DVD: Defiance, Killshot, and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus


Killshot is director John Madden’s adaptation of an Elmore Leonard crime novel and stars Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Thomas Jane. Lane and Jane play a couple placed in the Federal Witness Protection program after witnessing a crime. Rourke plays a hit man sent out to search and destroy the couple, picking up psychopath Gordon-Levitt along the way.

Daniel Craig stars in the World War ll movie Defiance. Based-on-a-true-story, the Edward Zwick directed film centers on four Jewish brothers living in Nazi-occupied Poland who escape into the forest and join Russian resistance fighters against the Nazis. The film falls flat from fake Polish accents and over sentimentality but Craig looks rather fantastic in leather.

Come on and admit it. You’ve dreamt of the day when Lorenzo Lamas and Deborah Gibson both star in a movie about prehistoric sea monsters set on destroying California. Now it is here. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus are two sea monsters who just love to tear down San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and take on the acting chops of Lamas and Gibson.

Quantum of Solace Bond Girl Not a Match for James Bond

gl 2008/11/25

Checking off the essential ingredients that make a James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace didn’t disappoint in the hard, fast action department. From the moment the cinema lights go down, the audience is thrust in to an exciting car chase in Siena, Italy, with our hero destroying yet another gorgeous automobile. This time round it’s the stunning, and expensive, Aston Martin DBS. Check one, our hero is in a bit of bother; check two, he’s driving a fancy sports car; and check three, he is not in Kansas. Number four on my list is Bond’s sense of humor, which is sadly lacking in Daniel Craig’s follow up to the superior Casino Royal. Fifth and sixth on my list are two of the most essential Bond movie elements of its 23rd outing: the Bond girl and the villain. I realize that this contemporary Bond movie is trying its best to be a real life story of a spy and Quantum of Solace certainly had me holding my armrests throughout the stunning violence that Bond inflicts and endures. But Bond’s villain, Dominic Greene (Matthew Amalric), the chairman of an ecological organization called Greene Planet, is about as sinister a foe as green salad. We know he’s no match for Daniel Craig’s Bond, who is an impressive killing machine. Disappointing still, is the lead lady and lover of Greene, Camille (Olga Kurylenko). She’s a delicate, skinny victim of a Bond girl who doesn’t even land on her back for the good of Her Majesty’s secret service. Where Vespa Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale was tough, sexy, and intelligent, Camille fails to deliver much of any emotion.


But beside the nit picking, Daniel Craig is the most exciting Bond ever and demands our constant attention. The violence is obvious and has consequences; people are in pain, people scream, and people die. And more importantly, the effects, in most part, are real and more awe inspiring than much of the computer generated garbage we see today. I just wanted more: more humor, more evil bad guys, and an incredible knock-out of a female lead. Imagine Angelina Jolie as a Bond girl and then you know where I’m coming from.

Ginger Liu