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The Last Dragon Movie

Being born in the 80’s and being a martial arts fan as a kid, I was always going to have a soft spot for this movie. I came across it when I was only small and because the name sounded familiar (Enter the Dragon being my favourite movie at the time). I didn’t know then that this would be one of the only times it was ever shown to my knowledge on UK TV. I have never seen it on tv since, and only just recently re-purchased the DVD.

The movie is about a Kung Fu student named “Bruce” Leeroy Green, who wants to reach the final level, a feat only Bruce Lee achieved. The final level is achieved when you are surronded by a mystical glow, showing you are a true kung fu master. Leeroy’s master tells him to go and search for a Kung Fu master in New Yor kby the name of Som Dum Guy. At the same time he has fallen for Music Video presenter Laura Charles who wants him to be his body guard to help her from Videogame King Eddie Arcadian. An evil Kung Fu master by the name of Sho-Nuff has also returned to town and wants to fight Leeroy, so he can be the kung fu master of Harlem.

The movie was made by Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, so naturally the soundtrack is outstanding. The movie features the best of R&B and hip-hop from the time, sprinkled with martial arts references, including ‘Rythm of the Night’ and ‘7th Heaven’. The soundtracks is one of the best I have heard in a movie and is strong throughout, with a very strong eighties vibe. If you own a soundtrack for a movie, this has to be it. It is particularly awesome when Laura Charles starts playing a song in the 7th Heaven studio and puts on Enter the Dragon, Leeroy gets WAY to exciting, it is slightly worrying at this point. The only one bad point about the music in the movie is Eddie Arcadian’s girlfriend wants to be a popstar and is terrible, but unfortunately we have to suffer through her eye wateringly bad music video.

Sho-Nuff the main bad guy in the movie played by Julius J. Carry III is brilliant. He is one of the best movie bad guys ever, no-one can touch him. He walks about with giant shoulder pads and claims to be ‘The Shogun of Harlem’. He has classic lines such as ‘Kiss my converse’ and is unforgettable. I will be honest he steals the movie from under the nose of Taimak.

Taimak plays ‘Bruce’ Leeroy Green, and it is surprising to know that he had no previous acting experience, and learned on the set as he worked. He does put in a fantastic shift. The fighting scenes are amazing and he is definitely worthy of being called a kung fu master, his acting may be slightly wooden at times, but considering this is his first role ever, he does a brilliant job, and lets be honest his fighting scenes more than make up for it,

I also think Leeroys brother Richie is fantastic, he is hilarious in the movie and a great little actor here. He is played by Leo O’Brien.

The plot of the movie is slightly basic, but it is a good entertaining movie that is easy to follow and heavy on entertainment. It never slows down to much and you learn enough about the characters to at least care about them a little. They are pretty one dimensional and not very complicated but so what, it is a great movie, and the action and music makes up for it.

Serious Impressions of Stupid Movies

Movies have become one of the most influential factors in modern society. From starting new trends to educating the ordinary people, movies undoubtedly make an impression on the general public. Since the discovery of the very first motion picture in 1890s, movies have become a visual documentation on events of human evolution. Talking about the movies that are produced for entertainment purposes, here is a quote, from the Pulitzer Prize winner film critic Roger Ebert:

“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.They allow us to enter other minds not simply in sense of identifying with the characters, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.”

-Roger Ebert

Roger once said that art is the closest that we could come to understanding how a stranger feels and movies as an amalgum of audio and visual form of arts, makes a very complex and sophisticated form of art. There is an undeniable effect that movies have in our thought process. When we exit a theatre after watching a movie, we leave with the definite kind of thoughts depending upon the movie we watched. With our responsibilities of daily life we skip through myriads of social and emotional aspects that keep us humane. We live in a world with so much colors and variations of human aspects but we fail to recognize and enjoy, while busy in our commitments. And that is where movies are a sweet reminder of what we are and what we have. Let us take “Forrest Gump” for instance that portrays the innocence of a guy, with the spirit to make something out of himself despite all the shortcomings. Or the more recent one “Happythankyoumoreplease”, which shows characters, no different from the ones in our neighborhood. The characters in the reel world are no different from those in our real world and the challenges they face are just a version of the ones we face. And movies help us understand life through different perspectives.

Let us take modern historical period movies and old classic ones, they are a depiction of how things were in the days gone by. As ordinary people they tend to be a reminder of our heritage, a source of reminiscence and nostalgia. There are also movies like “Blade Runner” which give us a peek into how things could be in the future, and there are ones that make us laugh and have a good time. Educating us, tickling our funny bones to cautioning us about the future events that could fall upon us, movies have an undeniable influence on our thoughts and actions.

