Movie A Day: The Story of Wolverine

Woke up this morning to the news of the first terrorist attack to happen to my city of Edmonton. It was bound to happen, that’s the state of the world. I fear that this is exactly what the Nationalists needed to give them the edge for the elections. Yesterday when travelling downtown I saw armed security guards at the Jewish temple.

Hold your loved ones tight.

Wrapped up Bruce Lee’s films in this post and watched one of the best made Superhero films. Beginning next post is my start to the Scary Movie Challenge. You have been warned.


286 09/26 The Story Of Mankind (1957) 2/5   This wanna be epic has a great cast, including Vincent Price as the devil and the Marx Brothers in their final film (in which they do not appear in scenes together). The Devil and Mankind (represented by a posh old white guy, of course) are debating a tribunal on whether or not to allow the people of earth to destroy themselves with the H-Bomb. As such, we visit THE STORY OF MANKIND! From a American/European perspective of Napoleon (Dennis Hopper!), Cleopatra, Moses, you get the picture. It’s a neat idea that just plods along and tests your patience.


287 09/26 Game Of Death (1978) 2/5   Before shooting ENTER THE DRAGON, Bruce Lee had started on this one, and then died before ENTER came out. Years later, the director of ENTER took 20 minutes or so of the footage that Lee shot and cobbled together this completely unrelated film and it’s an absolute grotesque. Using a guy who does not look like Bruce Lee as a double, clips from previous Bruce Lee films that do not match the re-shoots, and even footage from Bruce’s funeral, the films is a horrendous. Which is a shame since the guy doubling isn’t bad at the fights, he’s just not Bruce Lee. The real shame is that the GAME OF DEATH footage that Lee shot is wasted. A 40 minute assembly of the bodega sequence can be found in the special features on some DVD’s as RETURN TO GAME OF DEATH or in the BRUCE LEE: A WARRIOR’S JOURNEY documentary and it is absolutely spellbinding stuff and well worth tracking down.


288 09/28 Bruce Lee: The Legend (1984) 3.5/5
289 09/28 Bruce Lee: The Man The Legend (1973) 2/5   Both of these are basically the same. The 1973 was made for China and features a rather poor narration and no subtitles for people not speaking English. The 1984 one is the one to watch. A better presentation and longer cut, it’s more thorough and more enjoyable giving you a pretty good idea of Bruce though it still feels a little empty.


290 09/30 I Am Bruce Lee (2012) 2.5/5   If you wondered how Rocky Marciano would of beat Bruce Lee in a fight, or wanted to hear a bunch of MMA fighters you’ve never heard of talk about Bruce Lee’s life, this is the doc for you. It does feature some contemporaries of Lee, including his family, and when they tell his story it’s great. There’s also some great footage of Lee himself. It’s padded with these MMA people and a guy from the Black Eyed Peas, and it annoys the shit of you every time they come on bleating about Lee.


291 09/30 Logan (2017) 4/5   Hugh Jackman comes back to Wolverine for one more time and ends up making on of the best superhero films. This one finds Wolverine and Professor X at the end of their ropes after an event. Mutants are no longer around, except maybe? It’s has a bleak feel that just works, and after the FX blowup that was the last X-Men film, this one really proves how good you can make a superhero action film if you allow the characters to breath.

 

As stated, today is October first and the start of me watching all the horror films I possibly can. There will be more posts this month.

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Movie A Day!: 331-339 – Son of the Scary Movies

Yup, I’m still not done with October. The next post will wrap up October, the Scary Movie Challenge and then you will finally get a break. Yeash, what mess stomach flu creates. This one is mostly classic slasher fare.

Friday the 13th Movie Poster

331 10-26 Friday the 13th (1980) 4/5

The first film in the series that was the most successful of the “Halloween” rip-offs. It’s pretty empty headed and barely makes sense even though they try to give it some twisty mystery. It’s still just an excuse to have a bunch of people killed in cool ways, and it succeeds. It’s nice that we finally got the uncut version over here since Tom Savini’s effects hold up just fine. In your face CGI blood!

332 10-26 Halloween II (1981) 4/5
I don’t know what I was thinking watching that TV version. It stinks compared to this one, and I liked this one a lot more than I initially did. It’s pretty run of the mill stuff, but Donald Pleasance saves the picture from being boring since it’s really more focused around Doctor Loomis than the first one that was focused around Laurie Strode. Also, the gore is pumped up a bit, probably to compete with Friday the 13th. Anyway, this could of been a disaster since it seems ballsy to do a sequel that is actually a flatout continuation of the first film, but it works. Is it me, or is Jamie Lee Curtis kind of the unlikely “Scream Queen”? She’s not bad in the first Halloween, but she’s damn right annoying in this one. I get it, her character is drugged and what not, but she’s a useless, simpering mess through the whole thing. I’m not sure she even says more than two actual lines.

333 10-27 The Invisible Man Returns (1940) 3.5/5
This one is basically a rehash of the first film, but they flip stuff around enough to keep it interesting. Dr. Griffin’s brother (played by one of the worst actors yet that I’ve seen in a Universal Horror) uses the invisible serum to help a friend escape jail so he can prove his innocence. Vincent Price does a good job in an early role, and despite the whole thing looking cheaper than it’s budget, the effects are pretty outstanding.

334 10-27 Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) 4/5
The gore’s not as cool as in the first one, but ever all I think this one is a better film. You get Jason’s debut, the girls are cuter and the emphasis is more on sex and violence.

Black Friday Movie Poster

335 10-28 Black Friday (1940) 2.5/5
Karloff goes all mad doctor in this, planting a gangsters brain into his professors friends head in order to find out where the gangster stashed $500,000. Ends up being a Jeckyl & Hyde rip that isn’t very good. Lugosi has a scene stealing bit part miscast as a gangster, but it’s not really worth the price of admission.

336 10-29 Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 3/5
Right, so the Halloween without Michael Myers isn’t the shit show it was labelled as being, but it’s not the misrepresented classic some would have you believe either. It’s simply an okay horror film that has ambitions greater than the result.

337 10-29 Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) 3/5
I continue to not be a fan of this one. The characters are all annoying, the 3D garbage is garbage and even for a F13 movie it barely makes sense. At least there’s ample nudity and they don’t mess around and get to knocking off people quickly.

338 10-29 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 3.5/5
I remember liking this one back in the theaters when it came out, and it actually holds up pretty good. It might be a little slick, but the idea of Myers coming back to kill his niece is such a dumb idea that the movie should be terrible. They pull it off though, and of course, Donald Pleasence coming back as Dr. Loomis is a real treat.

339 10-29 The Mummy’s Hand (1940) 3/5
This is the first sequel to the Universal Horror classic “The Mummy”, and it’s simply okay. It has a new mummy threat, Kharis, who is basically a kill machine to be used by a high priest to kill people looking for his ancient tomb. It’s not bad, my only problem with it is the two leads are 10th rank “Abbott & Costello” routine that annoys the hell out of you. Kharis is pretty cool though, so that’s good enough once things get rolling.

Right, next posting will be a final wrap up for October. So hopefully some of the readers that got sick of it will come back since it should be business as usual for November!