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Bloodrunners
Bloodrunners
Dvd
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars ETERNITY IS A VERY LONG TIME, 24 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Bloodrunners (Amazon Video)
The film takes place in 1933 Southampton, N.J. during prohibition. The police receive regular kickbacks and benefits from the various speakeasy's and cat houses. Based on a true story except for the vampire stuff and when the kid anachronistically said "Easy Peasy." And by true I mean 1933 and cops existed as does Southampton.

The film takes a while to develop but is basically vampires vs.cops. The vampires are lead by Ice-T and the cops by Michael McFadden. The film has good characters and dialogue except for when Chris James Boylan anachronistically said "Easy Peasy." An easy to watch popcorn film.

Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Playboy model Tammy Jean who played Miss January in the film "Miss December." )


The Other One
The Other One
Dvd
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I AM EVERY WRONG IDEA YOU EVER HAD., 24 Mar. 2017
This review is from: The Other One (Amazon Video)
Auggie (Tom Cadman) is a likeable loser...most of the time. The film doesn't show us him beating his (ex) wife, something he apparently did, but claims he didn't. He is unemployable and is similar to "The Dude" but less cool, man. In one scene he spends his money to help a dying man and in another he breaks into a woman's apartment and robs from her. Marx would have been proud. Auggie frequently lies to cover up his short comings which include excessive drinking. To add to his issues, a man (George Gelernter) in an ugly shirt is following him who is speculated to be a shape shifter by one of Auggie's stoned friends. Indeed, Auggie's life and dreams seem to be one big peyote trip of finding oneself.

The film manages to change scenes frequently enough to keep us half engaged, but remember Tom Cadman has as much scene time as George Clooney typical does. I thought the ending needed improvement, as if the script writer wrote himself into a corner.

Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.


Legend of Bigfoot, The
Legend of Bigfoot, The
Offered by Movie-Panel
Price: £3.46

3.0 out of 5 stars BEARS DON'T KILL CATTLE, 24 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Legend of Bigfoot, The (DVD)
This is the documentary film of Ivan Marx, infamous Bigfoot hoaxer. The film starts off as he is one of us, a doubter. He films wildlife and old VW Bugs which I found to be the interesting part as some of the film looked a bit like stock footage. There is no lack for films of Bigfoot (Bigfeet plural?) who appears in the same costume from California to the Yukon where it migrates to breed as what animal wants to do the dirty in California. There is also footage of Ivan in the woods, which means there is a camera man we haven't seen. The first BF film is of Cripple-foot a BF with a limp. If you look at the legs, it is apparent it is a costume as you can see the material "flap" ...someone with thin legs, like a woman, like Ivan's wife we met earlier who is helping Ivan pay for their ranch raising Siamese cats and coyote puppies.

Available on a 50 DVD pack and U-Tube


Prey, In Cold Blood
Prey, In Cold Blood
Dvd
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A SIGN, 24 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Prey, In Cold Blood (Amazon Video)
Five people head off to a cabin in the woods that hasn't been used in years that magically has the electricity turned on. Who has been paying the bills? Meanwhile Mason (Michael Jon Murphy) a killer gets out of prison. He is the boyfriend of a dead sister who used to hang out in that cabin. He is after his stolen goods. Also as part of the five is a teased guy with a metal detector. Add a sheriff and a funny looking mechanic, a couple of poachers and you know the story and could most likely write a better one.

The drama between the one couple wore on. Their digs at each other lacked humour. The ending was the expected he kills her, she kills him he kills him...oh wait I'm not dead yet...ad nauseam. They couldn't end an often told tale without making it look stupid. Better than some cabin in the woods drama/thrillers but not as good as most. Sound was uneven and there were car/road noises in the background of their secluded area.

Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Destiny Dawn Osmialowski, Darri Kristin) 2 1/2 stars


Prime Time: American Raspberry by Paul Ainsley
Prime Time: American Raspberry by Paul Ainsley
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £97.04

2.0 out of 5 stars OLE BEN LUCUS, 24 Mar. 2017
This is another skit comedy film that was popular in the 1970's in both film and TV. This film uses politically incorrect humor insulting most minorities and Christianity. The humour has more shock value than satire. It it not as good as its contemporaries and is available on a 50 DVD pack under the title "Prime Time."

Guide: F-word. Nudity.


Lazarus Syndrome (1979)
Lazarus Syndrome (1979)
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £34.91

2.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S SHEEP DIP!, 23 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Lazarus Syndrome (1979) (DVD)
Joe Hamill (Ronald Hunter) while playing tennis with his mistress becomes short of breath, has pains in his chest and left arm. He eventually comes under the care of Dr. St. Clair (Louis Gossett Jr.) a cardiologist who becomes indignant that a patient had the nerve to check him out. St, Clair, who is having over blown marriage issues, has to play social director for Joe making sure his wife and mistress don't visit at the same time. And then there is the evil Dr. Mendlel (E.G. Marshall)...

