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17 Jul 2019 22:36:52
Top Ten Worst Movies I've Seen:

10 - Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.

At university having student discount meant seeing a lot of films. Some of us formed a cinema club. We'd go see a couple of films a week and take it in turns to suggest a film. One weekend this was the suggested film. I'll admit I've not seen it since so my memories of it are coloured by just one viewing many years ago. But it was bad. Very little suspense, no moments to make you jump. Poor writing, poor acting, poor direction, poor script, poor story. Just bad. Best to be avoided.

9 - Oliver.

I like a good musical. This isn't one. I'll admit like most grown-ups I dislike Dickens from having been forced to read them at school. They are very dated books that when adapted must stick close to the source period. They can't be modernised like several of the Shakespeare plays can and indeed have been. That said Dickens was a great campaigner for social reform and books like Oliver were at the forefront of that. However, I think it's a very poor choice to be turned into a musical. It's a grim subject matter, with the cruelty of mid-19th orphanages, children being turned in criminals in a form of slavery, the murder of Nancy and the general vileness of Fagin and Bill Sykes. Yet we have cheery cute kids singing cheery cute songs. Just a no from me. Most of the songs are poor. Acting's of variable quality. But I mainly dislike it for the way the subject matter is trivialised.

8 - Oceans 12.

The first film was a good crime caper with an ensemble cast. This is the difficult second movie. You can tell the cast are all good friends as there seems to be very little acting going on, just guys who like each other hanging out. what turns it into a bad film though is the sloppy writing, the near lack of plot, the fact that they are all so matey and then the elephant in room. With half of the gang in prison and the time ticking to pull off the latest heist the entire plan is 'lets bring in Danny Oceans wife Tess and have her pretend to be Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts because she looks just like her. ' Considering as Tess is played by one Julia Roberts indeed there's an uncannot resemblance. That's it, that's the entire plan. Lazy terrible writing. Add to that a cameo from Bruce Willis who clearly looks bemused by the whole affair and it just drags what could've been a middling but entertaining film into an experience that just derails the whole movie.

7 - Catwoman.

Awful film, awfully made, awfully written. Nothing redeeming about it at all. How Halle Berry ever won an Oscar is beyond me. Totally over-rated actress. It won something like 4 Golden Raspberries. Tells you all you need to know about this film.

6 - Batman and Robin.

The film that effectively killed the franchise until the Nolan reboot. This film ended a few careers. Clooney was a risk as Batman and so it proved. Whilst he was one of the few to go on to have a career at the top in Hollywood, he just wasn't convincing as either the Bat or Bruce Wayne. It was a cartoon and a merchandise seller before anything else. At this point the franchise had ran out of steam and needed a rest before going back to its roots. Its difficult to give any single reason why its so bad, it just has to be watched to be believed.

5 - The Force Awakens.

Its just a remake of A New Hope. And not even a good one at that. Desert Planet. Check. Orphan with tech skills and able to pilot. Check. A child friendly droid with top secret information which is plans for a superweapon. Check. Superweapon is a planet sized planet killer. Check. Its worrying when the best character in it is the aforementioned droid. Both Finn and Poe had potential (sadly squandered in the follow up) . Rey came across as annoying and smug. Can suddenly do everything she attempts. Sure, people draw parallels with Luke and even Anakin, but they also made errors and got things wrong along the way. Rey's just Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. Even the fight at the end is ludicrous. Never held a lightsaber before but goes toe to toe with someone who's been trained since a young age.

4 - Pearl Harbor.

No how not to make a war film as my history lecturer said. The good points. The effects of the attack were good. It looked good. Kate Beckinsale. The bad points. The wooden acting. The lengthy run time. The whole final act. In short there's a love triangle between nurse Kate Beckinsale and two pilots. One goes off to fight in the Battle of Britain, singlehandedly winning it or something like that but then is killed. Kate and his grieving buddy then fall for each other only for the dead guy to turn up alive. On finding out his buddy and his girl have been getting it on he's not happy but then the Japanese show up. As I said the raid portion is good. Then the film goes off on a tangent. In order for a domestic audience to leave the cinema feeling happy they tacked on an extra hour or so (honestly it felt longer) that's effectively a mini movie in a movie, which shows the American response to the raid by conducting a raid of their won. The Doolittle raid. Something that had no military impact at all but was a propaganda boost for the Americans. Our two feuding heroes both sign up. Despite being single engine pilots they're both able to become twin engine bomber pilots in what seems like days and then learn to fly bombers of an aircraft carrier. Something most said couldn't be done and took some skill from some of the best pilots America could find. Now pilots did switch from fighters to bombers, or vice versa, but it did take months of training, and that's without practicing short take offs necessary to launch form an aircraft carrier. So personally, its stretching credulity a bit far. Of course, they also need to wrap up the love triangle and rather than leaving it to the woman to choose who she wants they decide to kill one of the guys off, conveniently in the others arms so he can make the other promise to look after Kate. Its long, its contrived and by the time the ending comes it's gotten boring.

