Dracula, The Judge, Kenshin and more...

Did some trips recently and I had time to watch some movies (after all, anywhere in the world is usually 7 hours or more away from Oz...)

The Judge:

Nice warm movie, that would have been merely a by the books, cliche filled movie about a father and son with the courtroom as the background, except that RD 1 (Robert Downing) and RD 2 (Robert Duvall) were wonderful as the stubborn father and son. They lifted the movie beyond the mediocre, and it became a heart warming movie. It won't kill "On Golden Pond" but it's a nice movie for a quiet weekend.

Cafe Love Waiting

The second in a trilogy by Giddeons Ko, it's set in a university age group, with love, ghosts, and gangsters... funny especially if you get their whacky Taiwanese colloquial chat. Having spent time there, IMHO, this withstands a few viewings..


A Korean period action movie. IMHO, it's not a lot to shout about in terms of the action, but some will enjoy the 'acting'. I guess since I don't understand Korean, some of the nuances are lost on me..

Kenshin: The Legend Ends

A period manga action movie, it is the last of a trilogy of Kenshin movies, and fans of this series will lap it up, angst, swordplay and all... but from a strictly martial act point of view, both the Korean and Jap movies have a lot to do in order to catch up with the HKG / Chinese productions... but plenty of eye candy, posing, and as I said, the throngs of Kenshin fans will lap it up...

Dracula: The Untold Story

I know many are praising Luke Evans for his role, but portraying Dracula as a good guy didn't sit too well... the action scenes were suitably spectacular, and I am sure the surround will become demo material, yet, I guess I just didn't agree well with the plot and idea. YMMV

The November Man

Pierce Bronsnan is in another cloak and dagger movie, and despite his age, and the obvious stereotyping, he doesn't do too badly. He tries to emulate a Daniel Craig-esque styled more edgy type of spy / assassin, but the plot lets him down. There are too many loopholes, and his protege is less agile than a 35 year old retiring rugby player than a real cool espionage player.

Olga K is wonderful eye candy of course, and she is trying very hard to move to more dramatic roles, but she doesn't get enough meat in her role.

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