Saturday, 16 January 2016
Monday, 4 January 2016
The one thing that steals this film for me tho is Jack Lemon, you get the feeling the guy had a right blast filming this film. Jack Lemon's character like mentioned before seems to get into his female “role” a bit too well, he is just so funny to watch when he comes into the room when he is in “love and engaged” dancing with a pair of maracas, it is just genius, he even steals the end of the film with one of the funniest and possibly greatest movie endings around!. Another golden scene is Jack Lemon on his date dancing the tango and so on, it just has me in stitches. The film has aged well and I still enjoy it every time I watch it, but i can understand if its not to everyone's taste with it been an older film, but all 3 leads do so well especially Jack Lemon for me, if you want to start watching Marilyn Monroe films this is the one to start with I would say.
Sunday, 3 January 2016
This list was quite the headache, because I am a huge Jackie Chan fan especially of his original Asian films. So I thought after my long, long, long hiatus I would come back with this. Enjoy and I appreciate comments and feedback.
5, New Police Story (2004)
So the first pick on the list is this 2004 film. After a few years of doing mainly Hollywood films and not really enjoying making them, Jackie went back to Hong Kong to make this film which was a modern day retelling of his most famous film series "Police Story". The simple summary is thus, Chan's hard cop team, are all killed off in a mission to bring down some terrorists at the start and he then sets out on a revenge conquest with aide of a new partner played by Nic Tse. The film uses plenty of special effects and has plenty of action and fight scenes but the stunts which are great of courser, now rely on wire work which with Chan been 50 making this film you can forgive. One stand out scene is Chan catching a bus in a unusual way which we might discuss later is a staple of Police Story.
4, Drunken Master (1978)
The plot of this film follows a young Jackie Chan playing Wong Fei-Hung. Wong is a bit of a jack the lad sort, he gets people into trouble, chats women up and so on. His father discovers this and decides to punish Wong for his menacing ways by making him train harder in martial arts. Jackie is trained by an old beggar whom happens to be a great martial arts master, but with a difference. This martial arts master is a master in the art of Drunken Kung Fu!! yep that is correct drunken kung fu!.
What we get is the usual old school kung fu movie but with what must be Jackie Chan's first comedy kung fu film (well this and its brother film Snake in the Eagles shadow). The fighting in this film is just hilarious to watch seeing Jackie turn to drink to become a drunken fighter and with hilarious consequences!.
3, Miracles (1989)
This film is never really talked about in Jackie Chan film circles and I am not sure why. It happens to be one of Jackie Chan's personal favorites. Chan stars as a country bumpkin whom with his lack of city knowledge is cheated out of all his money when he sets foot in Hong Kong. Depressed and down his luck, he meets a poor woman selling flowers on the street. This flower seller urges Chan to buy a red rose, saying it will bring him luck. Chan buys the rose and soon after his luck totally changes. He becomes a mob leader but sets out to chnage the way the mob work and what they do and even tries to help a certain flower seller with her life.
With its 1920's setting and tale of morale and honesty this film is one of the best Chan films for me. The speeches he makes in this film to change the mob are great to watch and you feel like Chan is talking to the real Triad gangs out there in Hong Kong. The fight scenes are second to none also with Chan using all sorts of things at his disposal as ever.
2, Project A (1983)
Pirates rule the seas around Hong Kong in the late 19th century and its up to a coast guard police man played by Jackie Chan to stop them. Jackie Chan is not along in this film no sir he has the help of his two real life "Brothers" Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao in the mix too. This is easily my favorite film starring all 3 of the Dragon Brothers. The film has some of Jackie's most famous stunts like a bike chase through the streets of Hong Kong that was even copied in some way by Steven Spielberg in The Last Crusade's motor bike chase.
But my favorite Jackie stunt happens to be in this film also which is the stunt drop off a clock tower, where Jackie lets go of a clock face to fall through two awnings to land slap bang on the floor. The first take has him land on his neck!!. He did this stunt as a nod to the great Harrold Lyold and his clock tower famous movie scene.
