Movie Review 10: The Lord of the Rings (1978)

This film contained The Fellowship of the Ring and the  Two Towers.  A young Hobbit named Frodo (Guard) is thrown on an amazing adventure, when he is appointed the job of destroying the one ring which was created by the dark lord Sauron. He is assigned with warriors including Gandelf (Squire), Aragorn (Hurt) and Boromir (Cox). It's not going to be an easy journey for the Fellowship of the Ring, on the ultimate quest to rid Middle-Earth of all evil. This movie was pretty decent the story was good it remained almost true to the books, (Fellowship and Two Towers) The only downside was that the animation was garbage and changed at points i love this movie but i do not recommend seeing it. I give it my first 2/5. I mean come on the Return of the King cartoon picks up were the book did.

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Movie Review 9: Legionnaire

 Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts to flee to America with the mobster's girlfriend Katrina. This plan fails and he seeks escape by joining the foreign legion. As part of the legion he tangles with abusive lieutenant Steinkampf and bonds with legionnaires Luther, Mackintosh and Rosetti. The mobster discover his whereabouts and enrolls two hitmen to finish him off. With their fort under siege and enemies within, Lefevre finds that second chances are difficult to come by in the Legion. Now in my mind this was Jean Claude Van Damme's best movie i have seen so far. The trials he faces  make the give the movie an awesome storyline. The battle scenes are epic, the actors chosen were amazing. It was very historically accurate as well as it showed how people got into trouble they would go join the Foreign Legion. I give this film a 5/5.

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Movie Review 8: The Alamo (2004)

 Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.   This Historical drama detailing the 1835-36 Texas revolution before, during, and after the famous siege of the Alamo (February 23-March 6, 1836) where 183 Texans (American-born Texans) and Tejanos (Mexican-born Texans) commanded by Colonel Travis, along with Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie, were besieged in an abandoned mission outside San Antonio by a Mexican army of nearly 2,000 men under the personal command of the dictator of Mexico, General Santa Anna, as well as detailing the Battle of San Jacinto (April 21, 1836) where General Sam Houston's rag-tag army of Texans took on and defeated Santa Anna's army which led to the indepedence of Texas. This is the most historically accurate film i have ever seen. Billy Bob Thornton was perfect to play Davy Crockett he not only looked like him but could act like him I know this because i have in my procession a copy of Crockett's autobiography . In my mind Texas battle for Independence is as the likes of the Spartans battle at Thermopylae. A battle where183 brave men fought  against an army of 2,000. One of the most touching parts in was Colonel William Travis writes the letter to the guardian of his son and says:
Take care of my little boy. If the country should be saved, I may make for him a splendid fortune; but if the country be lost and I should perish, he will have nothing but the proud recollection that he is the son of a man who died for his country.  
and another memorable part is when the letter victor or death is read:  
  "I am beseiged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna -- I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man -- The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken -- I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls -- I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism, & every thing dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch -- The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country" 

But the most memorable quote is what Sam Houston says before the Battle of San Jacinto: 
You will remember this battle! Each minute! Each second! Until the day that you die! But that is for tomorrow, gentlemen. For today, Remember The Alamo!  I give it a 5/5.

