Never-talked-about but amazing Arabian fantasy adventure with incredible production design, costumes and special effects. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., who also co-wrote and produced, stars as Ahmed, a carefree thief living in the shadows of Bagbad who falls in love with the city’s beautiful Princess and undertakes a dangerous quest in her honor. Along the way he faces the dangers of the Arabian desert, from volcanic passages and smoke-breathing dragons to tempting sirens and thrashing sea spiders. The effects are phenomenal, and match even similar fantastic-styled silent epics like Metropolis and The Ten Commandments in wide scope, expressionist power and overwhelming intensity. The monsters that Ahmed faces are incredibly well-done – including the aforementioned sea spider and dragon – but there is also a giant vampire bat, a spirit-like tree man and a winged horse that he befriends. Anyone interested in fantasy and fairytales will find a lot to love here: there are cloaks of invisibility, magic crystals, a flying carpet, cities in the clouds and a dozen other beautifully-rendered fantasy set pieces. The major weakness is the film’s length; it’s very much overdrawn at close to two and a half hours, and it takes well over an hour for the hero’s proper quest to come to the light. Fairbanks is really great, and comes off as a charming and honorable hero, put through the wringer and ready to face the greatest threats for his love. All swashbuckling exploits, from Errol Flynn to Johnny Depp, owe a great debt to Fairbank’s style, charisma and wild stunts. Some people don’t like silent movies but this movie is still highly recommended!
This movie was absolutely stunning. It really should have gotten more attention when it was released, however, more attention may ruin the movie. If you want to get the best out of this movie, don’t do too much research into it…infact, stop reading the reviews. Too many of the reviews give away a massive spoiler without meaning to. Anyway, this movie is simply amazing. I am speechless. I watched the movie not knowing if it was real or fake. At the end I was pretty sure it was 100% real, but I quick google search proved me wrong. Regardless this is one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Doug Benson is the blazing stand-up comedian behind this documentary. As you can imagine, it’s a pot version of the infamous Super Size Me documentary where some guy (over-)eats nothing but McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month straight and monitors his resulting decline in various measures of health along the way. Doug, a self-proclaimed stoner, sets off on his journey for 30 days of not smoking at all (which was a challenge in itself). He measures his health and other indices of being to get a baseline, and then burns it up for the following 30 and keeps track of his, you guessed it, improving stats. Plenty of stand-up material here, and while it is a film most appreciated by those who love Mary Jane, even straight shooters should check it out. I mean, in a day when politicians have now bankrupt California to the extent that 800 million dollar budget cuts have been made directly to public schools, maybe we should all just pull some tubes and legalize hemp and put well over one billion in tax dollars right back into the Golden State. It’s probably not the best film that you’ve ever seen, and it surely reeks a bit of pro-pot direction, but no more than its french-fried version seemed biased against the fast food industry. For those who are not familiar with California’s legal medical marijuana shops, this film gives a great background that will be an unbelievable surprise and surely bake your brain.
I gotta say I am not big on comedies, but this one is truly one of the best I have ever seen. We see Gaylord Focker trying like hell to be accepted by his fiancee’s father, who we learn is an ex- CIA employee who is suspicious of nearly everyone and everything. And it puts poor Focker in every miserable situation on the planet attempting to gain this man’s approval so he can marry his daughter, but no matter how hard Focker works at it he seems to screw everything up. But in the end he screws up so badly that everyone considers him totally despicable. The role Stiller plays here is one we can alll identify with. We have all felt like we don’t measure up to the expectations of someone we fear, and it’s so well done here that I can totally identify with Focker. He’s a totally decent guy who falls into a pit where nothing he tries to do right ever goes right. It makes for some truly hysterical moments, and it’s some truly classic comedy we can all appreciate. I loved this movie so much. And it represents the best of classic comedy with some heart touching moments for good measure. If you like comedy, and even if you don’t, if you have a sense of humor you should love this like I did.