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Kingdom Come (2014) [Import]
Kingdom Come (2014) [Import]
Dvd ~ Ry Barrett
Offered by Rare Dvds
Price: £23.73

4.0 out of 5 stars MORE HALLWAYS LEADING TO MORE HALLWAYS, 30 Oct 2014
This review is from: Kingdom Come (2014) [Import] (DVD)
The film opens with a man (Ry Barrett) involved in a car accident. We see fragmented pieces of his life passing by and then suddenly a watch piece stops ticking. He wakes up in what appears to be an abandoned hospital along with others who don't remember anything either. If you think they were abducted for a reality game show with a DVD title like "Kingdom Come." stop reading here because you are bout to get a PLOT SPOILER that a healthy minded person would already have figured out.

As it turns out some of the people's lives are connected as they are given one last chance to face their demons and vices.

There are other films following the same story line that have more of a mystery. There was no mystery for me as to what was going on after the first two minutes. The film creates fair characters but could have used some dark humor elements. The effects were okay and I thought the horror element tried to hard.

Worth a rental. 3 1/2 stars if you don't mind a story about salvation and redemption mixed with F-bombs, c-words, rape, and nudity (Stephanie Marie Capeling, Margarita Giliadov, Madison Crocker)

The Challenger Disaster: The Biggest Disaster In The History Of NASA (BBC Films, 2013)
The Challenger Disaster: The Biggest Disaster In The History Of NASA (BBC Films, 2013)
Dvd ~ Bruce Greenwood
Offered by AUDIO VIDEO DISCO - Discount Entertainment sent from the UK
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars NATURE CANNOT BE FOOLED, 29 Oct 2014
This is an excellent made for TV docudrama concerning the investigation of the shutter disaster. Five minutes into the film, the space shutter blows up. Dr. Richard Feynman (William Hurt) is asked to be on a commission to find the cause of the disaster. He is the outsider of what is a NASA good ole boy commission.

The film was fascinating as one sees the importance of contacts and dollars. Eve Best did an excellent job as Sally Ride, the lone woman on the commission. While we all know the climax of the film with the ice water demonstration, I had no idea how we got to that point...and that is why the film is worth watching, a man struggling to find the truth while fighting a terminal disease.

Assumed Killer [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Assumed Killer [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Casper Van Dien
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.25

1.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A JOGGING INJURY, 28 Oct 2014
Nothing says PU like a made for TV film with both Casper Van Dien and Eric Roberts. How could this possibly be good? TV investigative reporter Daria Valdez Morrow (Barbara Castro) is involved in a car accident with her perfect husband Sam (Van Dien). His mother just passed away. Daria was investigating a serial killer at the time of the accident. She awakens with amnesia and very distrusting of her husband, who she no longer knows. She starts to piece things together about the killer and being there is only one suspect....unless....

The film had pauses for commercial breaks. Nothing screams low budget like a black screen with people screaming. The acting and dialogue were AS bad as was the plot that plodded along leaving us absolutely nowhere other than the fact we knew who the killer was from the opening credits because...

PLOT SPOILER he always plays the killer in these low films. It was nice to see that it in no way tied into the rest of the idiotic plot.

TV safe. No swearing, sex, or nudity.

Horns [DVD]
Horns [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: £17.65

4.0 out of 5 stars HARRY POTTER GOES SLYTHERIN, 28 Oct 2014
This review is from: Horns [DVD] (DVD)
First I must gives kudos to Keith Bunin (screenplay), Joe Hill (novel) for giving us a film that was different.

Iggy Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused of killing his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple). The whole town is against him. We are convinced he is not the killer, although we don't know for sure. His childhood friend is defending him as he walks free, wanting to know who is the real killer.

Through circumstances Iggy, who drives a Gremlin and listens to David Bowe, grows horns These aren't any horns. They make people around him lose their inhibitions and tell the truth...making his quest to find the real killer a bit easier if not more interesting since Iggy can make devilish suggestions.

I liked the little details in the film, the Gremlin, the pitchfork, Bowe, and the biblical license plates (GEN 138, 2036 LUK). I am feeling that I missed a few. The storyline keeps you engaged as we quest for the truth.

The film is classified as a drama/fantasy/horror. Worth a view.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Juno Temple).

Disaster L.A: Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Disaster L.A: Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Justin Ray
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £3.39

3.0 out of 5 stars HI. I'M TORI'S BOYFRIEND. SHE'S IN GOOD HANDS, 27 Oct 2014
This review is from: Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here (Amazon Instant Video)
The film opens rather smartly with a good sound track. TV chatter about meteors is playing in the background of a party where we meet John (Justin Ray) the main character of little personality and his drinking buddies, ex-gf (Stefanie Estes) and her obnoxious new boy friend who we all want to see dead.

The meteors is serious stuff as we find out the President walks out of a news conference rather than read "My Pet Goat." At some point in time we go from shelter in place to get out of town. Much of the film is consumed with our group running around, getting picked off one by one. Of course their odds of getting out of the city would greatly increase if they would just leave the parking garage, which occupied too much of the film. Realistic emergency recorded looping radio broadcasts.

The zombies had deformed faces, zombie teeth, and vampire eyes. They were of the fast running variety, except for that token foot dragger, most likely from a director's fetish.The film needed more zombie action and less of John and his guys running around.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. No f-bombs that I recalled. They went out of their way to use something that sound like "freaking." I thought it was worth my Redbox rental, but I wouldn't go much more.