3 - The Greatest Showman.

I got talked into seeing this because of all the hype. 'everyone says it's really good. ' Well it isn't. There's very little story. It just consists of Barnum being an idiot or upsetting someone or having another daft scheme which only serves to link into a song. Of course, it's a musical, the songs are the main point. But the linking scenes usually exist to drive the plot, give exposition. Here there all just set up for the songs. Which wouldn't be so bad if the songs are any good. But they aren't. Far from it. Most of them are forgettable. Same as most of the cast. The freak acts are brought in then never developed, they just come in and are forgotten as Barnum flits to his latest project. Now that may or may not have been true to life, but it just seemed hurried in the film. And they just accepted it quietly and walked off singing another forgettable number. Over-rated and disappointing.

2 - The Lady in the Van.

Another I was talked into seeing. 'It's Alan Bennett it'll be good. ' I've never been so bored during a film. Nothing happens. There is no story. A woman parks a van on his drive, and he doesn't move her off. She stays there for 15 years. That's it. Avoid like the plague. In fact, given the choice of sitting through this again or the plague pass me the chicken soup.

1 - The Last Jedi

What else could it have been? The film that killed Star Wars. Honestly its that bad. The potential of Poe and Fin is thrown away. New character Rose botches every job she's given and when Finn finally has something worthwhile to do and goes to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the resistance, she manages to scupper that for him. What they do with Luke was totally against character. They kill Ackbar off only to replace him with one of the worst characters I've ever seen in a movie, who then goes to do something that would've worked well better with a familiar character and fan favourite like Ackbar. Plus, also with Ackbar doing the suicide hyperdrive run he could have used his most famous line. Check out the How it should've ended parody, well worth 5 minutes of your time. The whole story is lame. The effects aren't that great. The acting is patchy (although same can be said for the rest of the films) . Truly terrible and leaves a lot for the rest film to recover. Disney should've had the balls to pull it, refilm it and release it. They'd have picked the costs back up easy enough.

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18 Jul 2019 18:24:47
I agree with 3 of them, because I haven't watch the other 7 yet.

If I were to do my own list, I would do it by genres; there are loads of crap movies I couldn't list just 10 of them.

19 Jul 2019 15:31:11
The Sphere.

I still have no bloody idea what it was about.

19 Jul 2019 16:51:13
To be honest I had to try an keep it down to just 10 so I picked ones I'd seen that really bugged me.

20 Jul 2019 08:42:04
Open water is also a terrible film, but there are a whole host of terrible films out there, mainly spin offs and reboots that are just made to generate cash.

 

 

15 Jul 2019 11:38:07
Ed001 noticed further down the page you had a list of your top 10 crap actors, what would be your top 5 favourite/ best actors?

I like pretty much anything with RDJ in it as think he comes across well, also really like a Denzel movie although his last few have lacked a bit.

1 - RDJ
2 - Leo di caprio
3 - Adam Sandler
4 - Liam Neeson before he sold out
5 - Al Pacino/ de Niro young.

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea who RDJ is. That has left me completely blank as I am sure I should know who that is! I am never good with figuring out initials.

I am intending to do a top 10 of favourites, though it will be heavily dominated by martial arts actors as I love martial arts films. I can guarantee there will be no Adam Sandler in it as I can't stand him or his films. He should have stopped with Happy Gilmore as he is just doing the same thing on repeat ever since!!}

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15 Jul 2019 13:07:41
Robert Downey junior thought his portrayal of a black man in tropic thunder was oscar worthy

{Ed001's Note - great actor I agree.}

16 Jul 2019 01:30:02
Tropic Thunder is an awesome movie. Agree that I enjoyed that Downey Jr character the most, or maybe second to Jack Black.

16 Jul 2019 07:26:33
Hainan Jack black was pretty hilarious in it too, think the fat tom cruise just played up to Tom's ego

16 Jul 2019 09:18:57
Think of it again, every single main character in it stood out. Hillarious!

20 Jul 2019 20:19:35
Adam Sandler is an awful actor. To me he falls under the same category as Keeanu Reeves, except Keeanu is less annoying.

Personally I look for actors that can play various roles. Di Caprio is a good example of this. Even his rubbish movies have had standout performances from him. Stephen Graham is another guy who can play just about any type of character. His portraile of Al Capone in Broadwalk Empire is award winning, considering he's a scouser, his accents are incredibly good.

