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A Kiss Before Dying [1991] [DVD]
A Kiss Before Dying [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Dillon
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 5.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Dillon does a Douglas....., 29 Aug 2014
Realising his secret girlfriend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her rich father, career-minded student Jonathan murders her, making it look like suicide.

He then moves to New York to make a move on her twin Ellen, and soon, they marry.

All seems to go well for him, although Ellen's continued investigations into what she is convinced was no suicide forces him to kill again......

Erotic thrillers were released every week in the late eighties and nineties, and as you'd expect, there were a load of stinkers between the golden nuggets, and for every time Michael Douglas popped up, Madonna popped out in Body Of Evidence...

This falls somewhere between the two, a quick remake of a classic movie to make a few million, but this, unfortunately, is woefully miscast.

Dillon is usually a great actor, but as the film goes on, and he becomes increasingly more suspicious, he seems to channel the T-1000, because he just turns up at any old place, says nothing, and kills, and this is for over half of the film.

Young, well she plays dual roles, and if like myself, you were relieved when one of her roles ended quickly, wait until you meet the mirror opposite sister, all quiet, timid, but never too busy to take her clothes off.

Nothing's ever really explained as to why he is like he is, although it's hinted that his father may have thrown himself under a train belonging to Youngs dad, but the film is in too much of a hurry to get to the next titillating scene to give a clear enough explanation.

But the film is very visceral with its portrayal of violence, and two key death scenes are extremely brutal, as these sort of films usually concentrate on the love scenes.

All in all its an average affair, but watchable fluff.

A Good Man [DVD]
A Good Man [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Seagal
Price: 10.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars Seagal does Taken lite....., 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: A Good Man [DVD] (DVD)
After his special ops career ends in disaster, Alexander goes off the radar and attempts to lead a quiet life as a handyman at an apartment complex.

But when one of his tenants and her family fall foul of a Russian gangster, Alexander is dragged into a war between rival Chinese and Russian gangs.

This forces him to not only defend the family, but brings him face to face with a long forgotten enemy......

After seeing the debacle that was Maximum Conviction, it took me maximum conviction to see another film starring Seagal. I've always been a fan, but in the last ten years, he has really made some terrible movies, like Attack Force, and Against The Dark.

Here we have a meat and potatoes action movie, that is your typical straight to DVD fodder. It's set somewhere in Eastern Europe to keep the budget low, and even though Seagal is the main draw, he is a secondary character in the arc of the story.

The story and narrative surrounds a guy whose family are under the power of the Russian mafia, and this is where the film raises similarities to the first Taken movie.

We discover its all about human trafficking, and mild mannered handyman Seagal won't stand for it, so he and his stunt double go all out for the attack.

And here lies the main problem, Seagal hasn't aged well, and no matter how good he is at twisting arms, you cannot help but thinking he has wondered in from the ZZ Topp movie, he looks awful, and it's totally obvious with the editing and cuts, he doesn't perform in any of his fight scenes, which is the main draw for the film, it's certainly not the story, or production value.

But still, its the best thing he's done in five years, and it still gives one hope that he has that one last action vehicle in him.

But the bloke is pushing 60, and he's looking more and more bloated.....

Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000]
Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Price: 6.54

2.0 out of 5 stars People kill people...., 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Romeo Must Die [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
The death of Han Sing's brother catapults him out of a Hong Kong jail to the San Francisco waterfront, where he vows to find his brother's killers.

It lands him in the middle of a three way deal between "businessmen" who will stop at nothing to create a new money making stadium.

Han finds help from Trish, a woman with close connections to the mob, and together they work to find their brothers' killers.....

One thing that I really can't understand is that this movie was Li's big Hollywood breakout movie, and whilst it's not the worst action movie out there, the Director and star have made some astonishingly good movies since (and in Li's case, before) you really cannot believe that Hollywood gave them this vehicle, its a little disrespectful.

And it's down purely to Joel Silver. Now this chap has produced some brilliant movies, he produced my favourite movie of all time, Die Hard. But after the phenomenal success of The Matrix, he became a sell out, and thought that this was what the people wanted.

For an athlete like Li, its cringe inducing to see the wire work, it's really bad, and wreaks of Matrix cash in, and the inclusion of the Hip Hop soundtrack disrupts the flow of the narrative.

But, it's not a bad film. Li is a brilliant screen presence, and Aaliyah shows that she could have been a huge star. The rest of the cast are good, but you just can't get that after taste of making a quick buck from The Matrix out of your head when watching this.

Unleashed [Blu-ray] [2005] [Region Free]
Unleashed [Blu-ray] [2005] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Price: 7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars I want a piano...., 29 Aug 2014
Danny has lived his whole life without any sort of normal human education, with the mind and personality of a young child, with only one lesson taught, how to fight.

Treated like a dog by his owner Bart, which includes having to wear a collar, Danny has been raised to help Bart extort people, and later ends up in fight clubs, where he earns lots of money for Bart.

After a car accident that lands Bart in a coma, Danny meets a kind blind piano tuner, who uses music to teach Danny some things about the world and about being human...

