December 2009


by Alan Rapp on December 11, 2009

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Invictus
  • IMDB: link

Invictus is a project Morgan Freeman has been trying to get off the ground for more than a decade. Although I think it’s a quality film, and the story is definitely worth telling, I can certainly see why it took this long for the film to get made. It feels at least one more rewrite away (the script was adapted from John Carlin‘s book by Anthony Peckham) from cashing in on its full potential.

Invictus centers around an event, the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The focus is split between that of the newly elected President Nelson Mandela (Freeman) and the captain (Matt Damon) of the South African Rugby team, the Springbok.

The film certainly captures the importance of the event and what it meant to a new South Africa coming out of the days of apartheid. It also succeeds in demonstrating the change in attitude of the South African people to the team, and effectively spotlights how sports can truly unify people in a very unique way.

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The “best” bad movie of 2009

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2009

in Home Video

  • Title: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
  • IMDB: link

street-fighter-the-legend-of-chun-li-posterThere are bad movies, there are awfully bad movies, and then there are movies so ridiculously bad they force you to bellow with laughter and titter with glee as they instantly earn guilty pleasure status.

Street Figther: The Legend of Chun-Li isn’t a good movie, let’s get that straight. It is however a enjoyable trainwreck and one of the most unintentionally funny films I’ve ever seen.

Based on the Street Fighter video game character Chun-Li, the film tells the story of a young girl who grew up to be world renown concert pianist. The sudden arrival of mysterious scroll coinciding with the death of her mother leads her to Bangkok. There she will learn the art of Wushu to kick ass and save her father from Bison (Neal McDonough) and the terrorist organization called Shadaloo who controls him through threats of harm against his family. (You follow all that?) Not exactly Shakespeare, but as action scripts go I’ve seen worse.

All movies rely on the audience’s level of disbelief, often asking the audience to accept some downright dumb ideas. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li asks more than most.

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Batman Dynamic Double Team

by Alan Rapp on December 1, 2009

in Gaming News & Reviews 

The game play isn’t much to talk about (your basic punch, kick, ‘n jump side-scroller), but I do like how the art of the Batman: Brave and the Bold TV-show is used here. If it only included more characters from the show!