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Movie Review 7: 300

 Dilios, a Spartan soldier, narrates the story of Leonidas, from boyhood to the throne of Sparta. Years later, a Persian messenger arrives at the gates of Sparta demanding it submit to King Xerxes. In response to this demand, Leonidas and his guards kick the messenger into a pit. Knowing this will prompt a Persian attack, Leonidas visits the Ephors—ancient, leprosy-ridden priests whose blessing he needs before the Spartan council will authorize going to war. He proposes they repel the numerically superior Persians by using the terrain of Thermopylae (the Hot Gates), and funnel the Persians into a narrow pass between the rocks and the sea. The Ephors consult the Oracle Pythia, who decrees that Sparta must not go to war during their religious festival. As Leonidas departs two agents of Xerxes appear (one of them - Theron - a Spartan) who bribe the Ephors with concubines and money.
Leonidas follows his plan anyway, setting out with only 300 soldiers, whom he calls his personal guard to avoid needing the council's permission. Though he knows it is a certain suicide mission, he hopes the sacrifice will spur the council to unite against Persia. Along the way to Thermopylae, the Spartans are joined by Arcadians and other Greeks. At Thermopylae, they construct a wall to contain the approaching Persian advance. As construction goes on, Leonidas meets Ephialtes of Trachis, a hunchbacked Spartan in exile whose parents fled Sparta to spare him certain infanticide. Wanting to redeem his father's name, he asks to join the fight, and warns Leonidas of a secret path the Persians could use to outflank and surround them. Though Leonidas is sympathetic with Ephialtes' will to fight, he turns him down, as Ephialtes cannot properly hold a shield, which would compromise the Spartans' phalanx formation.
Before the battle, the Persians demand that the Spartans lay down their weapons. Leonidas refuses, and with their tightly-knit phalanx formation the Spartans use the narrow terrain to repeatedly rebuff the advancing Persian army. Xerxes personally parleys with Leonidas, offering him wealth and power in exchange for his loyalty and surrender. Leonidas declines and Xerxes sends his elite guard, the feared Immortals, to attack them, but the Spartans successfully dispatch them although they suffer a few casualties of their own. Xerxes then sends a number of exotic weapons at the Spartans, including black powder bombs and giant war beasts, but all of these attacks fail. Angered by Leonidas' rejection, Ephialtes defects to the Persians and informs them of the secret path. When they realize Ephialtes' treachery, the Arcadians retreat and Leonidas orders Dilios to return to Sparta to tell the Council of their sacrifice. Though Dilios had recently lost his left eye in combat, he is still fit for battle, but Leonidas decides to use Dilios' gift for storytelling to appeal to the Spartan council. Though reluctant to leave his brothers behind, Dilios leaves with the Arcadians.
In Sparta, Theron rapes Gorgo, Queen of Sparta (Leonidas' wife), in return promising his help in persuading the Spartan council to send reinforcements to Leonidas. Following her address to the Council, Theron publicly betrays the Queen, prompting the councilmen to cry out in outrage and Gorgo to kill him in a fit of anger. As she kills him, she repeats what he told her just prior to raping her: "This will not be over quickly, you will not enjoy this". The dagger pierces his purse, spilling Persian coins from his robe, revealing his role as traitor, and the Council agrees to unite against Persia.
At Thermopylae, the Persians use the goat path to surround the Spartans. Xerxes' general demands their surrender, again offering Leonidas titles and prestige. Leonidas seemingly bows in submission, allowing one of his men to leap over him and kill the general instead. Furious, Xerxes orders his troops to attack. Leonidas rises and hurls his spear at Xerxes, cutting the King on the cheek, thus making good on an earlier promise to make "the 'god'-King bleed." Visibly disturbed by this reminder of his own mortality, Xerxes watches as all the Spartans are slaughtered by a massive barrage of arrows. Moments before his death, Leonidas pledges his undying love to Gorgo.
Concluding his tale before an audience of Spartans on the edge of the battlefield a year after Thermopylae, Dilios relates how the Persian army is depleted by desertions, out of fear, and the heavy casualties they suffered at the hands of a mere 300 Spartans. Word of the valiant resistance of the 300 Spartans spread across Greece, inspiring the different city-states to unite against the Persians. Now the Persians face 10,000 Spartans leading 30,000 free Greeks. Although still outnumbered 3 to 1, Dilios declares that the Greeks shall be victorious, and praises the sacrifice of King Leonidas of Sparta. He then leads the Greeks in a charge against the Persian army, beginning the Battle of Plataea. Over all it was really violent which i liked, but it lacked historical accuracy. I give it a 4/5

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Movie Review 6: Munich

This is a true story about not revenge but justice.  During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack. This film was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg, and from i saw he did excellent with this movie. It might be because he is jewish and this is personal for all jews. This is based on real events and on a real Mossad operation known as Operation: Wrath of God. The acting was superb, it made me forget that Eric Bana was in the Hulk. Munich gets a 5/5.

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Movie Review 5: The 300 Spartans

What truly makes a man a brave man. In my mind it is going against all odds even though you may die. That is how it was with King Leonidas.

