I'm almost scared I'm jinxing myself. Ah well. Let's dive in.
Haven't had a chance to get to the theaters in quite a while. Fortunately, I've got Netflix and a Wii. Been watching some great flicks with the Missus. Been really digging some foreign movies section. Here's a couple we checked out this week.
BANLIEUE 13: ULTIMATUM is set two years after the first film. Yeah, we have or fun calling the French a bunch of cheese eating, surrender monkeys, but this film is completely badass. Damien and Leito team up again to keep a crooked politician from setting into motion events that would destroy the district and kill a lot of people. The Parkour scenes stole the show in the first film, and that gets toned down this time in favor of hard hitting martial arts choreography. They really do it right here going with the Asian approach to fight cinematography and pulling back with limited cuts to let the viewers really see the choreography and showcase the work the actors and stunt crew put in. The story has a hole or two in there, but for the most part its really good. The main bad guy manipulates everything masterfully. There were plenty of times I had to just sit back, slack jawed and take in how amazingly screwed up this guy's plans were. Really good performances all around. Not as visually over the top as the original, but more than makes up for it with a really tight story.
BKO: BANGKOK KNOCKOUT was a really pleasant surprise. For the moment I saw that it was from the same production company they gave us ONG BAK and CHOCOLATE I knew I was in for a treat. I crew of young martial artists are hoping for a shot at fame in Hollywood, but what they get is kidnapped and put through a gauntlet of vicious fighters so high rollers can bet on them. This was a really martial arts thriller. I was on the edge of my seat worried about these kids. The thugs range from muay thai fights, to guy that seems more like an animal than human, and even a guy right out of a slasher flick. The fight scenes are off the charts. The crew of fighters specialize in parkour, muay thai, kung fu and capoiera. The action is as beautiful to watch as it is brutal. Plenty of twists and turns for the more story minded. Loved this movie.
MORNING GLORIES #15 is on deck this go around. Gym class continues as Zoe, Hunter, and Jun continue trying to navigate the Woodrun. So while things go fairly poorly for the students we get plenty on flashbacks continuing to let us in on Zoe's past. I'm very intrigued by this story because its focusing on Zoe. Yes there's more to all the characters here than meets the eye, but Zoe is such a random factor. On one hand she's dived right in to help save Jade, and she saves Hunter in this issue. But on the other hand she's got that pesky habit of stabbing people to death with large knives. She's really hard to get a bead on. I love that because early on it was so easy to write her off as a hot Indian Slutty McSlutslut who gets by on batting her eyelashes and excellent bra selection. That seems to be the middle ground between the altruistic girl who peeks out every-so-often and the stone cold killer. She's really a fascinating character. The over all story doesn't give us much more insight as to everything that's going on. There's a trap that seems specially designed for Hunter, or possibly he's not the only person with his condition. I do think there's a puzzle piece in here somewhere, but figuring out exactly what it is, and where it fits is the tricky part. As always with this book, its one big load of screwed up with a psycho chaser. Love it.
This guy's voice reminds me a lot of Sting's. The singer, not the wrestler. The tune has been getting a lot of air play here locally. I dig it.
That's going to be it for me today. Feels like I've got my mojo working, so we'll see how long I can keep it going. See y'all Wednesday.