Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(30) Stars of Summer - Day 27: Jackie Chan

Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?

You've got it by now, but once again here are the rules. Check out this list of all the month's actors with links to what's available on Netflix Instant. If you're not a Netflix subscriber, maybe this will help.

Day 1: Jimmy Stewart
Day 2: Catherine Deneuve
Day 3: Christopher Lee
Day 4: Bette Davis
Day 5: Nicolas Cage
Day 6: Diane Keaton 
Day 7: Orson Welles 
Day 8: Catherine Keener 
Day 9: Kurt Russell
Day 10: Pam Grier
Day 11: Clint Eastwood
Day 12: Susan Sarandon 
Day 13: Cary Grant 
Day 14: Barbara Stanwyck 
Day 15: Keith David 
Day 16: Frances McDormand 
Day 17: Gary Oldman 
Day 18: Marilyn Monroe 
Day 19: Dick Miller 
Day 20: Jennifer Jason Leigh 
Day 21: Laurence Fishburne 
Day 22: Whoopi Goldberg
Day 23: Kevin Bacon
Day 24: Christina Ricci 
Day 25: Jack Nicholson 
Day 26: Melanie Griffith


  1. Supercop (1992)

    I haven't seen Police Story or Police Story 2, so maybe I don't have the best frame of reference for this one. Of the Jackie Chan movies I've seen, this was one of the better ones. It had the same problems as the others -- dull plotting, long stretches of bad dialogue and cartoonish acting -- but the action scenes are excellent, particularly when Michelle Yeoh is onscreen. The last 20 minutes of the movie make the whole thing worthwhile.

  2. Supercop (1992)

    Beaten to the punch again! I really enjoyed this one, although Patrick is right on the money about the plotting and acting. But good lord, does the ending make up for it! Chan is a big fan of Buster Keaton, and it really shows in how his action scenes mix thrills and comedy. The train finale certainly seems inspired by the Keaton classic The General.

  3. WHO AM I? (1998)

    Typical mid-90’s HK action vehicle to show Jackie (playing an amnesiac secret agent who gradually begins remembering) doing his usual choreographed fights, acrobatics and stunts to delight HIS audience. Other than the skyscraper stunts/fights in the finale (complete with masturbatory display of government armed forces cooperating in filming it) “Who Am I?” is just good-enough to waste a lazy afternoon with.

  4. Project A

    The thing about Jackie Chan is that he seems to be incredibly clumsy and incredibly graceful all at the same time. Here he's a cop taking on pirates in early 1900's Hong Kong, aided by chubby whirlwind Sammo Hung. As usual for Chan, the plot is a mess but the action is fast and funny, particularly a great stunt on a clock tower in homage to Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last". Far from his best work, but still enjoyable (assuming you can look past the truly horrendous dub).

  5. TWIN DRAGONS. Jackie plays two characters! And they both have ponytails! The movie is pure silliness, but there are times when silly is good. This one doesn't have any huge stunts, but the fight at the end features a lot of "Wow!" moves.

  6. Supercop (1992): Pretty sure everyone got the idea of watching this from me. I KID. Not much to add that hasn't already been said by Patrick and Steve K. It's so much fun to watch Jackie Chan (he's so quick and balanced and good-humored), that I almost (ALMOST) forgive the two or three long sequences where nothing very interesting happens AT ALL. It's also interesting to see a movie that doesn't totally demonize the PRC. Then again, this was made BEFORE they owned our asses.


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