Sunday, September 30, 2012

Martial Arts Movies

Martial Arts Movies are without any doubt the most entertaining movies you will ever see:). Some of these movies normally have a minimal plot and focus almost exclusively on the action, while other martial arts films have more complex plots and characters along with action scenes.Amongst the various martial arts,Kung Fu has become the most famous in movies thanks to actors like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan who have become legends of martial arts movies:).Here are some of the many martial arts movies that i enjoyed:).





Ip Man (2008)
Ip Man is undoubtedly one of the best martial arts movies ever made:). This movie is a semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.This is not one of those martial arts movies that has no plot and focuses just on action scenes.It tells the story of Yip Man in a superb way and is helped a lot with its good direction and superb performance by its lead Donnie Yan:),who plays his role superbly:). Also the actions scenes are just superb to watch:).If you want to watch a martial arts movie with a great storyline along with action scenes,then this is the best movie to watch:).

Genre:- Action.
Director:- Wilson Yip.
Stars:- Donnie Yan.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored.Has good pace and great action scenes:).
My Rating:-









Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon (2000)
Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon is a superb martials arts movie:).Here, two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to a physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.This movie works mainly because of its good direction and some outstanding music:). The music in this movie is soul touching:),and is definitely one of the main reason for the success of this movie:).The action scenes in this movie like all other martial arts movies are very good:).Overall,Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon is great watch thanks to its martial arts,great direction and mainly the music:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Ang Lee.
Stars:-Yun-Fat Chow,Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang.
Oscar Buzz:-
Won 4 Oscars (Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Music-Original Score)
6 Other Nominations (Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music-Original Song, Best Picture, Best Writing-Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has good pace and outstanding music:). 
My Rating:-


  







Enter the Dragon (1973)
Whenever one hears the term "Martial Arts",the first movie one normally thinks of has to be "Enter the Dragon":):):). Here, A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.This is the movie which made Bruce Lee,the legend of martial arts cinema:). The fighting scenes in this movie are the best you will ever see,thanks mainly to superb martial arts by Bruce lee.This movie completely belongs to him as he takes the martial arts to an entirely new level:).If you haven't seen this movie yet,then you have no idea what a martial arts movie is:).

Genre:- Action.
Director:- Robert Clouse.
Stars:- Bruce Lee.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored.Has great martial arts sequences:).
My Rating:-









Ip Man 2 (2010)
Ip Man 2 is the sequel of the superb martial arts movie Ip Man.This movie focuses on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.Though this movie may not be as good as its predecessor,it is still a very good watch:).The martial arts sequences are excellently choreographed and the lead actor is once again superb as Ip man:).Overall, Ip Man 2 is a very good martial arts movie to watch:).


Genre:- Action.
Director:- Wilson Yip.
Stars:- Donnie Yan.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored.Has good pace and great action scenes:).
My Rating:-
 








House of Flying Daggers
House of Flying Daggers is a good martial arts movie:). Here, a romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.This movie works mainly because of its great martial arts sequences:).Also worth mentioning is the movie's music,really good:).Overall, House of Flying Daggers is a good martial arts movie to watch:) although it disappoints a little in the end.



Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Yimou Zhang.
Stars:- Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi kaneshiro, Andy Lau.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for Oscar (Best Achievement in Cinematography).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Has great martial arts sequences:).
My Rating:-








Sunday, September 2, 2012

Releases 2012 (3)

This blog post is a continuation of my earlier blog posts.

http://akshysmultiplex.blogspot.in/2012/05/releases-2012.html
http://akshysmultiplex.blogspot.in/2012/07/releases-2012-2.html

Hope you have seen all the 10 earlier 2012 movies i suggested:). Here are some more 2012 movies i enjoyed:).



The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises is the best movie of 2012 i have seen so far:). This is the third and final movie of Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy.This movie takes place eight years after,when new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest and makes the Dark Knight resurface to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.This movie mainly works because of excellent direction by Christopher Nolan:). Nolan once again manages to suck you into the world of Gotham and Batman:).Such was the movie's effect that i had to go home and watch Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again:) as i didn't feel like watching anything else:). The Dark Knight,i thought was a superior movie mainly due to its villain Joker:).Bane isn't as scary as Joker(who was completely unpredictable).But Batman is shown superbly in this movie,his gadgets and his newest toy, an armored flying vehicle called The Bat:),his escaping scene from the underground well like structure,his interactions with Catwoman(played well by Anne Hathaway).Everything is done brilliantly:).Overall TDKR is a superb movie with a photo finish to one of the best trilogies ever made:).

Genre:- Action, Drama.
Director:- Christopher Nolan.
Stars:- Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has very good pace:).
My Rating:-









The Avengers
The Avengers is a very entertaining blockbuster:). Here, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.The Avengers first half starts off at a decent pace,where all the superheros come together,and struggle to work as a team against Loki.But its the second half which just takes off and takes the movie to a new level:).The final act,a thrilling alien-bashing fight on the streets of Manhattan, is absolutely brilliant:) and a must watch for all movie fans:). What i liked about the direction of Joss Whedon is that he gives equal importance to all 6 superheroes(members) of the Avengers:). It could have easily been a one superhero movie(Hulk or Iron Man) ,with others just supporting here and there:).But Joss balances the superheroes superbly:).Overall The Avengers is an entertaining blockbuster with some really good special effects especially in the second half:).

Genre:- Action, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Joss Whedon.
Stars:- Robert Downey Jr.,Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored.Has great pace:).
My Rating:-









The Dictator
The Dictator is an enjoyable slapstick comedy:). This is a funny story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. This is a movie i enjoyed and laughed throughout:).Every scene in this movie is funny and you will love it if you enjoy slapstick comedy:D.Sacha Baron Cohen's accent and his dialogue delivery are itself enough to keep you laughing throughout:).The jokes in this movie are consistently provocative,but are enjoyable if taken lightly:).Overall The Dictator is a must watch if you like slapstick comedies:).

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Larry Charles.
Stars:- Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Is Enjoyable Throughout:).
My Rating:-









Battleship
Battleship is a good one time watch entertainer:). Here, a fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. This movie may not have a great script,but thanks to its huge budget,has some really good visual effects:).Overall, Battleship is just a good entertainer to watch when you have some free time to pass:).


Genre:- Action, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Peter Berg.
Stars:- Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker,Liam Neeson.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored:).Has good pace:).
My Rating:-










The Hunger Games                                                
The Hunger Games is a good one time watch movie:). This movie is set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.The first half is superbly directed.It keeps you involved and raises your expectation,the hype around the hunger games is so much that you cant wait for it to start in the second half:).But,alas,the second half really disappoints:(.The actual competition fails to fulfil the hype of the first half:(.The violence in The Hunger Games is considerably downplayed and fails to give you a strong enough sense of the brutal nature of the competition:(. Only thing consistent in this movie is the perfomance of Jennifer Lawrence who plays her character effortlessly and wonderfully:).Overall The Hunger Games is a good one time watch movie:) which has a great first half but disappoints in the second half.

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Gary Ross.
Stars:- Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored:).Has good pace:).
My Rating:-