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24
Aug
10

Piranha 3D and Vampires Suck! 3D HD Movie Marathon!

Piranha 3D and Vampires Suck! 3D HD Movie Marathon!

Friday August 20th, 2010

Today I had an opportunity that I wanted to take advantage of. Since I have been doing this Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog yearlong experiment I have been trying to do new weird and fun things I haven’t done before involving my movie addiction. Today I wanted to include a mini marathon with in a marathon. I planned a mini 3D movie marathon with in my regular scheduled 6-movie marathon I panned today. I ended up seeing three 3-D movies in a row. I planned for four, but I fucked up.

The first movie of the day started at 10:30am. The movie I saw was Vampires Suck (2010) starring Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Diedrich Bader and Ken Jeong. This is a spoof of the vampire themed Twilight movies. This movie spends most of its 80-minute running time making fun of the Twilight movies. They did an ok job poking fun at these movies. I would say half of the gags were funny and spot on. But the other half fell short. I love seeing spoof films. My only problem with these spoofs is that the always seem to fall short at the end. The ending of this Vampire spoof film did just that. When your making fun of a film franchise I guess it difficult to wrap of the ending when you’re trying to piece together one gag skit after another.  I know going into this film that most of the spoofing was going to be on the Twilight films. But I was hoping to see more fun made of “True Blood” (2008), “The Vampire Diaries” (2009), past vamp flick classics, etc. But this wasn’t the case. There was only one small gag each devoted to “True Blood” (2008) and “The Vampire Diaries” (2009), both of which were disappointing. They did do a good job casting the character look-a-likes for this film. But overall I found this film a little disappointing.

After Vampires Suck my intention was to start my mini 3D movie marathon within a marathon. As you may know I pay for my first movie, then afterwards I move from theater to theater seeing other movies on my scheduled movie marathon. I do this with 3D movie too so I don’t always have to pay the inflated costs on the extra 3D charge to the movie ticket. I get around this by bringing my own 3D movie glasses. I was planning on seeing IMAX: Hubble 3D (2010). It’s a documentary about an IMAX 3D camera chronicles the effort of 7 astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. My only problem was I forgot to bring my IMAX 3D glasses; instead I brought my regular 3D glasses. Doh! What a dumb ass I am. So I didn’t see the IMAX: Hubble 3D movie. Instead I went to see The Expendables (2010. I saw The Expendables last week and really enjoyed this movie and it was worth seeing again.

So now my mini 3D movie marathon within a marathon was about to begin. Despicable Me (2010) was the first movie I saw in 3D today. This movie was just as entertaining the 2nd time around. This was one of those movies I recommended before to see it in 3D if you can. It’s a funny, sweet, clever and a visually very entertaining film.

The next 3D film I saw was Piranha 3D (2010) starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Jessica Szohr and Steven R. McQueen (Grandson of actor Steve McQueen ). It also has cameos from Richard Dreyfuss and Eli Roth. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. Richard Dreyfuss makes his cameo as his character he made famous in the original Jaws (1975). This movie was a lot of campy fun! Keep this in mind when or if you see it. Don’t take this movie seriously but enjoy it for what it is. For you guys out there I’m giving this movie a major “boobie alert”. This movie has gratuitous violence, nudity, violence and more nudity. Also I have to give this movie props for some of its creative death scenes, they were very entertaining and at some times very funny. The most entertaining character in this film was Derrick Jones played by Jerry O’Connell (The chubby kid in Stand by Me). Jerry O’Connell’s character was based on “Girls Gone Wild” founder and multi millionaire Joe Francis. Jerry’s character seems to be a little more of an exaggerated version of Joe Francis, but who knows, maybe he played him to a tee. Maybe that’s why Joe Francis is threatening a real defamatory lawsuit against the makers of Piranha 3D. Check out these links for more info on this subject:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100820/film_nm/us_piranha

http://geeksofdoom.com/2010/08/20/girls-gone-wild-founder-joe-francis-threatens-lawsuit-on-piranha-3d/

I would seem that this type of press will be nothing but good for Piranha 3D. So go in fact that it did well opening weekend and the studio has green lit a sequel already. I hope the sequel has more cameos, and boobs. Boobs are good.

