Stopping briefly in a small Texas town, an itinerant race car driver finds that his stock car, on a trailer behind his motor home, has just been quickly and expertly stripped. He chases down the miscreants, who turn out to be six orphan children. He has no recourse to the law, for the corrupt local sheriff takes most of the proceeds of their thievery in exchange for not putting them in an orphanage. They are charming rogues who are in turn charmed by him. Disliking their arrangement with the sheriff, they stow away with him, and he finds himself becoming a reluctant stepfather. Thanks to their enthusiasm and incredible mechanical know-how, he begins to make a name for himself on the racing circuit. But the sheriff doesn't take kindly to losing his extra income...
When a retired stock car driver, Brewster Baker, meets up with a group of orphans intent on dismantling his car, he takes them under his wing and sets them to work helping him return to the racing scene. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Rene R (kr) wrote: Though the film itself is not very interesting the subject is.
mike d (mx) wrote: Natural City is a Korean Blade Runner. It is about a cop who falls in love with a cyborg go-go dancer. In order to save her he teams up with a chopshop doctor and plans to kill a human girl for parts. Things go seriously wrong when he gets busted and suspended from the force.The special effects were great. The fight scenes were great. The plot lagged in places. I was bored a couple times while watching. This is the only major movie the director did. Maybe this is the reason.This could have been a lot better. I was kind of let down.
Jonathan D (kr) wrote: Confronting, rancid, tantalising, with sex you can almost smell.
Julie M (it) wrote: An easy going film, it's funny in places.
horacio s (de) wrote: Hungry, very hungry that's how i feel after watching this movie. Perfect beautiful shots of the food and how is prepare makes this movie full of flavor. The food is display in way that looks so delicious, you could almost smell it, taste it, or even touch it. Unfortunately, you only use two of your senses in this experience; you see the beautiful colors of the natural or cooked food, the smoked coming out of the steak, the fish, the soup or the tortillas, you also hear the noise when is cooking. This movie is a total treat. Elizondo is a great lead, the three daughters are all natural and charming, and even his future wife is cute and simple. Ignoring completely the original movie "Eat Drink Man Woman", this movie can stand on his on. This movie left me smiling, is full of hearth and hope, a great movie to watch with your family. The story of a widower and his three adults daughters living in the same house. The story travels around the ceremony of eating dinner with your whole family. The respect for sharing this moment together everyday, make the girls share their most important and life changing decisions at the table, even the father shares his feelings. I just have one announcement before you watch this movie, eat and eat good because otherwise you gonna feel very hungry at the middle of the movie.
Harry W (nl) wrote: With a full-fledged passion for the martial arts style of Jet Li, Once Upon a Time in China sounded like a good chance to look back at the man in his early cultural glory.It's important to acknowledge that prior to seeing Once Upon a Time in China I was familiar with Jet Li strictly through his English-language action with the exception of the big-budget Wushu epic Fearless (2006). As such, I was not fully certain of what to expect from Once Upon a Time in China and so it didn't reach my expectations. Much greater in scale and narrative-driven than a standard martial arts vehicle, Once Upon a Time in China puts a greater emphasis on its genuine narrative than simply on action, even though it succeeds at doing both. However, as a viewer not familiar with the historical relevance of the narrative I lean more favourably towards the action-driven part of the story. But throughout the slow-paced and extensive story, it ends up being rather sporadic. Due to its Chinese roots in history it is difficult to ascertain for certain how much of the story in Once Upon a Time in China maintains historical fidelity and how much is dramatized for the sake of forming an action narrative. I have no idea what the story means to audiences in its native country, but I can appreciate the style in which it is told. However, there seems to be a very large scale of events going on in the course of the story and between the larger scope of events and the many characters they try to fit into it, the characterization gets lost and keeping track of everything becomes more challenging. I might have been able to follow it all more if I spoke the language of the film, but between attempting to admire the style of the film and pick up on all the themes in the dialogue-heavy dramatic sequences I managed to get lost. Western audiences are bound to find more appreciation for Once Upon a Time in China on the basis of its martial arts choreography than the relevance of