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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

[6.25/10] Skyscraper [3D] (2018)

Skyscraper [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Set in a high-tech, ultramodern building, whose glossy exterior and interior add to the film's sleek look, helped by the skillful use of CGIs and effective camera work, "Skyscraper" is a slick, if formulaic caper with silly plot, little humor, and no brains, giving Johnson a nearly superhero status, but also a heart, and yet, most of the stunts are so impressive and nail-bitingly intense, and the thrill factor is so sky-high, they make this one a truly enjoyable 'guilty pleasure' actioner.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

CineMarvellous Special: Our 30 Favorite One-on-One Fights in Movies

A well-choreographed and executed fight is essential for any action film or movie in general. And becuase we absolutely adore watching intense and spectacular fighting, we picked for you our 30 favorite one-on-one fight sequences in movie history...

Flying Snow vs. Moon in
Hero (2002)

The most breathtaking action scene ever made, this one is a feast for the eyes, thanks to its exquisite balletic style and state-of-the-art visuals.

*****
Yu Shu Lien vs. Jen Yu in
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Intense, fast-paced, and brilliantly-choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping, this all female fight scene is a dream-come-true for any wuxia lover.

*****
Rama vs. The Assassin in
The Raid 2 (2014)

A serious contender for the best one-on-one action sequence between males, this one will leave you exhasuted, yet deeply satisfied.

*****
The Bride vs. Gogo Yubari in
Kill Bill vol.1 (2003)

Another memorable girl-vs-girl fight, this one is uncompromising, brutal, gory,  and beyond thrilling to experience.

*****


Neo vs. Agent Smith in
The Matrix (1999)

Every bit as revolutionary as the movie itself, this fight is a modern action classic, and one of all-times' very, very best.

*****
Nameless vs. Long Sky in
Hero (2002)

Two of the greatest martial artists face each other in this stupendous action scene, presented in a spectacular fashion.


*****
Iron Monkey vs. Hin-hung in
Iron Monkey (1993)

Probably the best fight in any martial arts movie from the 90s, this one is choreographed and executed to perfection.

 *****
Chen Zen vs. General Fujita in 

In this cult scene Chinese martial artists faces a cruel Japanese general, and the end result is a relentless fight you won't forget.

*****
Leonidas vs. The Immortal in  
300 (2007)

Hyper-stylized and super-cool, this harsh action set piece is one of the biggest highlights in the history of on-screen action.

*****
Hellboy vs. Prince Nuada in 

One of the most overlooked and underrated cinematic fights in history, this one is swankily-shot and thrilling as hell.

*****
Wong Fei-Hung vs. Commander Lan in  

A decade before they faced each other in "Hero", Jet Li and Donnie Yen fought in this film, and OMG, was it an exciting fight!

*****
Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus in  
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Arguably the best one-on-one superhero battle, this one stood the test of time as one of the greatest... for a reason.


*****
Hulk vs. Hulkbuster in  

A tremendously grand battle between two giants, this one remains the most enormously thrilling highlights in MCU.


*****
Sing vs. The Beast in 

A quirkiness mixed with creative choreography and cool special effects is a winning formula for a top-notch fight, which it sure was.


*****
Sum Chung-Yang vs. Yan Xiao-Guo in  

Superbly-executed, very effective, and highly energetic, this impressive fight deserves more credit then it received.

 *****
Black Mamba vs. Elle Driver in 

One of the craziest, roughest, and ferocious chick fights ever shown on screen, this one is an adrenaline rush from start to finish.

*****
Captain America vs. The Winter Soldier in  

A huge favorite among Marvel fans, this hard-hitting fight sequence is too good not to watch over and over again.

*****
The Bride vs. O-Ren Ishii in  

Stylish, bloody, sexy, and absolutely ravishing to look at, this 'final fight' is a definition of swordplay brilliance.

*****
Gong Er vs. Ma San in  
The Grandmaster (2013) 

Inventive camera angles, beautiful slow-mo and first class choreography make this fight one of the flashiest ever put on screen.

*****
Thor vs. Hulk in  

Cool, exciting, fun, skillfully-crafted, and epic in scale, this staggering superhero battle turned into an instant classic.

*****
Huo Yuan Jia vs. Tanaka in  
Fearless (2006)

This epic final battle between a Chinese master and a Japanese fighter flaunts nera perfect choreography and tons of thrills.

*****
Ip vs. Miura in  
Ip Man (2008)

A brilliant juxtaposition of two completely different fighting styles, this superb 'final fight' scene simply has it all.

*****
Wong Fei-hung vs. John in  

Fast, frantic, and endlessly fun to watch, this wild fight remains one of Jackie Chan's very best in his career.

*****
Deadpool vs. Ajax in  
Deadpool (2016)

Axes go against samurai swords in this pretty dramatic superhero fight sequence, with the end results being wow.

*****
Ong-Bak vs. Saming in  

Thai boxing is super-exciting to watch, and Tony Jaa more than proves it in this brutal and relentless fight scene.

*****
Ching Wan vs. Hashimoto in  

Two warriors engage in a gravity-defying swordplay in this ballet-like, wire-fu-driven action scene from early '80s.

