Showing posts from November, 2013

The Quest

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in "The Quest", a 1996 martial arts film about Christopher Dubois and his journey of self-discovery. The film follows Chris from the streets, barely getting by and taking care of a group kids, to being sold into the seedy world of fighting competition. Chris learns about a fighting tournament and enlists the help of the man that betrayed him to get the tournament's prize: a dragon statue made of solid gold. The film also stars Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn and Jack McGee.

The film's story was overall a good one, but it did suffer from some pacing issues in my opinion. It felt like there was so much crammed into the  first half hour, then it slows down, then it picks back up only to slow down again. It's never bad enough to where you get a feeling of being bored, but it could have been better. Another issue with the story is...well this is practically "Bloodsport" . Sure there are some changes, but overall I got the fe…

World War Z

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that zombies are all the rage these days. With the popularity of the genre coming back and the success of The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time before some big screen films were made. So when I heard that there was going to be a film adaptation of the outstanding book "World War Z", I was ecstatic. So was this the outstanding big budget Zombie film we've been waiting for, or was it just garbage?

The plot, to be perfectly honest was the weakest point of this film for me. Now it wasn't just the story itself, but the way they handled the main character: Gerry Lane. I guess no one on the writing team got the memo, but in order to get invested in a character they need to be interesting and in a zombie film they need to be in some kind of danger. That wasn't the case here, where the character survives event after event and walks away. Aside from that its a decent story, despite having almost nothing to do w…

Masters of The Universe

What happens when a cartoon is popular? It gets a film adaptation! What happens when that film is made by Canon films? You get a film adaptation that is mid to low budget and is loosely tied to its source material. Such is the case with Masters of The Universe, a 1987 film starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella. It took the popular He-Man and The Masters of The Universe property and took it to Hollywood. Was the resulting film an action filled adventure film? Yes, but was it a good or bad movie?

The film stars Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, the defender of Eternia and arch-nemesis of Skeletor. Skeletor has trapped the sorceress of Grayskull and wants to gain all of her power when the great eye of the galaxy opens. Our heroes He-Man, Man at Arms and Teela are forced to escape to earth and regroup for another assault only to have lost their way home, the cosmic key. Can they find the key before Skeletor's forces do and get back to Eternia in time to stop him?

The plot is pretty stan…