Category Archives: Movies

What troubled me…

…this week were many movies I have seen or heard about. I watched “7 Zwerge – Der Wald ist nicht genug” which was hilarious (leave your brain outside and you will piss yourself). Not only movie movies but also a lot of game and fun movies that I stumbled upon this week… and I played Sam & Max of course ^^

Street Fighter – The Movie… AGAIN
I do not know if I should smile, laugh, cry, commit suicide or just kill everybody else. Yes, it is true: Street Fighter gets another movie. After a pretty much stupid and bad movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme Capcom intend to bring you a new generation of fighting. That nowadays fighting movies do not have to be good was mentioned by me before. Hyde Park Entertainment will produce the new Street Fighter Movie in a joint venture with Capcom and it is going to be released in 2008: Street Fighter’s 20th Anniversary! The story will be focused on Chun-Li this time and it is stated that less characters from the game will make their way into the movie.
I do not really know what to think about this. There are basically no informations right now only that there will be a movie. So before I commit suicide I will wait until they cast Jean-Claude Van Damme again.

Se2en and 28 Weeks Later
Yep, two more movies I need to talk about. This time real sequels and prequels. First of all the somehow successful film by Danny Boyle “28 Days Later” gets another Episode. 28 Weeks Later is a direct sequel to the events of the first movie. 6 Month after the Virus had infected London Great Britain is a dead island. The US Army declares that the War over the Virus has been won and is constantly repopulating the cities. Refugees and hope returns to London, families reunited. But the Virus has not been exterminated. It slumbers in the some inhabitants of the city…
28 Weeks Later is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo this time. Juan has not made many movies yet but those were damn crazy. Intacto and Psycotaxi were damn strange movies so he may be the right guy to direct Weeks. Overall the cast is pretty much new with some more or less famous actors (Harold Perrineau from LOST as example). It is going to be released next year in May but I think nothing has been confirmed in that direction.
The Movie has yet to release a trailer but I found some interesting raw material from the scene. See it here!

Another snippet of news itself is the make of a Se7en prequel. David Fincher’s 1994 movie with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt will get another Episode to enlighten us why John Doe is a freakin’ bible addict. Not much information here either but you can search for news on “Virtue” because that is the production title which turned out to have a twist to Se7en at the end.

So many movies, so many Zombies. If you are somehow into Zombies why don’t you have a look at ZOMGies!!!1 over at LoadingReadyRun!

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Everyone who knows me should know my affinity to the Wii Console from Nintendo. I preordered it and I am so looking forward to this. I can barely stand the wait and will probably have to freeze myself. I especially look forward to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I think anyone who ever played a Zelda game will immediately be fascinated by these games from the NES, GameBoy on to the GameCube. So with the Wii the newest Zelda will be released for the Wii (of course ^^’) and the GameCube and if you look at the videos or the images you will see what power the GameCube has. It just looks amazing! It will be one of the greatest games of all time, at least for me and for you I do not care. Play it and see for yourself. But why this post? In the latest 1UP Show they had an interview with the Localisation Managers of NOA playing Zelda and answering some questions. The 10 minutes video is filled with incredible scenes from the game. Go ahead and see for yourself. I had to post it!

 

So that’s it for this week folk. See you around!

Dead or Alive – The Movie

doa_plakat.jpgYep, it’s true… After Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter another fighting game has its own movie: DOA – Dead or Alive! And I have seen it…

Plot (so called)
Dead or Alive – The Movie adapts its story of the same titled game from Team Ninja. Several fighters from all over the world, each one the best of the best in their martial arts, are invited by the D:O:A Organisation to fight for honor and 10 Million US Dollars ($$$kaching$$$) in a tournament named DOA – Dead or Alive. Christie, Tina, Helena and Princess Kasumi (our 4 heroines) enter the contest for money and glory with several other characters from the game. Everyone has its own reason to challenge the elite fighters of the world. Tina wants to show everyone that she is more than a Wrestler. Christie wants the money… just not by fighting. And Helena Douglas is the daughter of the deceased founder of the D:O:A. But the main story builds around the Princess of a Ninja Clan. Kasumi is on a quest to find her older brother who attended the tournament the year before but never returned. In order to find him she throws away everything, leaves the clan and becomes an outcast, impelled to fight every ninja or die. She is followed by Ayane (heroine number 5), assassin of the clan and in love with Kasumis brother Hayate. The oi-shinobi follows Kasumi to the tournament and so the “story” begins.