The last 3D film of the mini movie marathon with in a marathon was Step Up 3D (2010). I saw this movie last week in 3D. Like I said before I don’t know what it is about these dance films I find so appealing and fun. But I can say I enjoyed the movie even more the second time around. The dance props and gimmicks they use in this movie really lend well to the 3D format. I admit it; I got wrapped up emotionally in this movie again. I’m not going to say much more on that subject cause I’m a hetero dude and it sounds a little gay. Do yourself a favor and have fun at the movies and see this movie in 3D.

There is one is more thing I wanted to say about seeing 3D movies in the theater. The 3D movies playing at theaters nowadays are in high-definition picture quality. You can totally tell the difference when you compare a non-3D movie to a 3D version. I have a HD TV and Blu-ray player at home so I can tell the difference. Oh and incase you were wondering, during my three straight 3D movie marathon, I didn’t have any seizures, head aches or hankerings to gouge my eyes out with a spork.

The last film of the day for my movie marathon I saw was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). This was another movie I saw last week that was worth seeing again. This movie is funny as shit. Its one of the most original films I’ve seen all year. It has a great cast, great editing, and a great script and is overall an awesomely entertaining film. GO SEE IT!

Till next time movie nerds!

–          Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  110

  • February        2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 17
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22
Aug
10

Spartan Phoenix’s Top 101 Movies Of All Time… Back in 2004

Spartan Phoenix’s Top 101 Movies Of All Time… Back in 2004

 August 22nd, 2010

When I started this Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man yearlong experiment blog last February I knew that I would have to include a top 101-movie list. When I finish this yearlong movie tour of duty I will update and share my current top 101 movies of all time. When I say, “update” I should let you know that the last time I did this was back in 2004. 

In 2004 I was working for a game company. Most of my co-workers were movie nerds like myself. We liked most of the same movies and many times went to see movies together after work or found time to go to movies while we were on the road working together. Sometimes we did movie marathons together. One of my co-workers posted his top 100-movie list at his work cubicle. After that several other co-workers including myself posted our own top 100-movie list. The movie debates heated up after this and supplied us with plenty of material for jokes and ribbing between each other. I even went as far to do a top 100 list of my worst movies and top 100 list of my favorite TV shows.

I thought it would be fun to share my 2004 top 101-movie list with you all. Its kind of a snap shot of the pop culture movie scene at the time and a look back at what I thought were my favorite movies then. When I do my new 2011 top 101 movie list next year when I wrap up this little experiment, it will be interesting to see which movies from my 2004 year will still make the cut. My #1 movie of all time back in 2004 was Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Will it keep the top spot or stay on the list in 2011? I’ll let you know then. So here is my 2004 Top 101 movie list. Its good for a laugh, so enjoy. If you have a top 5 movie list yourself, please free to post it in your reply.

My 2004 Top 101 Movies

#1: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
#2: The Sound of Music (1965)
#3: Ben-Hur (1959)
#4: Tombstone (1993)
#5: The Crow (1994)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Blade Runner (1982) – Original Theatrical Release
Aliens (1986)
Black Rain (1989)
The Godfather (1972)
The Killer (1989) (John Woo)
Hard Boiled (1992) (John Woo)
Scrooged (1988) (Bill Murray)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

True Lies (1994)
Scarface (1983)
Die Hard (1988)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Escape from New York (1981)
Braveheart (1995)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Major League (1989)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Demolition Man (1993)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Mr. Destiny (1990)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Weird Science (1985)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Payback (1999)  
Open Range (2003)
The Matrix (1999)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Footloose (1984)
Goodfellas (1990)
Casino (1995)
The American President (1995)
La Femme Nikita (1990)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Total Recall (1990)
Willow (1988)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Better Off Dead… (1985)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Heat (1995)
Back to the Future (1985)

Rapid Fire (1992)
Spaceballs (1987)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Galaxy Quest (1999)
Free Enterprise (1998) (Ultimate Star Trek Nerd Flick)
Band of the Hand (1986)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Predator (1987)
RoboCop (1987)  
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Highlander (1986)
Clueless (1995)
Fargo (1996)  
Maverick (1994)
Notting Hill (1999)
Raw Deal (1986)
Near Dark (1987) One of my favorite Vampire films of all time!
The Untouchables (1987)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
The Lion King (1994)
The Dark Crystal (1982)
Ghost Busters (1984)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Office Space (1999)
Carlito’s Way (1993)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Enemy of the State (1998)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Army of Darkness (1992)
The Wedding Singer (1998)
The Abyss (1989)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
True Romance (1993)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Secret Admirer (1985)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Above the Law (1988)
Desperado (1995)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Point Break (1991)
#101: Tango & Cash (1989)

So what do you think of my top 101 movie list six years ago? 

