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Roger Corman's Operation Rogue / (Ac3) [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Roger Corman's Operation Rogue / (Ac3) [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Price: £11.58

2.0 out of 5 stars SLEEP TIGHT, 21 Sep 2014
This is another US vs. the terrorists film. The setting is the south Philippine Islands where our marines have a base to go after terrorists along with G-Tech, a contractor. The bad guys have acquired wooden crates with TNT written on them (no proper UN markings as required by international treaty to transport). Somehow they got a hold of some radioactive cesium 137 which they non-nonchalantly carry around, most likely giving themselves a lethal dose.

They plan to explode these bombs in Manila during a counter terrorism conference. Jenna Wallace (Sofia Pernas), the general's daughter is brought in as a contractor to stop the bad guys and finds herself a career hostage. We also get to see the fundamentalist Muslim terrorists do drugs with party girls.

The film had a simple straight forward plot that would have made Seagal green with envy. Other than the location, this was a me-too anti-terrorist film with formulaic results. Acting and dialogue couldn't carry the film.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

Hazard Jack [DVD]
Hazard Jack [DVD]
Dvd ~ Quincy Taylor
Price: £9.00

2.0 out of 5 stars JUST KILL ME ALREADY, 20 Sep 2014
This review is from: Hazard Jack [DVD] (DVD)
A group of students lead by Earl (Kevin James Sporman) opt to play paint ball in an abandoned hospital, because the woods is old hat. They go there and party first. Unbeknownst to them, there is a PSTD power tool killer (Quincy Taylor) located with the premise. He loathes visitors.

This is your typical slasher film. The dialogue was better than many low budget films, but needed to be kicked up a notch. The students behave in a very juvenile manner and it isn't hard to figure out who lives and who dies before the killing starts. The special effects consisted of power tools being used and blood splattering, i.e. when a guy gets drilled in the head, you don't physically see it. The severed heads are lined up almost comically on top of cardboard boxes, looking like a row of amateur St. John the Baptist Halloween costumes.

2 stars for the nudity.

F-bombs, sex, nudity (Aimee Bello, Deanna Meske, Collette Walker, Ashley Walsh...thank you.)

No Good Deed [DVD]
No Good Deed [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sam Miller

2.0 out of 5 stars HONEY, I'M HOME., 20 Sep 2014
This review is from: No Good Deed [DVD] (DVD)
Colin Evans (Idris Elba) convicted of manslaughter did not get his parole because he is a psychopathic Narcissist. He does manage to escape into the poorly developed subplot of housewife Terri (Taraji P. Henson) and former DA. Her husband is gone. Colin has anger management and hydroplaning issues as he expectantly glides into the house of Terri, as we await the home hostage plot to kick-in...something that took way too long.

Terri is no shrinking violet and goes "Ray Rice" all over her captor with formulaic results.

The film takes place in the Atlanta area. There was nothing really different to the formula other than that the main cast is African-American, proving that you don't have to be white to make an unoriginal film.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb. No sex or nudity

Sniper: Legacy [DVD] [2014]
Sniper: Legacy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Tom Berenger
Price: £8.50

4.0 out of 5 stars DRINKING FROM THE DEVIL'S CUP., 20 Sep 2014
This review is from: Sniper: Legacy [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Brandon Beckett (Chad Michael Collins) is a sniper in Syria. He has his doubts about his occupation and desires a transfer to the dismay of his female partner Sanaa (Mercedes Mason). Meanwhile Simpson (Doug Allen) a former sniper from Afghanistan is killing off his former officers because of a botched Afghanistan mission where he got hit by friendly fire. One of the victims is Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger) Brandon's father...a game changer.

The films shows a lot of sniper shooting. Much of it is sniper vs. sniper, which even eventually has to come down to some hand to hand. The plot is fairly simple and the only real unanswered question is Simpson working alone or was he hired by the man who has them in "good hands" Dennis Haysbert as "The Colonel."

The acting for this war film is minimal. Some of the soundtrack seems to have been lifted from the Bourne series as Chad Michael Collins becomes Matt Damon light. What I liked about the film was the dialogue. The shooting terminology jargon seemed real to my untrained ear. I don't know if this is how sniper's really talk, but I was convinced it was. The second was the unreal dialogue, i.e. the memorable one-liners they tossed about. For example:

"Drinking from the devil's cup."

"It's black on black."

"I'm not here" spoken by the Allstate man.

"The bullet either wants you or it don't."

"For those of you who skipped class, that's sniping in the grass."

"I would rather take my long gun than your short arms."

"They break me. They put me back together."

"Allah himself doesn't know we're here."

"You tough it out."

"No limits."

"One shot. One kill."

For those who like cliche filled tough guy films with simple linear plots and without Seagal, this is it.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Belly dancer eye candy.

Shadow Of The Wraith [DVD]
Shadow Of The Wraith [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kozue Ayuse
Offered by makandmabel
Price: £6.66

3.0 out of 5 stars I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU, 20 Sep 2014
This review is from: Shadow Of The Wraith [DVD] (DVD)
This is a 2 part story about Japanese wraith. In the first film our wraith is akin to a succubus in the form of a school girl. After she kills enough people, we move on to part 2 of the film which opens with some irony as a family leaves a house they believe is cursed only to move into an apartment with a wraith. The daughter goes to the same school as in the first feature and meets people from it.

The film lacks a heavy scare factor. Most killing is off screen with minimum blood, except for maybe that one scene. Much of the film you see coming, but watch anyway in case they change something. The film also looks like something Stephen King would use in "1408."

