Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom

"Forbidden Kingdom"
- In "Forbidden Kingdom," American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano, "Black Irish"), who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kungfu classics, finds an antique Chinese staff in a pawn shop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King (Jet Li). With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China. There, he meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan); an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk (Jet Li); and a vengeance-bent kungfu beauty, Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei), who lead him on his quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King - imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of Jade Warriors, Cult Killers and the deadly White Hair Demoness, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing), Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu, and thus frees himself.

STARRING: Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano
DIRECTOR: Rob Minkoff
STUDIO: Lionsgate

Funny Games

Michael Haneke (Caché) remakes his own 1997 French horror-thriller, "Funny Games," (into English), about two psychopaths who kidnap a mother, father and son in their vacation cabin and make them play sadistic games with each other.

STARRING: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Boyd Gaines, Siobhan Fallon
DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke
STUDIO: Warner Independent Pictures
RATING: R (For language, violence, adult situations)

Fool's Gold

Another movie that expected to launch this february...
"Fool's Gold" - Ben "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is an affable, modern-day treasure hunter who is obsessed with finding the legendary 18th century Queen's Dowry--40 chests of priceless treasure that was lost at sea in 1715. In his quest, Finn has sunk everything he has, including his marriage to Tess (Kate Hudson). Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the treasure's whereabouts. Much to Tess' consternation, Finn maneuvers himself aboard Nigel's yacht and, using his roguish charm, convinces the tycoon and his celebutante daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena), to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish riches. Even Tess can't resist the lure of finally uncovering the treasure that had eluded them for so long. But they are not the only ones after the prize. Finn's one-time mentor, Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone), and a ruthless local gangster named Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart) are intent on beating Finn to the trove. Let the treasure hunt begin...The romantic comedy adventure "Fool's Gold" was directed by Andy Tennant, who broke records at the box office with the comedy "Hitch." The film also reunites Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, who had previously teamed on the romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days."Sounds like a combo of "How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days" and "Sahara," two Matthew McConaughey box office bombs. When will the sexiest man alive get a great movie? Well, maybe never. Certainly not with "Fool's Gold." Because Matthew McConaughey is not a great actor. And "Fool's Gold" is one of the most foolish movies in recent memory.
STARRING: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner
DIRECTOR: Andy Tennant
STUDIO: Warner Bros.

Spring Waltz...Lost Without Your Love

Last week my favorite koreanovela ends, of course most of the love story ends with an happy ending, what I liked about the movie was the story, and its soundtrack, I love their soundtrack every time the song played (mostly in instrumental). It is originally sung by “The Bread” though they translate it into their own language (Korean) I love Song very much. “Lost Without Your Love” I dedicate this song to my one and only love of a lifetime…

Lost Without Your Love
Lost and all alone
I always thought that I could make it on my own
Since you left I hardly make it through the day
My tears get in the way
And I need you back to stay
I wander through the night
And search the world to find
The words to make it right
All I want is just the way it used to be
With you here close to me
Ive got to make you see
That Im lost without your love
Life without you isnt worth the trouble of
Im as helpless as a ship without a wheel
A touch without a feel
I cant believe its real...
And someday soon Ill wake
And find my heart wont have to break
Yes Im lost without your love
Life without you isnt worth the trouble of
All I want is just the way it used to be
I need you here with me
Oh darlin cant you see...
If we had love before
We can have it back once more


"Spiral" - In "Spiral" a reclusive telemarketer has only one semblance of a friend: His telecommuter boss. But the telemarketer's social circle seems to improve greatly when a whimsical co-worker enters his life. Only, as he begins to sketch his new friend's portrait, disturbing "voices" from the phone man's past threaten to lead him into a network of destruction.

STARRING: Amber Tamblyn, Joel Moore, Zachary Levi, Tricia Helfer, David Muller, Annie NealDIRECTORS: Adam Green and Joel Moore

"The Eye"

"The Eye" - Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is an accomplished, independent, Los Angeles-based concert violinist. She is also blind, and has been so since a childhood tragedy. As our story opens, Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, a surgery she has waited her whole life to have, and her sight is restored. After the surgery, neural ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Faulkner (Alessandro Nivola) helps Sydney with the difficult adjustment, and with the support of her older sister Helen (Parker Posey), Sydney learns to see again. But Sydney's happiness is short-lived as unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a passing aftermath of her surgery, Sydney's mind adjusting to sight, a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney's family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, Sydney is soon convinced that her anonymous eye donor has somehow opened the door to a terrifying world only she can now see.

"The Eye" is a bone-chilling supernatural thriller that tests the boundaries of perception and reality.
STARRING: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Francois Chau, Tamlyn Tomita

DIRECTORS: David Moreau, Xavier Palud

"When Did You Last See Your Father?"

"When Did You Last See Your Father?" - Arthur Morrison (Jim Broadbent), and his wife Kim (Juliet Stevenson), are GPs in the same medical practice in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They have two children, Gillian (Claire Skinner), and her older brother Blake (Colin Firth), from whose perspective the story is told. Blake is 40, married with two children, an established author, and having to face the fact that his father is terminally ill. The film opens during a summer bank holiday family trip in the late 1950s. Arthur hits the hard shoulder to skip a long queue of traffic at a car racing event, and eight year old Blake, and the rest of the family, are crippled with embarrassment. It's the first of many flashbacks that illustrate Arthur's bluff attitude to life and his pride in getting something for nothing. These childhood episodes also introduce Beaty (Sarah Lancashire) and her daughter, Josie. It soon becomes clear that Beaty and Arthur are more than just friends and that Josie is potentially Arthur's child. Adult Blake strives to find out the truth about Josie, and in doing so uncovers the interesting parameters of his father's marriage. The essence of this father and son relationship is further expressed through flashbacks to Blake's teens - a family holiday, a fumbled affair with the au pair - where the awkward and introverted Blake is constantly crushed by his father's flirtatious ways and need to be the centre of attention. There are happy and tender memories too; of Arthur teaching Blake to drive, a camping trip in the rain, and Arthur saying goodbye to Blake as he leaves for university. In the present it becomes clear that Arthur still dominates his grown-up son, a dynamic to which Blake is resigned much to his wife, Kathy's (Gina McKee) annoyance. But when he and his family confront the reality of Arthur's cancer, Blake is forced to reconcile himself with the past. Blake's recollections are interspersed with heart-rending and often uncompromising scenes of Arthur's decline and submission to the disease that is killing him. It is ironic that Arthur's battle with his failing health is paralleled by Blake's struggle to come to terms with their relationship but there's a human inevitability here we can all identify with. It is only after Arthur's death; only when the tears come, that Blake is finally able to make peace with his memories.

STARRING: Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson, Gina Mckee

DIRECTOR: Anand Tucker