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John Wick [Blu-ray] [US Import]
John Wick [Blu-ray] [US Import]

5.0 out of 5 stars HE IS THE MAN YOU CALL TO KILL THE BOOGIE MAN,, 22 Dec 2014
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) the other super crime fighter from New Jersey, the one without a mop, retired from being a hitman for the Russian mafia. When the undisciplined son (Alfie Allen) of the mafia steals John Wick's car and kills his puppy, this sets off Wick for some over-the-top revenge that includes the entire Russian mafia in New Jersey.

The film is action driven with moments of humor and dark humor, some unintentional. For instance, the mere mention of Wick's name makes men tremble, reminding me of the South Park Keanu Reeves running gag. Personally I would have loved it if they just left the name at Keanu Reeves. Yes, he once killed three men at a bar with a pencil, again a running story/gag in hitman films. John Wick is not the boogie man but "the man you hire to kill the boogie man."

There were some "safe zones" in New Jersey, places where mafia people can't kill each other. This was a bit weird and awkward as was the soundtrack during the first major fight which was like listening to someone trying to play metal grindhouse with drums which stutter start and stop. It worked better in subsequent scenes, but not the first one. It was also odd that someone could get the drop on John which started this whole thing off, and that John would sleep with his curtains open, after all he did kill three men with a pencil. Imagine if he had a ballpoint.

For those who like over-the-top action films with the improbable and impossible, plus some humor, this is it.

F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

Day of the Mummy [DVD]
Day of the Mummy [DVD]
Dvd ~ William McNamara
Price: £6.20

2.0 out of 5 stars THE SAND IS VERY HUNGRY, 22 Dec 2014
This review is from: Day of the Mummy [DVD] (DVD)
It seems there is a cursed mummy in Egypt, whose name can not be written or spoken except they say "Neferu" (Brandon deSpain) a lot. The cursed mummy is guarded or kept in check by a diamond called "The Codex". Carl (Danny Glover) is a rich collector and can count on only one man to get "The Codex" for him other than Harrison Ford or Nicolas Cage, and that is Jack Wells (William McNamara) a dubious archeologist who knows his stuff and will work for less than those other guys. God knows how much they had to spend for Danny Glover. Apparently Eric Roberts was busy the day they shot this film. Anyway, Jack tags along with rival Dr. Jeremy Cooper (Eric Young) to find the tomb.

Now to turn this mediocre script into a bad film, they opted for Jack to wear a special set of glasses that can transmit everything Jack looks at directly to Carl, who can also speak to Jack via an earpiece. No one knows about this than Jack and we quickly find out he has eyes for the ladies (Andrea Monier). This is a pretty good sender/receiver because it can work underground deep in a cave. Where can I get a set of those? That would be great, we can all go on line and watch what everybody else is doing, like looking at what everybody else is doing...sort of like Facebook but you don't have to type.

Believe it or not, there are worse Mummy movies out there such as "Isis Rising..." and "The Mummy Resurrected."

Guide: F-bomb. Implied sex. No nudity. Early panty shot (Nimi)

The Device [DVD]
The Device [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angela DiMarco
Price: £15.65

2.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE, 21 Dec 2014
This review is from: The Device [DVD] (DVD)
Contains a plot spoiler you will quickly figure out anyway if you ever watched a sci-fi anything.

Calvin (David S. Hogan) and his fiancee Abby (Angela DiMarco) pick up her sister Rebecca (Kate Alden) so they can scatter their mom's ashes at their old A-frame cabin, maintained quite well. We immediately find out about the secret incident that caused Rebecca to have psychological problems...or least the cover story as we pretty much know what is going on by the DVD cover as aliens are involved. Calvin finds a mysterious orb which he keeps with that sticks both him and Abby.

This is basically a three person play which drags on as a low budget production of Rosemary's Alien. It has some of that 90's sci-fi sound track, as it starts out fairly decent building character, establishing the story, and then staying on the path of boredom.

Guide: F-bomb. Sex. No nudity.

Redirected [DVD]
Redirected [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vinnie Jones
Price: £10.25

3.0 out of 5 stars GIVE ME BACK THE RING, 21 Dec 2014
This review is from: Redirected [DVD] (DVD)
Michael (Scot Williams) is looking forward to celebrating his birthday with his girlfriend Jessica. However he is highjacked by some mates and they use him as a driver as they knock over Vinnie Jones with specific directions to take his ring. Vinnie of course figures out where they go (Lithuania) and a pursuit follows.