There is little bad with every little good

Movie as a technology has grown from a simple fast moving collection of pictures to a complicated industry. With the technology’s ever growing popularity, movies have now become an integral part of our daily life. Be it in a friendly chat among friends or the daily news broadcast, movies are one of the subjects of discussion. Primarily a form of entertainment, movies as a whole is also listed as an informal source of education. Many people tend to learn from movies more than any other formal source, although that might seem like an overstatement. In many under developed countries movies and television series are used as the means for educating the population for social reform and bring an overall change. There is no denying on a vast reach of movies, this however could have a very bad effect, as not every movie carries the same humane values.

Movies that fall under the genres like historical drama, historical war movies and biopics are often criticized for taking liberty with the historical facts. They are accused of bending the story to dramatize events and make interesting movies. One of such movies is “Pearl Harbor”, which was released under much criticism. With film makers taking such liberty with the historical subject matters, it is both disrespectful and unforgivable. Due to such movies gullible audiences go on to believe a fiction to be the fact, which is not a good thing. On the other hand there are movies that fall under action and horror genres which are criticized for violent contents. Directors like Quentin Tarantino in Hollywood and Anurag Kashyap in Bollywood have their respective reason and logical explanations regarding such contents. Despite their reasonable explanations there is no denying that the exposure to violence may cause personality disorder in kids and other receptive demographic. There exists proper processes of identification and allotting category a movie goes through before its release to diminish such adverse effects. However their presence is only as good as the implementation.

Movies are Stupid

“The point is not to avoid all Stupid Movies, but to avoid being a Stupid Moviegoer, It’s a difficult task separating the good Stupid Movies from the bad ones… ” -Roger Ebert

Often movies are termed as stupid waste of time. The opinion is not wrong on its own but we have to keep in mind that there are literally millions of movies representing a genre and there are numerous genres. Though not all of them deserve our attention but not all of them deserve our indifference either. Thus, the responsibility falls upon us to choose the movie that would be worth the time. In fact the choice of movies differs with each individual. And each genre of movies is targeted towards a specific kind of audience.

Every work of Art is subject to one’s own perception and interpretation, movies are no different. Just like any art, each movie is bound to have its point of view and an agenda. Movies are the most expressive among all forms of arts as such it is capable of covering a huge demographic with no bias of color, age or region. This benefits the film makers with the power to impress the huge susceptible population with their ideas. However, it falls upon the viewer to choose the right movie.

Connecting with a movie

A movie without a definite direction becomes a disaster, as such most of the times it is the director who determines a certain tone of the movie subject. With proper co-ordination with his fellow colleagues director goes on to create a masterpiece that resonates with our life and mindset. This is when we would be sucked into a different world altogether. And that is the real satisfaction of watching a movie. Otherwise it would become a stupid waste of time.

However besides the nuances in the production of a movies itself, there are many factors that affects its connection with the audience. One such case is “The Room” which released in 2003 as an independent movie. The movie was written, produced and directed by Tommy Wiseau, who also acted in the movie. The movie was completely slaughtered by the critics while it did a good business. There are also the DC movies like “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League” which despite the critical bashing go on to collect big bucks. The reason there being the subject matter though poorly executed is dear to the fans of DC comics.

Safe But Entertaining

When going in to a Nicholas Sparks film, there are a few things that can usually be taken for granted. There will likely be a guy and a girl who meet under unlikely circumstances. One or both of them will be hesitant to love again because they’ve been hurt in the past. Eventually there will be a conversation in which all is revealed, and they’ll fall hard for each other. Of course, in the end someone usually dies to give the love story a bittersweet resolution. “Safe Haven” strays from the classic Sparks formula in a few ways, though it’s still quite obviously a Nicholas Sparks movie from start to finish.

One of the biggest departures in “Safe Haven” lies in the fact that the movie incorporates elements of a thriller into the romantic backdrop of the film. This serves to create the tension that the film runs on, leaving viewers wondering whether Katie (Julianne Hough) is a criminal on the run from a dogged Boston police detective (David Lyons). This doesn’t mean that the film is an action movie, however; despite having the trappings of a thriller, “Safe Haven” is still a Nicholas Sparks film through and through.

