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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jurassic World Trailer


The trailer for Jurassic World is here, and it is rather impressive. Even though the original Jurassic Park is a classic, the sequels are not exactly good, but with Chris Pratt starring, Jurassic World is shaping up to to, what could, one of 2015's most fun adventures. At first, the trailer did not sell me with the kids going off to the park. However, when Chris Pratt stepped-into frame and a slower rendition of the Jurassic Park theme kicked in, the trailer sold me on the film. It may be a bit too similar to the original film, and no film will ever have the WOW-factor of showing dinosaurs for the first time on film, but Jurassic World will hopefully turn the franchise around. Chris Pratt is on a roll, and after watching Parks and Recreation, which he plays one of the best parts of the show, he can do no wrong right now. What did you think of the trailer? Please comment below and let me know.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Legend of Korra: Remembrance Review

With the Legend of Korra series coming to a close, the plot is going to move forward, right? Right!?

*Spoilers Ahead*
Unfortunately, no, "Remembrance" is a recap episode with only about five minutes of new footage. The previous episode, "Reunion," seemed to be stalling for time with its superfluous side plots, and "Remembrance" is a near complete waste of time. However, it is not completely without its merits.

For viewers who watched the Legend of Korra from the beginning, this recap episode probably helped remind viewers about the events of previous seasons, although having watched both Avatar and Korra series a few months ago, this was not all that necessary of a reminder. 

If you are familiar with anime, it is notorious for airing recap episodes to buy time for the production crew to make new episodes. However, those recap episodes are often labeled as episode "6.5" or something to that effect because it does not affect the overall number of episodes. Unfortunately, "Remembrance" is the eighth episode of the season in of twelve or thirteen episodes in total, which is disappointing. Apparently, creator, Bryan Konietzko posted on Tumblr that the series' budget was cut, so they either had to layoff some crew or make a "clip show," and obviously he went with the clip show. You can read his full post here.

With all of my disappointment and explanation out of the way, "Remembrance" was not a bad episode all things considered. The creators said that adding a bit of new footage and some narration by the characters in the context of the story was inspired by the anime, Samurai Champloo, an anime by ShinichirĊ Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop and Terror in Resonance.

"Remembrance" was split up into three parts following Mako's side of the story, Korra and Asami's one, and then Varrick and Bolin's amusing retelling.

Mako telling Prince Wu about his romantic shortcomings with Korra and Asami was surprisingly entertaining to watch. It is kind of surprisingly to be reminded by how much romantic action Mako had throughout the first two seasons, and all of the trouble that it caused. The commentary by Prince Wu and Mako's family was funny for the most part. 

Korra and Asami's part of the episode proved to be the most boring with a simple and straightforward narration of the series. It did not feature any fun commentary or humor, and Korra and Asami literally just told each other everything that they already knew for no reason.

Varrick and Bolin's part of the episode offered some amusing moments with Varrick hijacking the actual story in favor of his absurd retelling. By combining a lot of footage throughout the previous seasons, even if some altered editing, it managed to make fun of the series with some great metahumor like taking a shot at how boring of an antagonist season two had. 

One aspect of this episode stood out to me, the difference in animation between the previous seasons and season four. Even though season two is the weakest of the series in terms of animation, seasons one and three seem to be more refined and contain far better use of shadows than this current season. Season four appears to be more one note with its shading and use of color. Hopefully season four will improve in these final few episodes. 

What could have been TLOK's "Ember Island Players," had some of the fun commentary about the previous events, but it still did not deliver anything necessary in the overall story.

Overall: 6.5/10- As far as recap episodes go, "Remembrance" is one of the better ones. That being said, it is still a recap episode in the final season of an already short series, and regardless of the behind the scenes problems (screw Nickelodeon), "Remembrance" felt like a waste of precious time. 


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Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer - Watch it Now!


Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is finally here! First impression: Well, this is definitely a teaser. In the 90 seconds of trailer, there is almost nothing revealed, and considering that there is a year before the film is released, I can't blame them. The only other thing that I might have wanted is a brief clip of an original cast member. Other than that, the special effects look great, and you can definitely tell that they are shooting on location rather than on a green screen. The biggest thing revealed in the trailer is the new Sith Lightsaber with the cross at the hilt. When you think about it, it is actually a good idea for fighting. Also the voice over, by, I assume, Adam Driver is quite menacing. What did you think of the trailer? Please comment below and let me know!



