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TigrisRose’s Review for the Green Lantern (2011)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2011 by tigrisrose

Green Lantern (2011)
Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard

“I pledge allegiance to a lantern, given to me by a dying purple alien.”

How cool is it to have a father who only asked of his three children, that for Father’s Day that we take him to dinner and a movie? So much easier to buy for than mom! So given that my father has already seen Pirates, and X-Men this summer we decided to go to opening weekend for the Green Lantern.

Honestly I was only half wanting to see this movie in the first place. I love DC comics, but other than the Batman Franchise they haven’t done a great job putting their stories on the big screen. The biggest doubt I had was all the CGI.

Lets start with the acting, lets face it Ryan Reynolds is only there it get women to come to the movies. I think Reynolds is better at romantic comedies than being the super hero. I didn’t mind him in Blade Trinity because he was mostly just a hot smart ass with a gun. He didn’t do a terrible job as Hal Jordan, but its wasn’t the best either.

Lively wasn’t in it much to give an opinion one way or the other. Sarsgaard was creepy in the geeky silent killer type. His transformation after coming in contact with Fear was bad, but for the most part a good side villain. Mark Strong was pretty dead on with Sinestro. For the most part the acting wasn’t too bad.

Story wise it did a decent job of staying with the premises of the Hal Jordan story line. I like how they started with Hal Jordan since he was the first Earth bound Green Lantern, but Hal Jordan wasn’t my favorite Lantern from the series. I do like the fact that they make him and keep him “human.” Jordan has issues of course because he is a pilot as his father. But as a child he saw his father die in an accident after his father’s take off. So he has that fear of dieing. But Sinestro gives him a hard time, and like his whole life Jordan gives up the Lanterns at first. I love how explaining after coming back that Jordan tells the whole Core that there is a saying on Earth. “I’m just human.” I won’t ruin the movie, but it has great context for the movie’s story line.

I thought that the featured Core members and the council were great. The love interest was nice, but really we are bringing her in on the secret from the get go!

Movie wise I liked it. The Green Lantern was a solid movie, and great for DC comics. The one thing I was worried about which was the CGI, was my biggest turn off about the movie. It wasn’t bad, but there was just so much of it that for me it was a little distracting. I am not a big fan of CGI heavy movies. I don’t mind having a little in there from time to time, but when its used for nearly 80% of the movie and is the key element its obnoxious. Some of the Core members looked great, Jordan’s costume a little cheesy, and the the CGI for Parallax terrible! I like movies with actual sets, and I would rather see an actor suffer through 5 hours getting prepped for a costume than watching a whole movie with CGI.

This movie before you go and watch, you need to know it is a story back ground driven movie. There are a lot of great action scenes, stuff gets blown up and all that good stuff like a comic book movie should. But this movie goes a the extra mile to actually introduce you to The Green Lantern Core and Hal Jordan which is how it should be. Most people unless you are a geek like me might not necessarily be familiar with the Green Lantern other than the Justice League Cartoons growing up as kids. So it’s a very good intro movie, allowing you to know the character and the back story to the Green Lantern Core. So know that going in, its similar to Superman Returns in the aspect that its introducing the character for the first time, but not as slow. Thank god!

F.Y.I. for all you movie junkies like me and my dad who stay for the Easter Eggs after the lead credits. This movie’s Easter Egg so totally predictable! I won’t tell you what it is, but lets say if you know the story you won’t be shocked!

The movie was good. Was it Batman standards, Hell no… but how can you compete with Bats I mean seriously. However this is the best non-Batman movie DC has put out in a long time. Now if they can only get everything else right so we can have a kick ass Justice League movie. I give the movie a C+, I know I said it was good, and it is. It is worth seeing, even taking the bank loan out to go see it in theaters. But let me break it down.

The movie what it was as a DC franchise movie execution I’ll give a B+, it is one of the best movies to come out of DC in a long time. Storyline by itself and compaired to the original content I will give an A-. I thought the story line was great, I loved the context of the dialog, and I thought it stayed true to the source material to the best a DC franchise movie could.