its Eastern culture and from that perspective there is inconsistency in the overall value of the cinematic experience.Whenever the action happens in Once Upon a Time in China, it tends to last variable rates of time. There are various long-running scenes which are empowered by the strength of the choreography and the visual style which captures it all, but it isn't always easy to determine when they're gonna come in. The fight scenes prove strongly impressive thanks to the dedicated efforts of the cast and the way they target each other and bounce off of the surroundings. The use of wires and stunt doubles is key to this all, but the spectacle of action entertainment is enrichened by the powerhouse physical performances of the bodies on display. The action occurs in a versatile collection of settings which give strong and colourful backgrounds to every scene along with the detailed production design and costumes even if there aren't fights occurring in them. The cinematography manages to consistently keep the appeal of the scenery empowered in the backdrop, and the use of long-shots, Dutch angles and slow motion manages to add further atmosphere to it all. And the musical score sweeps this all up, ensuring that the entire film works to serve as a strong piece of testimony to Tsui Hark's directorial credibility.In terms of acting, it should be noted that Once Upon a Time in China still manages to succumb to some of the flaws of even the most generic kung fu movies. Namely, the English-language version has dubbing with voice actors who are a little too juvenile to capture the spirit of the actual actors, and they seem to just chatter over each other a bit much. But then again, that's to be expected. Yet somehow even the Chinese-language version is propped with mediocre dubbing. It matches the spirit of the cast more, but it still fails to sync up with the mouths of the actors much of the time. It is a feature that viewers must overlook much of the time to see the greater value in Once Upon a Time in China. Amid it all, Jet Li delivers a solid leading performance. In the role of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung, Jet Li manages to deliver natural charisma in his own native language. Even if the story itself can become a little too big to track at times, Jet Li effectively remains a competent and charismatic lead who grasps the wisdom of his character without faltering on the emotional humanity of the part or the occasional flair for comic spirit. Though the many characters of the film get lost in the crowd, Jet Li's heroic spirit manages to carry himself through the entire film with dedication to the script. Of course, the greatest asset he contributes is his incredible martial arts skills. Jet Li manages to fight as if he is a dancer as he does it with swift speed yet smooth grace and never back down to anyone. Though he puts fear in the character, he doesn't integrate it into his technique and keeps a consistent flow throughout his endless spectacle of martial arts. Jet Li's fighting spirit in Once Upon a Time in China is far more kata oriented than in American productions due to its focus more on showing off techniques than on using them solely to create violent visual content, and the passion of his ambition manages to carry the real spirit of martial arts very nicely.Once Upon a Time in China is a culturally rich film which ties strong martial arts choreography into a tale of a legendary Chinese folk hero and is empowered by Jet Li's role in capturing both sides to this, but with its extensive running time and slow pace making the wide scope of the story less-interesting to keep up with, the story itself proves less structurally sound for a western perspective.
Mohammed Q (it) wrote: A good drama from ( France ) nominated for 2 oscars >> best actress and best foreign film
MarcOlivier M (fr) wrote: Quel film incroyable...
William G (es) wrote: Excellent, thought-provoking film
Derek W (ag) wrote: A tongue-and-cheek nod to the movie industry and all of the memorable characters it has created.
Danny M (ca) wrote: Good comedy. This is noting speacial and with the talent involved I feel the film could have been better but it is still a good film
Sandra D (es) wrote: I sat down to watch this movie because I thought it was The Good Shepherd movie with Matt Damon but I was wrong. But I decided to watch the movie anyway. This movie is about a priest (Slater) who believes that his fellow priest is innocent of the murder he's accused for. He starts cooperating eith a journalist in order to clear the priest's name. I wasn't all that amazed by this movie and it was a bit boring at times. Christian Slater's effort was the best thing about this movie.
Ted B (de) wrote: Can I give it zero stars? How this even got 48% on rotten tomatoes is beyond me.
Andrejs P (br) wrote: This movie had a good story and a great soundtrack. Some of the gun battles are a little unrealistic as well but while this movie is about the violence, its got an above average story to tell. I've only seen a few movies of this genre, but I think this one is the best i've seen.