The film is a combination grindhouse and comedy. Unfortunately the film's comedy is more akin to 60's Italian comedy than smart British wit . For instance in one scene a nude man is chained to a radiator, which he liberates and carries around for half the film. The film seemed misdirected at times. Much of the film has English subtitles with jokes aimed at a Lithuanian audience. Scot Williams was not convincing in his role and he was the only character they developed.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, and nudity

Zombeavers [DVD]
Zombeavers [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chad Anderson
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars FAT RATS WITH BIG TAILS, 21 Dec 2014
This review is from: Zombeavers [DVD] (DVD)
Three babes head out to a cabin in the woods where they encounter Beavers turned into zombies due to a toxic waste spill. Add some personal problems, no phone service, and guys and you got the picture...exactly what you would expect looking at the DVD cover. And yes they all wear bikinis.

The film had some good scenes. I liked how they tied together the opening and closing scenes. The girl conversation dialogue was good, but went off a cliff went the guys showed up as did the film. The beavers were more fake looking than an Oscar Erickson postcard (obscure reference). Campy by design. The ending outtakes were better than much of the film.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Cortney Palm- "Sushi Girl")

Note: Toxic waste is generally not transported in an open bed truck and it rarely looks like radiator fluid.

'71 [DVD]
'71 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack O'Connell
Price: £12.50

4.0 out of 5 stars PIECE OF MEAT, 21 Dec 2014
This review is from: '71 [DVD] (DVD)
The film centers on new recruit Pvt. Gary Hooks (Jack O'Connell). It follows his training and then quickly the green recruit is sent to Belfast...why it's part of the same country. During a confrontation with the Catholic Irish, Hooks gets separated from his group where he is beaten and abandoned. He is reluctantly aided by some collaborators, while others hunt him like an animal. The film moves through questionable tactics and loyalties.

The movie was a decent drama thriller. It doesn't dwell much on the politics of the situation.

Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.

The Amazing Transparent Man [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Amazing Transparent Man [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Marguerite Chapman
Price: £3.00

3.0 out of 5 stars ALPHA, BETA, AND OMEGA RAYS, 20 Dec 2014
Joey Faust (Douglas Kennedy) safe cracker is sprung from prison so he can do the bidding of the evil Major Krenner (James Griffith). With the reluctant aid of Dr. Ulof (Ivan Triesault) whose daughter is held captive in a nearby closet, Krenner plans to make Faust invisible so he can steal fissionable material from a local nuclear facility.

Now if you are invisible, I would think you could do much of this yourself, and hang out in the girl's shower too. But that is a different film. Most of this hour long film was made inside two rooms of the farm house, one of which was a lab with a flask with boiling material that has dry ice fumes.

The film was rather boring my today's standards. I did like the chrome, fin, and whitewall cars. A fair restoration.

Stacy [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Stacy [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Norman England
Price: £11.69

3.0 out of 5 stars UNTIL THE HOUR OF SEPARATION, 20 Dec 2014
School girls die and turn into zombies that require repeat killings. Ergo we have the Romero Repeat killers (George Romero) who are authorized to do repeat killings. There is the Drew Illegal repeat kill girls named after Drew Barrymore. A good weapon for repeat kill is the "Bruce Campbell Chainsaw Right Hand 2."

The movie includes severed body parts that quiver and move about. Campy by design.

Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.

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Girl Boss Guerilla [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Girl Boss Guerilla [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided

4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NAMI!, 19 Dec 2014
They shake down people for money, one of the girls is a bit of a nymphomaniac. They take over the girl gang in that city, but must pay homage to the Yakuza, which they don't but infect with the clap.

The film includes cat fights, a passed out nude girl being groped, and a naked girl being beaten with a bamboo broom. Not much in plot. High in 70's camp value. The girls ride Yamaha bikes, although at a distant it looks like they have muscular stunt doubles.

Implied sex. Nudity, especially if you like tattooed breasts.

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Death Trance [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Death Trance [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Tak Sakaguchi
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.93

3.0 out of 5 stars IS THAT ALL YOU GOT?, 19 Dec 2014
A coffin that contains the Goddess of Destruction was stolen from the Eastern monks that guard it. It is rumored that if the coffin is opened in the western forbidden forest, it will grant wishes. A monk Is tasked to go after the coffin, along with a sword that can only be used by "the chosen one."

The film has interesting characters, including a guy with big hair and a gun, a six shooter that shoots nine bullets and there is a shotgun thing with an infinite number of bullets. The coffin is dragged along the ground by chains, although there are wheels as we see in one scene which has a motorcycle. The fighting was anything but martial arts and utilized a metal sound track. The forest had interesting men that were zombie, vampire, spider.

It was an interesting fantasy film, young gamers might like.

Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.

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