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Mockingbird [DVD] [2015]
Mockingbird [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Emily Alyn Lind

2.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISE!, 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Mockingbird [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
This is another bad hand held camera film. It uses dark scenes with people talking for those who prefer to watch radio. Oh the realism!

The film opens with us watching a child getting shot in the head. It jumps to three people getting a camera delivered to their door: a family (Todd Stashwick/Lee Garlington), a single girl (Audrey Marie Anderson), and Leonard (Barak Hardley). They all enjoy their new prize: a camera that doesn't shut off and seems to have an infinite powered battery. They get subsequent instructions that delve into their personalities and fears. The family fear for their kids, the woman is alone and fears she will not be liked, and Leonard looks for a life outside of his mother and hand.

Leonard gets a clown suit, i.e. the guy on the cover. The idea was interesting enough, even with the fact there was no closure. The problem I had was the poor execution. Everything was done through the jerky dark movements of the camera. The script was for the most part boring, in part due to said cameras. When the screen goes dark, it becomes a film I could make myself and certainly compose better dialogue.

If you love the hand held cameras, and don't care about closure, this is your film. I liked the ending. I didn't like the way it got there.

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

Tusk [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Tusk [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Michael Parks
Offered by Moref Designs
Price: £18.47

3.0 out of 5 stars MAN YOU BEEN A NAUGHTY BOY, YOU LET YOUR FACE GROW LONG, 30 Jan. 2015
Shock pod-caster Wallace (Justin Long) not to be confused with Walrus, has a bad day when he encounters Howard Howe (Michael Parks) who lives a life inspired by Hemingway, Coleridge, Kathy Bates, and Centipede. There are a number of humorous scenes that worked and some of the humor grew tiresome such as the poorly scripted Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) character. The flashback scenes attempted to create a story that had meaning, but fell short. At times, the film's sole purpose appears to be to make fun of Canadians, picking up where "Canadian Bacon" left off. While I loved the smart "torn between Devils and Kings" line, the Lapointe character drove the satire into the ground.

Cult Movie.

Guide: F-bomb. Sex. No nudity. Male walrus bone. No Trojan marching band.

The Arsonist [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Arsonist [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Rick Ravanello
Price: £19.26

1.0 out of 5 stars ORANGE IS THE NEW COP, 30 Jan. 2015
Zooey (Julie Benz) and Barry (Rick Ravanello) are a married couple on the police force working different shifts, tag teaming raising their child Timmy (Maxwell Kovach) along with a babysitter (Chelah Horsdal). Zooey is busy at work attempting to entrap a serial rapist while Barry has to always work late and enjoys the company of other women. When arson kills Timmy, Zooey is blamed for starting the fire. We the audience know for a fact she was framed because the mystery aspect of the film was very poor due to lack of suspect development.

This is a made for TV film originally entitled "Sole Custody." The acting and plot were lame. The most provocative thing about the film was a child's book "Peter Tugboat." Fans of Lifetime type films might like it, I shook my head almost all the way through, especially at the editing which decided to give you clips of future events because they had to extend the feature to 90 minutes.

Blackhat [Blu-ray] [2015]
Blackhat [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Chris Hemsworth

4.0 out of 5 stars YOU DON'T KNOW ME, BUT I KNOW YOU, 29 Jan. 2015
The film opens with a Chinese nuclear power plant losing its cooling pumps due to a cyber attack. The Soy futures market goes bonkers and everyone in Hathaway's cell block has an extra $900 in their account. Coincidence? The US and China team up to find the hacker. Chen Dawai (Leehom Wang) is tasked with finding the culprit who used a RAT (remote access tool). Oh this wasn't just any RAT, but one that he and Hathaway created together while goofing around in college. So Chen makes a case that he needs Hathaway to solve the case and for someone to keep his sister (Wei Tang) company so we can extend the film to 2 hours and possibly attract a female audience with a bad guy love story.

Now the hacker isn't some fat guy behind a keyboard eating junk food, fishing out crumbs from his belly button as you would expect, but a bad guy with middle men who possess automatic cannons. Our guys travel with the NSA gal (Viola Davis- Hollywood obligatory African-American) to places like Hong Kong and Jakarta, of which we see the the back streets.

I liked how the film started out, but once we got into the middle part, it slowed down even with the gun play. In spite of going over 2 hours, I thought the chracter development was a bit on the weak side and seemed to have come from one conversation in the air. I could only half get into the film. 3 1/2 stars

Guide:1 F-bomb near the end. Implied sex. No nudity.

Scrap Heaven [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Scrap Heaven [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ryō Kase
Price: £9.29

3.0 out of 5 stars WE ARE HERE TO TAKE REVENGE, 29 Jan. 2015
After a shooting incident on a bus, three survivors meet again. The world's worst policeman teams up with the world's worst toilet cleaner to run a "Revenge" agency out of a dirty toilet stall. The third person involved is a one-eyed pharmacist who hates the world (Chiaki Kuriyama- Gogo in "Kill Bill").

The film had definite potential but then Japanese style and culture step in to take the film down hill.

Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

Shadow Warriors [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Shadow Warriors [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Evan Lurie

1.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T HAVE CHANGE, 28 Jan. 2015
A part human, part machine is created to protect the owner...whoever had $8 million to buy one from GTI. They are supposed to getting bodies from hospital and military but early on we find out they go out and seek out steroid filled, square jawed, small packaged guys to subdue and make into a programmable "Techno-Sapien". One such creature (Russ Tertyask) suddenly gets a memory flash and goes rogue on a killing spree.

Yes, it has been done before and much better. Bad acting. Bad dialogue. Bad script. Bad soundtrack. Lousy eye candy. They also had one of those screwed up night/day scenes where it is pitch black dark in one scene and a second later it is twilight.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.

10,000 Days [DVD]
10,000 Days [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kasey Campbell
Price: £15.99

2.0 out of 5 stars COMET- 23, 10,000 DAYS-ZERO, 27 Jan. 2015
This review is from: 10,000 Days [DVD] (DVD)
The film take places 10,000 days into the future after the big one, COMET 23 strikes the earth. The earth is not destroyed but knocked out of orbit. Through a freakish occurrence only two family clans survive and are feuding. The bad guy wears black and a large hat that looks like a Darth Vader helmet. The Becks (good clan) discover Air Force One and may be able to launch nuclear weapons and heat up the frozen earth. Toss in a kid and a Romeo and Juliet element and you get the idea.

I like the idea, somewhat. Okay I got past the fact the earth wasn't destroyed, nor was our rotation or axis tilt altered at all. I never did understand why they didn't leave Colorado and head toward the equator if heat was an issue. Their power generation and greenhouse abilities needed explanation that didn't come. All of that would have been fine, even with the CG background, if they had created just one decent character.

The acting and dialogue was horrendous. The characters were unrealistic, perhaps more so than the plot.

My advice is to go watch "The Colony" again or better yet, "Snow Piercer".

No F-bombs, sex, or nudity.

Future Fear [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Future Fear [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jeff Wincott
Price: £5.09

1.0 out of 5 stars MY WIFE IS TRYING TO KILL ME, 27 Jan. 2015
The earth retrieves some RNA and then later it is a virus, from a comet and deliberately crash it into Africa in hopes that it will ravage the planet of much of the human life to pave the way for the "Aryan Messiah" according to General Wallace (Stacy Keach). The virus managed to survive the inferno of the crash. The beginning of the film has flashbacks of John Denniel (Jeff Wincott) and him narrating his bad dream about the death of his father. John who is scientific researcher and helicopter pilot id being pursued by his wife Anna (Maria Ford) fellow researcher and helicopter pilot. She is attempting to shoot down his helicopter to recover "the ark." What we notice is that their clothes are color coordinated with the color of the helicopter with Ford in red and Wincott in blue. Clearly this is the work of the genius of Roger Corman who created well coordinated costumes and vehicles in "Death Race 2000" perhaps the greatest snub in Oscar History since "Billy Jack" or anything Jennifer Aniston thinks she deserves.

What Anna wants is the other half of the story. They managed to have created zygotes of mixed human/animal genes from which they can extract serum for a cure to save the planet. He wants to extract the serum and allow the zygotes to die while Maria wants to bring the Doctor Moreau zygotes to term because they may have souls...even though they will most likely die at some point while developing.

This seem liked a great idea, but they employed deplorable actors and dialogue to bring this film to life plus the low budget aspect turned this into a nearly unwatchable film with the distraction of the idiotic Alice in Wonderland metaphors and dream sequence that should have been spent on developing a better linear plot.

Yes, Maria Ford gets naked early in the film, but if you keep watching just or another scene of her, you are wasting your time.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity.

Bachelor Night - Auf nach Vegas!
Bachelor Night - Auf nach Vegas!

3.0 out of 5 stars MEET LUTHER, 26 Jan. 2015
Adrian (Andrew Bongiorno) is getting married. His bride to be (Megan Albertus) likes real kinky sex, which Adrian can't get into. She gives him a "hall pass" to go have a lot of kinky sex during his bachelor party. In Vegas, our four guys meet a four gal counterpart having a bachelorette party. The film goes on to become grossly improbable.

The object of this comedy didn't seem to be funny, but rather have as many topless scenes as possible, and when not topless, bikinis. The plot an dialogue was terrible for this Asylum film which included strip joints, lap dances, adult movie shoots, and miscellaneous nudity.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity in most scenes Nudity( Heather Paige Cohn, Samantha Stewart, Melissa Mensah, Anna Beletzki, Megan Albertus, Angelica Ng, Magdalena Tcherno, Shawn Rougeron, Vanessa Sheri +others)

3 stars for the nudity. Otherwise not worth watching.

Watchers 3 [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Watchers 3 [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Wings Hauser
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £5.60

3.0 out of 5 stars DANGER, 26 Jan. 2015
They resurrected the Rubbermaid creature and smart dog for another adventure in the words. A group of military ex-cons are allowed to fight "The Outsider" with the help of a boy and his dog. Pretty boring "Predator" type stuff with a moronically crafted monster (see cover). You did good if you made it through the first two of the series. Watch all the Predator films instead. Could have MST potential.

Guide: F-bomb. No nudity. Forced grope scene.

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