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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Grossly under-appreciated film., 28 March 2013
8/10

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Unfairly maligned, grossly under-appreciated "Wu Xia meets Gunslinger" film.

The "martial artist with a baby" angle was probably inspired by the "Samurai Assassin" series of films.

The fish out of water "Eastern martial artist in the Old West" angle was probably inspired by Bruce Lee's "Kung Fu."

Sad to see so many movie fans slam this film so harshly. It really wasn't the awful mess they made it out to be. It was quite good in many respects. The plot/theme was clear and well-defined. The cinematography was expert. The fight sequences were skillfully choreographed, as good as those in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Hero."

Movie fans who have yet to see this film may want to ignore the naysayers and give it a chance. They may be pleasantly surprised.

Or not.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Grossly under-appreciated film., 28 March 2013
8/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Grossly under-appreciated "Wu Xia meets Gunslinger" film.

The martial artist with a baby angle probably derived from the "Samurai Assassin" films.

But the "fish out of water" "Eastern martial artist in the Old West angle almost certainly derived from Bruce Lee's original concept for "Kung Fu."

Sad to see so many movie fans slam this film. It really wasn't as bad as many made it out to be.

In fact, it was quite good in many respects. The action sequences can hardly be faulted. The fight choreography was good as any, including "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Hero."

0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Nolan/Bale Batman franchise -- what Batman should have been all along, 10 October 2012
8/10

The Chris Nolan/Christian Bale Batman trilogy is what the Batman films should have been all along.

The 1989 Tim Burton/Michael Keaton "Batman" and 1992 sequel "Batman Returns," the 1995 Joel Schumacher/Val Kilmer "Batman," the 1997 Schumacher/George Clooney "Batman and Robin," were smarmy, disrespectful mockeries of the entire Batman mythos. They were akin to the Roger Moore James Bond films, only worse. To this day I still wonder how they ever got green-lighted.

Only the three Chris Nolan/Christian Bale Batman films adopted the properly respectful attitude and conveyed the properly somber emotional tone.

The 2005 Nolan/Bale "Batman Begins" resembles the equally excellent 2006 Bryan Singer/Brandon Routh film "Superman Returns." Both reboots breathed new life into superhero franchises which had been left dead by writers and directors who showed little respect for the source material.

Sadly the Singer/Routh Superman franchise appears kaput despite critical and commercial success.

The rebooted Daniel Craig James Bond series has been doing the same thing for the James Bond franchise. It is treating the mythos with the respect it deserves.

One can only hope that future superhero franchises follow the positive examples set by Chris Nolan and Bryan Singer, rather than the negative examples set by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher.

"Primeval" (2007)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Ranks up there with "Fringe" as one of the best SF TV series ever, 8 July 2012
10/10

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Warning! Spoilers Ahead!

"Primeval" ranks up there with "Fringe" as one of the best time travel/alternate universe genre SF TV series ever made. Far, far better than paint by the numbers shows such as "Quantum Leap." I still can't believe however that the creators of the show killed off every one of their leading characters.

Killing off the adorable Claudia Brown by changing the time line was bad enough. Admittedly they reincarnated her, sort of, as Jenny Lewis. But then they wrote her out of the show too by having her resign.

Killing off the unflappable, too cool for school Stephen Hart and even the living, beating heart of the show Nick Cutter was just too much. That is no way to keep a franchise going.

I suppose the creators of the show should be given credit for their ruthlessness. The shockingly unexpected deaths of these beloved main characters leave holes in our hearts. They evoke the inner emptiness that accompanies the loss of a loved one.

But unless the actors wanted out for career reasons, killing their characters off was definitely a bad move.

Sabotage (1996)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Hidden gem, 5 June 2012
8/10

Surprisingly good action film. Far better than some big budget films that somehow made it into the theaters but should have gone straight to video.

Surprisingly upscale cast. Carrie Anne Moss of future Matrix fame. Also excellent veteran character actors such as Graham Greene.

Good sniper-themed films are few and far between. The original Day of the Jackal, Sniper, Shooter, Quigley Down Under, Enemy at the Gates. You can pretty much list them on the fingers of one hand.

Admittedly Sabotage makes a few technical gaffes regarding the nitty-gritty of how snipers operate. But if one is willing to overlook them, Sabotage is actually one of the better sniper-themed films around.

Lots of "gun porn" for firearms freaks. Lots of intrigue, double-crosses and triple-crosses for thriller fans. Satisfying conclusion. I disagree with those who say the ending was an anti-climax.

It even has some of the earliest uses of "bullet time." Judicious use too, used appropriately. Not overkill.

The Crossing (2000) (TV)
A nail-biting historical drama, 19 May 2012
10/10

Amazingly well written, produced, directed, and acted dramatization of the historic events depicted in the famous oil painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware," by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.

How often can one honestly refer to a costume drama as a "nail biter" or "cliff hanger?" Yet "The Crossing" is just that. The tension is nearly unbearable at times. The film skillfully communicates the anxiety that Washington and his officers must have felt as the hours slipped by and the fate of a nation literally hung in the balance.

Perhaps most amazing of all, this film, a must see for every patriotic American, was written by Howard Fast, a card carrying member of the Communist Party of the USA. How's that for irony?