The contestants are brought together and the successor of Helenas father, Donovan (played by Eric Roberts) explains the rules: Every one fights in One-to-One battles. The pairs are randomly selected and send to each contestant on their arm wrists. A fight can be at every time and everywhere. The first one K.O. loses. The DOA begins… the fighting begins. Whilst the tournament Kasumi tries to find out more about what happened to her brother and as soon as her appendage Ryu disappears the heroine rivals group together to find out what dark background the DOA really has…

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The movie is directed by Corey Yuen. Yuen was the action choreographer for movies like The Transporter, So Close (also director) or Lethal Weapon 4. He also had some minor acting roles in movies like Fong Sai Yuk or Thunderbolt and lots of second director jobs. Everyone who knows The Transporter or other action movies by Yuen must expect nothing less but good solid action. Maybe you are right but what about the actresses? Not really a HK-Action cast, is it?

Devon Aoki, top model and most commonly known as Miho from Sin City, can be expected to do a good job but to my surprise all do pretty good. The girls even better than the men. Singer Holly Valance (for some people the reason to watch DOA) shows much skin and even more fine action moves. Actress Sarah Carter fights her way through the tournament and she fights good. The choreography of the fighting scenes is way better somebody could expect from a movie that is promoted as one hell of a B-Movie. The stunts and fights are fast, fresh, good filmed and acted well. The wire action is handled perfectly by actor and director.

doabeach.jpgSounds good you might think… and I must say it wasn’t really bad. I expected a movie around five hot women that just fight to show more and more skin. The Beach Volleyball Game is such a dispensable Scene but every man will love it (also a game from the DOA series: DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball – A Fanservice Game). But so is everything else. Every scene is beatiful and stuff but you cannot put your finger on what the film really is. There is not that much fighting to say it is a real fighting movie (The fighting is good especially in the rain. Looks like a Wet T-Shirt contest but is wonderful looking choreography). There are some Fanservice shots that will make every man happy but those are not cheap or dull. The story is too corny to base the film upon. The filming itself is good, pretty good, filled with some indirectness’s to fighting games like “Health Bars” during battles. Some minor flaws like when a deadly strucked down enemy falls down and afterwards takes back his arm to make way for the fighters can be overlooked. Overall the movie has everything and nothing.

Conclusion
Altogether I must say I was disappointed. Dead or Alive is not the bad B-Movie I expected, with some horny shots of women and real good fighting action. It just was a short Movie Mix which could be described as HK-Action-Adventure-Fighting-Love-Story. If I would rate it on a scale from 1 to 10 I would give it the amount of beer you had before you went to see it. DOA is fun to watch, nothing special but tries to handle every aspect of a classy fighting movie and a Fanservice game. If you are underage or as women loving as I am, go ahead, watch it, have fun, do not expect anything and just let it be!

I would like to end this post with a nice (and to the point) comic from Ctrl-Alt-Delete.

Dead or Alive (DOA)

Directed by
Corey Yuen
Official Website (eng)
http://www.uip.co.uk/deadoralive/
Screenplay by
J. F. Lawton, Adam Gross, Seth Gross
Runtime
approx. 87minutes
Devon Aoki
Princess Kasumi
Holly Valance
Christie
Jaime Pressly
Tina
Sarah Carter
Helena
Natassia Malthe
Ayane
Eric Roberts
Donovan
Kane Kosugi
Ryu
Collin Chou
Hayate


Source of Pictures: Official Movie Site http://www.doa.film.de/