RUSH HOUR 3
Lee and Carter are together again in Paris on a mission to
find the assassin who shot Consul Han and expose the corrupt
Chinese Triad. If you have seen one and two, then you saw
three. There were few surprises and several repeated jokes
that tended to pull the film down for me. In saying that,
there were some funny moments dispersed throughout the film,
but one can only take so much of Tucker. Chan is funnier on
the screen than Tucker, in my opinion. Jackie Chan and Chris
Tucker managed to pull this film off well and most people
that saw the first two films will flock to the theater to
see this one.
The stunts are excellent with lots of
“Kung-fu fighting” and car chases. How can two cops destroy
so much so quickly? The sheer destruction during this film
is ridiculous. Lalo Schifrin’s score is as eventful as
always with colorful action themes and a memorable Main
The supporting cast brings back Tzi Ma as
Consul Han and the little girl from the first film, Jingchu
Zhang. Max von Sydow graces us with his performances on the
screen, of course playing the evil leader.
The biggest surprise cameo was Maggie
Smith (Harry Potter) portraying a French Nun. That scene was
one of the highlights for me. Like I said, there were some
really funny moments mixed with complete absurdity. If you
go in with moderate to low expectations, you will really
enjoy this movie. Don’t forget to stay for the outtakes at
the end of the film. Article by Richard Maher.
Rush Hour 3
Starring: Jackie Chan &
Director: Brett Rattner
Company: New Line
Now Showing: In area
MPAA Rating - PG-13
THE CHALLENGE - Image
A martial arts student avenges the death
of his master in a futuristic world where combat is
abundant. This movie leaves a great deal to be desired! I
never saw a Kung-fu German film before. There are some
things that you should just leave alone. The cast is
pathetic and the dubbing is horrible. I have heard better
dialogue on Tele-Mundo. As for the action, it is marginal to
absurd. The movie “Bloodsport” rates as an Academy Award
Contender compared to this one. Now I love a good Kung-fu
film, but this one rates low on my scale. The music is also
cheesy at best with the sets right out of the 5th Ward of
Houston. If you are looking for a good action film set in
the future, you are better off with something like
Highlander, Bloodsport or Equalibrium. This one is great for
a coaster on my coffee table or a Frisbee for my dog.
Article by Richard Maher.
20 Million Miles to Earth - Sony
An American spaceship returns from the
planet Venus crashing of the coast of Italy. During the
rescue, one man survives to warn us of impending danger from
an organism brought back that eventually turns into a
monster threatening the ancient city of Rome. The 1950s
brought sci-fi fans lots of great films. 20 Million Miles to
Earth was one of those classics due largely to the special
effects talents of Ray Harryhausen. The “stop-motion”
creatures that he created can go all the way back to the
original King Kong all the way up to “Clash of the Titans”.
The cast is led by William Hooper who is best known for his
role as Paul Drake in the Perry Mason series. The story is
creative with lavish sets and Harryhausen’s creature. There
are several moments when you have to ignore some of the
intended effects and use your imagination. Viewing this film
will give you an appreciation for the technical advancements
in Hollywood. This 50th Anniversary DVD contains both color
and black & white versions of the film with digital picture
and sound. Extras include audio commentary with Ray
Harryhausen, Dennis Muren, Phil Tippett and Arnold Kunert.
Disc two contains several features including “Remembering 20
Million Miles to Earth”, interviews with Joan Taylor, Ray
Harryhausen and Tim Burton. There are also features on the
music, comic book and ad artwork. Sci-fi fans don’t want to
miss out on this true classic. Article by Richard Maher.
THE DARK CRYSTAL: 25th Anniversary Edition - Sony
Two Gelflings set out on a quest to find
a missing shard of a massive crystal that, when combined,
will bring balance to their world and defeat the evil plans
of a race known as the Skeksis. Jim Henson and Frank Oz have
given us their talents from Sesame Street to Star Wars.
Many of our fondest moments in film are
due to the talents of these two gentlemen. The Dark Crystal
was an experiment taking puppetry to a whole new level.
Having the entire movie composed of puppets was a risk to
see if the audience would buy into the concept. Remember,
this is right around the time of Yoda and Star Wars. As a
result, the show was a raving success forming a fanbase that
exists today. The overall special effects were very lavish
and the puppets/sets are some of the best examples of
creativity in the business. Henson and Oz knew their craft
and this show is just a sampling of their talents.
Trevor Jones composed the soundtrack for
the film. Jones uses a full orchestra composing on the same
scale as John William’s Star Wars. This takes the film to a
higher level putting this score as one of Trevor Jones
finest works. The soundtrack is available at this time in
addition to this great DVD. Both compliment each other very
Sony really went out of their way to make
this DVD special. The film is re-mastered in High Definition
with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and Widescreen formatting.
Extras in this set include new commentary with Brian Froud,
“Making of” documentary, Deleted Scenes, Storyboards,
Character Drawings, Feature “Light on the Path of Creation”
and “Shard of Illusion”. There are also two new
documentaries that include footage found in the Hensen
archives plus new interviews. I know many of you purchased
the last two DVD edition are asking if this one is worth it?
My answer is yes if you like extended bonus features. The
picture and sound on this addition are also clearer than the
previous editions. If you have an HD TV than this is
definitely the version you need. Article by Richard Maher.