Archive for Christopher Lambert

Highlander: The Raven

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on November 5, 2016 by Charlie Brooks

Not exactly an image that fills me with a lot of hope...Originally published 1/19/11, updated 11/5/16

Question: What if you set out to make a TV show and every single person involved hated each other with the burning fury of a thousand exploding suns?

Answer: You’d have Highlander: The Raven.

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Mortal Kombat: The Forgotten Highlander Sequel

Posted in Film, Random Blogness with tags , , on February 13, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah, I think this works.A few weeks back, while I was in the depths of despair after ranting about Highlander: Endgame, I set out on a quest with Sarah to watch a good Christopher Lambert movie. Unfortunately, no such thing exists outside of the original Highlander and perhaps Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan (not having seen all of the latter, I can’t make a final decision). However, there are a lot of mediocre Christopher Lambert movies out there – the type of movie that in itself is not really good cinema, but which is a tolerable way to enjoy Lambert’s eccentric charm. I happen to like Lambert. He’s not the best actor out there, but he can be pretty entertaining to watch when he’s having fun with his roles. Basically, if he’s got his Connor MacLeod laugh somewhere in the film, it’s fairly satisfying as long as the rest of the movie isn’t too stupid. Highlander III is the top movie in this regard – it’s pretty bad, but it’s made entertaining by Lambert reprising his role as Connor combined with Mario Van Peebles doing the most delightful job of scenery chewing he could.

Then there’s Mortal Kombat, which is also not a good movie but one I cannot call bad, either. I mean, it’s basically fight scene after fight scene, but it’s based on a fighting video game. Considering the source material, I think the only real problem I have with it is that they didn’t go all gory in the violence so they could get an R rating. Christopher Lambert plays Raiden, the Chinese god of thunder, in this film, and Sarah and I quickly realized that Mortal Kombat works better as a Highlander sequel than any other actual sequel.

Basically, Raiden from Mortal Kombat is actually Connor MacLeod, somewhat aged and with immense magical power after claiming the Prize. Using his magic power, most of which is derived from the lightning-like quickening, he realized that he can pose as Raiden and do some good in the world (you didn’t really think that the actual Chinese god of thunder would appear as some old European guy, did you?). Thus he turns his attention to supernatural matters and protecting the world from Shan Tsung. For added benefit, if you can tolerate the existence of Highlander II, you can say that the Outworld is actually Zeist, which is why Raiden/Connor loses his power if he goes there. Heck, you could even argue that Kitana might be the daughter of General Katana. After all, like “MacLeod” and “Ramirez,” “Kitana” is a name that just screams Zeist.

Lambert plays Raiden basically the same way he plays Connor, so I say this works out. Sure, it means that Highlander‘s sequel has no actual immortals and little connection to the first movie, but at least Mortal Kombat is a damned sight more entertaining than any live-action Highlander sequel we ever saw.

For an added bonus, you can connect The Shawshank Redemption to Highlander and Mortal Kombat by saying that Byron Hadley was a human alias used by the Kurgan before the Gathering. The Kurgan’s gravelly voice is actually a psychological remnant of Ramirez cutting him, and thus only becomes pronounced when the Kurgan is interacting with other immortals.

These are the things I think of in my spare time.

Highlander: Endgame, part three

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 22, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yes, I'm still complaining.Okay, I’ve recovered from my near-psychotic break from the first half of this movie, and I’m ready to finish it off.

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Highlander: Endgame, part two

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 22, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah...I'm depressed too, Connor.Now that I’ve gone over all the behind the scenes crap that Highlander: Endgame went through, it’s time to dig into the movie itself. But first, I’m going to mention something positive: I like the opening. It follows along with the first Highlander movie in providing just text narrated by one of the main characters – in this case, Christopher Lambert as Connor.

In the days before memory, there were the immortals. We were with you then, and we are with you now. We are driven by the endless fight to survive in a game which knows no limit of time or place. We are the seeds of legend, but our true origins are unknown. We simply are.

That’s some pretty good stuff, focusing on the immortals as beings of magic and legend who have followed humanity through the ages. The last bit is admittedly a little out of place in this movie, which never touches on the origins of immortals. It would probably fit better in a film that tried to explore the source of immortality

Did somebody say The Source?

Did somebody say The Source?

No! Go away! You don’t exist yet!

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Highlander: Endgame, part one

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 22, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

This poster once seemed so awesome.I hate Highlander: Endgame. I don’t hate it because it’s a bad movie – it is, but not the worst film in the franchise. No, I hate this movie because it stinks of lies.

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Highlander 1994

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , on January 12, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Not exactly awe-inspiring animation here.One of the remarkable things about Highlander is that the folks in charge of the franchise just don’t seem to get it. Case in point: Highlander: The Animated Series and Highlander III. Both came about in 1994, when the TV series had hit its stride and made the franchise popular again. The logical thing to do would have been to produce films based on the series and establish some continuity in the property. Instead, we got the exact opposite.

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Highlander: The Series, season one

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 6, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Duncan MacLeod, the titular Highlander.Gather round, ladies and gentlemen, for another tale of Christopher Lambert and his amazing agent.

Oh yeah, we’ll also get around to Highlander: The Series.

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