03 Jul 2019 16:14:22
Ed001 if you've got a spare 20 seconds youtube Donnie yen bottle cap challenge.

{Ed001's Note - I just looked quick, I have seen that before, lots of them on the net from various martial artists. Looks great when it comes off like, but I always wonder how many attempts it took!}

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03 Jul 2019 16:30:28
Yeah but wouldn't have thought Donnie would need many attempts

{Ed001's Note - true, you would think he would be capable and someone like Jet Li as well.}

03 Jul 2019 16:34:11
That's pretty cool. It's like the one where you're putting out a flame with a straight right hand punch.

03 Jul 2019 20:42:38
That's so cool.

I found another video, but with other celebs doing the same stuff. The moment McGregor came out, I just stopped watching it. I really can't stand watching that guy.

{Ed001's Note - that is a good reason to stop watching anything. The guy is a prick.}

 

 

01 Jul 2019 16:13:39
Top 10 Rappers Turned Actors


These days it is normal to see rappers everywhere on TV and in movies. There is even a TV show with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart of all things. Nowadays it seems to be as normal for actors to turns to rapping, but I am not going to include Drake and his ilk. This is those who were rappers first and then became actors, though I have not bothered with the obvious one, Will Smith, as he was more of a comedy act than a rapper before turning to comedy acting. That is not meant to be an insult, as his music was fun, before he grew up and lost Jazzy Jeff, who was the real musician of the two.



10. Ice-T

You can't discuss the old school rap without Ice-T being involved in some respect. His track 6 'N The Morning was one of the inspirations for NWA and he was one of the first 'gangsta rappers'. While he missed out on a role in Colors, instead providing the title track for the film, he finally made a breakthrough in the classic movie New Jack City. Since then he has rarely picked up good roles but his acting talents are clearly limited. He does deserve respect as a trailblazer for rap as well as rappers moving into acting.



9. Ludacris

His acting career is a bit like his rapping, big on earnings but lacking in substance. Roles in the Fast and Furious movies have kept him in the public eye but he never seems to make a bigger step into better, more challenging roles. Difficult to know if he can actually act or not as no one really has to do any of that in those films.



8. LL Cool J

One of the first rappers to break into the mainstream with his music and also with his acting. 'Ladies Love Cool James' has become very well established as an actor these days on TV and in film, though he has never reached the point where he has become a star lead in a film, unlike his music.



7. Eve

In the days before female rappers just sold purely on their looks and rapping about sexuality, there were rappers like Eve, who, mostly, had something to say. Though I am sure the fact she is good looking helped her career, it was not about showing the most flesh, it was about telling stories with her rhymes. She has not really broken into the mainstream as an actor, but she has had a fair few roles and, like with her rapping, has shown she is more than just a pretty face.



6. Method Man

The Wu-Tang Clan were a phenomenon in rap and Meth was the face of the Clan to most people. He then went on to massive success in a duo with Redman, before breaking into acting, though not with the same degree of success. Or even close to it. He just beat out Rza, also of Wu-Tang, who mainly is involved with making the kind of martial arts movies that gave the group their name.



5. 50 Cent

Somehow this guy made it huge, though he can barely speak or rap properly, his first album was one of the biggest debuts of all time. While he quickly faded into the background musically, he has never made it out of the background in acting, as he lacks any discernable talent for that either. He is mostly in the kind of B-movies that would have gone straight to video in the old days.



4. DMX

For a short period he was the biggest star in rap, blazing a trail and standing out above others in his crew, such as Eve, who he brought through to prominence. A series of films, mainly martial arts, for a while saw his star rising in movies too before his addiction issues destroyed his career.



3. Common

He seems to be someone who has become better known for his acting than his rapping, where he started out under the name of Common Sense, before dropping the Sense. Presumably because having sense ruins any chances of a career in Hollywood. Never seems to be the lead but tends to have a major role in almost everything I watch, or so it seems.



2. Queen Latifah

She deserved the apellation of Queen for her part in the early days of rap, when she took charge of her Flavor Unit records, as well as making music. She has since moved into acting with a similar degree of success. Never the biggest star but always making her own path, doing her own thing the way she wants to do it.



1. Ice Cube

One of the biggest stars in the rap game, a prolific writer who was the lead in NWA before splitting off and going solo and creating a huge career for himself, even if everything he has done since his first couple of albums is always going to get negatively compared to those early days. First appeared in the classic movie Boyz N Tha Hood and since then he has become a well known face in Hollywood films as well as writing, directing and producing his own stuff too.

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01 Jul 2019 17:12:36
Method Man is in The Wire and his greatest scene is the following.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rWuJ3eD6Qc
I loved to hate Cheese in the Wire, so that means he did a bloody good job acting his part.

{Ed001's Note - I know he has had a few parts but it is not the same league as he was in musically. He would be leading major Hollywood movies if he had made the same level as an actor.}

01 Jul 2019 17:19:41
To be fair Ed, his acting in The Wire was very good, but that's because he basically played himself from the 90s.