Now what killed it for me, cinematography I give it a D. I am not a big fan of CGI heavy movies. For me the CGI was distracting. I would have rather seen cheap cheesy costumes and puppeteer than CGI. And really there was only 2 major locations. The Air Strip and the Planet Oa. There isn’t a lot of variety. The acting I’ll give a C+. Lets face it they were ok, but surely they could have found someone better. Lets face it Ryan Reynolds is not what I would consider Super Hero material.

Really with all the grading said, it should really be like a B-, but I am docking it down to the C+ because the Easter Egg that leads to the thought that there will be a sequel, so totally knew what it was before the movie was over. My kingdom for a better Easter Egg!

So I will close out with saying, go see the movie, it is a good one to see this summer. Totally worth the ticket to get in, maybe not the concession stand, but worth the ticket. Its one of the best comic book movies out in a while. So go, go see it, with my blessing. And for all you comic geeks like me I leave you with these last words:

“In brightest day, in blackest night. No evil shall escape my sight. Let all who worship evil’s might. Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!”

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Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Part IV: Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 by tigrisrose

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls (2008)
Director: Steven Spielburg
Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Shia LaBeouf

It’s time we finished the Indiana Jones movie marathon, and unfortunately the series does not end on a high note. For the most dedicated of Jones fans you may be a little disappointed. For the most part until the last 20 minutes or so the movie isn’t too bad. But it isn’t as good or as strong as the previous three movies.

I think the first thing I should say is that it was a weak attempted to make this movie, and for Lucas to believe and choose to do a fourth Indy installment because he didn’t think that he’d have time to finish the last trilogy of Star Wars. Though I think they tried to change it up a little I think they made the movie for the wrong reasons.

The casting was off in this movie than what it was in the last three. Two they got right was Harrison Ford and Karen Allen reprising their roles as Indy and Marion. (We last saw Marion in the “Raiders” movie, a former flame of Indy’s for those not paying attention.) The rest of the cast is a little shaky. Of course this movie is over a decade from the story line from “Crusade.” So both Henry Jones Sr. and Marcus have both passed away, you’ll see tidbits in the movie confirming those rumors if you pay attention. On the good guy side you have John Hurt (best known in this generation as Dr. Broom from Hellboy, Mr. Ollivander from Harry Potter, or Sutler from V for Vedetta) playing Professor Oxley or Ox as Indy and Mutt calls him, until the end of the movie Ox is a deranged loony bird trying to help Indy and fix what has been done with the skulls. And you have Shia LaBeouf playing Mutt Williams, Marion’s son who you guest it is just old enough to be Indy’s son from the first movie. I think that LaBeouf is an overrated actor, who in my opinion didn’t fit the role to be a Jones. He didn’t have the drive like the first two Jones’ boys.

Now on to the bad guys. Of course this movie timeline is loosed basely during the Cold War era, so of course we trade the fallen Nazis for Russian agents. Led by Irina Spalko, a KGB operative with psychic powers played by Cate Blanchett who rocks a terrible look, and has an awful accent. Probably one of the worse Jones girl out of the whole franchise. So we are already to a bad start with mediocre at best villains.

The movie starts off well as Indy is taken to Area 51, which is ironic because that is were the first movie ends with the Ark. Indy and his friend Mac were taken to find a skull they found 10 years prior, and the KGB force Indy to locate it so they can take it. Keep in mind this is during the McCarthy era so there will be repercussions for helping the Russians. Basically he gets kicked out of teaching. This also brings Indy pun #1, as the car stops at Area 51 Indy’s hat falls out of the car, but they pull him out of the truck and he picks up his hat in the shadows. I hate how he escapes from the KGB and ends up in a fall out base. It was terrible.

Now Mutt, Indy and Marion’s kid played by Shia LaBeouf is a greaser. And for those who don’t know what that is, watch the musical Grease…Please! Mutt on top of being a greaser is formerly uneducated, as he never finished school. At first Indy thought that endearing because Mutt was living his life, and then he found out it was his kid and changed his mind. Now Indy and Mutt after their first meeting get chased by the KGB through campus decapitating Marcus’ statue in the quad. Mutt thinks its funny, and of course Indy doesn’t.