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New Star Wars Trailer Coming


The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered in over one hundred theaters yesterday, and now the trailer is set to be released online later today. The trailer is said to be 88 seconds in length, and there is not much else revealed about it. Please be sure to check back later today for when I post the full trailer when it is released.



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all fellow Americans! And to add a bit of humor to your Thanksgiving, here are some funny and geeky pictures, and thanks to all of the readers for commenting and reading my blog over the past several years!








P.S. As before, sorry everyone for the not replying to comments lately. Typing is still very difficult. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Blacklist Season 1 Review

The Blacklist, one of the top series of last year, and with season one being released on Netflix and season two recently airing, there is no better time than the present to review the series.
When the FBI's most wanted fugitive, Raymond "Red" Reddington, turns himself in to the FBI, he offers the FBI his help in finding and eliminating some of the world's most dangerous criminals and terrorists, who are on Red's list, referred to as "The Blacklist." However, he has one condition; he will only cooperate with one specific FBI agent, Elizabeth Keen, who is a rookie FBI profiler. Why will Red only work with Elizabeth, who Red often refers to as "Lizzie"? No one knows, and now we have a setup for a surprisingly thrilling story about an anti-hero taking down the underworld's worst criminals.
The Good: James Spader completely steals every scene he is in, Surprisingly effective use of insert songs, Unexpected plot twists and turns, Dark and violent for network TV, Reddington is a complex and entertaining character, Elizabeth Keen is a likable character, Believable romance, Fun guest stars, Bad guys ruthlessly killing bad guys, Creepy antagonists, Great sense of twisted humor, Did I mention James Spader?,

The Bad: Ho-hum finale, First half suffers without Spader on screen, One plot point drawn out too long,

Plot: 7.8/10- As with most television series, The Blacklist's writing quality is not always consistent. Many of the episodes use the episodic "villain of the week" approach with about eight episodes forwarding an overarching storyline. Thanks to the variety of creepy and dark villains, the plots are usually varied enough to prevent too much repetition and the hints at the bigger picture in each episode are fun to watch unfold. One aspect of the plot worked particularly well, while the other was drawn out far too long without resolution, although it is obvious to the viewer, thus making it annoying. Unfortunately, without Spader's charismatic performance and ruthless nature, the few episodes that do not heavily feature him suffer from being a bit derivative and standard FBI show. 
*Spoiler* My main problem I have been referring to previously is the identity of Lizzie's father. Obviously, Red is her father, or at least the series is heavily implying it in almost every scene. I figured it out by the second or third episode, and having the series drawout the plot point is annoying! Lizzie is incredibly dense not to figure it out for herself. Hopefully, season two will not take too long straight up revealing who her father is. *End Spoilers*

Characterization: 8.4/10- Of the points given to this category, Reddington is responsible for at least eight points with the rest being for Lizzie, her husband, and the cast of dark antagonists. With the exception of Agent Donald Ressler, who becomes an interesting character towards the end of the series, most of the other FBI agents are bland. As previously stated, the villains are often as intriguing and interesting as they are dark and genuinely disturbing.
Raymond "Red" Reddington: I cannot stress this enough, Reddington's character, thanks to Spader’s performance, is the best aspect of the series. While a dark character like Reddington could easily be dull and brooding, he is, in fact the exact opposite. Red has a dark side whenever the time is right, but he is usually puts up a fun and flamboyant front, which provides a lot of the humor. Trying to describe his personality is somewhat difficult, so you really need to see it for yourself. On a more general note, watching a criminal mastermind anti-hero ruthlessly kill other criminals is absurdly entertaining, or at least, it is entertaining to me. "Bad guys" killing other "bad guys" is something that should be used more often. Because Red is not held by any moral code of honor or law, he has no problems doing whatever is necessary to get what he wants without mercy.
Elizabeth Keen: For an unknown reason, Red will only work with Agent Elizabeth "Lizzie" Keen. After Red, Keen is the most developed character in the cast. For the most part, she is given realistic motivation, and while she can be a bit bland and incredibly dense at not noticing some things, she is likable. Her relationship with her husband Tom Keen, who is a great character in his own right, is well portrayed, and it seems realistic enough. Keen interaction with Red results in her best scenes. Overall, she is a good female protagonist.