The film lacked action or real drama. The characters had only themselves to blame for their issues. The dialogue was corny, even for that age where black people could be doctors but still had to have a black wife. Fairly boring TV movie. Available on a 50 DVD pack.


Psychos
Psychos
Dvd
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars NO ONE KNOWS WHAT I'VE DONE, 23 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Psychos (Amazon Video)
The film opens with a crime scene and a man dismembered but still alive. We then go back a day to three messed up women who were trapped 10 years ago by a man named Larry (Aubrey Wakeling) and had their minds and lives ruined. The film takes place in Pasadena, but reminded me of the actual case in Cleveland. The girls find out where the man lives and decide they want to get the videos back that he took of them and perhaps enact a bit of revenge, which we know happens from the opening spoiler.

The end of the film has a nice twist that wasn't well developed until near the end. Most of the action takes place off screen and body part mutilation is on a prop that isn't connected to a body. It doesn't look real. The actors were annoying, some by design. The film isn't entertaining when you want to see all the protagonists die. I liked the basic story line, but didn't care for the actors, dialogue, or execution some of which may be attributed to budget restrictions.

The script tries to tie in the Abraham-Isaac near sacrifice, but it didn't really fit.

Psychos director Sandy Chukhadarian won Best Horror Film in the 2015 Action on Film International Film Festival and Best Director 2015 California Women's Film Festival.

Guide: F-word. Implied sex. No nudity


Evil in Her
Evil in Her
Dvd
Price: £2.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I'M NOT IN A GOOD PLACE, 23 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Evil in Her (Amazon Video)
The Amazon description pretty much tells you the entire low budget indie minus a few details. Sarah (Clair Bermingham) finds a bloody cross of the victim while out jogging which sets off this "I Spit on Your Grave" light. The main problem with this scenario is that the victim plainly is not wearing a cross. She is punched in the face and buried. There is no blood. Of course if you think your wife is possessed, the very first thing you try is a friend of a friend who is just out of prison. Sarah goes from acting like the murdered girl to a strong demon with a bad Chanel West laugh. In one scene, her dress is being unzipped. Her back is visibly naked, no bra, nothing. In the next scene they move to the bedroom and Sarah is suddenly wearing a black spaghetti strap top that covers her back.They couldn't maintain any continuity. Sloppy script writing and direction. No attention to details. Ed Wood was wrong, people notice. Claire Bermingham is Nicole Kidman sexy, but her acting leaves much to be desired.

Guide: F-word. Sex. Rape. No nudity.


Hijacked [DVD]
Hijacked [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dolph Lundgren
Price: £15.99

2.0 out of 5 stars STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE OR BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING, 23 Mar. 2017
This review is from: Hijacked [DVD] (DVD)
Denise Richards is an FBI agent who can't follow orders. She is being sent from the field to a desk job. On the flight back, a man sitting next to her (Kirk Barker) informs her that the plane is going to be hijacked and offers her $50 million dollars to get him off safety. Soon it becomes a battle of Denise Richards vs a bunch of bad guys lead by Dolph Lundgren.

They are flying "Speed Bird Airlines" which has enough room in the aisles in first class for some good fighting as long as the camera is jerking. It is not a double decker plane, making it difficult to elude capture, but it is a movie. Denise is able to overpower men twice her size in a matter of moments, but another woman is a dragged out catfight. Dolph plays bad guy pilot. We see his face a lot while sitting in a chair and except for about 30 seconds of fighting they could of had Wally Cox play the part. It appears camera jerking is the official substitution for fight choreography.

Except for brief opening and ending scenes, the entire film is shot on a plane. The plot is simple and linear with a slight attempted twist. A rather lazy script with half-hearted performances.

Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.


The Space Between Us [DVD]
The Space Between Us [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gary Oldman
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT EARTH?, 22 Mar. 2017
This review is from: The Space Between Us [DVD] (DVD)
Don't believe reviewers connected to the film.

Gardner Eliot (Asa Butterfield) was born on Mars. His mother dies at childbirth. The company owned by Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) opts to keep it all a secret. Eliot develops an on-line relationship with a foster girl named Tulsa (Britt Robertson) who doesn't like Earth boys. She doesn't know Eliot is on Mars because they ignored the fact there are several minutes in time delay between the planets. One of those silly speed of light things. Eliot longs to see Earth, but will have issues if he returns.

This is like a bubble boy escapes and the film has two choices for an ending, one happy and one very sad.

The love story aspect was a bit lame and not believable.It is a film aimed at kids who might like some geek aspect to their love story in spite of the fact science was excellent in some scenes and ignored in others.

Guide: No F-words. Brief implied sex.


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