Now throughout most of the movie its pretty good as far as the hunt for Marion, Ox, and the skull is concerned. There isn’t too much freaky supernatural mojo till a little later on in the movie when they catch up with the KGB that has Marion. So the boys first stop is in Peru, and they are looking for clues that will lead them to Ox and the skull. Mutt and Indy come to a cemetery were they run into these cheesy Mayan ninja warriors with skull masks. It freaks Mutt out, but Indy was cool and old schools Mutt as they make it through traps and secret passages in underground passage to a crystal skull.

Of course when they come out Mac and the KGB was waiting for them and took them to the KGB camp were Marion and Ox were. Were they hint were the skulls came from. ((Hint Area 51)) Of course like every movie Indy cares more about the hunt than the enemy. So he ends up helping the KGB on top of finding the pieces of the puzzle. Indy pun #2 comes in during their first attempt to escape, which is also were Marion drops the bomb on Indy telling him that Mutt is his son, Henry Jones the III. Jones yells at her why didn’t you make him finish school. But the pun is Indy and Marion fall into a sand trap and to get Indy Mutt throws a snake at him.

So starts the daddy issues, which is a reoccurring thing with the Jones boys. As they start the big fight scene, which is a little disappointing. Like every Jones movie its one man against 20 bad guys. But they are racing through the jungle to the temple. Which is the bad CGI, to start off with they are driving cars and U boats through the jungle. Second the sword fight between Mutt and Spalko was terrible. Marion almost gets taken out by a machine gun. Mutt goes swinging through the trees like George of the Jungle. And after getting away from some fire ants the good guy crew in a u-boat takes a swan dive from the cliffs and down some waterfalls to the temple. ((Now Indy does loose his hat for a second time, but retrieves it from an ant hill.))

Now as we finish out our movie, we find out the origin and resolve of crystal skulls. Not to give away all the spoilers, but Ox goes back to normal, Spalko gets hers, the aliens go home, plus Indy and Marion get a happier ever after.

One of the problems I have with this movie is that it looks fake. The appeal of the other three movies made the scenery look real or was real. This movie looks as though it was either in a sound stage or CGI. Which I am not a fan of. So this movie isn’t as visually appealing as the last three. The temple was terrible, the obstacles trivial, and the lack of a great villain was disappointing.

Second thing the fight scenes were so bad. And Harrison Ford is getting a little too old for Jones’ stunts. He does make some comical blunders during stunts but a little out of shape for this movie.

I was so happy that the hat didn’t get passed down to Mutt at the end of the movie. It would have so killed the movie for me entirely if Mutt inherited the hat to become Indiana Jones. I have to give this movie a C. I didn’t hate it, and I can watch it every now and again. But I can’t watch it over and over like I can the other three. It is entirely the weakest of the franchise, even more so than the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series from the early 90‘s.) It is a decent action/supernatural film, but a bad Indiana Jones film.

Sorry we have to end our Indiana Jones movie marathon on such a sour note. But stay tuned movie geeks and we will see what I come up with next.

Tigris Rose’s Review of The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 by tigrisrose

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (2010)
Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Kingsley.

I was very skeptical about watching this movie in the first place. I love the “Prince of Persia” video games, when I heard that they were making a movie around I was ok could be fun. I heard Disney was going to do it, so I thought hey they have the budget for a great movie. Jake Gyllenhaal will play the prince, oh you got to be kidding me.

But I happened to be bored today, so I watched it. I am not sure about all of the casting choices. Jake Gyllenhaal, buffed up and got medieval sexy for the this movie. Which didn’t make it so bad. He isn’t what I would considered the best choice, but he wasn’t bad. Gemma Arterton who plays Princess Tamina did a good job portraying the character she was witty, and sarcastic just like in the game. The problems I see with Gemma Arterton, she’s only been acting on the big time for about 4 years, but her acting and her accent, even her looks reminds me of Rachel Weisz especially in this movie.

But Ben Kingsley is without a doubt the perfect actor to play the brother of the king, and the bad guy. Who doesn’t love Ben Kingsley as the bad guy. Probably a great gifted actor but with a very minor role was Alfred Molina who plays Sheik Amar, a rough cut, anti-capitalist entrepreneur who comes in a twist role trying to bring Dastan back to the royal family for trial of the king’s death. But eventually helps Dastan in the final battle.