Action: 7.3/10- The Blacklist is not necessary an action series; however, there are still shootouts and a few explosions.

Acting: 9.3/10- James Spader is the absolute best actor on network television right now. There are no equals. Without his wide range as an actor, the character of Reddington could have come off as dull and cheesy, yet Spader can turn on a dime between joyful and sarcastic to ominous and terrifying. He can also portray the dramatic scenes with skill. Knowing that Spader will play Ultron in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, every episode of The Blacklist confirms my suspicion that he will likely be the best cinematic villain since Loki! As for the rest of the cast, Megan Boone as Agent Keen is rather good most of the time. Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen is another bright spot in the cast with his complex performance. The other members of the principal cast are all decent, but mostly one note. On the other hand, guest stars such as Alan Alda and others help bring to life the demented criminals that the team tracks down.
      
Soundtrack: 5.9/10- The background score is mostly forgettable, and the use of insert songs are hit and miss, but compared to the crap that 99.99% of other TV shows use, The Blacklist actually used one or two songs that are, in fact, effective.

Humor: 9.2/10- For a serious show, The Blacklist has a great sense of humor, which might not appeal to everyone. 
Reddington is obviously the main source of humor, and it works. His random and lighthearted dialogue in tense situation is absolutely perfect. On the other hand, Reddington has a lot of black, or dark, humor throughout with his actions. For example, his comments before he burns a guy to death made me laugh. Some viewers will not find it humorous, like my mother for example, but others like myself, my brother, and father do find it humorous.
Entertainment Value: 8.0/10- When Spader in on screen, it is nothing but entertainment. Conversely, when either Spader or Boone (Keen) is not on screen, the series suffers. In one or two episodes, I almost mentally check out, but the majority of the series was entertaining.

Overall: 8.0/10- Overall, The Blacklist is the type of series that is successful largely thanks to James Spader and his character Reddington. While other aspects of the series are well done for the most part, it is his role and the use of the exploration of the criminal underground that sets The Blacklist apart.

Closing comments: If you enjoy anti-heroes, then The Blacklist is likely something that you should watch.

Recommended for: James Spader fans, Crime drama fans, Anti-hero fans,

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Doctor Who: Season 8: Top 12 Episodes: Part 2

Here is my second part to the Top 12 Episodes of Doctor Who season eight.



"Robot of Sherwood" is one of those lighthearted and goofy Doctor Who episodes that have little to no relevance in the overall narrative of the season, but nonetheless served to entertain with the fun premise and great humor. Nothing about the episode was special, with the plot having some very daft moments, and other elements seeming a bit too wacky. Despite those problems, "Robot of Sherwood” was entertaining, and that was all that it needed to be. 
*7.5/10*


Wow, looking at my ratings, there is a rather large discrepancy between number six and seven, but "Mummy on the Orient Express" is the episode that set the series on the part to an incredibly strong ending. After the disaster that was "Kill the Moon," "Mummy on the Orient Express" had to fix Clara and the Doctor's broken relationship, while actually having a very strong central plot, unlike "The Caretaker." The concept of the Mummy killing people, which culminated with the Mummy being revealed to be a soldier, gave the Doctor, and the audience, an intriguing and fun mystery to solve. By the end of the episode, Clara finally was able to understand the Doctor’s methods and why he lies to the people that he is trying to save. Overall, "Mummy on the Orient Express" is a very fun, yet smart, episode of Doctor Who that is reminiscent of previous seasons.  
*8.5/10*


The first part of the two part season finale, "Dark Water," proved that all of the Missy madness throughout the season was not for naught. In fact, it took the concept of the series' "afterlife," and twisted it into a clever plot with the Master. While the actual finale was not quite as good as it could have been, "Dark Water" was an excellent and eerie setup.
*9.0/10*


