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Starred Up [DVD]
Starred Up [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack O'Connell
Price: 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars WAREHOUSE HIM, 30 July 2014
This review is from: Starred Up [DVD] (DVD)
Young Eric (Jack O'Connell) is transferred to an adult prison. He is not new to the prison scene and knows what to do to protect himself. There are elements within the prison that want to see Eric succeed and leave, while there are other elements that are not on his side. His estranged father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) is also there. Neville is a harden criminal who wants to suddenly be a father and see his son succeed against the odds

About an hour into the film, the phrase "Starred Up" is explained. The film is a gritty jail film which includes the usual violence but goes easy on the back door stuff. It was interesting to watch Eric as he was always full of surprises.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Male nudity (Jack O' Connell)

Meet the Firm: Revenge in Rio [DVD]
Meet the Firm: Revenge in Rio [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Ferdinando
Price: 7.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars I CAN'T TURN MY HEAD 365 DEGREES ALL THE TIME!,, 29 July 2014
This is also known as "White Collar Hooligan 3."

If you are like me, you forgot about the other films. There is no character build up for Eddie (Simon Phillips) but there really doesn't need to be as it develops nicely. There are flashbacks to the earlier films in the beginning, but it didn't really help me, and I have seen the films. It isn't until they mention the credit card scam, that I recalled the movies, which really wasn't necessary to enjoy this feature. Phew!

Eddie helps Mike avenge the killing of his wife by going against Russian mobster Dimitri (Akbar Kurtha). Not to give too much away, but Mike dies in the first scene. Damien (Josh Myers) who claims to be a friend of Mike's wants Eddie to tell him who was Mike's killer. Eddie balks at the idea, but then the title "Revenge in Rio" kinda lets you know what naming a book "Return of the King."

Be that as it may, Simon Phillips plays a great Eddie, reminding me of a British Paul Giamatti. The film is best described as an entertaining light crime drama.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Sephora Venites)

The Expendables 3 [DVD]
The Expendables 3 [DVD]

5.0 out of 5 stars WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOLD MY GUN?, 28 July 2014
This review is from: The Expendables 3 [DVD] (DVD)
The film opens with the usual impossible rescue scene. This time it is to rescue Wesley Snipes who will be known as Dr. Death. To his dismay they did so because they needed a fifth for a mission, one that fails. Stallone must go after Bruce Willis, who is not dead, really, but decides to retire his team because he fears for their life. Kelsey Grammer helps him recruit a new team, one that is more akin to an MIB force which includes Kellen Lutz, Ronda Rousey, and Victor Ortiz. Things go their formulaic way and the old guys plus the very talkative Antonio Banderas join the picture...again.

Harrison Ford flew a helicopter like Hans Solo, Jet Li had a minor role that we can see expanding, and of course Arnold is back.

The film is lengthy and spends time to quickly develop all the new players. The banter was not as good as the previous films, but was still acceptable. Banderas' character has "Peter Sellers" potential as a screw up who seems to luck into things.

What best came out of this film was the potential for the next one.

Parental Guide: 1-2 F-bombs. No sex or nudity.

Earth to Echo [DVD]
Earth to Echo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Teo Halm
Price: 14.00

2.0 out of 5 stars THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER, 28 July 2014
This review is from: Earth to Echo [DVD] (DVD)
This film is basically ET with a hand held camera. Some kids get a phone signal that they decipher as a map. Late at night they take their bicycles (with bike cam) and travel 20 miles into the desert to find an alien mechanical device that needs help, but can only communicate through beeps. They go on a scavenger hunt tailed by the US government. The device can control electronics and make metal move around at will, except anything the US government uses to capture and dissect it.

The film takes place in Nevada. They were able to demonstrate hand held film supposedly made by a thirteen year old is as bad as one made by a twenty something. The alien device was not exciting. Clearly a film made for targeted preteens/ early teens. Has a message on friendship.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs,sex, or nudity. PG swearing.