Even though Newell directed the movie it is technically a Jerry Bruckheimer film as he was the producer. For those of you who have seen the movie, that little bit of trivia shouldn’t shock anyone. Because as you watch it you see pieces were Bruckheimer put his hands in the cookie jar. Of course Bruckheimer is well known for the countless TV series, plus a handful of movies like the National Treasure movies with Nick Cage, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, and of course who can forget the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

For any video game geek such as myself, the “Prince of Persia” franchise spans 20 years and counting releasing its first game in 1989 as a computer game. Seriously who didn’t play this game on a PC as a kid. Of course over the years the franchise expanded into other gaming systems including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. The Sands of Time series which I think is the most popular since the original game from 89’ is what this movie is based off of… very loosely!

I will say flat out if you are a fan of the video games and watch this movie you will be ranting like I did. As I said it is very very loosely based, and if you are a fan, you’ll be storylined disappointed. However despite the lack of accuracy of the game storyline, it is a good movie. Its got great action scenes, some hilarity in the slow down, and some fairly decent acting.

I think they did the best they could to making it an interesting movie, being able to connect some dots throughout the movie, but the storyline and relationships between the characters were not close to the video game. For example the “Prince” technically didn’t have a name, now his name is Dastan in the movie, and he was adopted by the king despite have two sons of his own anyway. The king has a brother played by Ben Kingsley, and the two of them rule all of Persia strong as the sword because they rule together as a family. So instead of a Vizier (adviser) like in the video games there is a brother who betrays the family.

Basically the best way I know how to describe the story line without giving spoilers is this. The video game of the Sands of Time is like a R rated version of Disney’s Aladdin. Evil advisors trying to destroy and take over the world and gets stopped by a street rat. Similar story lines. The Movie the Sands of Time is like Shakespeare’s Hamlet without the confusing language barrier. Brother kills brother, tries to take the throne but there are three sons in his way, so he has to go back in time to his childhood to allow an event kill his brother so his nephews are never born.

Even though I love the video game and I‘ve played nearly every expansion of the franchise, I have to put to put my gamer bias to the side and make a rational decision of how good the movie really is.

I can in good conscious give this movie a solid B. Pros: Disney, Bruckheimer, and Newell made a great action movie with some kick ass stunts and special effects. Gave us a movie were Jake Gyllenhaal didn’t look or act like a pussy. And Ben Kingsley, that is self-explanatory.

Cons: Gave us the traditional Disney “happy ending.” Guy gets the girls, becomes a hero and lives happily ever after. *COUGH “BS” COUGH* Some of the side stories such as that with Molina’s Character was a little weak. Plus there was a few cheesy scenes between the brothers.

On a side note, so totally was not accurate to the games…I am a big stickler for accuracy that is why I love the Lord of the Rings movies better than Harry Potters. Plus I was waiting for some kind of sign, wanted or not, that there could be a sequel in the back of someone’s mind. Because that would have made up for everything they left out of the movie. Some kind of shadow or some kind of dream waking up thingy that points that the story isn’t over in an Easter egg after the credits or something! Just like in the video game, because those of us who know the series knows what’s coming next, because using the sands is a big no-no. So there should have been something, that everyone could see that there was something coming, it would have added to the suspense of the possibility that maybe, just maybe they didn’t screw up the series too badly. (story line wise of course.)

I will get off my soap box for now, like I said overall good action film worth seeing if you can put your gamer knowledge of how the story actually goes to the side. Stay tuned I will be back with my last review  for the Indiana Jones Movie Marathon.

Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Part III: Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2011 by tigrisrose

Tigirs Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Part III: Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

It’s now time for Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Part III… “The Last Crusade.” Probably one of my favorites because you get a double dose of Jones. That’s right ladies a double dose. Dr. Henry Jones Sr. comes into play as he is in trouble after being taken hostage by the Nazis in his efforts to locate his white whale.

Now Lucas and Speilburg does a great job at keeping a great cast. Ford is back to reprise his role as Indiana Jones. Denholm Elliott and John Rhys-Davies are back from “Raiders” to reprise their roles as Marcus Broady and Sallah. The protagonist cast gains a great cast member with a real story tease as Sean Connery comes in as Dr. Henry Jones Sr. (Epic Awesome!) or Attila the Professor as Indy puts it.