{Ed001's Note - I wasn't having a dig at him mate, it was more just pointing out how huge his success was in rap.}

01 Jul 2019 22:54:37
This is a good list Ed01.

I only remembered watching DMX in one film though. It has Jet Li in it, if I'm not mistaken. Forgot the title, but I felt it was quite embarassing for him given how tiny his role was in that film.

I like Ice Cube, especially in his comedy films. He's a bit different compared to other black actors in comedies; stone cold bad-ass. But it works really well in those comedies, IMO.

{Ed001's Note - DMX was in a few with Segal as well as a couple with Jet Li.}

02 Jul 2019 05:06:11
Sorry I got mix-up Ja Rule with DMX. Ja Rule wasn't even in any Jet Li films. I remember now, it was Steven Seagal's, not Jet Li's.

{Ed001's Note - oh yes Ja Rule was a DMX copy, so easy mistake to make.}

02 Jul 2019 14:49:32
I know you're not having a dig Ed, I was just stating that he was good in The Wire, because he basically played himself from the 90s. I was the one having a dig xD lol.

{Ed001's Note - isn't that pretty much what everyone did in that show?}

02 Jul 2019 18:14:43
Without going into a 6million word essay, some of them did more or less play themselves. However, a lot of the cast were British, Irish or raised in Britain. Such as Dominic West(JimmyMcNulty) Idris Elba(Russell "Stringer" Bell) Aiden Gillen(Mayor Tommy Carcetti), Michael Hyatt(Brianna Barksdale) and Clarke Peters(Lester Freamon) who has lived in England most of his life.

{Ed001's Note - I was kidding mate.}

02 Jul 2019 20:02:13
Yeah a lot of the "street" actors just played themselves but that gave it more authenticity. It still remains the best tv series made.

02 Jul 2019 22:08:14
We should probably get back on topic Mort, before we both write pages upon pages of what makes that show so good.

So on topic, didn't Xzibit do a couple of movies? I know he did "pimp my ride" and a ton of memes came out from it. Such as this one.
[img]https://i.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/000/048/800px-Sup_dawg.jpg[/img]

03 Jul 2019 16:19:53
The only ll cool j film I can think of is the one with a shark in where he plays the chef. He was actually the best actor in it.

{Ed001's Note - The Hard Way as well - Michael J Fox led it I think. Old film now and one of his first. He has done a few others as well but I can't think of them. Deep Blue Sea was the shark one, just came to me then.}

03 Jul 2019 16:35:05
I've just realised who LL Cool Jay is, he's the guy from NCIS New Orleans, right?

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea, never seen it. I know him from when he was the rapper that made the Kangol hat cool.}

03 Jul 2019 17:02:27
That's it Deep Blue Sea. Entertaining B movie fodder watching idiots make dumb decisions. Your favourite actor Sam L. J. makes a small appearance, you could say a bite size cameo.

And yeah ll cool j is in one of the ncis series, think its L.A. but they all pop up in the other series as well usually when they launch a new franchise. CSI used to do the same, have a cross over case to launch the new show.

29 Jun 2019 10:26:07
Toy Story 4

It carries on from the third movie, where Woody and friends are given by Andy to Bonnie. Soon after, Bonnie started to not to play with Woody as often.

I'm going to cut it short here; then Bonnie have a new favourite toy, Forky (he's made out of a disposable fork), and then Woody is in an adventure to save Forky to bring him back to Bonnie.

This film is totally full of wits and laughs; there were loads of adults in the hall and I could hear them laugh throughout. And I was laughing too. And grinning, and smiling. Such a charming and heartwarming film.

This time around, the film ends like it's really concluding the Toy Story films. Pixar rarely dissappoint me. This easily becomes one of the best animation films in my list.

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22 Jun 2019 23:58:04
24 Hours to Live:

Ethan Hawke stars as an assassin who works for a private contractor and is mourning for the loss of his family. He's persuaded to return for another mission, but got himself killed. He has a certain vital information before he was shot, thus the company resurrected him temporarily to retrieve that information. After that, he went to retaliation mode againts his former employee and he has only 24 hours to do that before he dies, again.

That is pretty much the story, which I like.

There's a good amount of action and violence in it, which is nothing much to complain about. However, the plots and the dialogue aren't as good. The main bad guy here doesn't really feel like a bad-ass.

Most importantly, I enjoyed it. I would recommend based on the action, nothing much else. You can also just skip it though, as you won't be missing out much.

