East Screen / West Screen #49 – Pharaohs, Flying Saucers, and Facebook

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Another apology for the extreme delay in getting this episode posted.  As I write this up, my notes are dated from November 24th, so this show was recorded just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Now, as I look down on the date shown on my MacBook calendar, it is December 17th and I note that it has been over three weeks, but what a three weeks it has been.  Starting with the wedding of a great friend, followed a week later by my own, combined with a wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii, then a week back in Hong Kong to catch up on work, to now sitting in the den of my parents house in Forest City, N.C. trying to catch up on everything.  I am happy to be ‘home’ for the holidays and to have a chance to breathe and relax.  But I am equally happy to have enough time to get these final episodes edited and up.

In this episode Kevin is back from his November break and gives his take on the films from episode 47.  Then it is on to a bunch of West Screen films, including the much anticipated French film THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC.

ES News:

  1. Wong Tin-lam (1927-2010) (FilmBiz Asia)
  2. Asian trio in Oscar cartoon race (FilmBiz Asia)
  3. Golden Horse Awards
  4. First 3D erotic film coming to Hong Kong!

Interlude – U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer (iTunes Link)

East Screen: (Recap)

VAMPIRE WARRIORS [殭屍新戰士]

UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE [山楂樹之戀]

WS News:

  1. Thanksgiving Weekend Films loom (The Hollywood Reporter)

West Screen:

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLAC-SEC

While it is based on a classic French comic book of the same name, this film owes much to films like THE MUMMY, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and characters like Lara Croft.   Throw in  dash of the Renaissance, some steam punk designs, a dinosaur, and some sci-fi and you get this crazy fun film.  Some may find the film a bit long in places as the pacing may not suit everyone.  And of course one might question the logic of why an ancient Egyptian animated mummy would be able to speak perfect French, but of course we are talking about an animated mummy, so logic is not really at the core of the film.  If you can look beyond these minor nit-picks you will likely fall in love with this heroine and her exploits.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK

As of this writing, I still haven’t had the opportunity to see the ‘Facebook’ movie as some have called it.  Kevin gives high praise to the film and this has been echoed by others, so I do intend to catch it as soon as I can.

SKYLINE

Skyline was not loved by critics.  It currently stands at only 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, but despite its flaws, I still found it fun.  It is a true representation of a film made by SFX people.  That is it lacks on story and delivers on effects.  I kept wanting to see much more than I was shown but it showed enough to keep me engaged.  I disliked the ending, but I understood it as a member of the gamer generation.  It could have used better acting and a better story, but MONSTERS (as discussed back in episode 46) gave us that but failed to deliver on effects and resulted in a true disappointment.  At least SKYLINE had me saying ‘cool’ at a few points in the film.

NEXT EPISODE (#50)

BRUCE LEE, MY BROTHER

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

One thought on “East Screen / West Screen #49 – Pharaohs, Flying Saucers, and Facebook”

  1. I won’t be expecting much from “Skyline” but I’ll check it out only because David Zayas (of “Dexter” fame) is in it. I can’t fathom to imagine how long and tedious it is having to wait for the next season of “Dexter” to come. Don’t understand all the hate for Julia Stiles on “Dexter”. She was a likeable character.

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