For every great protagonist there has to be a great antagonist, otherwise the story would just suck! Three years after his adventures with the Ark, and the brink of WWII we have the Nazis back in to play in this third installment. The Nazis are being led by Walter Donovan played by Julian Glover, an American socialite who is looking for the Holy Grail for the soul purpose of man’s life long pursuit for immortality. To his left General Vogel, played by Michael Byrne, a Nazi soldier who’s role I more violent, raw, and unemotional. And to the right the beautiful Dr. Elsa Schneider played by Alison Doody, probably the hottest of the Jones love interests. An Austrian who gets mixed up with the wrong side of the war who has somewhat of a good heart as she does fall in love with Jones. But her greed for the Grail and her loyalty to the Third Reich makes this two faced vixen so much trouble.

I love how the movie starts. The scene that takes you back to Indy’s teen years and seeing the man that he would portray till the end. Indy comes across a group digging out in the middle of the desert as he and his scout troupe are out exploring. Indy takes a relic the Cross of Noranada from the men and the chase begins.

It leads to the group chasing Indy on a circus train. As Indy tries to get the drop on them, he almost becomes a eunuch because of an angry rhino. You also find out just how Indy got his phobia of snakes. And how an interaction with a circus lion made Indy take up a whip. Low and behold after sometime Indy escapes with the cross in one piece with the help of some magic. He runs all the way home to tell his father who ignores him because he’s working on his white whale. The sheriff shows but not to help Indy. Instead he returns the cross back to the men Indy ran from. One man a strong adventurous type, with a wide brim fedora, gives Indy the words that transitions everything together… “you’ve might have lost today kid, but that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” As the man puts the fedora down on his head the scene changes to the present day as once again Indy tries to take the cross and finally succeeds. it’s a great beginning to this movie, because you finally get to find out some of the answers to why Indy is what he is.

It’s a great beginning, but otherwise it would be a pretty short movie. One of the nice things I like about the story is that its very detailed and really makes you think that finding the Cup of Christ could be so easy but it makes you feel as if this relic could actually be found today just like the Ark from “Raiders.”

The scenery is beautiful going from desert in the flashback, to Venice, the castle in Austria/German Border. I think that the book burning scene was creative, and genius to put in there because it puts the characters in real life events during a part of world history and comes face to face with Hitler. The canyon with the temple outside was beautiful but the inside was dark and terrifying.

Another thing that made this movie work was the character interaction. The heroes and villains played there parts well, especially Donovan. Two key parts: one towards the beginning as Indy and Marcus get ready to leave Donovan tells them “to trust no one.” And later in the castle tells the Jones’ that Indy didn’t take his advice. The second was when Donovan shot the elder Jones to force Indy to find the way to the grail.

The character of Marcus is funny and sad at the same time. Marcus want so badly to help find his lost friend, Dr. Jones Sr. But Marcus is a little out of his element, seriously, “Marcus got lost once in his own museum.” But he is with Indy to get in the way, and make things difficult. By getting captured by the Nazis.

As ever continuing with the running gag once again our hero loses his hat and can’t use his gun. Indy just rescued his father from the Castle and were on the run. After stealing a plane from a blimp they got shot out of the air. As the were running from danger they found themselves on some beach. Indy realizes that the place is coming back and there are no bullets in his gun. Although how a little six shooter is going to bring down a German fighter plane I will never know. But thankfully the elder Jones remembers his Charlemagne and brings the plane down with seagulls.

Indy’s hat is a little more emotional. The troupe both good and evil are in route for the for the canyon that will lead them to the grail’s temple. And the two factions clashing there is a great fight scene with a tank. (Watch it’s great.!) now Indy falls off a cliff (like I said watch it people!!!) He’s dad things he’s dead, but like magic Indy appears behind him with no hat on. (Not really magic, seriously watch the movie.) as they depart from the cliffs Indy drops to sit exhausted from the fight, after his father calls out, Indy’s hat blows right up to his feet from no where.

The movie just wouldn’t be right without actually finding what they’ve been looking for, our heroes made it to the temple, but so did the bad guys. There is a slight problem of course besides the decapitated bodies there are three tasks to complete to find the grail. To give Indy a little more incentive to find the grail, Donovan shoots the elder Jones and the only thing that can save him is the grail. So Indy goes through the challenges with the help of the elder Jones’ diary. Sr. has been researching and looking for the grail for 40 years and was the strain between his relationship with his own son. Indy makes his way to the grail and meets face to face with the last living brother of the three knights of the first crusade who has been guarding the grail for centuries. But there is a new challenge, the room is filled with dishware all deceptive as being the potental grail. Donovan who made his way to the room choose poorly and had a great tales from the crypt like death.

