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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

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The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)


Vin Diesel
Karl Urban
Judi Dench

Directed by David Twohy

No matter what the critics say, Chronicles of Riddick was one film I loved and enjoyed; some of the lines Riddick said still stick with me, indulge me:
You made three mistakes: first, you took the job. Second, you came light, a four man crew for me f#@king insulting but the worst mistake you made, empty gun rack.
Also when the Necromonger lord asked him to bow, he replied: I bow to no man.

If you are not in the Riddick army, I advise you take some time from you busy schedule to join in, by watching this well-crafted movie. The movie wasn’t all that perfect there were some lapse in the story telling and then there were some things that didn’t well correlate, but in the end the whole action scene and the whole idea of this night seer made the movie worth it.

Now there was a short animation movie that was done and released a day or so after this movie and it was done to bridge the gap between Pitch Blackand this movie, the name of the 30 minutes animation was The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, which tells us how Jack got left with Imam.

Now Riddick is back at New Mecca to see Imam (after five years since they parted) when he heard that Jack has gone looking for him. Riddick learnt of a new threat that is swooping in on the universe the name of the pirates are the Necromongers and there is some prophesy that a Furyan (which is race that Riddick is from) will kill the leader of this new race, which are dead but alive.

Well the movie displays some very cool fight scenes that I will tell you. There were some areas where Riddick even did the impossible, by killing a guy with a cup.

The movie also gave a brief introduction to who Riddick is and where he is from and how come there is only he left of his race.
The Chronicles of Riddick has a nice cult following that I myself I’m a full member, after the film I made sure I saw the animation and also played the game.
The Chronicles of Riddick didn’t do well in the box office, but its DVD sales were massive and so was the sale of the video game (The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay) that followed, on Xbox and on PC.

There seem to be another Riddick movie coming out this September, the budget is lower there than this movie but no matter, I can do with some more Riddick, what about you?

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)


Starring the voice of
Vin Diesel

Directed by Peter Chung

Funny enough this franchise has not kind of picked up but it is a wonderful franchise, the story of Riddick is one that all have to see and then the video game that followed the release of Chronicles of Riddick, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was totally off the hook, I totally love Riddick.
Pitch Black was a wonderful introduction to our Owl like friend who can see too well in the dark, but the movie that followed 4 years after The Chronicles of Riddick was a better movie and good follow up.

Mr. Riddick here is seen in this half an hour animation that is meant to be something like a bridge between the first movie and the second.
Many that saw the first Pitch Black would have been impressed as I was with the way the movie played out, as the characters were well introduced and so after the movie ended I wondered what will become of the girl.

We had to wait 4 years before the makers David Twohy with the production assistance of Vin Diesel, to answer that question.
After the new Riddick movie was done in 2004 this animation was also released as there seemed to be some form of hole between in the first movie and the second, so this animation was done to fill that hole.
The animation style is anime, and although the animation was a little bit shaky and the story not so grand, but if you have seen the first and the second movie there seemed to be no reason not to see this one, as the cartoon showcased more of the fun of why we love Riddick and less of anything reasonable.

It also focused on solidifying the bond between Riddick and Jack, which was present in the first movie but in the second many who haven’t seen the first will be unable to understand why Riddick will stop at nothing to bring down the Necromongers.

Here our hero (Riddick), Imam and Jack have escaped the planet from Pitch Black and they found themselves picked up by a mercenary ship where they encountered the ship's owner, Antonia Chillingsworth. She is obsessed in collecting criminals and putting them in her collection library.
What she does is to capture them, freeze them and keep the frozen criminals as statues that are in her view, art.

Although the criminals are frozen, they are alive and conscious. Antonia views Riddick as a masterpiece a work of art she has to have and in her desire to see him kill using his wonderful techniques of seeing in the dark, Antonia made the mistake of letting Riddick go and putting him up against some funny machinery, and that is how some series of unfortunate events led to Riddick, Imam and Jack escaping.

In the end, this animation doesn’t make you hate the franchise, but it doesn’t make you love it either, it is not a must watch, but if you are preparing for the new Riddick movie coming out later this year you can just add it to your view list.

Barbershop (2002)

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Barbershop (2002)


Ice Cube
Anthony Anderson
Cedric the Entertainer
Keith David

Directed by Tim Story

Of all the Ice Cube films this is my favorite, it is filled with raw comedy and it is totally cool. The whole Idea of what trouble it is to steal an ATM machine, and then what happens when you borrow money from the wrong people was like a vehicle to progress when it comes to comedy in this film.

I guess my take on Barbershop is that the acting is very much ok, the comedy is well delivered and always straight to the point, causing you the watcher to make regular withdrawals at the laugh bank. The movie was like a helping hand to acting newcomers Eve and Michael Ealy, and it featured some well-rounded actors like Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer and Keith David.

Barbershop makes you laugh all through and plays on the issue that bothers many, “What matters most me or others?” Well that was the question Calvin Palmer, Jr. had to answer as he (Calvin played by Ice Cube) was faced with a dilemma, he either sells the barbershop and chase his dreams or keep it and continue to slug it out with life.

Well Calvin decided to go with the later, believing his dream is bigger and better so he gave up the barbershop that he inherited from his father by selling it to Lester Wallace (Keith David), who fooled Calvin to thinking he will still keep it as a barbershop when he actually will just keep the name Calvin’s Barbershop and turn the shop to a gentleman’s bar.

After a while Calvin learnt he had made a big mistake then he decided to take back the money which ended up being the whole problem that the film is based on, well actually that is half of what the film is based on, because let’s not forget the theft of an ATM machine by JD (Anthony Anderson) and Billy, who believed that they could pry an ATM machine open with power tools.

I just can’t tell you which was funnier to watch, “The tale of the ATM” or “Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) in the barbershop.” Both were just funny to the core, and in the end of the whole movie both incident ended up in the middle with everyone going home happy.

The huge success of the movie led to a sequel (Barbershop 2: Back in Business) being done two years later and then a Spin-Off Beauty Shop. Both movies didn’t make as much money as the first and didn’t get as much critical approval also.

So if you are like me looking for some good homemade laughs, go see barbershop again.