Seeing that this is coming from Europacorp, and is written by one time genius Besson, you'd be forgiven if you shuddered a little with the thought of Bad CGI, pantomime villains, and an over the top sheen to the finished product.

But wow,Mathis is the closest thing to Leon Besson has written in years, and you'd be surprised that it's not a full on action movie as the posters and quotes depict it to be.

Yes, its action packed, and fans of Li won't be disappointed, but the best parts of the film are with him and his new family, and learning/realising that life finds a way, and it's not all cages and fighting.

But what this film has done has given Li the chance to something that his other Hollywood vehicles gave him little chance of doing, doing some actual acting.

He's brilliant as Danny, all innocent one moment, and then a brutal killing machine the next. And not just that, his ways inject a subtle amount of humour to the whole proceedings.

Add the fact that you have two prolific actors playing their preferred parts, Gangster and Mentor respectfully, Unleashed is a brilliant movie, and maybe overlooked because of incorrect marketing.

Its a touching movie, caring as much about characterisation and narrative, as it does about fight choreography....

Happy Gilmore [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Happy Gilmore [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Price: 7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A warm glass of shut the hell up..., 29 Aug 2014
Happy's grandmother's house is foreclosed because of her failure to pay her taxes, and she's placed in a retirement home.

He must try and find a way to make some money. Whilst at a driving range, he discovers that he can hit a golf ball a hundred feet, so the range pro, convinces him to try being a pro golfer.

Reluctant at first, because he considers himself a hockey player, but when he learns he can make a lot of money, he gives it a try and surprisingly, in addition to his amazing driving ability, his personality has made him popular the crowd.

Shooter McGavin, the tournament leader, thinks that Happy's an embarrassment and is jealous that he is stealing his spotlight, so tries to get him thrown out.....

This is the film that did it for Sandler. The Wedding Singer is a brilliant movie, but this is the one that got Hollywood to notice the man. Here is the film that started it all, and Sandler knows this, that's why his production company is partially named after his career defining movie.

But the main difference with his this, and films up to Big Daddy, and his later works, is that in this film, there are not as many random out of the blue moments like there are in Grown Ups, and Zohan, and this makes the film a little more coherent.

That's not to say I don't like his later movies, I think the man is a funny writer, it's just that this stands the test of time, and can be watched over and over,without becoming too monotonous.

It's consistently funny, Sandler is endearing enough to carry the whole movie, and Macdonald is excellent as the paranoid shooter.

But we still have the random things here. Ben Stiller is wonderful as the orderly, and of course Weathers, who sends himself up something rotten.

Its a fun film, always guaranteed to raise a smile.

Locke [Blu-ray]
Locke [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
Price: 13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a concrete jungle in there...., 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Locke [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
You could imagine the look on the studios face when the idea for this film was pitched.

'Yeah, it's about some Welsh fella who is driving to London to be at the birth of his child, but he's married, and there's a problem with some concrete'.

Now on face value, you couldn't imagine this film doing anything for anybody, let alone pay to see a man driving for ninety minutes, we do enough of that already. But look deeper, and this is the story of a man who has obviously come from a bad childhood, and under no circumstances, will he follow in his fathers footsteps, even if it does mean his life will be left in tatters.

In the past five years, everything Hardy has done, even if the film is a load of old cobblers like This Means War, has shown that he can out act everyone on screen, and here, it's literally just him, and a few phone calls.

But what makes the film so interesting is the fact that he's chucking everything away for someone he hardly knows, someone he met on a business trip, because he knows deep down he has a responsibility for an unborn child, an innocent who needs a father in their life, as its clear that Locke never had that in his life.

But then things go from bad to worse. There is a problem with his work, and even when the worst case scenario happens, he still helps a colleague, even when his unborn child is having a difficult birth and is at high risk, he is still there to talk to his teenage children.

Hardy is superb in the titular role, using every emotion through out the film, but oddly remaining calm during his life changing journey.

I can really understand why people are dismissing this as boring, but you really have to understand that this is more than a mans life going to ruins.

Her is a man who is scared of turning into his own father, someone who obviously scarred him mentally, and Locke knows its so easy to fall into that path, because he already has his father psyche in him, just like Pavlov's salivating dog.

So its one just a literal journey for Locke, its a psychological one also, and the final scene is beautiful.

Rapture - Palooza [DVD]
Rapture - Palooza [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Robinson
Price: 8.75

1.0 out of 5 stars Where's Eddie Murphy?...., 29 Aug 2014
This review is from: Rapture - Palooza [DVD] (DVD)
The rapture has happened and Lindsey, her boyfriend Ben, and their families have been left behind, doomed to torture on Earth.

A former politician, now known as The Beast, is the Anti-Christ.

But when The Beast decides he wants to take Lindsey as his wife, Lindsey and Ben come up with a plan to defeat the Anti-Christ....

If there ever was an example of a missed opportunity of a high concept movie, then this is the baby. After such a promising opening, the film just goes from bad to worse, as the script gets more inane, and the narrative becomes more desperate.