As the movie ends you also find out how Indy got his name. I like the Crusade segment the best because by this time I was already a fan. I love the cast, and they kept the major elements that make an Indiana Jones/1930’s adventure movie great.

I think I rate this movie higher because it brings to light what made Henry Jones a small town kid from Utah to become Indiana Jones. It answered a lot of fan questions like why he was afraid of snakes, how he got his hat and whip, and why he has daddy issues. I also love it because it brings Ford and Connery to the silver screen together, who else would make such a great father/son pair.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade gets a solid A in review and A+ in my heart. Stay tuned Jones fans I’ll be back with the final installment of the Jones Franchise next in this Indiana Jones Movie Marathon.

Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Part II: Temple of Doom

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 by tigrisrose

Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Welcome back Jones fans for the second installment of Indiana Jones Movie Marathon review. It’s time to talk about I.J. and The Temple of Doom. Which is funny, yet confusing because this sequel is actually a prequel to “Raiders.” No one really notices because there is only a year difference and the story lines fit either way. “Raiders” as I shared earlier, took place in 1936. Temple of Doom takes place in 1935.

From the get go, “Temple” is action packed and big! We start in a night club in the heart of Shanghai. Cue in Willie Scott a blonde gold-digger. (How a blonde haired American girl found his way to Shanghai to sing for a gangster, I’m not sure I want to know.) Of course Indy has to meet the Gangster Lao Che to get a jade statue, which he exchange for a really big diamond. But in the event of the trade off Indy’s poisoned. While trying to get the antidote, the jade statue, and the diamond comes the great fight scene in the club. Complete with Tommy guns and half naked dancing girls. Course Indy gets the antidote, I mean seriously, you can’t kill the main character in the first 10 minutes of the movie. Of course in the event of escaping he takes Willie with him because she has his diamond. They jump through the roof of a cab driven by a 10 year old cabbie. Short Round is probably one of the greatest sidekicks ever. His relationship with Indy which is like a big/little brother relationship through this movie. They have these little tiffs through the movie. My favorite is when they are playing cards accusing the other of cheating.

So the premise of the story takes place in India. After Indy, Short Round, and Willie take a jump from a crashing plane on a life raft. (I want to see this trick on Mythbusters to see if this is plausible, because this shouldn’t be possible. AH movie magic.)

So India is dark and depressing. Because this village is dying because a sacred Sivalinga stone is missing. The stone give the village harmony and prosperity. Their crops are dying and there is a drought, plus the children have been abducted.

It’s a very sad and supernatural story. The rest of the story takes place at the palace ruled by a child prince who is being controlled by Mola ram who is the leader of a cult to the goddess Kali.

Now I like “Temple better than “Raiders” and equal in my eyes to “Crusades.” Its got that supernatural story that I like with Action; but also nice one liners especially between Indy and Short Round.

“Temple” is the movie that starts the running gag of Indy losing his hat and gun. Iconicaly Indy losing his hat in this movie has been well known through parodies. But the scene puts you on your toes because Indy and Short round are about to be turned into Indy-K-Bobs. but at the same time makes you chuckle because Indy is yelling at Willie to help them, though she doesn’t want to touch the bugs.

There is a great fight scene towards the end of the movie that I love. Indy’s fighting a semi-giant and Short Round is fighting the prince. That leads to the legendary cart scene that follows our heroes though the mines racing to escape but there is a little watery problem at the end.

((Sorry I am trying my best not to spoil anything. You need to watch it yourself.))

I like “Temple” better than “Raiders.” Mostly because “Raiders” has a little more down time and doesn’t have scenes hit every time like “Temple.” The secondary cast especially the love interest is a lot better in this movie than “Raiders” as well. Everyone loves Short Round.