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23 Jun 2019 14:02:50
Your not really selling it there. Sounds like one for Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - is that the one with the guy who plays Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders as the best mate/traitor? If so it is an alright film but not one of Hawke's best. The main key is he is resurrected but the mechanism that brings him back only lasts 24 hours, hence the title. He literally has 24 hours to live and so decides to bring down the organisation who shafted him with those last hours.}

23 Jun 2019 18:16:01
For a moment i thought this was ethan hawke in predestination.

24 Jun 2019 10:47:07
Predestination is a great film, really enjoyed it.

25 Jun 2019 21:25:59
If you enjoyed predestination you might also like Primer, Coherence, Endless and Resolution. The primer director has another movie called upstream color which is evem more weirder.

28 Jun 2019 13:29:50
Nice one mate, are they of a similar ilk ?

01 Jul 2019 08:18:38
Endless is the sequel to resolution , both the movies are sci fi with traces of horror. Coherence and primer are pure sci fi movies.

21 Jun 2019 17:22:48
Top 10 Worst Male Actors

I have left out loads that barely register as actors, ones that are not getting lead roles in big movies, and limited this to ones who have, at some point in their career been what we would consider big stars. Oh and I left out Arnie as I don't think what he did could ever be considered acting! It does make me wonder just how good some of their films could have been if they had a decent actor taking their roles.



10. Tom Hanks

I have never understood how this guy has become such a big star. He simply does not know how to act. It is the same in every film, he is playing the same person each time. It is never even an interesting person, he just makes every scene he is in tedious to watch. Luckily he is not in many films that I watch.



9. John Travolta

Something about this man turns my stomach, I have no idea why, but I find his very presence in a film repugnant. There is something about him that makes my skin crawl and I suppose I am judging him on that rather than his acting.



8. Christian Bale

For some reason he has won awards, but I do not get it at all. His best performance was when half his face was hidden behind a mask as Batman, but he was god-awful during the Bruce Wayne scenes. I have heard he is a method actor, but his method is not working!



7. Keanu Reeves

Probably the most wooden actor of all, but at least he tends to limit his roles to those that require little more than a raised eyebrow. That is his saving grace from being much higher up the list, he seems to realise his huge limitations and try not to overtax himself.



6. Johnny Depp

A crap actor who makes crap films. I am just glad he makes so few movies I have even the slightest passing interest in watching. I just hope he keeps it that way!



5. Nic Cage

It's not what you know or how good you are, it is about who you know or, more correctly, who you are related to. Having Francis Ford Coppola has given him a very decent career, as he certainly has not got his roles on talent! He is like a paid driver in motorsport, he brings money to the production, so he will continue to get employment.



4. Paul Walker

I know you are not supposed to talk ill of the dead, but I was choosing the 10 actors I hate watching the most, so I was not going to miss him out just because he will not be making any more films. He was just a pretty, blonde Keanu Reeves.



3. Mark Wahlberg

It is said that men are shallow and that actresses are picked purely on their looks, but this list shows that male actors are just as much picked for the wrong reasons. Still it shows that a past of racially motivated violence is not a stop to a successful career, well not when you are good looking with a six-pack anyway.



2. Vin Diesel

I really do not get it. What does this guy offer? He is the modern day Arnie, with nothing other than an accent and a big build to bring to a role. Talent and charisma are clearly optional in Hollywood.



1. Jesse Eisenberg

Can someone explain to me what it is about him that gets him big roles, because I have no idea. His performance as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman is amongst the worst I have ever seen in any film. A truly terrible actor.

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21 Jun 2019 18:44:58
Yep agree with the top 3. Nic cage mid 90s was good, keanu in bill and ted, Johnny depp in fear and loathing not bad in them parts. The rest i agree with.
Christian bale is crap, don't see the hype, even as batman he was the worst thing about it, thankfully the stories and other actors made it good.

{Ed001's Note - I couldn't stand Cage at any time, did good films but he was terrible in them. Never seen fear and loathing but would have no interest in watching it if Depp is in it as I know it will be crap. I loved Bill and Ted but it was not exactly acting skill that made those films!}

21 Jun 2019 20:04:34
Yeah I suppose your right.
The film's qith nic cage, face off, con air, the rock, loved them all but admitedley they were good stories, or maybe just guilty pleasure films.

21 Jun 2019 20:06:58
they are good films, just in spite of him

22 Jun 2019 10:10:55
I would add Dwayne Johnson in it if it's a longer list. And maybe Jordan Peele too.

{Ed001's Note - first one I defo agree with but not sure on the second as I have only seen him in one film.}

22 Jun 2019 10:24:40
Yeah Ed. Come to think of it again, maybe it isn't fair as me too only seen Peele once in Keanu. He was so bad that I think he should just stick with making movies instead.

{Ed001's Note - it was a comedy and overacting is a part of that.}

22 Jun 2019 12:33:28
Similar if the list was longer perhaps others such as Kevin hart, Jason statham, Henry cavill and probably many more.

