May 2011

Once Upon a Time in the West

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Once Upon a Time in the West
  • IMDB: link

Although I know many love it, I’ve never been a big fan of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In fact the only film I really enjoy out of the “Man with No Name” trilogy is the second film – For a Few Dollars More. For my money Sergio Leone‘s best western, and his best film, is Once Upon a Time in the West.

Co-written by Leone’s longtime partner Sergio Donati, Once Upon a Time in the West is a love letter to the mythology of the Old West and more than thirty American Westerns Leone had deep affection (several of which are referenced throughout the film including High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Iron Horse, and The Magnificent Seven).

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The Mechanic

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Mechanic (2011)
  • IMDB: link

Remakes, Hollywood’s second favorite shortcut (after sequels) for quickly churning out mediocre flicks. If I have seen the original 1972 film with Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent I don’t remember it. And there’s nothing in the remake that makes me think I’ve missed anything.

This version stars Jason Statham as hitman Arthur Bishop who takes on the son (Ben Foster) of a old friend (Donald Sutherland) he was forced to kill.

As action flicks go this version by director Simon West is average at best. There’s plenty of poor decision making and plot holes where the story is sacrificed for more action scenes. I also found the film’s main villain (played by Tony Goldwyn) to be rather bland. His near limitless supply of generic soldiers are even less memorable than he is. If a movie is only as good as its villain The Mechanic is pretty damn forgettable.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2011

in Comics

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Batman Beyond, Betty, Fear Itself, G.I. JOE, Herc, Hulk, The Intrepids, Moon Knight, Queen Sonja, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, X-Men, the first issues of 50 Girls 50, Comeback Kings, Fear Itself: The Deep, Flashpoint: Abin Sur The Green Lantern, Flashpoint: Secret Seven, Hellboy: The Fury, Minx, Reed Gunther, Shinku, and the final issues of B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered, Doctor Who Classics: The Seventh Doctor, Halcyon, Turf, Weird Worlds, Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever, and Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants.

Enjoy issue #130

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The Macho Man is gone, but he’s left us quite a few memories. The Macho Man Randy Savage passed away a little over a week ago, but we’ll take today’s holiday to look back and remember the Top Ten Greatest Moments of his wrestling career. Think your favorite made list? Find out after the jump!

OH YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH!

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Kung Fu Panda 2

by Alan Rapp on May 26, 2011

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Kung Fu Panda 2
  • IMDB: link

Three years ago DreamWorks Animation put out a little film called Kung Fu Panda about a Panda with a destiny to learn Kung Fu and save his village from a shadowy warrior. It turned out to be one of my favorite films of 2008. While it might not be as good as the original (a film which I love to no end), the sequel brings plenty of awesome back to the screen.

Kung Fu Panda 2 fills in Po’s (Jack Black) back story as an attack on his village will lead him on a quest to discover where he comes from. Also back for the sequel are Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) and the Furious Five: Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross), and Viper (Lucy Liu).

The film also gives us a deadly new enemy in a deranged peacock (played with malevolent glee by Gary Oldman) who wants to rule all of China by the force of a new deadly weapon which could mean the end of Kung Fu. We also get a few new characters voiced by the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme as a Kung Fu crocodile (admit it, that’s pretty awesome), and Michelle Yeoh as the Soothsayer who holds all the answers to both Po’s past and future.

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