Appleseed Alpha [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Appleseed Alpha [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Luci Christian
Offered by Books2anywhereUS
Price: 14.35

4.0 out of 5 stars HOPE:WHAT A CONCEPT., 28 July 2014
I a futuristic post apocrypha world, humans, cyborgs, and robots still battle for control of the planet or at least NYC. While performing an errand for city boss, Two Horns, our heroes, Dounan and her Cyborg side-kick Briareos meet Olsen and Iris and develop a purpose. Iris has a well guarded secret which becomes the focal point for various battle combinations.

I was impressed with the 3d CG graphics which looked good on TV. The plot is fairly simple and straight forward. They could have thrown a twist in it, just to keep us on our toes, but they didn't.

The Purge: Anarchy [Blu-ray]
The Purge: Anarchy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Franco Grillo

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3.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE ONLY COMES WHEN THEIR BLOOD IS SHED, 27 July 2014
The first "Purge" film was a glorified home break-in movie. This feature takes us to the streets and the meat of the purge. The film runs with a plot and 2 subplots that come together. The plot centers on a struggling African American lower middle class family who just want to be left alone. There is a couple whose car has broken down in the city and a cop who is out seeking vengeance.

We get to see the psychotics in the street and how the rich pay to ceremonially kill poor people. The political aspects of the film, i.e. "class warfare" that was touched on in the first film becomes a powerful theme in this one. (Hint: The word Anarchy is in the title.)

The characters were rather dull in a film that begs for quirky individuals. Does Magnolia have to make this film to get it right?

Makes for a decent Redbox rental. "Stay Safe."

Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity. Strong class warfare message.

Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Mitsuki Koga
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: 10.95

4.0 out of 5 stars NO KNEED TO KILL ME., 27 July 2014
Toramaru travels to numerous cities in Japan to meet the best in various marshal arts skills in order to gain their scroll. Toramandu follows "The Cosmic Way" where he eats what his opponent eats and learns to mimic their style while fighting. He gains scrolls for his master Gensai.

The film is a spoof of marshal arts, yet at the same time attempts to be serious film. The battle with criminal elements took on a grindhouse or Japanese gore effect. The ending had me scratching my head, but the again, most Asian films do.

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

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return [DVD]
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: 10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars NO GOOD CAN COME FROM THE REIGN OF A FOOL, 27 July 2014
In this animation Dorothy returns to Oz to rescue it from the fool that has taken over the land. The wicked witch turned her brother into a jester who has her broomstick and controls the "fuzzy evolutionary rejects" or Flying Monkeys. Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion have become almost stooge like with the Tin Man being overly melodramatic.

Dorothy's fame allows her to skirt the law and get special favors. She is aided by an obese owl, a marshmallow law enforcement officer, a conceited china doll princess, and an old tree who wants to die.

The humor is geared to kids. It does not have that clever duo meaning so adults can enjoy the film on a different level.

Sex Money & You Already Know 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sex Money & You Already Know 2 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Og Hak

1.0 out of 5 stars REVENGE IS A MUST, 26 July 2014
A gang named Sex, Money , and Murder can't afford pants that fit right, chase after BBWs and keep saying they are going to axe people, but only shoot them. Hak comes home and Breeze, his preggo gf gets cut down in daylight by someone yelling "Payback." Yeah, we feel ya man. The short list of people who would want to pay them back includes most of the Western Hemisphere as they decide to start a war with the Bloods to find Breeze's killer.

The film quality was poor. The sound was bad and changed noticeably with the camera angel. Camera angels were awkward as no one knew how to direct to eliminate awkward shadows and maximize lighting... you know the basics of photography 101. The acting was really sad as it plodded through a ridiculous script. Most killing was off screen.

Not worth watching.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, ugly sex, ugly rear nudity.

Red Eye [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Red Eye [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Artist Not Provided
Price: 3.66

4.0 out of 5 stars SHE'S LEAVING ON THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO YEOSU, 26 July 2014
Mi-Sun (Shin-yeong Jang), as a five year old girl had her birthday disrupted by a train wreak where he father not only dies, but whose role was questioned in the accident. Fifteen years later she works on that same train line on the anniversary of the crash. Ghosts from the past appear as it becomes confusing as who is a ghost and who is not.

This is a fairly decent ghost story. It takes a long time to develop and in the end I still had to question the why and wherefore of the sequence of events leading up to the accident.

Currently available as part of an Asian 6-pack.

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