Another change to the Sparks formula comes in the form of “Safe Haven” not being a tearjerker like most of the other films based on his works; the only death in the film occurs before the movie starts. Male lead Alex (Josh Duhamel) is a widower who runs the local store in the North Carolina town of Southport, tasked with raising a young son and daughter after his wife succumbed to cancer. This sets Alex up as a sympathetic character, likeable and charming but not trying to rush into anything when Katie gets off of the bus in his town.

Aside from those deviations, much of the film plays out as you would expect a Nicholas Sparks movie to be. Katie decides to stay in Southport when she stops there on a bus layover, renting a house and trying her best to blend in and lay low. Alex tries to befriend her, being the good guy that he is. She gradually finds herself adapting to life in the small town, making friends with her neighbors and inching closer to being more than just friends with Alex and his small family. All of this works toward the ultimate reveal of what really happened before Katie left Boston and why Detective Tierney is trying so hard to find her.

Director Lasse Hallstrom seems comfortable with the subject matter, which really isn’t any wonder, considering how much experience he has with Nicholas Sparks’ material. In addition to having previously directed Sparks’ “Dear John,” Hallstrom also adapted the screenplays for the Sparks films “The Shipping News” and “The Cider House Rules.” In ” Safe Haven,” he took a few liberties with the pacing and layout of the book, but the changes he made were for the best; they really help set the tone and carry the plot through the limited screen time of the film. If left in their original order, the scenes would have created a chaotic mess of a film.

Also notable in this movie is how at ease the actors seem in their roles. Almost every performance seems relatively natural, helping sell a story that might otherwise have seemed forced or even a bit hokey at times. Duhamel, in particular, does a great job of playing Alex, portraying him as a genuinely nice man who carries a lot of pain and responsibility on his shoulders but refuses to let it get him down. Another wonderful actor is Mimi Kirkland, the girl who plays Alex’s daughter. Her onscreen chemistry with Hough’s Katie is one of the best parts of the film, bar none.

Why Movies Are Boring

Before we begin arguing, let me end it right here, right now. Answer the questions I ask you and ponder over them for a while. How many times have you gone for a movie? Probably thousands of times but how many did you really enjoy? Many of us just watch movies to stay in the loop and know the hottest topic everyone is talking about. But isn’t movie all about entertainment?However, many people have now realized that far from being entertaining, movies are actually boring. We all end up shelling out so much money for just an hour and a half of entertainment and that too only if lady luck is on our side. Many times, we come back from the theatre cursing the directors for the excellent promotions of an awful movie.

What’s more, we find ourselves sitting in uncomfortable chairs and missing the most crucial dialogue just because your neighbor forgot to switch his cell on to the silent mode. You just wish that you had a remote control in your hand so that you could rewind the movie but that is not to be. This whole process is somewhat strange considering the fact that millions of people go through it over and over again.Not watching a movie, to me personally, is a better idea as it saves on a lot of time during which I can do something worthwhile and of course, if the movie is really as good as it promises to be then I’m all for watching it but in the comfortable arms of my couch. Try this idea for a change and let me know whether it changed the way you thought before.

Movies And Games

Recently I decided to begin downloading some movies to watch during the summer rerun season. I began searching for the best deal available. I had thought of the movie rental places, but their stock is by nature limited to what is most popular. And their prices are not so cheap either. My tastes are somewhat different and what I am looking for is rarely stocked.

My ideas about entertaining movies are more along the lines of movies made many years ago – musicals, mysteries, comedies. Strange isn’t it how for so many years comedians could tell jokes for hours – and receive standing ovations – without uttering a single curse word and without the inference that one person is somehow inferior to another. Those days may not have been the perfect ones, but at least families could find really entertaining movies to go to together with no chance of anyone being offended or denigrated.

But not anymore! If you are lucky enough, you might be able to sit through five or ten minutes of a movie without being subjected to a flurry of curse words or someone’s naked butt sticking out at you from the screen. Thanks, but no thanks! I’m old enough that I have already heard (and used) all those words and I know what they mean so there is no fascination in hearing them for me. And I’ve seen my own butt often enough in the mirror that I am able to recognize one when I see it, so I don’t feel the need to see anyone else’s.

Imagine my surprise and pleasure when I found a site which offers unlimited downloading opportunities for more than 80 million DVD quality movies. Of course the service has a cost – just as with everything in life. But that one time cost was less than $35 for unlimited access and unlimited downloading. How many rentals could you get for that? And, you don’t need to drive to the rental store in a blizzard or a rain storm. What a selection these people have! They offered both old and very new movies; I even found movies that I had enjoyed watching with my parents when I was a child. Very good memories indeed!

