like, giving Hercules a similar weapon as the one used by Conan. 
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The film turned out to be a feel good, believe in yourself, overcoming your guilt movie.  The pep talks throughout the movie reminded me of my high school coaches. Their speeches told us that we could defeat any opposition that we faced. All through sheer will power. There were no bolts of lightning that charged our hero Hercules. Which left you wondering if he was even a demigod all. Instead, you are led to believe that a man could strengthen himself to the point where he can commit superhuman feats. He merely need believe the legend of his own deeds, then he can become the demi-god

I felt like I was watching the same cookie cutter plot from today's action movies. Films like "The Losers," and "The Expendables" franchise but, with a bit more story telling. This could be the feel good movie of the summer if enough of "The Rocks" fans go support his latest endeavor. Not bad for a kid from Miami. Watch this film in 3D as it was enjoyable and easy on the eyes.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN

Martial Arts


By Rick - Back in March I did a Zatoichi Post. I concluded the piece saying I was looking forward to making my way through the blind swordsman movies. Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman was one of these classics I could not wait to see.

This movie is a classic crossover between chambara and wuxia genres. Chambara movies are nontraditional samurai films. Wuxia movies are bloody martial arts anti-hero films. Put these two exploitation styles together and you have an action packed story of distrust, betrayal, and respect.

Yu Wang, who plays Wang Kong; The One Armed Swordsmen is in Japan. He is there to visit a friend at a Zen temple. While traveling across the country he befriends a family of Chinese street performers. They offer to guide him to his destination.  While on their pilgrimage the One- Armed Swordsman and the Chinese performers must make way for a procession of samurai and yakuza carrying the areas taxes to the shogun. During the march the Chinese family’s son loses control of a toy and runs into the street to capture the runway plaything. This action breaks Japanese societal protocol and the samurai in charge move to dispatch the young child. Wang Yu protects him which starts a traditional budo vs kung fu brawl.  He tells the boy to run and leads the enraged warriors in the other direction.

Zatoichi later comes across the Chinese boy and finding the child’s parents dead decides to be the boy’s protector until he can figure out what to do. While wandering Zatoichi hears of a massacre of peasants and the theft of the areas tribute by a Chinese rogue.  Soon, while taking refuge in a deserted shack Zatoichi and Wang Yu meet and a fragile trust is created.
The real story begins here. These two martial arts masters that cannot communicate must trust each other to protect an innocent child. While defending the boy they must contend with a group of gangsters, honorless samurai, and xenophobic Japanese.   

This is not the best Zatoichi movie but the fight scenes are some of the top battles in the franchise. Shintaro katsu stepped up his game in this feature. It must have been the influence of director Hsu Tseng-Hung that inspired these superb melees.

Zatoichi meets the One Armed Swordsman was produced by and stars Katsu Shintaroh as Zatoichi and Jimmy Wang Yu as Wang Gang the one armed Swordsman. 




By Tony - Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsmen. As a bigger fan of the Chinese wuxia (swordplay) genre, I found this movie a bit bias. Being that it was a Zatoichi film says it all. At the start of the movie we find Yu Wang, who plays Wang Kong a.k.a. “The One Armed Swordsmen,” in Japan. He is on his way to visit a friend, a Zen priest.  The priest offered him a place to live where he could escape the fighting that took place in his home country.


Wang meets up with fellow countrymen who are street performers and they offer to show him how to get to the Zen temple. On the way they come across a group of Samurai. The son of the street performers chases his kite that has blown in front of the samurai. His mother ends up dead protecting him, as does his father for trying to save them both. Wang sees this and leaps to the aid of his countrymen. He hacks away at a few samurai before leading the rest on a chase that ends up in a 100 foot kung fu leap across a gorge to escape the samurai. Wang makes it to the temple but is later betrayed by his friend.

Enter Zatoichi. He comes across the dying Chinese father and his son. He finds out what happens from the boy and thinks that Wang had something to do with it. He finds out from a witness that it was not Wang but, the samurai who killed innocent people.


The closing fight of this film pits Wang and Zatoichi. They fight it out in what looks like a rock quarry. Two women who have fallen in love with them do nothing to stop it. Wang and Zatoichi battle and in the end Zatoichi delivers the final blow. Both regret their combat and blame their lack of linguistic comprehension for the duel.