Warrior Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun Fat) decides to hang up his sword and live a quiet life, sending said sword with his lifelong friend, Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Ho) to be protected by Sir Te (Sihung Lung). When the sword goes missing, stolen by rebellious aristocrat, Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang), a complex and interwoven saga unfolds. The plot of this visually glorious, martial arts epic is twistier than a twisty thing, and you’ll find yourself sucked in and watching open-mouthed at the awesome wire-enhanced fight scenes. Must see.
My husband loved this potty-mouthed romantic comedy about a long-distance relationship. But then again he’d watch Drew Barrymore stir soup for two hours. I wasn’t as blown away. Barrymore and Justin Long are charming as the loved-up leads but it doesn’t bring anything new and like with most films of this variety… I got bored and hoped that it would end unhappily ever after. It didn’t. Bah.
When I saw the Swedish original based on the book, Let The Right One In, everyone raved about it but I was just rather creeped out. Normally a remake, especially one so soon after the original, brings something new but this one is so true to the first that I can only imagine they made it just because Americans can’t read subtitles. Kodi Smit-McPhee, plays Owen, a weird outcast boy who befriends his strange new neighbour, Abby (Chloe Moretz), only to find out that she is not a little girl but something much more terrifying. Moretz does an amazing job of playing vulnerable and brutal at the same time and Smit-McPhee is impressively odd. It’s as beautifully made as Let The Right One In and oozes symbolism but I can’t say I enjoyed it… I just felt creeped out.
Ten years since Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) escaped The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and got knocked up by a soldier from the future, she’s gone off the rails and been locked up in the nuthouse while her son, John (Edward Furlong), is in foster care. Cue the return of The Terminator, who is now on the side of the humans and out to protect John from a new and improved Terminator made out of liquid metal (Robert Patrick). There are good things about this film… like the special effects and the chase scenes… and there are bad things… like the acting, the fact that the Connors are impossibly annoying and that Arnie actually speaks in this one. It’s mostly regarded as better than the first one but I have to say I preferred the original.