Warner Bros Movies Reviews

Movies are the key element of entertainment for many people. There are obviously many reasons for popularity of movies but above all reasons the most important is that movies provide a type of entertainment that is matchless with any other type of entertainment. Movie is a long and lengthy process and these days, million of dollars are spent to make a movie so we can say that movie making is a business which involves huge investments.

There are thousands of companies around the world that makes hundreds of movies every year but not all movies made by these companies get international attention and fame. But most of the movies produced by Warner Bros get the popularity not only in United States but internationally. The main reason behind the getting international popularity by these films is that these are made keeping in view the general interest of viewers around the world and secondly, as mentioned earlier, huge investment also make it possible to make the movies extra ordinary.

The latest addition in some of the most successful movies by Warner Bros is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Although the movie finished top at the box office in its first week after release on Dec 10th but still it didn’t able to capture business in the volume which was captured by earlier two films of the series. There is no doubts there huge spending were made in making of newest Narnia movie but it didn’t live up to its predecessors or expectations and because of slow box office start of the movie, it maybe the end of Narnia series but it next few weeks are though very important for the makers as these will decide of the future ventures of the series.

Buy Movies Online

Life is busy now, and in this busy schedule, everybody needs some entertainment. Movies have always played an important role in entertaining people. A film or a movie can make us feel fantasy, fiction, comedy and many other things related to real life.

Going to a theatre to watch a movie is a big challenge and standing in a queue to find or book tickets is even a bigger chase. But now we have many alternatives to going to the movie hall like movie rentals and online movie store where we can buy/rent a movie VCD, DVD or CD right from the comfort of our home or office.

There are many benefits to avail movie services online –

  • First of all, there would be no standings in long queues, hassles and inquiries. Just Sign up and get the movie in DVDs and/or VCDs format.
  • Secondly, with an online movie store, you can enjoy a bigger selection & categorization to check any movie to watch. You can watch movies you wish to and would not be bound to watch the movie that the theatre has to offer.
  • You can check the reviews about the movies and can go for a best movie to watch which is really a great feature.
  • Cost-effectiveness – With small amount online subscriptions, we can have a fair deal to watch a good number of movies which is surely cheaper than the market price. You can purchase new DVDs as well as used DVDs with the movie selection of your choice.
  • At many times, online movie stores will offer you periodic movie offers and special announcements which can be very beneficial.
  • What’s your friend’s favorite movie? Now you gift him on his/her birthday or on special occasions. There is nothing better than a big smile on your dearest friend’s face. Some of famous online movie stores and online DVD shops are also giving this service.

Vantage Point an Awesome Adrenaline Movie

I’m constantly amazed at how truly entertaining movies with no redeeming social value always seem to get lousy newspaper reviews while artsy fartsy movies like “No Country for Old Men” get great reviews despite having what I consider the worst 15 minute ending in the history of film. “Vantage Point” is the exact opposite of a chick flick, it’s the kind of movie guys who like an adrenaline energy rush, love and cool, hip women,enjoy. I’m assuming an uptight woman probably would hate this kind of movie even though there is no sex or sexual exploitation in it. Oh well, you can’t have everything!

I go to a movie for one reason and one reason only, to be entertained. I don’t go to a movie to think and use my mind. If you liked “Point Break” with Keanu Reeves and “Crank” with Jason Statham, you’ll love “Vantage Point”.

“Vantage Point” basically tells the story of an assassination of a U.S. President in a foreign country as seen through the eyes and actions of the characters that were at the scene of the assassination: The President (William Hurt), the Secret Service Agent (Dennis Quaid), the Head Secret Service Agent (Matthew Fox), the tourist (Forest Whitaker) and the members of the assassination team. The majority of the movie revolves around flashbacks of each of these characters that all took place at the same time but reveal new details and answers unfolding. Each flashback doesn’t repeat most of what happened in the other flashbacks. My sole criticism of the flashbacks is that they are used one too many times and the last one seemed like a anti-climatic annoyance that you knew was coming. After that, the movie resorts to real time again.

As I said, I really enjoyed the movie as I found it 90 minutes of non-stop entertainment. I did note a lot of plotholes which I won’t get into here as I don’t want to spoil the movie for you. In short I would give this move a solid B+ as I found it quite entertaining, fast paced and unpredictable like a roller coaster ride. If you watch a movie for redeeming social value and to think, this movie is not for you.

