I’ve finally finished watching all three seasons of “Deadwood” series.  As with most other HBO series, this one is very very good.  There are interesting characters, acting, setup, decorations, and such.  Many would appreciate the amount of swearing and naked women, considering the rough location and times of the events.

Personally, I would prefer to see much more violence and action.  Also, I think the most bright characters weren’t given enough screen time or appropriate matter to deal with.  And there were too much of secondary characters who were crowding the episodes.

However, still a good piece of entertainment which would help you to learn a few words and phrases that you wouldn’t use very often.  An overall of 4 stars from me.

Death Race

Just came back from watching “Death Race” in the movies.  Back when I saw the trailer for this film, I thought to myself that it looks like a very safe recipe. I mean, you have Jason Statham as a driver, lots of cards, some hot girls, plenty of chases and shooting.  What are the chances of it going bad?  Practically none. But what are the chances of it turning into something interesting and original?

It turned out that whatever were the chances, they weren’t enough.  On one hand, we indeed have Jason Statham and lots of cars, shooting, and explosions.  The special effects were done nicely, and there was not much screen time without something brutal happening.  On the other hand, there is nothing new.  In fact, the story and the circumstances were simplified a lot, and in such a way that there is no need to explain anything or to connect the story pieces together with long talks or travels.  The plot is simple and uncovers itself in all obviousity (did I just come up with a new word?) at approximately the fifth minute of the movie.

Was it bad?  No, it wasn’t.  It was worth every penny, and was well worth the time I spent.  Chases were nice, characters were not bad, and I liked most of the effects.  The whole thing is pretty dynamic and enjoyable.  It was also made for the big screen.  But seeing it once is enough and I doubt that I’ll buy or rent it on DVD.  At least, any time soon.

An overall rating of 6 out of 10 is, I think, appropriate.

Kung Fu Panda

Being a great of kung fu movies, I aboslutely had to see “Kung Fu Panda“.  Even though it is an animation, it still features Jackie Chan and lots of kung fu training and fights.  I don’t know what it is about kung fu movies that drags me in and occupies my attention, but it’s always the same.  And “Kung Fu Panda” was no exception.

And it wasn’t a disappointment.  Great animation, good humor, and the best of kung fu – it’s all there.  The last dumpling fight is up there with the rest of the best kung fu fights.  And an extra point for choosing the animals for characters and kung fu styles.  Lots of fun.

Overall, a 7 out of 10.  Recommended for any fans of animation, Jack Black, or kung fu movies.