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So I know I said that I’d review Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li for yesterday and didn’t follow through. At least that’s what you think. See I also said you had to be good. And well… you weren’t. At all. But regardless I shall review the film anyway. Call me a Samaritan.

It is a long established theory that there are two types of movies: good and bad. Good movies are just that; well made, enjoyable, overall positive pieces of cinema, varying only by degrees of how good they are. However, within the subcategory of bad, I feel that a further distinction needs to be drawn. See I have found in my 21 years of movie going that there are three types of bad movies: bad movies you like anyway (hereafter referred to as ‘guilty pleasures’), bad movies that are so bad as to be humorous and thus rewatchable, and then just plain bad movies. One thing to note is that all of these are more of a sliding scale, varying from person to person. For example, for me the movie ‘Push’ falls into the primary category, as do many action movies. Just to set a standard for the lowest of the low, why don’t we go with the film adaptation of Eragon, bad as a movie, worse as an adaptation. And so the question now becomes where to place this newly offered up piece of Street Fighter adaptationry (trademarked). Now to start off, I feel that we need to look at what this movie most readily compares to, namely the original Street Fighter, starring the Muscles himself. Now for me, this movie falls under the second category. As funny as it is in a lot of places, I can’t actually say I like this movie beyond its comedic value, and really only watch it for that reason. It plays far too fast and loose with Street Fighter canon, and I’m just never willing to buy JCVD as ultra-American Col. Guile. I will say I do love Raul Julia in this movie, although it being his final performance is too bad for him.

So how does the new Street Fighter stack up? Well for one thing, I feel that it has a more consistient and believable story, although not by much. Also, the movie does a lot better it seems at adapting the video game material, albeit by using far fewer characters. There are still changes, but nothing terrible. I do have to level a complaint at M. Bison though. I feel like Neal McDonough did a pretty good job overall, but why in the world did he have an Irish accent? I’ve seen Neal in other things, he’s gone accent free before. Why now? The movie offers up a really half-hearted explanation too. At first it says he was the son of Irish missionaries to Thailand. Ok, makes sense so far. But then it says his parents died and he grew up alone, focusing on a shot of a baby. Again, makes sense. But wait, why does he have an accent then? Is the movie trying to tell me that Irish accent are a trait passed on through genetics? Because if so then… no, never mind. That just isn’t how it works.

Chun Li herself was fine, if perhaps a bit questionable in terms of decision making at times. There was a nice little tie in to why her move is the Spinning Bird Kick, although she only sort of performs it. I do have to give a shout out to Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog, mostly just because I’m a big fan of Michael Clarke Duncan. The guy just always does good work, regardless of the movie around him. As for Vega, well let’s just say that his role in the movie is one of the more overhyped things I’ve seen recently, a.k.a. he might be in 10 minutes of the movie. Might. Also, it was good to see Robin Shou in movies again, and while maybe it would have made sense were he stronger, as in if he weren’t getting his butt kicked every time he fought someone with a name, overall, just good to see him. Maybe lose the moustache.

Everything else about the movie was fine, except for the building blowing up, which looked like it could have been done on a cheap lap-top. Of course there was the requisite reference to the video games’ stories at the end (for any concerned, the movie takes place chronologically before the first Street Fighter).

So what was it overall? Well, it wasn’t a good movie, and it certainly loses even more appeal for non-fans of the game, but I do feel that it is a better adaptation than the original live action movie, and could see it maybe becoming a guilty pleasure of mine, although I’ll probably have to see it again.

Probably going to talk about Spring Training/the World Baseball Classic/Team USA next time, after I see them in person.

-Later foolz

P.S. – If you are a fan and haven’t played Street Fighter IV yet, get on that. Now.

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Hey guys. So I know Clinton mentioned about Sam Jackson playing Nick Fury in NINE, count them NINE, movies for Marvel, but I thought I’d drop a couple of other bits of stuff.

1. Iron Man 2: For those who may not have heard, booze has been confirmed to be the primary antagonist of Tony Stark for the upcoming movie. If you didn’t see this coming, then you should probably just go away. However, apparently the girl who was supposed to play the Black Widow has been dropped. While no official reeason has been given, it is rumored to be due to an inability to make Communism sexy.

2. Thor: Will be casting soon! Maybe. Tell your 6’6″ Norweigan friends.

3. Wolverine: Three new videos have been airing both on TV, and now online. They each provide new footage, including the first to show Deadpool talking. Personally I’m a big fan of the fact that they’re pretty much going with the initial backstory from Wolverine: Origin, you know the whole rich sickly kid who’s dad gets killed part, minus the whole Canadian Jean Grey thing. Also apparently Sabretooth and Wolverine are the real reason the Union won the Civil War. One thing that concerns me though is that Gambit, instead of throwing his cards, seems to be making them float and telekinetically projecting them or something. Maybe. I’m not sure, but it looked weird. Check out all three clips at comicbookmovie.com.

4. Suicide Squad: Is rumored to be getting a movie. Really Warner Brothers? You can’t hold it together for Wonder Woman or the Flash, you can’t deliver a truly epic Superman movie, you haven’t touched other prominient property, like Green Arrow or Aquaman, but you’re willing to give Deadshot and Co. their own film?

