Friday, February 22, 2013

Jason and Shawn versus Smiley and The Man with the Iron Fists

Smiley

Jason: Your enjoyment of Smiley will hinge 100 per cent on what you think of the last five minutes. There are allusions made to how Smiley ends throughout the film, so it doesn't hit you totally by surprise. But it is still almost clever enough an ending to blindside you. It does make Smiley an unconventional slasher movie, and reminded me a bit of the 2005 thriller Cry Wolf. Take from that what you will. Smiley works because it's different, and I dug that. But, once you know the surprise, it likely won't be as cool the second time. So I gotta give Smiley a Bad. Still, a decent one-off. And worth the watch for horror fans.

Shawn: A great solitary watch. True to the society we seem to be creating. I really dug the idea, kinda old school with the new-school twist. And ZERO guilt. Ha ha. I judged this movie by the cover, and wasn't disappointed. Moral of the story, judge shit by the cover. You might be right. Especially books! I really did like the "Bloody Mary" feel of this, and believe we are heading for a similar fate. All the components are really in place. I recommend this watch to fellow Basementites, but only once. A Bad. But in a good way. Ha ha.

The Man with the Iron Fists

Jason: This is, in every sense of the phrase, a critic-proof movie. Either you grove on this loving throwback to 1970s martial arts films or you don't. You get off on the in-references to the works of Brian de Palma and Bruce Lee, or you don't. I did. And I loved it. This is a messy, violent martial arts movie that breaks out a big brawl within the first five minutes and never lets up. Somehow the RZA recruited the likes of Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and what I can only assume are a collection of kung fu greats for the cast. And Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino behind the scenes. My hat is off to you, sir. A Good all the way!

Shawn: Wire fu. Quentin Tarentino... This movie was the perfect balance for a man movie. Obviously a Good, but not just because it was a martial arts flick, but because it had a story. A good one. Fantasy, action, gore. Man movie. The only gripe was RZA himself. Not enough to ruin the movie, but still not quite a fit. This is a Good.
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