Best Comedy Movies of 2009

Some most-expected drama movies and action movies failed to draw audiences to the theater, but the comedies of 2009 were well able to do good box office business. Perhaps the recession and economic downturn make people seek laughter during these stress-filled times. Though a few of the comedies of 2009 didn’t have that aura which makes them in the list of funniest movies ever, except Hangover, they somehow kept the box office ringing.

Here is my list of the best comedy movies of 2009:

The Hangover:

This movie by Warner Bros Pictures has earned good money, but not, off course like Avatar. Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms in ‘The Hangover’ could keep you laughing for along time. The movie received great reviews and appreciation from different corners of the world. It has been a smash hit worldwide. The film could set a new record for an R-rated comedy, crashing the record set by Beverly Hills Cop nearly 25 years ago. A loud funny movie that every bachelor who wishes to go for a wild bachelors party must watch.

Zombieland:

Columbia Pictures released this apocalyptic zombie film which put up stiff competition to ‘The Hangover’. The way Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg fight each other is really hysterical. A smart script, good acting by newcomers like Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin add flavor to the tone of this comedy. It is a kind of perfect escape from reality and you will have fun watching this movie at home with friends.

Fantastic Mr. Fox:

This is a Fox Searchlight release and is directed by Wes Anderson. Although the trailer didn’t raise that much initial interest with the audiences, the movie didn’t disappoint at the theater. There is nothing too freaky in the plot, and the movie comes to life as you watch it. This is an animated film for adults as the humor is a bit too much over the heads of the kid crowd. A witty and highly entertaining movie for the 2009 movie year!

Up:

This is another animated movie from Disney/Pixar. Millions already have fallen in love with the old fellow who flies with balloons and the small obnoxious kid explorer who accompanies the old man on this adventure. The movie is touching and funny, and the animation is gorgeous to look at. It takes you on an emotional journey as well as keeps tickling your funny side to make you stick to the screen.

500 Days of Summer:

Another release from Fox Searchlight. This is a romantic comedy and one of the best intelligent romantic comedies of the 2009 film year! Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hard working greeting card writer who believes in love at first sight while Zooey Deschanel, a free-spirited woman, doesn’t. Find out what clicks between the two in this comedy.

Some other comedy movies worth watching of 2009 are ‘The Proposal’, ‘The Informant’ and ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.’ All should not disappoint.

Best Form of Entertainment

When you enter a movie theatre, you are all prepared to suspend all logic and enter a realm of fantasy. The hero always emerges victorious at the end of a moral battle waged against the villains. Add to the story the thrill, suspense, drama and of course melodious and feet tapping songs and you have the entire package of a complete entertainer. Movies in Delhi occupy the number one slot as the best form of entertainment and time pass for all and sundry. The theatres often open to packed halls and a movie is often the venue of choice to catch with friends or simply unwind and have a good time. The newspapers are often the best source for all information related to movies in Delhi but now many websites are also providing the necessary information to users.

Information seekers about movies in Delhi can now simply register with a website that is dedicated to exclusively providing all details about the various movies in Delhi that are playing in theatres across the city. Details about the online ticket booking, contact information for the theatre, a short review and nowadays, even previews about the movies are easily available. Moviegoers can now book their tickets in advance and even get the tickets delivered to their doorstep for any movies in Delhi by simply paying online through a credit card. Information about the latest movies in Delhi enable the discerning viewer to choose the movie that he wants to watch depending on the storyline, cast, director and over all feel of the movie.

Movies in Delhi are ideally enjoyed in any of the multiplexes that have cropped up in and around the city. The variety of shops set up in the multiplexes act as an additional attraction to the moviegoers. In addition, the lure of butter popcorns, nachos and ice creams available at the movie theatres add to the experience of watching movies in Delhi. In addition, the multiple screens in any multiplex provide the moviegoers with an option of choosing any movie he likes depending on the timing and availability of tickets. The air conditioned malls and the movie theatres also provide a welcome relief from the scorching Delhi heat and the temptation is too strong on a summer afternoon to simply slide into movie hall and enjoy any movies in Delhi.

The movies have taken the form of the biggest source of recreation for the citizens. The number f Hollywood films that are released almost spontaneously in the city have also managed to draw a special crowd to the theatres that prefer the Hollywood to the Bollywood movies. Special movie halls displaying 3D films have added another dimension to entertainment. Movies in Delhi have ceased to be a one time outing for families and have now become a regular source of entertainment for most. As the film industry continues to be one of the biggest revenue earners for the country, movies in Delhi and other places will continue to charm the public.