The Karate Kid Part II

<strong><em>The Karate Kid Part II</em></strong>

After learning that his father is dying, karate master Mr. Miyagi returns home to Okinawa, bringing his protege, Daniel, with him. In Japan, Miyagi is surprised to discover that his old sweetheart, Yukie, has remained single. Meanwhile, Daniel is attracted to Yukie's niece, Kumiko. But romance must be put on hold while Daniel and Miyagi deal with local bullies and long-harbored grudges. Admittedly, I do not think this movie really holds a candle to its counterpart from 1984. That said, the villain (Yuji Okumoto) in this sequel is just as good AND it's great to see the story shift from Danielsan to Mr. Miyagi.

Howard the Duck

<strong><em>Howard the Duck</em></strong>

In this film based on the comic book character, Howard the Duck is suddenly beamed from Duckworld, a planet of intelligent ducks with arms and legs, to Earth, where he lands in Cleveland. There he saves rocker Beverly from thugs and forms a friendship with her. She introduces him to Phil, who works at a lab with scientist Dr. Jenning. When the doctor attempts to return Howard to his world, Jenning instead transfers an evil spirit into his own body.On what planet did the people making this movie think that a film about a duck saving earth was going to be a blockbuster? Why did George Lucas put his name on it? I could ask a lot more questions but, thirty years on, the fact that we're still discussing it probably says a lot more about the George Lucas's foresight than it does about our taste.

Little Shop of Horrors

<strong><em>Little Shop of Horrors</em></strong>

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin, to the plant after Orin's accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant. Roger Corman made the original movie in two days. He shot it on used sets and figured it would be yet another film in his growing collection. Well, that was 1960. Twenty six years later we get this remake and thirty years later we are still celebrating this tale of Seymour, Mr. Mushnik and man-eating plant. Wow! Talk about a cult classic.

Evan Jacobs