Visually “Temple” is more diverse between the good and evil spectrum. In “Temple” it starts with lots of action and color very visually appealing that leads to a dumpy plane, to beautiful snowy mountains, to a dismal and dieing India village. Then to a beautiful palace. In the scenes for the dinner and the bedrooms are very beautiful. Very colorful, on the good spectrum. You would hardly think that it holds a very dark secret. Under the palace is a dark, depressing sacrificial alter to the goddess Kali. Off the bat you see a human sacrifice which is so messed up. After our protagonist party have been captured by the zombie like followers of Kali, we find out another dark secret. All the messing children had been put into slavery in the minds. Indy becomes brain washed, Short Round into slavery, and Willie is about to be the next human sacrifice.

After Indy takes the stone back and frees the kids to the village. The palace goes dark and deserted as though it died itself. But as our heroes make there way to the village that started their quest. There was happiness, lots of color and life back into the village that was nearly dead at the beginning of the movies.

I give “Temple” a solid A. it has great cinematography. Always kept you either on your seat or laughing. And has a great cast and directing and some nice one liners.

Stay tuned Indy fans next blog we will have a double dose of Dr. Jones!!!

Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Review Part 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2010 by tigrisrose

Tigris Rose’s Indiana Jones Movie Marathon Review Part 1:

Join me now as I take a look at one of my favorite franchises. Not only is it one of my favorite franchises, it also brought to life one of my favorite characters since I was a kid. It joins my favorite character, with one of my top 25 actors, producer, and director. I mean seriously Ford, Spielberg, Lucas- Really how can you go wrong? ((I’ll explain why that is a dumb comment later!))

Now most people I would hope to god would at least know of Indiana Jones, let alone have watched the franchise multiple times. I mean come on USA Network just had a weekend marathon on last week.

But those who don’t’ know, you people who live under rocks, and inside of caves. Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr. is an archeologist, who is also a part time teacher at a local university. His alter ego, if you will, Indiana Jones, is an adventurer looking for the answers to the world’s oldest questions. Dr. Jones is a geeky, hot nerd in a tweed suit that all his female students love as they take his ancient civilization class. The alter ego, Indiana Jones is a rugged, scruffy, dirty example of the true adventurer. Always looking for the next treasure or lost civilization.

I’m not going to go into the story to much. Mostly because I believe most people have seen one or more of the franchise. “Raiders” takes place in 1936. And our hero finds himself in a race against the Nazis of a growing Germany, three years before WWII. Indy and the Nazis are both trying to find the biblical artifact The Ark of the Covenant. Which in the wrong hands would be disastrous of course Indy is petitioned by the U.S. government because they can’t officially get involved. Plus Indy’s mentor has the key to finding the Ark. Indy later finds that one of his arch rivals is helping Nazis. 

Enough about that lets talk geek. First off, yay 1930’s style adventure movies. But Indiana Jones reminds me of the Allan Quartermain stories, and I don’t mean the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, ((However, ironic… tune into the third installment of the I.J. Marathon.))

In “Raiders” Indy is at odds with an old flame as well with the Nazis and his rival throughout this movie. Indy’s Character over the years is defined by his look and the geeky side jokes that come with them. But as you see Indy the two most iconic wardrobe jokes his wide brim fedora, and his gun. The hat doesn’t become the joke till the next installment because the first movie he never loses it. It always kept on no matter what throughout the movie this time.
Indy somehow somewhere in the movie in the movie loses his gun or runs out of bullets at the worst times gets redeemed in the first movie. Ford was sick at the time of the famous gun scene. Ford had dysentery and couldn’t get the fight scene just right. Ford suggested he just shoot the swordsman and does. The gunshot scene was so great it was kept and the fight scene scrapped.

The most iconic scene that’s prompted animated cartoon, sitcoms, and parody spin-offs like the Simpsons. The boulder scene at the beginning of the movie nearly everyone knows it even without ever seeing “Raiders.” It’s a pop culture movie scene.

The cast in “Raiders” is top notch. Ford, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliot, Alfred Molina. Plus with Spielberg and Lucas at the reins makes this for a wonderful crew.

Indiana Jones brings back the iconic adventure, the rugged lover, the man with morals, without boundaries or fear. ((Provided there are no snakes around.)) It’s also one of those movies you either love or hate. But it’s a movie for all ages. I give “Raiders” a B+. It’s a good movie. It is campy. But it has a great cast, great cinematography, but it’s a little slow. And the effects especially the ending when they open the ark is really bad and campy. But out of the four movies, “Raiders” is number three in my book out of the four movies. I like “Temple” and “Crusades” more than “Raiders” but that is just me, most people would put them in their top two.

