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Cinema-Maniac: Iron Monkey (1993) Review

Martial Arts films are always memorable if done right, and Iron Monkey is a great Martial Art film that delivers on story and fantastic choreography.

A doctor fights the corrupt authorities as a masked Robin Hood hero, even while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt for him. The story, though mostly humorous, has enough drama in it for any Martial Art fan to take it seriously. Though, the only misstep in it story is the humor removed some of seriousness of the dramatic scene for me, this is both good and bad. Overall the story written and told well.

The action is spectacular, both with wires and non-wire action sequences are here. The action is fast, fun, and enjoyable to watch. As anyone who seen this movie will tell you, the last battle in this movie is spectacular, i’ve never seen anything like it and is unlikely that anyone will ever come close to making anything like it.

Iron Monkey is a great movie that i’ll recommend to any Martial Art fans, with a terrific and memorable fight sequences. There no reasons why you should skip out on this.


Cinema-Maniac: From Russia With Love (1963) Review

After watching Sean Connery first outing as Bond in Dr. No I was looking forward to the sequel. It did not disappoint and is better than Dr. No.

James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. The was much better than Dr. No, but it didn’t have the world being in danger feeling like in Dr. No. It does better when it comes to giving us a better written and more intelligent Bond. The story brings the excitement of a Bond movie that I personally felt Dr. No was lacking.

The action is well done, well filmed, and intelligent. Beside the action, the characters are more interesting and feel more devious than in Dr. No. This also introduced Bond first gadgets which I have to say has to some of the best in the series. I felt it did a good job, even though it is part 1 of a 2 part story, I felt that anyone who watches this will be more than stratify with it even if they don’t see Goldfinger.

Even you’re not a Bond fan, you’ll still enjoy this movie. I highly recommended to anyone who loves spy movies or good movies.


Cinema-Maniac: Drag Me to Hell (2009) Review

When it comes to horror movies, the most important thing that’s always missing is the “horror” in this genre. Sam Rami embraced this idea of taking away the “horror” and adding a layer of comedy.

Here’s a basic summary, a loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point. I know it sounds boring, but it’s the opposite of that. I was actually engaged in the characters and I wanted them to actually live. That’s important in a horror movie, you want the characters to live, unless were talking Friday the 13Th franchise than I just those sex craze teenagers to die.

It doesn’t really offer any sense of horror, but it’s humorous moments will leave you laughing. This is actually one of the few horror movies that I actually found entertaining. I mean I take a look on the modern horror movies and there usually filled with blood and gore. Not this one, it separate is itself with s strong female lead and good direction.

Drag Me To Hell might not be the horror movie for you, but it’s certainly one of the original horror movie that not a remake or a sequel. So in genre lacking engaging stories and actual enjoyment, Drag Me To Hell is one of the few modern horror movie that provides the entertainment.


Cinema-Maniac: Return of the Dragon (The Way of the Dragon) (1973) Review

Bruce Lee plus comedy equal gold in Return of the Dragon. While it’s a unusual movie compared to other of Bruce Lee classic, it’a still a entertaining to watch.

Bruce Lee both wrote and directed Return of the Dragon, by watching the movie you wouldn’t be able to tell it’s Bruce Lee first and only time directing a movie. Like his Martial Arts, he does it with grace and flows easily to watch.

Main plot is Bruce Lee plays a man who visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. It has a good blend of drama and humor, though I think it lack in Martial Art when compared to Enter the Dragon or Fists of Fury.

It’s still to this day that Bruce Lee died unprecedentedly, he had a bright future many more bright ideas. This movie reminds us of what could have been a legendary career of Martial Art cinema Icon.


Cinema-Maniac: Jackie Chan’s Project A (‘A’ gai wak) (1983) Review

Jackie Chan is no doubt the king of action/comedy movies and Project A is a perfect example of the action/comedy genre.

It’s a Jackie Chan movie, so the plot is simple and easy to follow and develops over time. Simply put it Hong Kong troublesome Navy is going up against pirates. The story gets better as the movie progress with a good blend of drama, action, and classic Jackie Chan movie humor in it.

As you can except from any good Jackie Chan movie, the martial arts are well choreographed and fun to watch. It has enough martial art sequences to keep any viewer interest. Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung make a great team in this movie and it’s just magic when they work together.

Project A is a fun action/comedy movie that delivers the action, the drama, and the comedy in a well paced and entertaining movie.


Cinema-Maniac: Crime Story (Zhong an zu) (1993) Review

Jackie Chan is no doubt an icon of his own and is know for his good sense of humor. In Crime Story, Jackie Chan gives us his best dramatic performance ever in a unrecognized classic.

In Crime Story, Chan plays a special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate, but when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, Chan teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case…even though he suspects the detective is the crime’s true mastermind! Obviously this make one interesting story as I kept finding myself more and more invested into the movie as the plot developed. Though I think people will be disappointed for the lack of martial arts and a lack of Jackie Chan signature humor in this movie.

I have to say, for the few action sequences it has they sure were memorable. There a car chase, explosion, and Jackie Chan gun fight in building that’s burning shouldn’t disappoint Jackie Chan fans and action fans. Now since this is based around a true crime, I respect the way the film crew handle this story and did a good job of it. While I may not know exactly what happened, it respects the material is base on.