Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom

Jackie Chan (Lu Yan) and Jet Li (Monkey King/Silent Monk) team up for this exciting Kung-Fu movie. (now Fu doesn't stand for that). Hey who doesn't like a good Kung-Fu movie?? I was a little worried at first. The Story and premise was starting out like the Karate Kid Movies. At least Michael Angarano (Jason Tripitikas) wasn't played by Shia LaBeouf. Although Angarano reminded me of Shia, but thankfully a "toned down" version.

The movie is about an American teenager who gets to live his dream and become a great Kung-Fu warrior. He is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics, he finds a magical staff in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost weapon in hand, the teenager finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of Kung-Fu warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

If you love Kung-Fu fight scenes like I do, then hop over to your local theater and check out The Forbidden Kingdom!

Friday, April 04, 2008


This was a fun movie! The characters were interesting, although the main character, Jim Sturgess who plays Ben Campbell, the card counting genius tended to nearly mumble and stumble through his lines. I mean I get that he is this shy, nerdy, MIT geek and his social skills are somewhat lacking, but I was sitting there saying to my self; "Self...I could play this role better than him!"
Not that he did a bad job, in fact it was outstanding, I just wish that I could have been there. You definitely get caught up in the excitement, the glitz, and the thrill that is Vegas. Of course Kevin Spacey was excellent as usual in his role as the ring leader of the card counting posse. Kate Bosworth plays the love interest, Jill.

So cash your chips in for a chicken dinner and check out 21.