{Ed001's Note - there are certainly plenty to pick from that are crap!}

22 Jun 2019 14:22:55
Mid 90s Cage films were entertaining but despite him. I do enjoy most wahlberg films. And Statham ones. But I think its more that there action films and how much acting do you need in an action film?

A lot of others nominated also fall in the action category.

Two I'd like to put forward are Will Smith (always the same cocky arrogant character) and jim Carrey who just overacts, thinks he's funnier than he is and never knows when to stop.

Look forward to the actresses list Ed.

{Ed001's Note - I agree on the the first 3, the films are not the issue, they have done some good stuff but it doesn't mean they are talented.

Good point on Will Smith, but I don't tend to watch his films to be honest and the same with Jim Carrey as I can't stand him.}

22 Jun 2019 16:25:16
I would have to disagree on will Smith just because i think his performances in I am legend, pursuit of happiness, ali, concussion are actually very good with some real range and the odd heart wrenching team, then you have some of the more actiony ones as well like independence day, I robot, comedic roles like hitched and then a blend of both with men in black

{Ed001's Note - all of them films are dire, well except maybe Concussion as I haven't seen it.}

22 Jun 2019 16:51:27
Each to their own in terms of film, none of them are in my top list of films, although all mine of comic book based movies probably and the matrix ect but I think they are at least decent probably 5-7s in the random out of 10 numbering which I have just made up in my brain and has no measurable scale of course. However I still think there is enough in the performances there regardless of the quality of the films for him to avoid being in the worst category

22 Jun 2019 16:35:23
No I avoid Carrey unless he happens to be in something I want to see which is rare.

Will Smith has done some alright films. But lately I find he's becoming a caricature.

Cages' films were more down to help s co-stars and good writing not his acting. I find the same with Statham and Wahlberg.

Re Travolta I think its his eyes.

24 Jun 2019 14:39:15
I may be in the minority here but I like Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump is a good movie, and I like toy story (which is just his voice so maybe that helps) but I'd agree that he does play very similar roles, i.e. Captain Phillips and the one about the plane crash landing in the river (I forget the title) but again I enjoyed both movies.

25 Jun 2019 17:24:38
Cast Away was a good movie from Tom Hanks.

 

 

16 Jun 2019 19:53:06
I'm Probably late to the party on this one but just watched venom
I thought it was utter garbage. Bad acting and a bad script/ story.

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16 Jun 2019 22:14:57
I watched Venom with a friend, we both thought it was quite fun to watch. However I got really confused. I figured Venom was a villain, but in the movie he came across as a guy who was willing to at least try and be "good".

16 Jun 2019 22:18:04
You're not alone on that one, a superhero movie that belongs in 1990 even then it may be visually outmatched and isn't anywhere near blade. At least we got see she-venom I guess

16 Jun 2019 18:03:59
So Disney have plans to make a film of Knights of the Old Republic. Maybe even a trilogy.

I'd have been excited a decade ago. Even hoped there'd be an updated remake of the game.

But now given the mess that Disney have made of the sequel trilogy so far I'm more concerned than excited.

Also apparently there's a petition for Keanu Reeves to play Revan!

{Ed001's Note - wtf? Why Reeves?}

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16 Jun 2019 18:17:01
I've been trying to figure that out myself. Apparently it would be cool to see him in Star Wars. Baffled personally.

I know most of the time Revans wondering around looking confused and vacant because of the amnesia caused by the mind wipe so Reeves could excel at that as its the only facial expression he has.

But as the greatest warrior in the galaxy? I'm assuming they're wanting him based on the matrix?

{Ed001's Note - bizarre.}

16 Jun 2019 19:56:22
To be honest Rwvan would be incredibly hard to cast. No ones going to be happy. The rest are fairly easy.

Its a shame that Felicity Jones was in Rogue One, she'd be perfect for Bastila.

{Ed001's Note - that doesn't seem to matter in films these days, they will use them again and again.}

16 Jun 2019 20:23:00
They'd probably cast Keira Knightley anyway.

Keanu and Keira.

You'd end up cheering the dark side on.

{Ed001's Note - I do anyway, they have better characters.}

16 Jun 2019 21:33:39
Apart from the last couple with Gollum and Darth Emo, yeah.

{Ed001's Note - fair point.}

16 Jun 2019 22:11:09
I don't know, compared to Rey Finn and Poe, they don't seem so bad to me. I never played the game but I think a movie based on knights of the old republic would be cool I've always prefered the Jedi and Sith and force mythology more then the rebellion/empire/super weapon normal people muggle stuff

16 Jun 2019 22:17:32
The new star wars movies are like hooking up with an old girlfriend you had in school, except now she's old and saggy.