For the first time since season five, Doctor Who had a truly top notch season finale. Even though some elements of "Death in Heaven" could have been executed with more finesse and stronger writing, the episode did not disappoint where it mattered most; the characters. Seeing Clara and the Doctor lie to each other, thinking that they are making the other one happy, proved to be one of the most powerful moments of the entire season. Thematically, everything came together well for one surprisingly powerful finale, even if there were a few moments of iffy writing. 
*9.1/10*


"Time Heist" is not on the level of iconic Doctor Who episode, but it certainly managed to be an entirely fun and tightly written heist story that incorporated a strong mystery and all of the fun that a heist story entails. Looking back at the episode, it did not serve a purpose in the grand scheme of the plot, but it did deliver the type of standalone story that every Doctor Who season needs.
*9.2/10*

2: Listen

"Listen" was Capaldi's first truly great episode. Steven Moffat went back to his roots with an episode that brought back some true scare factor with the mysterious monsters living under the bed, or is it all just in your head? Well, that is for the viewer to decide. The general ambiguity of "Listen" proved to be one of its strongest elements with many aspects being left for the viewer to deduce themselves. While some might scoff at Clara comforting the Doctor as a child, it only reinforced how important she is to the Doctor as a friend. Overall, "Listen" is a beautifully poignant and delightfully atmospheric masterstroke that brings out the best of Moffat's writing skill, and it is what we needed after slow start to the season.
*9.6/10*


Throughout Doctor Who's run, the episodes that are the most unforgettable for me are the ones that build up the suspense in a masterfully creepy ways with episodes like "Blink," "The Empty Child," and even "Girl in the Fireplace" to a lesser degree, and that is exactly what "Flatline" delivered. While not close to the same level of thrills and genius of those previously referenced episodes, "Flatline" is my favorite episode of the season for a multitude of reasons. Even though a few minor aspects, like possibly omitting the opening scene, could have been done to make "Flatline" a truly classic episode of Doctor Who, it still gave us the most original monster since the Weeping Angels with the 2D creatures. Despite the eerie atmosphere, "Flatline" gave us some great laughs with the tiny TARDIS, and the gags from its small size. Plus, Jenna Coleman truly shined as the Clara with the character finally understanding and realized why the Doctor must make the tough calls that he does to save the most lives in the end, as she essentially played the role of the Doctor in the episode. It was a close call between "Listen" and "Flatline" for the number one spot, but thanks to the splendid characterization of Clara and the wonderfully imaginative antagonists, "Flatline" is my favorite episode of Doctor Who's eighth season.
*9.8/10*


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Doctor Who: Season 8: Top 12 Episodes: Part 1

Doctor Who season (or series if you are British) eight has come to a close, and now it is time to take a look back at each episode of the season and rank each one from worst to best. For each episode, I will review it in retrospect and give it an updated score thanks to my weeks of revaluation in mind.



"Kill the Moon" is one of the few episodes of recent Doctor Who that has actually made me angry while watching it. Doctor Who has never been a series where logic always applies, because that is the case for most time-travel stories, but "Kill the Moon" had so many gaps in logic and general stupidity that it makes me wonder if anyone actually read the freaking script! The logic gaps aside, Courtney ruined almost every scene she was in with her annoying dialogue and general uselessness. Almost nothing in the episode worked! Some say that the episode is an allegory for abortion, but as my friend Jamie said, you know what a human child is. On the other hand, no one knows what is inside the moon's giant egg. I could go on and on, but again, logic aside, Clara completely disregarded democracy was terrible! In addition to all that, we had a forced character conflict between Clara and the Doctor. Jenna Coleman managed to nail the scene in terms of acting, but this conflict could have been handled so much better in many different ways. Overall, in my opinion, "Kill the Moon" is one of the worst Doctor Who episodes of recent memory; why did it even happen!?
*2.2/10*

Despite Peter Capaldi's first season as the Doctor being overall strong, unfortunately his first outing, "Deep Breath," is possibly the weakest introduction of any of the last four Doctors. While the episode is not completely without merit, the stupidly written dialogue with the Paternoster Gang and even Clara's character moments fell completely flat. On the plus side, Capaldi had some fun moments of humor, and the scenes involving the clockwork droids and references to one of my favorite episodes, "Girl in the Fireplace," all worked nicely. Unfortunately, most of the episode focused on the other elements. All in all, "Deep Breath" is not the worst episode ever, but rather a disappointment, especially for a season premiere.
*4.5/10*

