Plot-twisting puzzlers are a bubble market in the movies these days, with an arms race of "Inception"-like reality reversals that flip like a coin until dizzy audiences lose all interest in how it lands.
The "Iron Man 1" was rusty, and the second was just a rustier one with friends, but "Iron Man 3" is a Hollywood blockbuster superhero movie that ticks all the right boxes. It has the story, the special effects, the self-depreciating humor, all the explosions and action you could ask for, Gwyneth Paltrow and, of course, the arrogantly charismatic Robert Downey Jr.
Renown Hong Kong Director Johnnie To Kei-Fung (杜琪峰) presents to us the 50th film in his movie-making career. "Drug War" (毒戰), which follows the story of a police investigator in his life-threatening battle against the drug lords across China and Hong Kong, has already grossed over NT$600 million in the first two weeks since its release in China.
A great script usually promises half the success of a movie, and "Drug War" delivers just that. Director Johnnie To Kei-Fung (杜琪峰) works with frequent collaborator, scriptwriter and co-director Wai Ka-Fai (韋家輝), producing yet another enthralling cop-versus-robber chase. As the movie opens, To literally cuts to the chase as the story unfolds with a chase scene.
"Parker" plays like the bloodiest promotional video ever made for Palm Beach tourism. Stabbings, explosions and furniture-smashing brawls occur at some of the ritziest (and name-checked) locations within the sun-splashed, pastel-soaked slab of Florida opulence. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the idea of The Breakers.
To promote their latest project, "Oblivion," Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Director Joseph Kosinski visited Taipei on April 6, folding dumplings in the day and destroying ice statues in the evening.
From the beautiful faces of the charming cast posing dashingly in the movie posters, it seems that "Saving General Yang's" marketing strengths might be selling its brawns rather than its brains.
With unforgettable works from "The Bride with White Hair" to "Fearless," Director Ronny Yu (于仁泰) is finally back in the spotlight after seven year of silence with "Saving General Yang," a historical war movie set in the Northern Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1127).
If a big, dumb action movie knows it's a big, dumb action movie and revels in that fact, is that preferable to a big, dumb action movie making the mistake of thinking it's significant, relevant art?
A big-budget, effects-laden, 3D retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk legend may seem like the unlikeliest pairing yet of director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie, but "Jack the Giant Slayer" ends up being smart, thrilling and a whole lot of fun.