Stay tuned ladies and gents, I will be reviewing the other three installments of the Indiana Jones Franchise soon!!!

Tigris Rose reviews Arthur (1981)

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 by tigrisrose

Arthur
(1981)
Director/Writer: Steve Gordon
Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud


This is rather a guilty pleasure movie. Not exactly a great movie, not exactly a good movie. It’s very nitch. I think the one thing that would make the movie a hell of a lot better is to get rid of Liza Minnelli. God I hate her. She plays a New Yorker, independent but almost con artist like. She’s sassy, but the problem with Minnelli looks like Janet from “Threes Company.”
Arthur is a rich man, who has spent the greater point of his adulthood in a bottle. He is being forced to marry a woman he doesn’t marry so he can stay in the family worth 750 million dollars, otherwise he was going to get cut off. And it gets pretty crazy after he meets Linda (Minnelli) after she steals a tie for her father.


There are three characters that really make this movie likable. First off, Arthur’s grandmother. The grandmother has the dough. Arthur will inherit the money. But she is funny, she is this surly old lady. She loves Arthur, almost understands him more than anyone but the butler. But she is a perverted, hard nose, and dastardly. One funny part with her is when Arthur is trying to explain that he loves Linda, she says to marry the rich one and cheat with the poor one.
The second person is Arthur. He is like a really old kid. Always playing with toys, drinks constantly. Moore has a very infectious laugh, especially when he is drunk. But he reminds me of a hobbit. The way he acts, drinks, laughs he just reminds me of Bilbo Baggins. Actually if it wasn’t for the fact he died 8 years ago Moore would have probably been good for a hobbit role in the Lord of the Rings.
But the greatest part of the movie is Hodson the Butler played by John Gielgud. This is the type that you could actually think and say that the butler did it. He’s pushy, brutally honest, and has a retort for everything and everyone. He’s always been the father figure to Arthur because Arthur was bounced around from school to school, and Hodson always looked after him. But Hodson has a very unique way with Arthur and with other people. But his contentment and mouthy expressions are absolutely hilarious. So much so in fact that I am going to put down my favorite Hodson lines.


Hodson the Butler: Man of many Words
Arthur: Hobson?
Hobson: Yes.
Arthur: Do you know what I’m going to do?
Hobson: No, I don’t.
Arthur: I’m going to take a bath.
Hobson: I’ll alert the media.
Arthur: [rises] Do you want to run my bath for me?
Hobson: That’s what I live for.
[Arthur exits]
Hobson: Perhaps you would like me to come in there and wash your dick for you, you little shit.

 
Hobson: Thank you for a memorable afternoon, usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature.

 
Hobson: [to Ralph] If you and your undershirt will walk two paces backwards, I could enter this dwelling.
Executive: He gets all that money. Pays his family back by… by… by bein’ a stinkin’ drunk. It’s enough ta make ya sick.
Hobson: I really wouldn’t know, sir. I’m just a servant.
Executive: Yeah.
Hobson: On the other hand, go screw yourself.

Hobson: I’ve taken the liberty of anticipating your condition. I have brought you orange juice, coffee, and aspirins. Or do you need to throw up?
Arthur: I just told Linda I was getting engaged.
Hobson: I don’t know why; a little tart like that could save you a fortune in prostitutes.

Hobson: You spoiled little bastard! You’re a man who has everything, haven’t you, but that’s not enough. You feel unloved, Arthur, welcome to the world. Everyone is unloved. Now stop feeling sorry for yourself. And incidentally, I love you. Poor drunks do not find love, Arthur. Poor drunks have very few teeth, they urinate outdoors, they freeze to death in summer. I can’t bear to think of you that way.

The movie has its moments. Mostly with the Butler’s witty remarks or with Grandmother’s perverted undertones. I really enjoy this movie, but as I said would have been a lot better with out Miss Liza. I give this movie on a rating scale a solid “C.” It isn’t a great movie, low budget, plus it’s a screwball comedy they don’t exactly rank up there in cinematography. Everyone should at least see this movie once in their lives.

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