After the weak first outing, Capaldi's second outing as the Doctor, "Into the Dalek," did not do much to define Capaldi's version of the Doctor or impress all that much, but it was a decent episode of the Doctor Who. However, the episode did have one of my favorite quotes from the entire season, "She's my carer. She cares so I don't have to." The episode shared a few similarities with a previous season one episode "Dalek," and the theme at the end about the Doctor's hatred proved to be an important part of the finale's theme.
*7.2/10*


"In The Forest of the Night" is the type of episode that does not necessarily do any wrong, nor does it do anything all that special. Conceptually, the idea of a forest engulfing the entire planet is rather unique; unfortunately, the execution is not the best. The children, except Abigail Eames as Maebh, only served to distract from the plot with annoying quips, and the episode continued to undermine its sense of danger by completely forgetting the dangers of the animals in the forest throughout the world. Fortunately, Clara and Danny both had some great moments, and the episode's general whimsicalness gave it a fun fairy tail type atmosphere. Overall, not a bad episode by any means, just a slightly forgettable one.
*7.5/10*

"The Caretaker" is the type of episode that is inevitable in the context of the story. At some point during the season, we knew that Danny had to discover the Doctor and Clara's time-traveling adventures, and even though the episode mostly served to progress that plot thread, it did so well enough. Unfortunately, that meant that the episode's main foil, the Skovox Blitzer, was more of an after thought. However, in retrospect, the setup with Danny and the Doctor's dislike of soldiers was an important aspect in the season finale.
*7.5/10*

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Legend of Korra: Reunion Review

"Reunion," an episode about, well, reunions....

*Spoilers Ahead*
Finally, after six episodes, the gang is back together again, for the most part at least. Korra, Asami, and Mako reunite over dinner, and they are unfortunately accompanied by the ever annoying Prince Wu. For the first few minutes of the reunion, the interaction between Asami and Korra was good to see again. Their friendship was one of the better aspects of the previous season, and with three years since seeing each other; the two do have a little conflict. Unfortunately, the character interaction is interrupted by Prince Wu being kidnapped for what would become a mostly unnecessary side plot. With the series winding down to its final episodes, it is this filler with Prince Wu all that necessary? Sure, Kuvira would want to capture Wu, but it does not seem to be all that important in the grand scheme of things by the resolution. The only relevant thing to come out of it is Korra showing off her spirit tracking power. On the plus side, the action is as entertaining as ever, and it ends with the three reminiscing about the adventure being like old times. 

The other part of the episode focused on Varrick and Bolin. Varrick has gone from a character that is occasionally annoying to surprisingly entertaining, and he has even had some development, so it was actually Bolin that delivered a few of the more annoying moments. Again, with the series coming to an end, their little side story seemed unnecessarily dragged out. Almost everything important in the episode with both storylines could have been covered in half the time if it was not for the superfluous sidequests. 

Overall: 7.7/10- While still fun and entertaining at times, "Reunion" could have either focused more on the characters or progressed the plot forward. Unfortunately, it still seems to be stalling until the finale. 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Legend of Korra: Battle of Zaofu Review

After my hiatus from Legend of Korra reviews, I have returned with a review for "Battle of Zaofu."

*Spoilers Ahead*
After Kuvira threatens to take Zaofu by force, Suyin takes a strike team to eliminate Kuvira, and are then captured. Since it is difficult for me to write much and that this is a spoiler review, therefore you know what happened in the episode, I will not reiterate much about the plot in these following episode reviews. 

My initial impression of "Battle of Zaofu" is that is a very solid episode of the Legend of Korra. Finally, Kuvira and Korra face off in the best battle of the season. Season four has had some good fights, but none are even close to this one with Korra entering the Avatar State, yet still getting beaten down by Kuvira. Thus far, Kuvira is one bad*ss antagonist, yet she is not entirely evil either, so it makes her a little more complex. Her Bending style is unique and very interesting to watch in comparison to Korra's Bending style, but seeing an all out barrage of the four elements by Korra was great as well. Also, the music during the battle amplified the feeling of desperation after Korra's defeat to an excellent degree. 