*****
Lee vs. Han in  

Probably the fight scene with the biggest cult status of them all, this one needs absolutely no introduction at all.

*****
The Comedian vs. Ozymandias in  
Watchmen (2009)

Both one of the best opening scenes ever, and one of the harshest fights, this one is cool and stylishly brutal.

*****
Sen Te vs. Tien Ta in  

A fierce duel between two true kung fu masters, this fantastically-crafted classic fight scene simply never gets old.

*****
Ma Kwan vs. Jack in  
S.P.L. (2005)

Emphasizing on the unusual weapons, this fight shot, choreographed and performed by Donnie Yen is edgy and thrilling.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

[5.00/10] Midnight Sun (2018)

Midnight Sun (2018)

Quick Review: All the corniness written all over it aside, this sappy teen romance has some sweet bits in it, and the chemistry between the two attractive leads is plausible, but then again "Midnight Sun" can't help but being just another manipulative 'cursed love' movie which utilizes a serious, rare real-life disease to tell its tear-jerker of a story in a cheesy and inappropriate manner, trying to present it from a more positive point of view, but ending up being rather depressing than uplifting.

Friday, July 13, 2018

[5.25/10] The Domestics (2018)

The Domestics (2018)

Quick Review: A finely-acted and technically well-crafted thriller set in a post-apocalyptic future that could be best described as "The Walking Dead" meets "The Purge", meets "Doomsday", minus the zombies, the pure horror elements, and the slick production values, "The Domestics" is an occasionally intense B-movie with a couple of flawed, but sensible lead characters and a fairly effective barren setting, but it's the pointless plot with no actual purpose and dull ending that bring it down.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

[7.25/10] The Tale (2018)

The Tale (2018)

Quick Review: A seemingly kind-hearted, but actually unsettling real-life story with a sensitive subject of child abuse, this is an important film that is a compelling to watch as it's harrowing to experience, because of its unexpectedly shattering turn of events. Thoughtfully-structured and mostly told through flashbacks that skillfully smoothly interact with the present, "The Tale" depicts chilhood memories in a unique and effective way, letting its star Laura Dern to lead the entire narrative.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

[4.75/10] Distorted (2018)

Distorted (2018)

Quick Review: It wins some points for concerning a curious subject of 'synthetic telepathy', and Christina Ricci's paranoid main performance creates sympathy for her troubled, emotionally fragile character, but despite that and the cool 'smart building' setting, "Distorted" never develops its on-paper potential to dig deeper into the whole mystery, being inconsistent, barely plausible, mostly boring, and pretty cheesy in parts, and believing it's a lot more clever than it actually is.

Monday, July 9, 2018

[5.50/10] Traffik (2018)

Traffik (2018)

Quick Review: Purely on technical merits, this violent thiller stands out with its atmosphric cinematography and sleek camera work, besides, the acting is solid to say the least, with Patton proving she's capable in portraying a lead protagonosit you can easy connect with, but just like its generic title, "Traffik" is mostly a by-the-numbers affair with a serious and disturbing subject that's ruined by a cliched script filled with illogical decisions, rather absurd situations, and lack of plausibility.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

[7.75/10] Ant-Man and the Wasp [3D] (2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Bright, lighthearted, humorous, energetic, and above all tons of mindless fun, the 20th entry in the MCU brings the much needed breath of fresh air and comic relief after "IW", with a breezy sequel that succeeds in being a very enjoyable superhero adventure with '80s flair and a vibrant visual style. Ant-Man rules, but the badass Wasp, played fiercely by Lilly, steals most of the attention by providing the best bits, and flashiest set pieces.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

[6.50/10] Unsane (2018)

Unsane (2018)

Quick Review: Far from Steven Soderbergh's most finest efforts, but surely one of his most creative films, technically or otherwise, "Unsane" is an unsettling psychological stalker mystery that questions the sanity of its main character in a knotty way -- an effect further enhanced by the great performance from Foy, who's takes us on a harrowing mental and emotional journey. Big kudos to the director, who creates a moody visual tone, filming entirely with an iPhone instead of a real camera.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

[8.75/10] Incredibles 2 [3D] (2018)

Incredibles 2 [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Hardly superior to the flawless original, yet still vibrant and energetic enough to classify as a more than worthy spot-on sequel, "Incredibles 2" effortlessly balances out some classic family-friendly plot elements with genuine laughs, and superhero thrills, letting the fearless Elastigirl and the kids, especially the super-cute Jack-Jack, to take power this time around, and boasting with slick, crisp, and vivid CGIs, and one of the finest action ever showcased in an animated feature.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

[5.75/10] I Feel Pretty (2018)

I Feel Pretty (2018)

Quick Review: Schumer is often embarrassing to watch, if frantically wacky in a 'shameless' role that was totally meant for her, but despite its good intentions to get us convinced that 'it's all about personality and confidence rather than looks', unlike its bold and assertive protagonist, "I Feel Pretty" doesn't seem to fully believe in the goal behind its idea, which lows its cinematic self-esteem. Thaty being said, there's still plenty to laugh at in this awkwardly funny, pretty deluded comedy.