I have pretty high hopes for The Mandalorian though, as that's strictly about the Mandalorian tribes, more specifically the one which Jango Fett came from.

16 Jun 2019 22:37:03
It is the greatest rpg ever made. If you can get it running its worth it. Its on Steam for like £7.50. Might need an older machine though.

14 Jun 2019 21:27:21
Top 10 Martial Arts Films

After Deependra suggested it, and realising I had no articles close to finishing, I thought I would do a quick top 10 of films. I decided to go with martial arts films as they are the ones I have seen most of, large parts of my life have probably been lost watching them. I did want to narrow the field a little, by trying to pick only one film by each star, ie only one starring Jet Li, one by Jackie Chan etc. Though I did allow ones that they starred in but alongside others, such as the series of films Jackie Chan did with Sammo Hung and Yuen Baio, as they were not just Jackie Chan movies.

It was difficult to pick just 10 and I am pretty sure if I picked it again another day I would pick a different 10, other than the top 3 or maybe 4. Even the order of those top 3 might well change on another day, but that is the fun of these kind of lists, when people remind you of the things you missed off!



10. Triple Threat

A new film I only saw recently, so it is fresh in my mind, which might be why I have chosen it, but the cast helps. Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen and Iko Uwais (star of The Raid) as the good guys taking on a crew of baddies which includes Michael Bisping, Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White. It is not going to change the world or make you think, but it was good entertainment with some of the best martial arts actors around up against Scott Adkins and Michaels Bisping and Jai White.



9. Mr Vampire

A Chinese martial arts film that is fun as well as full of action. In fact, in a lot of respects it is as much a comedy film as it is a martial arts one. It is the first film Ricky Lau directed and, sadly, Sammo Hung's only involvement was as a producer. However it is a good film, though when I saw it in Cantonese I was capable of understanding a lot of it without the subtitles, not so sure how good it would be dubbed or relying solely on subtitles like I would have to now, as it has been probably 30 years since I heard any Cantonese! However, like most martial arts comedies, most of the jokes are not from the dialogue, so I would hope it would still be just as enjoyable.



8. Ninja Assassin

The story is awful, the plot is terrible, but, despite the lead being just an old K-Pop star called Rain, the fight scenes (though ludicrously over the top) make this film for me. I grew up with a ninja obsession and anything with ninja in the title I will have a look at (though Ninja Immovable Heart is to be avoided at all costs!), so I am already biased towards it. Add in Sho Kusogi and I am a happy boy (as ninja films always bring out my inner child). Ridiculous film but I love it anyway.



7. Rumble In The Bronx

There had to be a Jackie Chan movie in the list and it could have been one of any number of them really, though I plumped for this one in the end. Not sure why, I mean I love it, but then I love lots of his films, but this is the one that always comes to mind when I think of a typical Jackie Chan solo film. Crazy stunts, slapstick comedy, fun fight scenes and, in the middle of it all, Jackie Chan just manages to make it all work, no matter how silly the piece of scenery he is using to fight with is.



6. Legend Of Fong Sai Yuk

Similarly to Jackie Chan there are a large number of Jet Li films I could have picked, though I was particularly torn between this one and Kiss of the Dragon. It helps that you know Jet Li is actually a fantastic martial artist in real life, rather than just a martial arts actor. That gives him an edge as he can actually act as well. I love the stories of Fong Sai Yuk anyway, but having them brought to life by Jet Li is something that really appeals to me. Unusually for Jet Li there is more humour in this film (and the sequel) than he is associated with.



5. Wheels On Meals

Put Jackie Chan, Yuen Baio and Sammo Hung in a film and I am happy. So many of their films together are great fun, if not masterpieces. The three just work so well together and bounce off each other brilliantly. It is just a shame they no longer make films as a trio. Hollywood has its buddy movies but they do not come close to comparing to the brilliance of these three as a group in my mind.



4. Warrior

Just a good film with an excellent performance by Tom Hardy, with far more substance than the usual martial arts movie. It is a film that you do not need to be a martial arts fan to appreciate, as it actually has a decent story that tugs on the heartstrings, for those that actually have a heart.



3. The Raid

A simply sensational rollercoaster ride of martial arts action from Indonesia starring Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim (who is also in the excellent martial arts TV show Warrior). The story is not great, basically it is Game of Death turned up to 25 out of 10, but it delivers in the action stakes and has some of the best fight scenes ever filmed. The combination of a Welsh director and Indonesian film does not sound appetising but it works.



2. Ong Bak

The film that announced Tony Jaa to the world outside of Thailand and boy did he emerge with a bang! The fight scenes are brilliant, Jaa took the martial arts genre to a whole new level with this film but it is the stunts he does, with no use of camera trickery or wires, that really do take the breath away and make you say 'Wow!' The problem is, when your first film is this good, how do you ever match it, let alone better it? What it did show is that you do not need huge budgets and massive amounts of special effects to make a brilliant film.



