Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Eagle Huntress

2016
1 hr 27 min
G
Foreign Documentary
5 Stars

This documentary is absitively posolutely fantabulous!! The true story of a 13-year-old girl, Aisholpan, a Kazakh nomad who bucks tradition to become an Eagle Huntress. And very possibly goes back to the old times, pre-Islam, when Mongol women had more autonomy. She does not rebel, there is no great teenage angst, there is a loving and supportive family. Her father is an Eagle Hunter, and undertakes her training, including the capture and raising of her own eagle.

Fantastic photography, heart-warming story, an interesting glimpse into another culture. Recommended for the entire family.



The Bride with White Hair

1993
1 hr 29 min
Chinese / English
Martial Arts
4 Stars

Enjoyable movie. A young boy saves a young goat and is then surrounded by wolves. A young girl calls off the wolves and saves him. Thus begins their improbable story of forbidden love, for the girl belongs to the conjoined and evil twins and the boy is the heir apparent of the (good) warlord. While the story may not be all that compelling, the photography and choreography and costuming surely are. If you enjoy Chinese fairy tales combined with martial arts (what could be better?) check out this movie!

Probably not for the youngsters.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Shaolin

2011
2 hr 11 min
R
Chinese / English subtitles
Martial Arts
4 stars

More story than I expected, well done. A warlord who ambushes and kills his rival loses everything he ever loved or cared about, and ends up a fugitive who finds refuge in a Shaolin monastery. There he finds redemption. At least for a while.

Marvelous choreography, great fight scenes, just an over all first rate wuxia movie. A little long in places, but worth the time to watch. And Jackie Chan steals the show.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dragon Tiger Gate Disc 1

2006
1 hr 34 min
NR
Chinese/English subtitles
Martial Arts
5 stars


I really enjoy this. Pure brain candy, lots and lots of eye candy, and great kung fu. If you're looking for an intellectually challenging movie, keep looking. If you're looking for something to totally distract you from your current reality, look no farther! I think you can watch it in English, but I prefer one of the Chinese languages and English subtitles. The subtitles were excellent. If you like wuxia movies, you'll love this one. Don't worry about the plot. Don't worry about the story. Just make a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the movie!



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Children of a Lesser God

1986
1 hr 58 min
R
English
Romance
4 stars

I'm having trouble with this movie. I thought it would be more about teaching deaf kids to speak, with maybe a subplot of romance. Uh, no. It's a love story with a subplot about teaching deaf kids to speak. This movie is very well acted (which is why it gets 4 stars), it's just not my cup of tea. As to the movie proper, the kids in the deaf school who spoke didn't sound, to me, like deaf kids. If you like romance with a bit of sex (germane to the story) this is probably a good movie. William Hurt is, well, mighty easy on the eyes. If you don't like romance, even with comedy tossed in, pass on this one.