Just saw this movie at a local art-house cinema a few days ago. Not sure if it ever got a wide release, but it's been doing its rounds in festivals for a while now and it was nominated for an Oscar last year.
It essentially tells the story of the first years of the life of Genghis Khan up to his rise as the leader of the Mongols and their unification.
Typical of "epic" movies, it boasts some fantastic cinematography and some heavyweight performances.
It falls a tad short on some other things though. The story of Genghis Khan is itself a pretty cloudy affair, being half-fact and half-legend. The movie apparently tries to retain this by "rushing" past some things not described in the myth to maintain the mystique.
For example, the hero will leave his wife and the next scene he'll return years later having gathered an army. This combined with the running time (a "modest" 2 hours + change) gives it a feeling of being a bit rushed.
It's very rare that a 2-hour movie leaves you wishing for more, but it really would benefit greatly from another half hour or so.
Still, some great stuff here.
Recommended if only for it's fantastic landscapes, great battles and legendary story.
Saw this a while back and definitely agree. They had something great beneath the surface but it wasn't executed very well. That part you're talking about really bothered me when he returned and suddenly had a huge army with no explanation of how he made the clans unite behind him. The Khan story has so much potential to be an amazing movie.
Wayne's World 2- a film where Wayne gets a vision in which he puts together a concert called Waynestock. Starring Mike Myers (The Love Guru), Dana Carvey (Wayne's Wolrd), and Christopher Walken (Hairspray). I think this film was an awesome sequel. Good stuff, and equally funny as the first film. I was having doubts of how good the sequel would be, but it was enjoyable. Loved seeing Aerosmith in this film.
A group of nerdy freshmen kids sick and tired of getting bullied everyday hire a bodyguard to help protect them.
This movie is actually alright, nothing too great or memorable but it was enjoyable and with enough funny moments to be entertaining. The kids were really good as was Owen Wilson. Although it's cliched as hell it has a kind of charm to it which I liked. The bullies especially the lead bully were a little too over the top for my liking. Just sadistic psychos to be honest. I did love the ending fight scene though. Overall good for a watch but I don't think its really something I'd see again.