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Review: Kung Fu Panda

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Kung Fu Panda really impressed me with how edifying it is.  there are tons of valuable messages yet it was not preachy.  This movie is entertaining and funny I could not stop laughing.  This animated movie is an owner.

Kung Fu Panda is about Po a panda bear that is recruited by a team of Kung Fu masters to help protect the Valley of Peace from an evil snow leopard.  Starring: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie.

The Wisdom of Master Oogway

  • “There are No accidents.”
  • “You are too concerned with what was and what will be.  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift that is why it is called the present.”
  • “Let go of the illusion of control.”
  • The secret of all masters… is in the movie you have to watch it (no spoilers he he)

Likes

  1. Good pace
  2. Great story: with a strong underdog / dreamer rising up to overcome the challenge theme to it.
  3. Nice animation not outstanding but there were some really cool effects.
  4. Good acting:  I really felt the emotions from the voice talent behind the animated characters
  5. Cool use bullet time
  6. I loved Master Oogway
  7. I love the use of the peach tree and especially the symbolic scene with the falling blossoms.
  8. I really liked the wisdom of Master Oogway
  9. The great Zen way of teaching great lessons without teaching the audience.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. I was concerned before watching the film that this movie was going to be stupid funny, not bad but one note.  To my delight Kung Fu Panda is so much more!
  2. It’s petty but I kept getting stuck mentally on the fact that Po being a panda has a father who is a duck!  I actually found it funny yet my mind kept getting hung up on it.  It has no bearing on the quality of the film and is not out of the ordinary for this type of move.  It’s just a little funny thing that got me really excited latter when I expected a big reveal latter on in the movie that I thought I should share.

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Meet The Five

Kung_Fu_Panda_The_Five From left to right: Masters Viper, Monkey, Mantis (on Monkey's head), Shifu, Tigress, and Crane (via Wikipedia).


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DVD Releases: November 4th, 2008

  • TenaciousDmasterworks2 The Complete Master Works 2:  over 3 hours of Tenacious D goodness!!! Hilarious, brilliantly irreverent music from both their old stuff and from The Pick of Destiny.  The set list for the live concert has over 22 tracks and several videos.
  • Futurama: Bender's Game:  The third out of the new Futurama direct to DVD movies.  I loved the first two and hold high expectations for this one as well.  I was disappointed when they raised the prices on The Beast with a Billion Backs $23.99 but now it looks like at $17.99 they are moving back toward the $15.99 price point which I think is a better one.  For more read Bender’s Game Now With Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Get Smart (2 Disc Special Edition):  I loved this movie gave it a 9.5 out of 10, it’s a definite owner.  Exploring: Get Smart
  • Get Smart - The Complete Series Gift Set:  All five seasons of the classic series!!! this show was great, a classic example of television comedy.  I have the first season and can’t stop watching it.  The entire series of Get Smart is a must own.
  • Kung Fu Panda Two - Pack (Kung Fu Panda Widescreen Edition + Secrets of the Furious Five):  This movie got great reviews and going to the top of my rent list, probably a must own.
  • Primeval: Seasons 1 & 2:  Thanks to an unexplained wrinkle in time, prehistoric creatures are running amok through the modern age, prompting evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter to spring into action. With his small team of experts, Cutter takes on the anachronistic beasts and tries to keep a global crisis at bay. But the sudden reappearance of his wife, whom he long believed to be dead, only adds another piece to a very complicated puzzle.  I’ve heard some good things about this series and will have to put it onto my rent list.
  • Reaper: Season 1:  On his 21st birthday, lifelong slacker Sam is confronted by Satan and forced to become a bounty hunter who captures souls escaped from hell. With the help of his clumsy friends, Sam takes on the challenge of sending evildoers back where they belong. I’ve heard some good things about this series and will also have to put it onto my rent list.

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Theater or Renter: June 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For June we have eight movies: Mongol, Kung Fu Panda, The Incredible Hulk, The Happening, Get Smart, The Love Guru, WALL·E, Wanted

Mongol:

Mongol the movie Watch The Theatrical Trailer

Release Date: June 6th

Listed as: Drama, History

Studio: Picturehouse Entertainment

Director: Sergei Bodrov

Written by: Sergei Bodrov with Arif Aliyev

Produced by: Sergei Selyanov, Anton Melnik, and Bulat Galimgereyev

Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun

The Plot / Story: Mongol looks at the life and legend of Genghis Khan. It follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood through to his adulthood and the battle that sealed his destiny as Genghis Kahn. (The Official Site)

