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24th-Apr-2008 07:58 pm
Last weekend I went out and saw The Forbidden Kingdom. I have to say that it was much more enjoyable overall than I was expecting. The fight scenes were great and I got quite a kick out of seeing Jet Li appearing to have a lot of fun in a few scenes as The Monkey King. It's just not often you get to see Jet Lin in a movie where he isn't intense pretty much the whole time. He is still pretty intense at others time (different character) but his acting as The Monkey King was amusing.

The movie is pretty formulaic as far as the whole "visitor across time learns to be hero" thing goes. You can see where it's all gonna come together at the end. Then again, I don't really think they tried to hide it. The movie is fun, pure and simple. I'd say it's an 8/10 if you're into martial arts, otherwise probably a 7/10. It's something you could actually take the kids to. People die, but there is only a bit of blood and it's not major.

Now, on to the DVD release this week of Cloverfield. I was pretty disappointed in this movie overall. It just didn't live up to the hype. Perhaps I was spoiled by the deep mythos of the Blair Witch Project that was incorporated into it's supporting media and brought to life in some degree through the movie. This didn't happen with Cloverfield. I wasn't expecting huge answers, but a lot of the stuff that was supportive of the mythos that was the Cloverfield Universe didn't show up in the movie (Slusho was really about it...and a drunk chick). That left me feeling a bit let down in the whole experience.

However, I was contemplating picking up the DVD as I figured there would be good stuff in the commentary and hopefully there would be lots of extras tying the ARG tot he movie. Doesn't look like it. In fact, it looks like those of us in the US are getting the shaft as we're only getting a single disk edition of the DVD to start with. Sure there are like three or four different versions of the release (extras, case, etc.) depending on which store you go to. Still, I was expecting more. PLUS from what I have read Europe is getting a 2-disk edition from the start. This is pretty much the same stunt that was pulled with Hot Fuzz. Now while that might make sense due to the fact that Hot Fuzz was FROM the UK I know something a lot of other people from the US don't know, and that is that other countries get Special/Limited Editions of DVDs that blow ours away. I'm not just talking Europe either. I'm talking Japan, Korea. Having shopped for foreign movies for a few years I've seen many of these sets when I'm out checking other DVDs and some of them seriously rock, even for crappy movies.

So, if you're considering seeing The Forbidden Kingdom do so it you're looking for something light and fun. If you're thinking of getting Cloverfield on DVD then wait for either the 2 Disk Edition that is almost sure to be released in the next few months or wait until it's gone down in price, as in my eyes even a sale price in the mid teens is too much. Plus, if you do end up liking it then you're likely to get caught in the double-dip that is sure to follow.
PCU - Rand - Attention
25th-Apr-2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
I was supposed to see the Forbidden Kingdom on Sunday with Rader (he's back in town btw), but they went at the same time that the Wings game was on...so, I bailed on it. I'd still like to see it.

But, that wasn't the inspiration for my comment. Its in regard to "Cobra Starship". WTF? That has got to be one of the worst songs of the new millennium. Corny lyrics, bad drum loops, ugh...reminds me of something that New Kids on the Block would sing. Do they even play instruments or do they just act badly in videos? I expect better from you. The only good thing about that song is the Samuel Jackson sample. I tried watching the video and it was too painful to endure. I'm sorry to come down on you like that, but damn...

26th-Apr-2008 03:16 am (UTC)
See, you believe I was listening to it for anything other than the cheeze factor. I was actually listening to it for that and the fact that it was representative of another movie that went pretty viral but the box office wasn't all the impressed with (look at what happened to Cloverfield after its initial release weekend).

That song is part of my Dead Rising mix, titled 'Zombie Death' which is made up of songs that make sense for zombie killing on some level, complete cheeze, and stuff you're likely to hear in a mall.

Other songs in the mix include:
-Richard Cheese covers of: Down with the Sickness; One Step Closer; Chop Suey; Loser; More Human than Human
-Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone; I'm Alright
-White Zombie - More Human than Human (2 versions)
-Linkin Park - One Step Closer
-Duran Duran - View to a Kill
-From the TV Show Angel: Main Theme; Lady Marmalade (as sung by Andy Hallett)
-Anthrax - Bring the Noise; I'm the Man '91; Pipeline; N.F.B.
-Junkie XL - Dealing With The Roster
-Expansion Union - Playing with Lightning
-Joseph Bishara - Death is the Only Way Out
-Lunatic Calm - Leave You Far Behind (V2 instrumental mix)
-Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
-Orbital and Kirk Hammet - Satan
-Traci Lords - Control (Juno Reactor Instrumental)
-The Prodigy - Minefields
-DMX - Party Up; X Gon Give It to Ya
-N-Trance - Stayin' Alive; Do Ya Think I'm Sexy
-Wyclef Jean - We Trying to Stay Alive
-The Dream Academy - The Edge of Forever
-Reveille - What You Got
-Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation (Junkie XL Remix)
-Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
-LL Cool J - Headsprung
-Transplants - Diamonds and Guns
-Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
-Robert Miles - Children (Dream Version)
-Walter Murphy - A 5th of Beethoven
-Lil Jon - Let's Go
-Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath
-Gary Jules - Mad World
-Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence (Ecstatic Dub)
-Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
-Lionel Richie - Running With the Night
-Laura Branigan - Self Control
-Gravity Kills - Guilty; Enough
-The Bee Gees - Night Fever; Tragedy; Stayin' Alive
-Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
-David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure
-Haddaway - What is Love?; Rock My Heart
-Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl
-Quarashi - Stick 'Em Up
-Napoleon Dynamite Soundtrack - Nap Pulls Kip Retun; Nap Pulls Kip; Granny ATV; The A-Team Theme; Here's Rico
-Apocalyptica - Sad but True; Creeping Death
-Tom Jones - Kung Fu Fighting
-Devo - Head Like a Hole
-Siobhan Lynch - Stayin' Alive ...... How many damn versions are out there?
-Disturbed - Forgiven

Here are all the songs from the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack in my mix:
-Cobra Starship - Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)
-Panic! at the Disco - The Only Difference...
-The Academy Is... - Black Mamba
-Snakes on a Plane - The Theme

See, I make my video game experience MINE when I can. As messed up as that may be.

Forgot to add that I find the video amusing as 3 of the 4 look like girls but only 1 is...I think.

Edited at 2008-04-26 03:18 am (UTC)
26th-Apr-2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. I still hold you in high regard in that manner then...I knew there had to be a good reason.
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