Robinson is also a huge problem here. He obviously comes from the school of 'shouting and swearing makes a poor script more funnier', and even though he supposed to be bad, the makers didn't mean literally, he's truly awful.

And what makes it worse is that whilst your watching this unfunny man try to channel comedians of a much higher calibre, you cannot help but wonder how someone like Eddie Murphy would have been in the role.

The rest of the cast all appear to force every last drop of sincerity from the script, but it can't be saved, its a real pig of a film.

Stick that on the DVD cover..

Sharknado 2: The Second One [DVD]
Sharknado 2: The Second One [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Ziering
Price: 11.00

2.0 out of 5 stars They jumped the shark with this one...., 29 Aug 2014
I can understand the love for this series of movies. The first one entertained, but it was badly made, with dodgy acting, and woeful effects, but everyone loved it, so a sequel was commissioned, and here it is, bigger and badder than ever.

It's more of the same stuff, but this time, it's set in the big apple, as Ziering and Tara Reid are going to promote their book, how to survive (making) a Sharknado.

We are then thrown straight into the action, and this time,the novelty wears off pretty quickly, and you spend the rest of the movie wondering what Tara Reid, Kari whurer, and Vivica A. Fox have done to their bodies.

The one saving grace though are the random cameos, and the bonkers movie references that we get splattered across the movie.

No sooner than we are five minutes into the film, we have had Kelly Osbourne and Robert Hays cameo, but part from Judd Hirsch saying 'Holy Shark', the biggest laugh I had was the Star Wars reference. Fox kisses a teenage boy before swinging on a rope and says 'for luck'.

A hidden piece of gold in an otherwise poor movie.

And then there's the characters called Martin and Ellen Brody.

See you next year for the third one....

Starred Up [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Starred Up [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
Dvd ~ Jack O'Connell
Price: 14.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Double bubble..., 29 Aug 2014
Starred Up is the the term used when a young offender movies to an adult prison, and Eric has just done that.

A volatile lad, he was bought up badly, his father spending most of his childhood in prison, so why wouldn't Eric follow suit to a man he was supposed to look up to?

Eric joins a group after a scuffle, to help potentially rehabilitate him, but others cause him to stray the path of rehabilitation, and one such person is his own father, who is on the next wing....

The film has been compared to Alan Clarke's Scum, and has even been heralded as the best prison movie since that. These are very brave statements, but on those rare occasions, it's duly justified, as this is a tense experience.

The first thing that you really appreciate about the film is that it doesn't glamorise prison or crime, like many urban movies have done in the past ten years. You know the ones,that awful sub-genre where its cool to be in a gang, as all they do is act hard and play rap music.

This is why so may idiots are 'inspired' by Pacino's Tony Montana, they don't get the narrative of the film, the message the film is trying to give, they just like the fact he gets rich quick.

O'Connell once again proves he is one of the most exciting young actors working at the moment, and every film where he has played against type, I've thoroughly dislike him, that's the sign of a true great.

Its a depressing watch though, Eric thrown into the lions den, and the only person who can protect him, nurture him, wants him to do other things.

Friend is also excellent as the councillor, the one who offers a little Solace in such a hell, but what is interesting is the relationship between him and Eric. There is a hint of sexual orientation clashes, and it appears that Eric is aware of this sexual tension between the two, which makes some scenes between the two pretty unbearable to watch, as Eric is volatile and the viewer expects him to explode.

The old school aspect of the film is good, and the writers make these lags out to be pretty delusional, and the fantasies are shattered when Eric stands up to his father.

Its a tough film to watch, but it's rewarding and powerful, and will linger in the mind for a few days, especially for those pseudo Scarface wannabes.

China O'Brien [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]
China O'Brien [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Cynthia Rothrock
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: 65.27

2.0 out of 5 stars Walking Tall meets Roadhouse..., 29 Aug 2014
China O'brien, city police woman and martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to the small town where she grew up.

The town she knew is now struggling against the clutches of organised crime.

When her father, who also happens to be the town sheriff, is killed, China decides to run for his position and clean up the town.

The poll results spark a series of confrontations that decides who runs the town . . .

I used to love this movie when I was younger. I was thirteen when this was first released, and it was at the height of the straight to video action surge we had in the late eighties, and early nineties. So it wasn't uncommon for films called 'king Of The Kickboxers', 'Martial Law', and 'Tiger Claws' to be really popular movies.

But, as I've said already, I was young, and seeing the movie over twenty years ago, hasn't done me any favours in the nostalgia department.

The main problem is, is that the film just isn't any good, and seeing and reviewing thousands of films,you realise that it was just a rehash of several other films, to get a prolific martial artist a movie deal.

Van Damme, Seagal, and even Billy Blanks had an air of panache of them, but Rothrock looks like the P.E teacher from school you fancied, because you know you wouldn't stand a chance with the fit one.

Fight scenes are poor, and the acting is also pretty bad.

Nevermind, at least I'll never make mistake of recommending this film to anyone, like I did when I was thirteen.

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