The film uses the Dusty Springfield song "I Only Want To Be With You" which apparently doesn't translate into Japanese as their lyrics were not recognizable, although the film connection is apparent.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs. No nudity. Implied sex.

Salon Massage [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Salon Massage [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Lukas Ammann
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £8.38

3.0 out of 5 stars TRY TO RELAX, 19 Sep 2014
This is 1972 Italian soft core porn. Not much of a story line. People need to relax and to do that, men must be teased by massage until they become out of control. Maurice, a reporter meets Sonia on an airplane and has a night of bliss in Istanbul. He goes to Munich to find her because he likes to get to that point he is ready to explode. One older man exiting the Massage Salon comments, "I'm a bomb." Plenty of massage and shower scenes.

3 stars for the ample nudity. All the women are topless with a g-string. Some full frontal nudity, male and female. Lots of groping.

Poor quality video transfer.

Alien Time Machine: Encounters From Another [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Alien Time Machine: Encounters From Another [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Karen Frandsen
Price: £7.67

3.0 out of 5 stars THE INDIVIDUAL HUMAN EXPERIENCE, 19 Sep 2014
If you believe in aliens, this is more "proof" for you. If you don't then this is more "proof" for you.

The main part of the film is an interview of Terry Le Richie Walters, being interviewed by Karen Frandsen with a straight face. Terry has written a book or two about his encounters with aliens dating back to childhood. Terry informs us the aliens are from "Orion" which made me scratch my head. Orion is a constellation, not a star. The stars in Orion are not near each other but are many light years apart....oh wait. Terry also informs us the stars are closer than we think. So much for geometry. Humans are not from earth, but from other places and adapted to breathe oxygen in spite of DNA sequencing evidence. Aliens, astro projection, time travel and the spiritual world are all linked. Or yes evil pharmaceutical companies fire bombed a home that had an alien healing machine in it.

The highlight of the film is actual footage of a time machine constructed from alien transistor technology using light coming through gem stones...yes the same Bath, England machine use by someone they called "Maggie Thatcher" most likely after she became senile. Besides Bath, these time machines exist in the Pyrenees, Sweden, and Russia. No word on the US is handling the alien time machine gap.

The film is of poor quality and was pixilated in places. Terry talks like he is describing a Dr. Who episode.

For pure enjoyment search "Jessica Scab, A Crystal child"

3 stars. An average for those who believe and those who don't.

The rest of the film is more interesting as we discover that

War Story [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
War Story [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]

4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT DID THEY DO TO YOU?, 18 Sep 2014
Lee (Catherine Keener) is a war correspondent, now in Sicily. She has just had a major ordeal in Libya, of which we find out the details later. She is physically bruised with a fractured jaw and broken ribs. She pops pain killers and looks at a photo of a girl holding her dead brother. She is emotionally distressed and grief stricken and has yet to move on. She hints that she was raped by her jerky reactions and "too many men."

While in Sicily she meets a Tunisian refugee (Hafsia Herzi) and wants to help her. She needs an abortion and wants to go to France. Islamic refugees don't feel welcomed, and rightly so.

That is pretty much it. We find out more of what happened in Libya, which while sad wasn't a barn burner as Ben Kinsley remarks, "These things happen" in his cameo. There are scenes in which little to nothing happens, and long real time pauses. This is not an action film, and not a lot of drama. It is a look at character of a gritty war photographer overwhelmed with what life throws at her, yet she manages.

Catherine Keener did a convincing job in what was little more than a one woman play. The slow painful drama which drags on is clearly not a film for everyone. Indeed, this is more of the type of film critics will praise while many folks may find a waste of time. 3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Brief sex, brief nudity behind glass (Alessandra Librio)

American Muscle [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
American Muscle [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Nick Principe

4.0 out of 5 stars YOU OWE. YOU PAY, 18 Sep 2014
The film opens up with a bunch of bad guys with KISS makeup driving a car with a pentagram painted on the hood. They go to rob a place and the next thing we know John Falcon (Nick Principe) is getting out of prison to enact revenge on the rest of his gang because....Well we don't know why, but we get bits and pieces in the flashbacks. John wants to kill his brother Sam (Todd Farmer) and get his Darling (Robin Sydney) wife/girlfriend back. Darling claims she likes to do drugs and have sex. Okay. Who doesn't.

That is pretty much it. The film is a grindhouse. Plenty of sex, nudity, and killing. Heads getting blown off with a shotgun, naked tattoo ladies, a strip joint, and drugs.

F-bomb, sex, and nudity (Robin Sydney, Kerry Krogstad, Carolyn Dorsey, Malice McMunn + strippers)

Honeymoon [DVD]
Honeymoon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rose Leslie
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE YOU HONEYBEE, 18 Sep 2014
This review is from: Honeymoon [DVD] (DVD)
Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) are newlyweds. The film initially builds their character though their wedding tape. Bea is a delightful person and fun to be around, but is challenged in the kitchen. They honeymoon in a semi-remote lake home that her family owns. The film shows us that they are a typical couple and then things start out slowly...a passing light in the window... "bad" wiring. The film builds slowly until you have an intense ending.

This is not the best film in the genre...and I won't mention the genre because what is happening is part of the mystery...that is not too hard to figure out. Rose Leslie gives us a strong performance, the main strength of the film which include some formula writing and attempts of being clever.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex (it is called "Honeymoon") brief nudity.

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