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Amazingly brutal  
on September 21, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT
  of The Protector (Uncut Version) (2006)
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful

This is one of the most brutal and amazing martial arts films I've have ever seen. Sure the dubbed voice of Tony Jaa's friend (who plays a cop in this film) is horrible. Sure, he can't speak English and the movie is poorly acted.

That said, Tony Jaa was AMAZING in this film. Just the shear acrobatics he can do is amazing. There is one scene that is completely uncut of Tony kicking EVERYONE's butts as he runs up this building. My jaw was dropped after a bit because I realized it was all one take.

I read a story about how Tony Jaa was in Bankok after his highly acclaimed "Ong Bak". People kept trying to start fights with him (though he constantly struggles to do no harm). In real life, he was jumped once by several hoodlums trying to prove themselves. He ended up killing 3 of them with his bare hands in self defense. Clearly, being essentially under siege in real life (and not just the movie sets) has reflected itself in the brutality of this, his most recent, film.
Truely groundbreaking, but slow.  
on September 21, 2009 - 10:34 AM PDT
  of Akira (Special Edition) (1988)
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful

This is the movie that brought anime into the greater US consciousness. The animation is still, to this day, amazing.

There are certain effects, in particular, that really make it an incredibly beautiful movie.

I was immersed the first 3/4 of the film, and then it started to feel like it dragged. Also, part of the film was seen with a 9-year old. It has some very mature subjects (i.e., rape, murder, drugs, etc.).
A fine movie. Very 80's.  
on August 31, 2009 - 12:47 PM PDT
  of How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

This movie seethes with the feeling I recall coming out of advertising firms and brokerage firms of the 80's.

It is a strange movie, and definitely not for everyone.

I found the humor make me laugh out loud, and the overall theme was handled very well. There are several very excellent monologues, also.

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