Mini-Review Monday: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Robin HoodRelease: June, 14 1991

Story: Robin Hood (an Englishman nobleman played by Kevin Costner) returns to England following his imprisonment in Jerusalem. He fought with King Richard the Lion Heart in the Third Crusade. The king is still out of the country, leaving his brother (Prince John, who is not or mentioned seen in this movie) to rule in his stead. Unfortunately, the Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Alan Rickman) is crooked and despicable. He abuses the poor and downtrodden, is nasty with women, kills unjustly, and strives for even more power. Upon his arrival home, Robin Hood finds his father dead and his home destroyed. Along with a man a fellow Jerusalem prisoner, Azeem (a Moor man played by Morgan Freeman); a blind friend; a band of outlaws from Sherwood Forest (led by John Little played by Nick Brimble); a woman he’s falling in love with, Maid Marian (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio); and a drunken Friar (Mike McShane), Robin hopes to reinstill hope in the oppressed people by steeling from the rich and giving to the poor. With the people’s support, Robin and his friends will be able to take down the Sheriff, his future seeing witch (yeah, she’s a really ridiculous and stupid idea), and his right hand man, his cousin Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Michael Wincott).
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Mini-Review Monday: The Karate Kid Part III

The Karate KidRelease: June 30, 1989

Story: Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and Daniel (Ralph Macchio) return to the states after the events of the last movie. With the winnings he obtained from Part II, Daniel decides to forgo college in order to open up a bonsai business with Mr. Miyagi, which the latter initially objects to because he wants Daniel to get a good education. Daniel meets and falls for Jessica (played by Robyn Lively). Jessica reveals she has a boyfriend back home in Ohio but the two stay friends. In the meantime, Sensei John Kreese (played Martin Kove) wants revenge for losing the the All-Valley Tournament and being humiliated by Mr. Miyagi in the first movie. While Kreese is recuperating in Tahiti (it’s a magical place), an evil millionaire and former Vietnam War friend of his played by Thomas Ian Griffith enacts the super complicated revenge scheme. The rich friend enlists the help of “Karate’s Bad Boy” Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) and the three set out to turn Daniel into a psychotic, violent jerk; break up him and Mr. Miyagi; win the All-Valley Tournament; and possibly hurt Daniel and Mr. Miyagi in the process.
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SelmaTwo things I hate: racism and politics. I don’t like to bring the latter into this blog. This is not a political soapbox but a place to discuss movies. That being said, films can be political, and it is impossible for me to review Selma without dragging politics into it. So here we go. Continue reading