– Spartan Phoenix

20
Aug
10

The Expendables / Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

The Expendables / Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Friday August 13th, 2010, 9:30am

Yay it’s Friday, new movie day! But I have to work later in the day, bummer. But not to fret The Expendables start at 9:30am, then I can catch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at 11:30am. I don’t have to be at work till 3pm, so I can pull this off. I love early movie start times! Nothing like a quick two movie marathon before work.

The Expendables (2010) stars the manliest macho cast of action stars ever assembled. The stars included in this testosterone explosion orgy is Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke and cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a total dude flick. I can’t figure out why chicks will go see it. If you’re a chick please let me know. This movie not only stars Sylvester Stallone, but he also directs it. Sylvester Stallone gives us what we want as guys to see in this film, action, action, violence, humor, hot chick, cool car, action, action, and uh, oh yeah, more action! The plot is simple; a team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. The cast is great for this type of movie, everyone has their part and they play it well. My favorite “expendables” were Jet Li cause he was unexpectedly funny in this film, Terry Crews, cause he had the best relationship with his awesome weapon, and Mickey Rourke cause he was Yoda like to Sylvester Stallone’s character. This movie was very violent, and I liked it, cause it should be. There is a lot of great gunfights and explosions, even a cool card chase, but there are also some great hand-to-hand fights too. One of which will give wrestling fans a action chub when the to former wrestling/fighting stars Randy Couture and Steve Austin go at it. This movie was a lot of fun, it’s kinda like watching an old circus of the stars show, when it didn’t suck! If only it could have had Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wesley Snipes and the legendary Chuck Norris! I’ve heard rumors that a couple of these guys were offered a part. Who knows maybe they will show up in the sequel? The Expendables is a perfect popcorn movie. Have fun, I did.

The second film I saw during my short two-movie marathon was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin and Anna Kendrick. Its a movie based on a graphic novel / comic book. Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart. I knew this movie would be funny, but not as extremely funny as it turned out to be. Not only was this movie intelligently funny, its very witty, sharp and fast paced with lots of pop culture references and style. This may be one of the funniest movies I’ve seen all year. The chemistry between Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead was very charming, but the best chemistry and dialog in my opinion was between Scott Pilgrim, his gay roommate, and Scott’s band mates. This movie had a video game theme to it especially when the fight scenes start up. Speaking of the fight scenes, they were very entertaining and clever. There are some funny cameos including when the seven evil exes start to show up to challenge Scott Pilgrim. This movie falls under the “do yourself a favor and go see it” category.

What a good day at the movies. I hope you guys see a fraction of the movies I do. But hey, if you don’t, that’s why I do what I do, so you don’t have too. Rock on movie peeps, and stay tuned for more move adventures!

–          Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  104

  • February        2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 11
17
Aug
10

The Other Guys / Step Up 3D / Ramona and Beezus / Twelve

The Other Guys / Step Up 3D / Ramona and Beezus / Twelve

I wanted to give a quick thanks to my loyal Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man blog readers. I appreciate the feedback and insight that you guys provide. I’m doing this yearlong movie marathon experiment for fun and I’m having fun sharing it with you. I’ve passed the half way mark and I can’t wait to finish out the rest of the year. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart. Ok now onto the movies bitches!

Saturday August 7th, 2010

Today was a good movie day. I got in a 6-movie marathon. Four of the movies were new movies and the other two movies were ones I really wanted to see gain on the big screen.

The first film of the day started at 9:35 am. That movie was Twelve (2010) starring Chace Crawford, Rory Culkin, 50 Cent, Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts niece) and Kiefer Sutherland (Narrator’s voice). This movie is about a young drug dealer (played by Chace Crawford) watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. What surprised me the most was that Joel Schumacher directed this film. Joel’s best known for his 8o’s flicks he directed like D.C. Cab (1983), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987). He’s also known for fucking up the Batman movies he directed in the 90’s like Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Although I did kind of like Batman Forever. As for twelve, it was a depressing film with a tragic youth message. The acting was good in parts especially with Emma Roberts. I did find myself riveted to the screen wondering which characters in the movie were going to meet certain doom.