Kung Fu Panda:

Kung Fu PandaWatch The Trailer

Release Date: June 6th

Listed as: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family

Studio: DreamWorks Animation

Director: Mark Osborne John Stevenson

Written by: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie

The Plot / Story: Kung Fu Panda is about Po (Jack Black) who is a panda bear that is recruited by a team of Kung Fu masters to help protect the Valley of Peace from an evil snow leopard. (The Official Site) get your copy here

The Incredible Hulk:

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Release Date: June 13th

Listed as: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Superhero Flix

Studio: Marvel Enterprises

Director: Universal Pictures

Produced by:

Written by: Zak Penn, Edward Norton

Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

The Plot / Story: The Incredible Hulk, also known as Hulk 2, is a tale about Bruce Banner the Geneticist and his quest for a cure for a condition that turns him into a raging monster known as the Hulk that lives within him. The military wants to learn how to control the Hulk and use Bruce's research to create super soldiers. In the end they only create an even more deadly monster known as The Abomination. Even though this is the second in the recent Hulk series they are not ignoring the original nor continuing events put forth in that film. (The Official Site)

The Happening:

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Release Date: June 13th

Listed as: Drama, Sci-Fi

Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Produced by:

Written by: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo

The Plot / Story: Philadelphia high school science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and other people begin encountering breakdowns in human behavior in major American cities that lead to chilling deaths that seem to be willing suicides committed by the victims. Appearing to be a disease of some sort, the victims undergo a series of steps: loss of speech, followed by disorientation, and the third step is "fatal." Moore flees from the crisis into Pennsylvania farmlands with his estranged wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel), math teacher friend Julian (John Leguizamo), and his daughter Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) (via Wikipedai). (via Wikipedai) (The Official Site)

Get Smart:

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Release Date: June 20th

Listed as: Action, Comedy

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Peter Segal

Produced by: Alex Gartner, Charles Roven, Andrew Lazar

Written by: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Stars: Steve Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwane Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, James Caan

The Plot / Story: Control agent Maxwell Smart (Carrell) is sent on his first mission which is to stop KAOS in their latest plot for world domination. Agent 99 (Hathaway) is sent with him to keep Maxwell Smart out of trouble. (The Official Site) Get your copy of Get Smart here

The Love Guru:

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Release Date: June 20th

Listed as: Comedy

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Director: Marco Schnabel

Produced by: Mike Myers, Gary Barber

Written by: Graham Gordy, Mike Myers

Stars: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake

The Plot / Story: Pitka (Meyers) an American raised outside of his country by gurus devotes his life to helping troubled couples. He returns to the States to get into the self-help business. He uses unorthodox methods to resolve his first challenge which is to settle the romantic troubles of a professional hockey player (Malco) whose wife left him for a rival lover (Timberlake) before the NHL Stanley Cup. (The Official Site)

WALL·E:

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Release Date: June 27th

Listed as: Action, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Pixar

Director: Andrew Stanton

Produced by: Jim Morris, John Lasseter, Lindsey Collins

Written by: Andrew Stanton

Stars: Ben Burtt, Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy

The Plot / Story: According to John Lasseter:

WALL-E is the story of the last little robot on Earth. He is a robot and his programming was to help clean up. You see, it's set way in the future. Through consumerism, rampant, unchecked consumerism, the Earth was covered with trash. And to clean up, everyone had to leave Earth and set in place millions of these little robots that went around to clean up the trash and make Earth habitable again.

Well, the cleanup program failed with the exception of this one little robot and he's left on Earth doing his duty all alone. He doesn't know he can't stop working. But it's not a story about science fiction. It's a love story, because, you see, WALL·E falls in love with EVE, a robot from a probe that comes down to recover the last plant left on Earth, which curious little Wall-E has picked up. He absolutely falls in love with her.

(The Official Site)

Wanted:

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Release Date: June 27th

Listed as: Action, Thriller

Studio: Picturehouse Entertainment

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Produced by: Marc Platt, Jason Netter, Jim Lemley

Written by: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Chris Morgan, Dean Georgaris

Stars: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelina Jolie

The Plot / Story: Wesley Gibson (James McAvoy) is offered the opportunity to seek revenge in the murder of his father, who was an assassin. Gibson is invited by his father's partner, Sloan (Morgan Freeman), to follow in his father's footsteps.[2] Sloan's second-in-command (Angelina Jolie) mentors Gibson,[3] who follows the death orders issued by the Fates, weavers who read individuals' destinies in fabrics produced by mystical looms (via wikipedia). (The Official Site)