The Persian king of kings Xerxes has devoted his reign to realizing the ambition of his father, stopped by Greeks, to extend his Achaemenid slave empire to and beyond Greece, and marches in 480 BC with an unprecedentedly vast army. When a captured Spartan explorer shows unconditional courage even on the chopping block, he is spared and send to the assembled Greek states at Corinth to report the Persian might. There the Athenian leader Themistocles manages to turn the defeatist tide by formally placing the Athenian fleet under the supreme command of Sparta, whose king Leonidas promises to defend Greece regardless who follows- but back in Sparta, the ruling council hesitates to commit the whole army until the Persians approach the Corinthian Isthmus, and even after an encouraging Delphi oracle -loose a king or all Sparta- is forbidden to lead it before the end of a religious festival, so he takes off first, keeping his promise, with only his 300 mean strong bodyguard. Realizing there is no time to wait for sufficient reinforcements, but abandoning the northern access to Greece proper may allow the Persian to swarm the country before it can make a proper stand, he decides to take a heroic suicidal stand: fight impossible odds till the last man at the narrow pass of Thermopylai to minimize the numeric disadvantage, in the hope this will buy enough time. They prove Spartans deserve the reputation of fiercest and best-disciplined fighters, ingeniously creating the element of surprise and driving the over-confident aggressor to growing despair by inflicting humiliating losses at every failing attack wave, even by the imperial body guard of 10,000 'immortals'. Just when Xerxes plans to return faking a divine message, the traitor Ephialtes arrives... I give this movie a solid 5/5 
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Movie Review 4: Born on the Fourth of July


  This movie was one of Tom Cruises best films. In this film Cruise plays Ron Kovic, who since he heard Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do" speech. So years later he is a Marine and is in Vietnam. He goes through his own struggles after he is shot and paralyzed from the chest down. After what seems like years recovering in a veterans hospital he returns home to see all the changes. He even finds out that his brother is an anti war activist, and so is the girl he has loved since he was little. He ends up going to Mexico to discover himself, and goes to see the family of a soldier in his unit that he accidentally killed do to the mass confusion of a NVA ambush. Near the end Kovic becomes anti war as well. End the end Kovic truly was a patriot. This movie at least for me is about how war can change a man. I give it a 5/5
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Movie Review 3: Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe starred: Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor, and came to theaters in 1987. Though many would say that this movie i had nothing to do with the Cartoon i would say you are right, however some may say that i wasted money on this movie but i say no i did not, mainly because Lundgren is one of my favorite actors. Some of the high points would be the theme Music by: Bill Conti who as worked on Rock IV. What really killed it was what happens 10-15 minutes after it begins, He-man, Man-At-Arms Tela, and a gay little dwarf go to earth. There they end up loosing the cosmic key which brought them there in the first place, run into teenagers that think the key is an instrument and they run into a cop who bares a resemblance to Principle Strickland from Back To the Future, and a lot of the other characters are left out, the only characters that were in it from the cartoon were, Tela, He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Skeletor, Beastman, Evil-Lynn and the Sorceress. However the movie makes up for suckyness, Dolph Lundgren not knowing what accent to use, lack of characters, and many star wars references by having cool fight sequences.  
I give Masters of the Universe a 3/5. Next review i will steer from action and do a drama when i review Oliver Stones: Born on the Fourth of July 

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Movie Review 2: Universal Soldier: Regeneration

since John McClane, came back in Live Free or Die Hard, John Rambo came back in Rambo, it was only a matter of time before Luc Deveraux would return. In This film Jean Claude Van Damme reprises his role as Deveraux the original Universal Soldier. In this film Terrorist have taken over Chernobyl and threaten to blow it up the army must intervene, but are they a mach for the next generation Universal Soldier (Andrei Arlovski). The answer to that is no. Are the armies Universal Soldiers a match for this new one, no. The only one who stands a chance is Retired Unisol Luc Deveraux, who is currently going through therapy to try and return him to society. And if one enemy to take care of is not bad enough, his arch Nemesis Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) returns after for a rematch after losing their last fight. This movie i found to be truly awesome it was violent and had a good story. I give it a 5/5

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Movie Review: Street Fighter (1994)

this movie i felt was perfectly fine i may be biased because i am a fan of Jean Claude Van Damme, it also stared Raul Julia as Bison who i thought did good. Sadly it was Julia's last film. They cast Kylie Minogue as Cammy and Minogue was good for eye candy though i wish she would have been in the costume Cammy wore in the video game. The action sequences were amazing, the fighting was awesome the story was decent, my only problem was Van Damme's accent he was supposed to be playing an American so  it is hard not to laugh at his accent. But for me Street Fighter was good enough to get my score of 5/5.  Next blog will probably be a review of Universal Soldier: Regeneration.

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