April 19, 2005

Pick of the Week.

There are a few contenders for the title of Pick of the Week. But, as well all know, there can be only one. The film that stands tall at the top of the mountain is House of Flying Daggers. It was the second film unleashed to American screens within a year by director Zhang Yimou. The first was Oscar nominee (in 2003), Hero. Both of them rank up there as some of the most beautiful films to look at. Some people have shrugged them off as just another kung fu click, but they are much more than that.

House of Flying Daggers is a film filled with political intrigue that is, in part, moved forward by a love triangle. This is a fantastic film, it does sway into the melodrama at times, but it works. The fight sequences are beautifully choreographed, there is some great acting.

Words are escaping me at the moment, as they have had a habit of doing lately. But what can say is that this is an incredible film, that even non martial arts fans can enjoy. Zhang Yimou is a master of using the color palette on the big screen, simply incredible.

Other titles to look for:
  • Dynasty: Season 1. Not really my cup of tea, but I know a lot of you have been aching for this day.
  • The Errol Flynn Signature Collection. I have always wanted to see more of Flynn's films than just Robin Hood. This set has five films, two of which I've really wanted to see, The Sea Hawk, and Captain Blood. It also has, They Died with Their Boots On, Dodge City, and The Secret Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. There is also a new documentary on Flynn.
  • Hanzo the Razor. I have heard that is a pretty crazy trio of films starring the same guy who played Zatoichi. Sign me up.
  • Meet the Fockers. This was fun, but the biggest comedy in the world? Please.
  • Primer. A new take on the time travel film? Count me in. I've heard good things about this one.
  • That 70's Show: Season 2. Back when it was still good. This show is goofy fun.
  • The White Dragon. Not sure what this is about, but it was directed by Wilson Yip, and costars Cecelia Cheung so it can't be too bad.
  • xXx: Uncensored Unrated Director's Cut. Not sure if I'm going to bother with this, but I did enjoy the movie.

That's it for this week, I hope you find something you like.

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