Other: On the subject of Dark Reign, it seems pretty cool from what I’ve read, but I’ve been thinking recently. See, I understand that it is “Dark” because Internation Man of Jackassery Norman Osborn is running the show, along with the Dark Illuminati and H.A.M.M.E.R. (the fact that he came up with acronym before coming up with what it stands for is awesome by the way), but I guess I’d like to see him doing some good things. I’m not saying I want him to be a good guy. Far from it. I’m just saying that he wouldn’t just be put into a high ranking government position and then use it to work his evil. I want to see some of him using his power to not only solidfy his control over the world, but also to try and clean it up, albeit with harsh crackdown methods. I think it would make for more interesting storytelling, and allow for them to get as much as possible out of the story. I have faith in Brian Michael Bendis. Maybe Norman can start by putting an end to all of this Red Hulk (Rulk?) foolishness.

Also, can I just say how awesome it is that baseball is starting again? Granted its Spring Training, but still. Baseball is back. Woo-Hoo!

Check back in tomorrow when I might have a review of Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li if you’re good.

-Joe Mahar: Problem Solver

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Tokyo!

This is the trailer for Tokyo!, a movie made up of three smaller movies.  Very much like Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You, the three smaller movies are all based on the city of Tokyo.  Michel Gondry did one of the shorts.  Trailer is pretty sick.  I’m stoked.

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With a Dark Knight sequel still a ways away and Justice League and Superman movies stalled, it appears DC and Warner Bros have pushed Green Lantern to top spot in line for next DC movie to come out.  Variety is reporting that Martin Campbell is set to direct the movie and is currently in negotiations right now to finalize the deal.  Campbell’s work includes Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and the Zorro movies.  Greg Berlanti worked on the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green.  Green’s work includes Heroes and Superman/Batman and Guggenheim is a solid writer whose works include runs on Wolverine and Amazing Spider-Man.  Overall, I’d say the movie appears to be in good hands.

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A Real American Hero

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Comingsoon.net and Superherohype.com have teamed up for the exlcusive first look at the G.I. Joe:  The Rise of Cobra trailer that’s gonna play during the Superbowl.  Stephen Sommers is directing this, and while this may not seem that exciting, I think that his knack for big, cheesey action movies could work with this material.  Trailer looks pretty damn good.  I’m stoked, and you can find me at the theater on August 7.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/gijoenews.php?id=8032

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New York Daily News has a quote from Jeffery Tambor at his Upright Citizens Brigade performance.  Tambor told the paper, “The movie is going to happen this year, and Michael Cera is on board. Trust me.”  This isn’t really an official announcement, but if Tambor said it, I believe him.  Can we start a countdown now?

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So Clint and I went to see the Wrestler on Friday morning downtown at the Loew’s on the Common. They offer this sweet deal that if you go to a movie before noon on Friday or Saturday, it’s only 6 bucks. That’s right. $6. We are pretty close on seeing all of the “Oscar” movies (I’ve got Frost/Nixon and Milk left, not counting The Reader). I’m not going to waste time with this. Despite being terrifying Mickey Rourke was absolutely amazing. Watching this dude act hurt (however you want to read that). A lot. He definitely deserves the Oscar in my opinion. It was just amazing, and I found myself on a few occasions tearing up. The dude messed up pretty hardcore, but he was honest about it, and there was a lot of what people are saying was himself behind the role, which I have to respect. Granted, he looks kind of like a Pirate of Penzance (someone needs to show him how to trim his crooked goatee and moustache), but the dude acted awesomely. 

Now, on to Darren Aronofsky. Coincidentally, he also has a terrible moustache. Not all right, Donny. Aside from this, though, I’m kind of upset at his mix of pretentiousness and film school checklists. I was all hyped up about this one shot/sequence that I didn’t see in the beginning of  the actual movie, but when it finally came (like over an hour after I thought it would), it was sort of a “whoopseedaisy.” It also was copied and used a bunch throughout the entire movie. I know that Mickey Rourke isn’t the cutest little button, but i did actually want to see his face. And when the camera started following a very attractice (and extremely topless) Marisa Tomei from behind (not like that), I was kinda puzzled, since she wasn’t the one entering the ring and beating the crap out of herself and everyone else in the ring. And the jump cuts that only cut out about 1.5 seconds of continuous film were annoying, too. I just didn’t like his filming style at all. The side story with Evan Rachel Wood was realistic, but very puzzling as to why it was necessarily integrated as it was, I didn’t see the script as having to have Randy say “I think she’s a lesbian” whether or not it was true, and there were just a whole bunch of other things that I just didn’t see as effective or necessary (i.e. “film school”). I get it dude, you went to Harvard. Don’t even get me started on the ending, either… also, stop being engaged to Rachel Weisz. NOT FAIR.

I will never look at a staple gun the same way, either. Ouch.

In all, see it, but don’t see it for the movie itself, I’d say. See it for the performance Rourke delivers. Also, keep an eye out for Judah Friedlander. He’s hidden in there somewhere!

 

Talk soon.

 

-J

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