The rest of the episode focused on Bolin and Varrick making an escape, and it proved to be Varrick's best episode by far. After being a coward a lot of the time when anything dangerous happened, Varrick was actually ready to die to stop Kuvira from creating the super weapon. That is a great character moment for him. Plus, his line "that gut Varrick-ed himself because some girl Zhu-Li-ed" was hilarious!

Also, the one scene with Suyin's emo son teaching the kids to paint was funny. 

Overall: 8.7/10- "Battle of Zaofu" is an entertaining and action heavy episode that is finally moving the plot forward, plus it gives Varrick some great character moments. 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Ip Man Review

Ip Man, one of the most overlooked films in Asian Cinema.

Ip Man follows Ip Man (surname Ip, first name Man), the master of the martial art Wing Chun. Ip Man is the real life Kung-fu master of famed martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee.

The film Ip Man features some of, if not, the best choreographed fight scenes ever filmed. In addition to the unbelievably stunning action scenes, the story is strong with compelling characters.
Directed by: Wilson Yip
Genre: Action, Kung-fu, Biopic, Martial Arts,
Release Date: 18 December 2008
Running Time: 108 minutes
MMPA rating: R

The Good: Positively stunning action scene choreography, Effective use of visual contrast, Likable characters, Strong performances, Good sense of humor, High stakes, Invests the viewer in the story, Excellent soundtrack, Superb Cinematography, Great direction,

The Bad:
Plot: 9.1/10- While not the most complex of narratives, Ip Man's story is surprisingly compelling and inspiring in many ways. It features a lot of stand up against tyranny themes, similar to Braveheart. 
The first 30 minutes of the film may seem almost corny at first, but the visual aesthetic is actually intentional with the later part of the film featuring brilliant cinematography and a generally darker tone. *First 30 Minute Spoiler* The majority of the film takes place after the Japanese occupation of China during World War II, specifically the city of Foshan. *End Spoilers* While Ip Man is a real person and the film is somewhat of a biopic, most of the events are fictionalized to make for a more interesting film.

Characterization: 9.3/10- Ip Man (also spelled Yip Man) is the title character. He and his family are effectively established to the point where the audience cares about the characters and what happens when the high stakes are set. The other side characters can be a tad on the corny side at first, but even they receive character arcs.

Action/Direction: 10/10- Now this is where it gets interesting, because Ip Man's fight scenes are amazing. The choreography, training, and skill put into the action scenes are simply mind blowing! While there are one or two scenes that use wires to move the actors, most of the action is actually grounded, which is largely thanks to lead actor, Donnie Yen, who is a martial arts master in his own right. His speed and physicality makes the action scenes believable with one action scene in particular being one of the best ever put to film. Wilson Yip's direction is spot on with perfect framing of the action scenes with sustained, seemingly unedited, steady shots of the fight scenes. The sound editing of the action scenes makes it so that you almost feel every punch and blow.
Acting: 8.7/10- While one or two of the supporting cast overact, Donnie Yen won several Best Actor awards in several Asian academies and festivals, which he was most certainly deserving of, because his performance brought the character to life. Hiroyuki Ikeuchi as Miura plays an effective Japanese antagonist, and Louis Fan's played an interesting side character well. Lynn Hung as Ip Man's wife, Cheung Wing-sing, gave a strong performance that made the character's marriage believable during their short scenes.

Soundtrack: 9.7/10- Kenji Kawai's score is suitably epic and fitting with superb orchestral tracks with a quality not often seen in modern Hollywood fair.

Humor: 7.2/10- While far from a comedy, Ip Man does contain some well timed humor early in the film.

Entertainment Value: 9.9/10- Ip Man thoroughly entertained me with its riveting action sequences and surprisingly epic story.

Overall: 9.5/10- Ip Man is the definitive Kung-fu film that features well realized characters and action scenes that are nearly unmatched by any other film. It is a film that everyone should at least give a try.

Closing comments: Ip Man is one of those films that catches the viewer off guard by how effective the story and characters are portrayed, considering that the action scenes are the highlight of the film. Plus, you can find it on Netflix if you are subscribed.

Recommended for: Action fans, Kung-fu fans, Martial Arts fans, Donnie Yen fans, Asian Cinema fans,

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