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‘Iron Man’ Film Review: The stark of iron myth-making

"Iron Man" is funny without being cartoonish and serious without being dull. This difficult balance gets achieved in this cinematic translation of the comic book superhero as it solders its often iron-clad character into an organically-driven figure. Unlike most rusty superhero origin stories created for the big screen, this motion picture offers a thrilling mix of high-tech dazzle and good old-fashioned charisma in an already exhausted genre. Creating a musical screen time for its industrial superhero’s cool armor, this Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment screen adaptation provides the right mix of the tasteful real-world stakes and the needed superhero surrealism of the narrative. It transcends its genre

‘The Legend of Zorro’ Film Review: The Dela Vega Heroes

"The Legend of Zorro" tones down a bit by fronting the more human issues about family relationships in its storytelling, as compared to the visually purist, action-filled premise driving the storyline for such an action genre offering. Yet, this follow-up to “The Mask of Zorro” doesn't lose its own touch of valuable action and playful camera work. The pompous stunts, grand production design, and outstanding cinematography often keep the spectators' eyes nailed to what happens next. The film captures the audience right from the opening billboard as it boasts a splendid play of fire and horse shots: marking the very presence of

‘Transporter 2’ Film Review: Escapist ride

"Transporter 2" maintains the typical formula: the good guy chasing the bad guys. Its B-movie plot twists are like an assemblage of action-sequel clichés carefully endorsing the car brand Audi. Frank Martin's (Jason Statham) monosyllabic intensity as the usual understated hero effectively moves around in fierce car chases and impossible martial arts sequences. This doesn't stop the movie from being absurdly pleasurable. It suspends disbelief for a one-and-a-half hour escapist action ride. The opening scene plays like an Audi commercial. It takes full advantage of the all-wheel drive to survive countless incredible stunts. The car is so sturdy that after crashing and

‘Sky High’ Film Review: Soaring HS heroes and sidekicks

If you think Hogwarts is the only secret school for extraordinary kids, well there's also the heroic children's world of "Sky High." This film is a hybrid superhero flick: "The Incredibles" meets the "X-Men" via "Harry Potter." It may be a Disney flick with a big celebration of superhero cliches; but it is entertaining enough for its target market. As a derivative, it never claims to be genuinely superior to its more successful blockbuster sources. Despite having a mediocre and formulaic script, it still turns out as an engaging family offering. Exploring the lives of emerging superheroes during the time called "coming of age," this lightweight adventure dwells into the themes of puberty, popularity, and family

‘Ong-Bak’ Film Review: No doubles, no strings, no CGIs

"Ong-Bak" amazes and defies the Hollywood cheats of stunt doubles, using CGI and animation, and working on strings while shooting on chroma to let the characters' actions fly and soar high. This action fare shows the real deal — what a premier martial artist can really do without resorting to any of action cinema's magic tricks. The film presents the centuries-old art of Muay Thai in a contemporary scene. It carries on the Thai people's culture and traditions, as inspired by their ancient fighting spirit. Muay Thai transforms the human body into a multifaceted weapon for close-combat fighting. The way it is presented on screen allows it to work as a newbie's primer

‘Ring of Nibelungs’ Film Review: Another ring tale

Benefiting from the epic success of the "Lord of the Rings" (“LOTR”) in terms of theme and source material, "Ring of Nibelungs" offers a dose of swords, kingdom, ice, magic, and dragon amidst the conflicts of love and greed. This motion picture’s tone combines that of "LOTR" and "Asterix and Obelix," primarily rendering a mythical and historical look that settles in the vastness of the cold countries of the north. The film poster quotes it as J.R.R. Tolkien's inspiration for "LOTR.” In "LOTR," the plot revolves around a magic ring that grants the power to rule the world towards destruction. In "Ring of Nibelungs," the

‘Batman Begins’ Film Review: A great beginning for the Dark Knight

”Batman Begins” explores the origins of Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) emergence as Batman and brings back the essence of what drives him to be who he is. Human emotions as love, fear and anger begin a new face for the Dark Knight as a cinematic and yet realistic film. This makes his character more human than the rest of the “Batman” films of the past. This time, the film justifies the idea that Batman is still "just a man" under the black costume, still has his vulnerable side, gets bruises, feels pain — not just any superhero without a decent human past to

‘Kingdom of Heaven’ Film Review: War and religion

Ridley Scott makes another epic — this time, streamlined in the middle of the conflicting religious beliefs of the Christians and the Muslims. A fiction inspired by historical accounts, "Kingdom of Heaven" renders a cinematic vision of the Crusades of the 12th Century. Balian (Orlando Bloom), the young, grieving blacksmith from a small village in France, finally yields to the invitation of his estranged father, Baron Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), to go to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. With the hope of relieving his and his dead wife's sins, he finally convinces himself to lead the way towards salvation there so that

‘Blade Trinity’ Film Review: The wrestle to the end

"Blade Trinity" turns out to be a generic end to the "Blade" trilogy. This third installment directed by David Goyer wrestles to its end as a flashy, suspense-free visual reel substituting quick-paced humor for some chills. Wesley Snipes returns as the iconic vampire hunter who literally makes vamps explode all over. The story kicks off with vampire leaders digging up Dracula, the original vampire who spawned their race. The strategic attack led by the powerful Danica Talos (Parker Posey) and her fanged subordinates Asher (Callum Keith Rennie) and Grimwood (professional WWE wrestler Triple H) causes the short-time downfall of the Daywalker and his

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