The second film of the day was much more fun and uplifting. I needed this after the downer I sat through with the previous film. This was the family film Ramona and Beezus (2010) starring Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel. This movie is based on Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series that follows the misadventures of young over active imagination grade school girl Ramona Quimby and the effect it has on her older sister Beezus and her family. This was a sweet and funny film. The supporting cast of adults was my favorite part of the film. The relationship between Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Duhamel was a lot of fun to watch. This movie is appealing to adults so they wont be in a holding pattern and having to watching their kids enjoy the movie without them.

The third film I saw today was Step Up 3D (2010) starring Adam G. Sevani, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson and Alyson Stoner. This movie is about group of New York City street dancers who team up with NYU freshman and find themselves competing against the world’s best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown. Ok, I don’t know what it is about these dance films, but I like them, I honestly do. I’m a little embarrassed to say so, but they are a lot o fun. I can’t explain it. But I’ve seen just about all of them including Save the Last Dance (2001), Step Up (2006) And Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) and even the Wayan’s brothers directed and produced dance spoof movie Dance Flick (2009). The cool thing about this movie is that they got very creative with the 3D twist. There weren’t a lot of cheesy typical 3D effects. They got creative with colors, dance moves, sets and other objects and props that added to the visual fun of watching this movie in 3D. This movie is also family friendly with predictable love interests, rivals etc. There is a fun dance tribute routine to Fred Astaire and his style done by two of the two youngest and talented dance stars of the movie Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stoner. Another fun thing about seeing this film was how involved the crowd was while watching it. I saw a girl busting a dance move in the isle next to her seat. There was much applause from the audience after certain dance routines. I myself got caught up in the excitement and put my hands together after a few of these scenes. If this isn’t your type of move, check out this 3D movie for some fun. If you walk out of this film hating it, then you’ll need to check yourself cause you might be evil.

The next two movies I saw were Predators (2010) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010). Both of these movies were fun to see on the big screen again for different reasons. Predators (2010) gave me some action Sci-fi violence that I needed and is also a great follow-up to the original Predator (1987). The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) was so much fun the first time around due to the humor, special effects and the relationship between the Sorcerer and his apprentice it was worth another visit to the silver screen on this one.

The 6th and final film of the marathon I saw was The Other Guys (2010) starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Keaton, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes. Its about two mismatched New York City detectives who seize an opportunity to step up like the city’s top cops whom they idolize, but…. well you can guess the rest. This movie was hilarious! Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg nailed the lead roles as the two mismatched partners especially Will Ferrell who was very funny as the by the book, “prefers the desk to the streets” nerdy cop role. However the big scene-stealer for me was the very funny role as the police captain played by Michael Keaton. There was a very funny ongoing joke involving his character quoting lines form the pop group TLC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TLC_(band. Even Mark Wahlberg was funny, I was curious before the film if he was the one that would drag this film down. But no, he played off Will Ferrell well and the two were a good comedy team. This movie was paced well and had a great combination of comedy and action. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson played the alpha male hero movie cops to the tee and their characters set up the story of “other guys” and their miss-adventures. Very funny film, its nice to see Will Ferrell bounce back from his last film, the crappy Land of the Lost (2009) remake.

Up next: The Expendables (2010) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Stay tuned movie peeps! – Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  102

  • February         2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 9
12
Aug
10

71: Into the Fire / Dinner for Schmucks / Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

71: Into the Fire / Dinner for Schmucks / Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Don’t worry fans, my yearlong Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man experiments still continues. It has been over two weeks since my last movie blog post. My personal life has need some extra attention as of late, but not to worry I’ve still been watching movies. So lets get caught up!

Friday July 30th 10am

On the last weekend of July I did a quick 2-movie marathon before my late shift at work. The first movie I saw was Dinner for Schmucks (2010) starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Lucy Punch, Bruce Greenwood and Ron Livingston. Its about a rising executive played by Paul Rudd who he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, but as he questions it when he’s invited, he befriends a man (played by Steve Carell) who would be the perfect guest. This move was funny, however with the comedic star power of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd I did expect those two guys to be funnier than they were. Most of the laughs for me came from the supporting cast members. The hobby that Steve Carell’s character has with dead mice and taxidermy was interestingly and creepy funny. Lucy Punch nailed the scene stealing parts of the stalking ex-girl friend of Paul Rudd’s character. I believe this movie is a textbook case that shows how the supporting cast can outshined the main stars. Supporting characters played by, Zach Galifianakis and Jemaine Clement confirmed my stance. The actual dinner for the “Schmucks” at the end of the movie is the highlight of the film. Its then you realize who the actual schmucks are.

