- Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:37 pm
I just started Umbrella Academy yesterday. I'm two episodes in and while I'm not entire sold on it yet I do want to keep watching to see what happens. @hatter what are you thoughts on the monkey man? I'm pretty blown away by the CG used on him. It seems like big budget money that I honestly was not expecting at all. The lip sync isn't as good as something like the new Planet of the Apes films but for "TV" it's way more impressive that I had anticipated.
I managed to squeeze two films in this weekend. One a masterpiece and the other, well not so much....
Shocking Dark aka Terminator 2. I'll start by saying I really love Italian rip-off action films, 1999 After the Fall of NY, Blast Fighter, Raiders of Atlantis and Hands of Steel. After seeing some stills of this film and the artwork, I was bound to love it. Unfortunately I did not love, in fact it's one of the worst films I've ever seen and thats coming from some one who really enjoys those listed above. It is a straight up rip-off of Aliens then Terminator then back to Aliens and finally resolves on Terminator again. After I finished the film I was thinking about how bummed I was about not liking it and why I didn't compared to other Italian rip-off films. I came to the conclusion that it's because those I listed above were directed by competent directors, Lamberto Bava, Sergio Martino, Ruggero Deodato. Shocking Dark on the other hand was directed by Bruno Mattei who I don't think is a competent director at all, I've never enjoyed a film I've seen by him, he has no skill at all when compared to the others. Maybe I'm being harsh and some one on here will say they think he's good. Back to the film, it looked like it was filmed in an industrial hall way for 75% of the run time, the "Newt" character had one line of dialog "SAAARAAAH!!!" that she said maybe 50 times in 40 minutes. I did love the creature designs, the Terminator voice was laughably bad but the shoddy direction, lack of a lighting department, no set design and atrocious dialog/writing just lowers this one down too much for enjoyment.
Drunken Master II [Korean poster above] is a modern master piece of martial arts genre. I have never seen the uncut Hong Kong version, only the chopped up Dimension/Miramax dub we got here in the US. It is incredible. Lots of fun little tricks with wires that allows Jackie to really push the drunken style to extremes. While this one has tons of stunts like previous films, it seemed more focused on providing great martial arts action than crazy death defying stunts. It's incredibly funny and Anita Mui absolutely stole the show here for all of the non-action scenes. There is a scene at the end that has been cut from most versions of the film, the copy I watched had it inserted back in and looked to be from a VHS or bad DVD, but due to Jackie's final showdown drinking it has made him mentally handicapped and boy does that play out inappropriately. I laughed, it's definitely a product of it's times. I'm really hoping Eureka get's the rights to restore this film, it really deserves it.