It’s hard to deny that Wes Anderson’s films all have a similar style and quirkiness. In fact, if you don’t like the dry humor in one of his movies, you probably won’t like any of his other films either. That being said, any fan can tell you that while they definitely have a similar vibe, his movies are all drastically different from one another, both in their storylines and the emotions you experience while watching them.
To that extent, his newest work, Moonrise Kingdom, is one of his most enjoyable films to date. While it might not be quite as humorous as my personal favorite, The Royal Tenenbaums, the story wonderful and delicate. Perhaps even more importantly, it makes the viewer actually feel the awkward emotions from their first romance -in its full embarrassing glory.
Essentially, the story is a simple tale of adolescent romance, but the lengths the two go through in the name of love remind you just how tragically desperate preteens feel the first time they experience a fluttering in their hearts. Combine the pre-pubescent romance with bad parents, adultery, a dedicated -but inept boyscout leader, social services, the wish-washy friendships of kids that age and the biggest storm of the century and you have a thrilling drama that is as touching as it is humorous.
Don’t take my word for it though, check out Moonrise Kingdom for yourself when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 16.Advertisement
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Reviewed by Jill Harness on April 21, 2011.
Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen is a continuation of the saga of Chen Zhen, a legendary character of classic kung fu movies. For Westerners, the character is similar to James Bond, a cool action hero that has been played by everyone from Daniel Craig to Pierce Brosnan to Sean Connery. Similarly, Chen Zhen has been portrayed by some of the most famous kung fu actors in the world, including Bruce Lee and Jet Li.
This incarnation of Zhen is a follow up to the 1995 Chinese television show Fist of Fury and stars Donnie Yen, who played Zhen in the show. Comparing Donnie Yen to Bruce Lee is a little like comparing Daniel Craig to Sean Connery –it is difficult to say anyone is better than the actor who embodies the classic character, but for someone to be close to that level is incredible in itself.
Donnie Yen is an excellent fighter who started his career doing choreography for kung fu movies. But his skills extend far beyond his action sequences. He is also an incredible actor and his on-screen romance with Kiki (Shu Qi) shows that Yen can be just as sensitive as he can be tough.
Shu Qi is also great in the film and she looks simply stunning in the 1920’s period clothing of her character. In fact, all of the character’s costumes look wonderful, as do the settings. The film does an excellent job portraying a post-WWI China preparing for the invasion of the Japanese. There is a perfect balance between classic Chinese culture and Westernized Jazz Age styles that set the scene both stylistically and thematically.
The cinematography is gorgeous as well, pairing swooping shots of the city and detailed pans of the bouncing night club that serves as one of the main settings. This also makes for extremely satisfying violence as the shots look stunning while the full-force gore flies across the screen. In the first few minutes of the film, there was ample killing, including a graphic slicing of one enemy’s Achilles heel and a brutal throat slashing. If you can’t handle violence, you probably won’t like the film.
That being said, I think most people will greatly enjoy Legend of the Fist. The clothing, setting and romance are suitable for those looking for a touching love story and those looking for action are sure to be pleased. The film manages a perfect balance of beauty, violence, love, betrayal and revenge -enough to keep everyone watching.
I’d give it aout of 5.
These are the slogans that make you turn your head and say “what?” The ones that make you want to slam your head to the ground until it goes away or actually makes sense. Not too much more to say about these slogans but ugggghhhh.
- “Dieting doesn’t work, Weight Watchers does.” Wait a minute, isn’t a diet a way to lose weight by eating different than usual? Since when is Weight Watchers not a diet? Yeah, just doesn’t work for me.
- “It’s waaaay better than fast food, it’s Wendys.” Pretty much the same irritating thing as the Weight Watchers ad. Yeah, Wendy’s isn’t fast food, and Carlos Mencia never ripped off someone else’s jokes right?
- “Laugh, cry, share the pants” made famous by The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Seriously, do I need to say more? It sounds like a lame joke on a public access sketch comedy show.
The Deviant’s Pocket Guide To The Outlandish Sexual Desires Barely Contained In Your Subconscious is a glorious exploration into freeky deeky sexuality.
The old favorites, BDSM, necrophillia, etc., are all represented well here, but there’s so much more to love. As someone who loves searching the net to observe as many strange and funny obsessions as possible, it means a lot to say that this book has many fetishes I had never even thought of -such as nasophillia, the obsession of noses. More Perversions Below