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Gargoyle (R: 2004)

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Gargoyle (Rated R: 2004. 84 minutes – Action / Fantasy / Horror. Russian produced.)

Director: Jim Wynorski. Starring: Michael Paré as Ty “Griff” Griffin; Sandra Hess as Jennifer Wells; Fintan McKeown as Father Nikolai Soren; Kate Orsini as Dr. Christina Durant; Tim Abell as Lex; William Langlois as Inspector Zev Aslan; Petri Roega as Father Adrian Bodesti; Rene Rivera as Gogol; and more.

Storyline tackles an age-old tale about a Christian priest killing off one of the world’s last gargoyles whose body falls down a hole into the earth that they seal with “the blood of Christ”. Jump to modern day where a CIA agent is sent to Bucharest with his partner to investigate numerous kidnappings and while trying to bust the thiefs, an earthquake releases a gargoyle from inner earth out to wreak havoc around the city. This gargoyle, ready to breed and multiply is also out for vengeance, and tracking down the only crossbow known to kill him. Effects are plain and definitely poorly done CGI. Plot has value, flow had errors, and after trying to watch this over 2 late nights, I fell asleep midway twice. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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300 (R: 2007)

300 (R: 2007)
Directed by Zack Snyder. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Starring: Gerard Butler … King Leonidas, Lena Headey … Queen Gorgo, Dominic West … Theron, David Wenham … Dilios, Vincent Regan … Captain, Michael Fassbender … Stelios, Tom Wisdom … Astinos, Andrew Pleavin … Daxos, Andrew Tiernan … Ephialtes, Rodrigo Santoro … Xerxes, and many more.
Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity.
An Amazing epic tale of the Battle of Thermophylae in 480 B.C. when Persia and it’s Immortal army tried to take Sparta. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel telling of a magical historical battle of 300 Spartans up against tens of thousands of ogre-like Immortals and beast slaves of the Persian God-King Xerxes. From defiance to adultery, from deceipt to ignorance, from pride to humility, the mythic race of Spartans, trained from birth as warriors, followed by their progeny, disregard Persia’s request to submit to the Persian world empire. With magic and sorcery, spears and shields, a tremendous battle takes place between the Spartans and the Persians to prevent their entry into Greece. This is a must-see movie. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Opening week: While I was amongst the first to see it’s opening date – lines were not too bad even for the opening matinee, but the crowds are filling the theaters. Spine tingling, exciting, edge of your seat stuff. Reviewed by Leaf McGowan, 9th Marz 2007. More Reviews: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416449/.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG: 2010)

Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG: 2010)

Directed by: Director: Jon Turteltaub. Starring: Nicolas Cage … Balthazar Blake; Jay Baruchel … Dave; Alfred Molina … Maxim Horvath; Teresa Palmer … Becky Barnes; Toby Kebbell … Drake Stone; and many more.

Great classic tale of a coming-to-age young sorcerer learning his abilities and having to save the world from the forces of darkness. Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake who is released from a magical canister with his arch-nemesis Maxim Horvath. He winds up finding the young sorcerer to pass on his skills to and make a protege. As the young Dave stutler played by Jay Baruchel begins his magical apprenticeship, and begins to fight off evil, he falls for a girl who gets in the way. Pretty action packed and great special effects. Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Thor (PG-13, 2011)

Thor
(PG-13: 2011)
Director: Kenneth Branagh; Starring: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Clark Gregg as
Agent Coulson, and many more.

Based on the Ragnarok mythology, the 2011 American Superhero film “Thor” is based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name. The film starts out in 965 CE with Odin, the King of Asgard, waging war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey for the prevention of them conquering the nine realms, beginning with Earth. Odin’s soldiers defeat the Frost Giants and sieze the source of their magical power – the Casket of Ancient Winters. Just as Odin’s son Thor is about to take the throne, the Frost Giants break into Asgard and try to steal the casket back. This infuriates Thor, and against his father’s orders, travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey and experiences battle with them, breaking the standstill that Odin worked so hard to establish. Odin is angered with his irresponsibility and wants him to learn what it is like not to have Godly powers or his hammer. However, his evil bother Loki discovers he really is Laufey’s son, kills off Odin his false father, and tries to take the throne for the Ice Giants as the new king of Asgard. He lands in New Mexico where he is found by the astrophysicist Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy Lewis, and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig. The government gets attracted to the wormhole through which Thor travelled to reach Earth and the men in black are soon taking all of Jane’s team’s data. Thor and Jane begin to develop a romance as she helps him get back his hammer and deal with becoming human. The Warriors Three find out what is happening and go to retrieve Thor, after which Loki sends the Destroyer to pursue and kill Thor. Battle on Earth, Thor eventually gets his hammer back, and and defeats the Destroyer. They then return to confront Loki and stop his plan. Odin wasn’t killed and awakens, repairs things with his son Thor, and Thor misses Jane. Thor 2 is planned for July of 2013. I found the film riddled with mythology, in-depth interpersonal dynamics of the Gods and their family relationships, and modern day implementation of ancient myths regarding Thor. High action, emotional appeal, great special effects, and good story line. The 3D gave it a high class edge. Review by Leaf McGowan. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 4/23/11.

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