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Enter Warner Brothers who wanted to do something a bit different. They wanted to release a film with Al Jolson in the lead. One thing tho Al Jolson was a singer..... cinema was silent.... but not for long the biggest and most important change to Cinema was about to begin the age of the.... 'Talkie'. WB had created a system called vitaphone. Vitaphone record the sound onto a disk (not yet on the film itself!). This disc was played along with the film in perfect unison instead of a pianist. This believe I or not was quite revolutionary, nobody had thought of this before, and it worked going on to be used for over 1,000 movies!.
Often hailed as the the first ever 'Talkie', and talked about in so many documentaries and books on movies and movie history. I was a bit shocked to find that its actually half silent and half talkie. But looking at it in context it was quite the achievement. The story revolves around a man who ran away from home as a boy, because he did not want to sing the religious songs his father wanted him to sing, his calling is 'Jazz'.
This happens to be Al Jolson of course. Now the story is told in the usual silent movie way scenes interspersed with cards of what the characters are saying and doing etc. But this was the shocker to come.... when Al gets on stage he talks and sings, not just that we can hear him!!. Now just imagine sat in a cinema in 1927, you only hear the sound of the piano been played by someone next to the screen, the movies are silent... but you have just witnessed history and in the words of Al ''You ain't heard nothing yet!''. I have posted a video from YouTube copyright of Warner Brothers at the bottom of this review of this classic moment.
The story is quite emotional... for the time, like I have mentioned the boy runs from home because his father is a Jewish cantor, whom does not approve of Jazz at all. The boy even leaves his mum behind (whom happens to believe in him), but we see him become The Jazz Singer, but he has to make some tough choices on the way.
Its the typical rebellion, chasing dreams against a fathers wishes, but a typical feel good movie. It is fairly average even for the time I think, but viewed as a piece of movie history, it is of great importance and worth a watch for Thayer alone. Al Jolson is pretty good in the movie too singing 'mammy' with his whole heart for his Mother who stood by him, he was certainly star and is cemented in movie history with this film. Cinema would never be the same again.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Like some kind of Daniel Day-Lewis I have been hiding away from the world from the while, and neglecting this blog site, shame on me. So what have I been doing with my self you may ask. Well October 2013 was huge leap for me in my life.
I am quite an introvert and prefer my own company a lot but I also like to experience culture, history and art. Now there is one city that has bucket loads of all these things and that is Paris France. So I had a dilemma, I want to go to Paris but I want to do what I want to do, I bit the bullet and booked it on my own just for me. Needless to say I feel it was the greatest moment of life. Yes I went to Paris alone but, it was such an experience it woke something inside of me. The explorer was born so I set out to first go to all the cities in my own county of Yorkshire, Hull and Sheffield to name a few. Up next was a week off work where I spent 4 days in Edinburgh and then 3 days in Liverpool.
While in Edinburgh I explored the Scottish lowlands, even calling at the famous Roslyn Chapel, as seen in 'The Da Vinci Code'. Well nd truly aamazing I recommend it to all. I even bought by myself a tacky souvenir of Braveheart himself William Wallace. Needless to say my head has been elsewhere, but now I am back on solid ground planning my next trip to mainland Europe at the end of the year. Hopefully now I am back on terra firma, I will get back on with this blog and get some more movie things done. I am thinking of doing book reviews too. Just sick with me if you are still looking at this site, I have bought a new android Asus tablet, so hopefully I will be cracking on now because I have no computer now and iPhone is useless for this, but tablet proving good. Thanks all and I would love to hear from you all good or bad comments all welcome thanks.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
- I adore Renee Zellweger if only she would marry me.
- I'm a huge fan of Ewan McGregor.
- David Hyde Pierce is in this film, he played my favourite television character of all time Niles Crane in Frasier.