The second film I saw today was the family film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010) 3D starring Chris O’Donnell and Fred Armisen as the humans and the cat and dog voice talents of James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Roger Moore (Tab Lazenby), Michael Clarke Duncan and Katt Williams. This movie is about the ongoing war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest. I’ll say straight up that this film will appeal mostly to kids. However since most adults are pet owners like myself, there are some funny parts that we can enjoy. The film uses real dog and cat animal actors mixed with computer-generated effects. I saw the film in 3D, and its not a must see in this dimension. A 2D visit to this film will suit you just fine. I did not take notice of the voice talent of this film prior to me seeing this film cause I like to see if I can figure it out during the film. I figured a few out, but some I didn’t get till I read the closing credits. The one humorous notes I thought I would share with you about this film is that Nick Nolte’s voiced the alpha dog “Butch” in this movie. His dog character looked allot like he does. What do you think? He looks better than his old mug shot, that’s for sure.

 

Monday August 2nd

Today I did a 3-movie marathon. I did intend see more movies today but the last film I saw which is the main reason I came to the movies today, hit me emotionally and I couldn’t stay inside anymore. Before I get to that I’ll mention the two movies I’ve already seen but wanted to see again on the big screen. The first movie I saw today was the converted IMAX theater showing of Inception (2010). I went to the 10am showing. Like I’ve said before although I don’t consider this a “real” IMAX screen I will say I’m impressed with the sound system. Although Inception is visual thrill ride, the sound effects and music really make this movie entertaining. The second film I saw today was Salt (2010). This action thriller starring Angelina Jolie is worth seeing twice. C’mon, hot chick-kicking ass with a great supporting cast? You do the math.

 

Ok now on to the reason why I came to the movies today. This AMC Theater was only one of two theaters in the state of Georgia playing this movie. Also this movie was only playing in 6-8 cities in the USA. The movie I’m speaking of is the South Korean film 71: Into the Fire (2010) aka: “Into the Gunfire” is based on the true story of 71 South Korean students who fight hundreds of North Korean soldiers in front of a girls middle school on June 25, 1950 during the Korean War. This movie is wonderfully acted by everyone in this film. It showes the horror and heroic actions of the Korean War conflict through great emotion, hurmor, action and drama. The battle scenes were visually and emotionally charged. I remember learning a little about the Korean War when I was a kid, but unfortunatly not enough. It’s a forgotton war in most of the American History books that is not often tought to kids now a days. I found out about this film looking at the movie shedule at this theater online. When I did my research on this film, I knew I had to see it.

When I walked into the theater I scanned the theater to see who was wathing this film too. I saw about seven elderly Korean American movie patrons who had already taken their seats. When I saw this I knew there was a side story here. I sat in front of them a few rows ahead. During the movie I would look back to see their reactions to many of the emotional scenes during the film. I saw many tears being wiped off cheeks. As the film credits begin to roll at the end of the film I was about to stand up. I stayed seated because everyone behind did the same thing. At the end of the credits everyone started to stand up and leave the theater. There were three Korean Americans (two men and one woman) that were sitting nearest me. I decided it was these three I would talk too. I followed them out of the theater and into the lobby hallway and ask them how they found out about this movie. One of the men told me that he read about it in his Korean newspaper. I told them about my movie hobby and my fasination of South Korean films in the last decade. I also asked them about this movie and the historic event it covered. The woman told me this was a very famous story and they they all lived in South Korea during this time. I thanked them for their time and for answering my questions. They were very friendly and bid be farwell. 71: Into the Fire is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. Please check it out. For more information on the film and actors check out this link: http://asianmediawiki.com/71:_Into_the_FirDo ye

 

One of my favorite Korean films of all time is “Shiri”(English title) aka: Swiri (1999). It stars the very beautiful and talented actress Yunjin Kim who also played Sun Kwon on the very popular TV show: “Lost”. This movie is slick, stylish and has great action. Do yourself a favor and check out more Korean action dramas. It is good stuff. Trust me. It’s a nice break from the formulaic American made films.

– Spartan Phoenix