Raven's Cabin [DVD]
Raven's Cabin [DVD]
Dvd ~ Andrea Burdett
Price: £12.54

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3.0 out of 5 stars EVERYBODY THINKS I'M INSANE, 27 Oct 2014
This review is from: Raven's Cabin [DVD] (DVD)
This is another wayward kid boot camp film. I was having "Coldwater" flashbacks as I was expecting the kids to riot at any moment and kill the adult supervision. The film opens up showing us a girl tied to a bed, apparently molested too and then she is dead. We then shift to a bunch of kids being abducted, because parents driving them to camp would be too realistic and boring. This camp is co-ed. Andrea Briggs (Andrea Burdett) is the wild card in the group as she isn't rowdy like the others, she just acts crazy from time to time. We eventually figure out that Briggs has psychic ability, being able to see events in the past and future. This gives us a hybrid boot camp and ghost story that doesn't do either genre real justice. While the film isn't a stinker, it just didn't grab me as being entertaining. The characters were dry and dialogue unexciting. Soft 3 stars.

Parental guide: F-bomb. No nudity. Implied sex, I assume, by a hand moving up a girl's shirt.

Bunnyman Massacre [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Bunnyman Massacre [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £9.14

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3.0 out of 5 stars SLOW CHILDREN 800 POINTS, 26 Oct 2014
Who hasn't ever wanted to run through a bus full of kids with a chainsaw while wearing a bunny suit? Although this doesn't seem to be an issue. The two missing deputies is the problem. Okay some bad plot issues.

Joe (David Scott) and the Bunnyman (Joshua Lang) live on a remote California ranch which borders on the desert. They get a lot of young female hikers coming through their way which get killed in various ways, a bit reminiscent of "2,000 Maniacs." Folks drive by for the "REFRSHMANTS" [sic] and home made jerky at Joe's General store located under the Audie Murphy Hotel. About half way through Bunnyman removes the mask.

One couple wanted directions to I-95 which is on the east coast. Most likely they wanted route 95 and flubbed the line. This is a 90's style mindless blood slasher film. It is entertaining in that regard, but lacks depth. Women, chain saw, drills, and a couple of country folk. TCM stuff.

F-bomb, sex, nudity, near sexual assault.

Jake's Road [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Jake's Road [DVD] [2014] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Eric Roberts
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £5.76

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2.0 out of 5 stars ONLY A CRAZY PERSON WOULD COME UP HERE, 26 Oct 2014
Chris (Patrick Flanagan) wakes up bloody and injured in a hospital. The film is him recalling what happened , even the parts when he wasn't there. Sam (Garrett Hines) wants to marry Kay (Leticia Jimenez) and plans on proposing to her after she meets with his remote family and friends. During a camp fire, Sam announces that he and his brother Mike (Tim Bell) have decided to sell the camp. Keith (Eric Roberts) goes ballistic and soon there is a body count by an unseen assailant with all but two people accounted for.

About 20 minutes from the end, we find out who did it, but felt like they filmed two endings and not knowing which one to use they used both because the film was too short.

The film shows friends getting together, talking, drinking a beer, and not really doing much on anything...oh wait they cooked burgers and dogs. The first killing was unimpressive. It used a spring loaded retractable blade, that made a distinctive spring noise when it was being used. The gun shots looked like they were shooting red paint balls, no clean bullet hole entry just blood splatter. The script dialogue was bad, the actors had no chance.

Parental Guide: sex and gratuitous nudity (WWE Taryn Terrell- thanks)

Investigator [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Investigator [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Wade Williams
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £6.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars I'LL SLAP YOUR FACE OFF YOUR HEAD, 26 Oct 2014
This is a story inspired by the lives of Rich and Ray Romano and a Josh McDowell book. Ray (David Sanborn) is a movie star who envies his brother Rich (Wade Williams) who is a policeman and helps people. Unfortunately Wade Williams is not much of an actor. Rich envies Ray who went after his dream, as Rich's first choice was to play center field for the Yankees.

Rich has a bad month where his wife (Nicole Abisinio) loses her child and he is forced to retire. Rich denounces God in front of his brother, showing off some really bad acting skills. As God closes a door, he opens a window and Rich, with the help of Ray, scores a job as a baseball coach and government teacher at a Christian school. Here he coaches a team, deals with students and has a courtroom investigation scene on whether or not Jesus existed...all carefully crafted and aimed at the doubting high school teen. It should be good enough to keep them in belief at least until college or prom night.

The film is formula. Wade Wilson was absolutely lousy in this role, looking like a deer in the headlights. In fact he looked that way so much, they put it on the DVD cover. I found the plot cringe worthy and I think I could have written a better Jesus debate. The use of the JFK assassination report as evidence of a government lie should have been left out as it lacked the proper insight,

Could have been better.

Did I mention Wade Wilson really sucked? 3 neutral stars. Rich Romano plays a bit part as Officer Romano.

36 Saints / (Anam) [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]
36 Saints / (Anam) [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC] [US Import]

2.0 out of 5 stars THIS DOESN'T FEEL LIKE HALLOWEEN TO ME, 26 Oct 2014
This is a Bible based film, but I wouldn't call it faith based. It takes Isiah 34 as an end time prophecy and places the setting in modern times. It seems there are 36 saints at any given time to prevent the world from falling into darkness. Due to poor planning on the Lord's part 35 are Catholic students who attend the same NYC school. 27 dies in an airplane crash. When the other 9 are toast, Lilith will rule the earth darkness, apparently due to meteor damage.

Detective Joseph (Franky G) has managed to figure this out, thanks to information given to him by a crazed homeless guy. All the characters have Biblical names and are related to their stories as each of the saints are killed according to history.

The film was quite an undertaking, just to Wiki search all those saints and get it right. However like a faith based film, the acting and dialogue wasn't good and the characters were not strong or memorable.

Parental Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity. The "R" for violence is questionable as most of the violent actions take place off screen. For instance, we see a person tied up and a fire is lit, but we don't see them burn. Does show some blood.

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