1. Enter The Dragon

It could not be anything else at number one really could it? The incomparable Bruce Lee lights up the screen with a charisma no one has ever come close to matching. I used to watch this film so often I knew the dialogue off by heart, but I still will stop to watch it again any time it is on TV. This film is the reason I fell in love with martial arts and it still stands up as a great film. It also had Sammo Hung in, losing a fight to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan in a blink and you'll miss it moment as he got punched by Bruce Lee in one of the fight scenes. And I do mean punched, Bruce Lee felt so guilty that he kept him on set for the entire shoot and ensured he got paid for each day he was there, when he had only been meant to be in one scene. There are some people who still believe that it was getting punched by Bruce Lee that launched his career! One thing that this has made me realise is that I missed out the film based on one of Bruce Lee's martial arts instructors, Ip Man! Donnie Yen's best film and it should be in the top 5 in this list, but I would then want to move around the bottom half, so I am just going to leave it and hang my head in shame for forgetting to put it in.

{Ed001's Note - ok Deep, you asked for it mate!}

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15 Jun 2019 05:59:17
Nice list ed.
Glad the raid made it on, great film.
I'm surprised mortal kombat or street fighter never made the list
🤣

{Ed001's Note - thankfully I had forgotten those films. I know it is hard to believe a list of martial arts films could be complete without JCVD though. He is a legend in his own pint glass after all and very adept at annoying stunt men into kicking his arse in nightclubs.....}

15 Jun 2019 10:17:47
Thanks ed1, you're just too awesome

{Ed001's Note - I would argue but you are so obviously right it would be wrong to dispute it!}

15 Jun 2019 17:42:10
I actually really liked mortal kombat when I was a kid.
Bloodsport was one of van dammes best.

{Ed001's Note - Bloodsport may even be the best film he did, though one he did fairly recently is probably better. Where he wakes up and finds out they have taken a body part. Or the one where he is a butcher is not too bad either. I can't remember what either are called.

I did a top 10 on the TV site as I had them in my mind while doing this list, it is amazing how many other TV shows and films come to mind the minute you finish one list!}

16 Jun 2019 09:33:09
Triple Threat has been in Netflix, and I never had an interest to watch it. Mainly because of Tony Jaa. His recent films are quite bad. One of the worst is XXX Return of Xander Cage. Now it's in your list, I'll definitely give it a try.

{Ed001's Note - I agree he has not lived up to Ong Bak since, but he has been making the mistake of trying to make it in Hollywood on their terms, rather than letting them come to him. Jackie Chan made the same mistake as well and ended up in the Cannonball Run films.

Triple Threat is him leading, rather than him being the bloke to do flash stunts and then get his arse kicked by the good guy in embarrassing fashion ala Fast & Furious. Defo a better film than those.}

16 Jun 2019 17:51:52
Reading it I thought Rumble would be the Jackie film. Was expecting some Donnie especially Ip Man. Easily done though. Maybe we can have a series. Readers do there own lists, top tens.

{Ed001's Note - I am hoping others will add their own lists Mort1.}

16 Jun 2019 18:17:55
I get the time I'll put something together. Wouldn't be MA films though.

{Ed001's Note - even better if it is something different.}

16 Jun 2019 19:52:27
Top ten Keanu Reeves films?

{Ed001's Note - can you find 10 good ones?}

16 Jun 2019 20:23:54
I'm struggling to think of ten if you discount sequels.

{Ed001's Note - I can only think of two, though I am sure everyone else will add The Matrix on top of that. Personally I thought that film was abysmal.}

16 Jun 2019 22:21:08
I liked Ong Bak, thought the fight scenes were very well choreographed. Another one I liked was Unleashed with Jet Li, it's the only MA film I've watched that I thought had a genuinely decent story to it. Most of the MA films have mythical or just ridiculous stories, but Unleashed felt more real.

{Ed001's Note - you thought it felt more real? OK, I worry for your idea of reality now!}

16 Jun 2019 23:08:46
What I mean is it's not something that's totally ridiculous. He's basically a brainwashed slave that eventually wants to be free from his mobster boss. I'm not saying the fighting is realistic or anything like that, because we've got UFC which shows what real fights look like lol. I just mean the idea is more real.

21 Jun 2019 17:22:39
I would not class the UFC as real, the rules are set up to favour grappling over striking as it was initially set up to showcase how good BJJ was. Street fighting, when your life depends on the outcome, is totally different and much more brutal. In UFC you are fighting to win rounds, so you don't put full force into each punch or kick, you have to have something left for the next round. In real life people are living or dying and so put everything behind every punch and kick.

 


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