Happy Birthday: Jack Black

jackblackJack Black

Born: August 28, 1969 in Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Married: Tanya Haden (14 March 2006 – present) (2 children)

[talking about his experiences early on in his career] It wasn’t about control. It was about the co-lla-bo. There’s great directors who treat actors like cattle, but I hated it, and I knew if I ever had a choice, I didn’t want to work with those guys. Who said that thing about actors and cattle? Hitchcock [Alfred Hitchcock]? Yeah, I don’t want to work with that dude.”

The Cable Guy
1996
dir. Ben Stiller
starring
Jim Carrey
Matthew Broderick
School of RockSchool of Rock
dir. Richard Linklater
Stars:
Jack Black
Sarah Silverman
HIGH FIDELITYHigh Fidelity
2000
dir. Stephen Frears
Cast
John Cusack
Jack Black
King KongKing Kong
2005
dir. by Peter Jackson
starring
Black
Naomi Watts
Adrian Brody
Tropic Thunder
2008
dir. Ben Stiller
Starring
Robert Downey Jr.
Ben Stiller
Tom Cruise
Be Kind RewindRe Kind Rewind
2008
Directed by Michel Gondry
Starring
Black
Mos Def
Kung Fu PandaKung Fu Panda
2008
Directed by Mark Osborne
John Stevenson
Voices by
Angelina Jolie
Dustin Hoffman
YEAR ONEYear One
2009
dir. Ramis
starring
Black
Michael Cera
movie posterORANGE COUNTY
2002
dir. Jake Kasdan
Starring
Colin Hanks
Jack Black
MOVIE POSTERTHE MUPPETS
dir. James Bobin
Stars
Amy Adams
Jason Segel
Gulliver's TravelsGulliver’s Travels
dir. Rob Letterman
Stars:
Jack Black
Emily Blunt
KUNG FU PANDA 2KUNG FU PANDA 2
dir. Jennifer Yuh
Stars:
Jack Black
Angelina Jolie
MOVIE POSTERTHE BIG YEAR
dir. David Frankel
Stars:
Owen Wilson
Jack Black
MOVIE POSTERBERNIE
dir. Richard Linklater
Cast:
Jack Black
Shirley MacLaine
MOVIE POSTERTENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY
2006
dir. Liam Lynch
Stars:
Jack Black
MOVIE POSTERNACHO LIBRE
2006
dir. Jared Hess
Stars:
Jack Black
Ana de la Reguera
MOVIE POSTERTHE HOLIDAY
2006
dir. Nancy Meyers
Stars:
Kate Winslet
Cameron Diaz
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Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 3 (2016)

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kung_fu_panda_3KUNG FU PANDA 3 (USA/China 2016) ***
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni

Starring: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu

Review by Gilbert Seah

The third of the KUNG FU PANDA animated features provides more of the same. However, being family fun entertainment, critics should not be too hard on the filmmakers. As long as KUNG FU PANDA delivers a safe product, everyone especially a less discerning audience should not complain.

The first one in the series that is a Chinese co-production, Fox obviously has an eye for the large Chinese market. There is a Chinese version with Chinese dubbed voices. The previous two films grossed more than $600 million each and this $120 million production should beat those records. To be super safe, the script by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have added many more pandas into the film – in the form of a secret panda sanctuary.

Po finally gets to meet his real biological father in this film. The segment of their meeting, as shown in a promotional clip before is the funniest of the film. Of course, his adoptive father, Mr. Ping (James Hong) the goose who wants to open his own dumpling stall is incredibly jealous. Po is brought to a Panda sanitary where he trains panda students in martial-arts. Po also meets Mei Mei, an overly eager panda, who had been promised to Po through an arranged marriage when they were children. But the main plot involves an evil ancient supernatural spirit called Kai begins terrorizing China and stealing the powers of defeated kung fu masters. Now in the face of incredible odds, Po must learn to train the village of clumsy, fun-loving pandas to become a band of Kung Fu Pandas.

Added to the film are new characters like Po’s (Jack Black) biological father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) and Mei Mei (a brilliant Kate Hudson), a female panda who has the hots for Po. Hudson does a marvellous job resulting in the audience wanting to see more of Mei Mei. The villain of the piece is Kai (Oscar winning J.J. Simmons) who adds a some humour to his role. His voice is easily recognized from the low tones. The usually Po gang is still present. So, for those KUNG FU PANDA fans, Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Crane (David Cross) and even Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) are back.

The climatic fight between Po and Kai is ok but nothing too exciting nor out of the ordinary. But the antics of Po is enough to entertain despite the relatively weak plot.

The Chinese influence in this entry is clearly evident. There is more oriental folklore, more oriental colours and more oriental architectural drawings. This entry is also the most colourful of the three with the animation at its peak. The ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ song is also given a Chinese slant. Hans Zimmer hits with the overall musical score.

KUNG FU PANDA 3 should be a big hit. At the end of the promo screening, kids can be seen in front of the screen imitating the martial-arts moves of their hero, Po.

 

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