Review of 2 epic martial-arts films, one produced a Eli Roth and directed by Rza, mentored by Quentin Tarantino. The Man with the Iron Fists is a 19th century revenge story with stars such A-listers such as Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, as well as a few other familiar faces. Rza, himself is in the lead role. You can't imagine how exciting it must be to see this movie as long time fan of hip hop music and Wu-Tang. I will save the gushing for the podcast. Not bad for your first movie, Rza.
The other is Tai Chi 0, a 19th century (presumably) steam-punk martial-arts action flick, starring, erm... we sort of don't know who they are but we think they are famous elsewhere (China). The movie was so awesome that a dubbed version made its way over the sea to the United States. It was apparently shot back to back on a 220 million yuan (that's in non-U.S. dollars) budget with its sequel, Tai Chi Hero, which we shall review later as well. Despite the clever title names and the iron confidence of the film makers in its success (not many origin and sequel films shot together on the same budget before release floating around), and despite the temperament of lame reviewers as of late, who could probably be mistaken for a rotting banana giving a film review, we hand in our audio report card for the movie. Yuan Xiaochao takes lead in this one. Not bad for your first movie Yuan Xiaochao... Or is it...?
The other film for this review has nothing to do with martial arts or revenge, and its definitely not Ethan Hawke's first lead role. An overly-dedicated horror writer decides to move his family into a house haunted by an (ahem ^_^) sinister figure, thought to have some connection with the deaths of the previous inhabitants. Like any sane old father would do, he finds films evidence of horrible happenings after he moves into the house, which the sheriff urges him not to do. Then, shiznit gets real. Sinister, comes off as another perfunctory haunting horror movie to those of us feeling a little... overwhelmed by the amount of films like this coming out now. I was initially inclined to view it with a more skeptical eye because of this, however, Nick and James seemed to be sold on the trailer and creeped out by both the it and the film. Ex-Senator and Law and Order Alumni Fred Thompson randomly shows up in this, too. No, not playing the part of a United States presidential candidate who suddenly takes interest in a house in some Podunk town, but as a sheriff. Hey Fred, trust me, doing this and syndicated television shows is better than that Oval Office job you were pining for. That job is not the tits.
lol @ Ol' Dirty Bastard living through Russell Crowe in this movie.
Now, I know what this reminds me of... Kung-Fu Hustle anyone?