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Pompeii (2014)


Pompeii-2014

Since it falls under disaster movies I had to watch this one. It also helped seeing Carrie-Anne Moss on the casting list even tho it turned out to be a very small role. The effects is the best thing about this movie besides the John Snow vs Jack Bauer which was kinda disappointing. I’ve also gotten so used to the phrase “By Jupiters Cock” in the Spartacus series all the conversations in the movie just felt sorta boring and theatrical. I’m sure the ladies are gonna swoon over Kit Harington‘s 6 pack or 8 pack or whatever but other than that this is sort of an average movie that soon will be forgotten. Maybe it would have gotten an extra star if I watched the 3D version but I’m not a 3D type of person (I barely even leave my appartment… and outside is 3D so I don’t need movies to be). The movie itself storywise was kinda predictable, afterall Pompeii’s faith made me expect nothing less from knowing history. That’s all I’m saying without spoiling it for ya…

Director Paul W.S. Anderson ususally don’t disappoint me… but in this case I don’t care. I was entertained and can now look forward to his next Resident Evil movie next year. As long as he keeps those coming I’ll give him pass on side projects like this.

..I rate this movie 6/10 stars..

 

Sabotage (2014)


Sabotage-(2014)

I read this was kind of a flop before watching it… I didn’t care ’cause it’s Schwarzenegger and I’ve never seen a movie with him that has bored me. As an added bonus Mireille Enos (The Killing) is in it and she’s freaking epic. You might also recognize the wolfman dude from True Blood, Joe Manganiello and quite a few other faces in this.

I kind of liked the plot, it wasn’t that predictable as most movies. I actually didn’t see it going the way it did and it sorta made the movie interesting to me at least. This is a movie I’d watch again just because of the cast alone. It’s kind of dark and brutal but I don’t mind watching bad guys getting punished so I enjoyed the darkness.

The movie is directed by David Ayer who had the screenplay on S.W.A.T. (2003) and The Fast and the Furious (2001). He also wrote Training Day (2001). Kind of made me curious about his last movie Fury (2014) with Pitt and LeBoeuf.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..

Martial Law II : Undercover (1991)


martial_law_2You don’t find movies like this often at Netflix (besides the one I watched a while back). Youtube on the other hand has lots of the 90’s martial arts flicks. I wish there was a site that did low budget martial arts flicks and sci fi flicks from the 80s and 90s era… I’d throw money at ‘em with subscription in a heartbeat. I’d call it RetroFlix.

I like this movie better than the original because this time Cynthia Rothrock isn’t the only one that I enjoy watching kick ass. Jeff Wincott had quite a few enjoyable movies back in the 90s and this was the first time I saw him in a movie. I just fell in love with the stick fights. Evan Lurie (Tanner) makes for a good villain thug in the movies he shows up in and you know that when you see Billy Drago in anything… something’s up ’cause I can’t remember him being a nice guy ever (typecast for sure).

I had to laugh a little when i saw the poke poke fight at the start of the movie where the main villain is introduced (with the camera crew and interviewer lady). Paul Johansson might not be the worst villain I’ve seen cast in a movie but he sure as hell ain’t much of a scary one for a martial arts movie.

I’m glad I got to watch this one more time to review it in my movie blog. I’m pretty sure I’d think differently back in the early 9os ’cause I adored any martial arts movie that his my screen.. now however it’s more a sentimental memory and the cuteness of Cynthia that makes me want to take my time. You can obviously see that fight choreo isn’t as good as in a asian kung-fu movie and all that but I still enjoyed seeing it. Probably not gonna do so again, ever… but I enjoyed it, a little this time as well.

Director Kurt Anderson also did movies like Bounty Tracker (1993), Martial Outlaw (1993) and Open Fire (1994). He also wrote and directed Dead Cold (1995) and The Killing Grounds (1998)… and he worked on Mission of Justice so another martial arts movie I remember from that time.

..I rate this movie 5/10 stars..

Martial Law (1990)


martial law 1990I’ve been wanting to watch this again for a while now, mostly because Cynthia Rothrock is in it an I luuuv her… but also because it’s been so long that I’ve totally forgotten what it was about. It’s the only movie I remember seeing Chad McQueen (Steve Mcqueen’s son, trained by Chuck Norris) in. The fight scenes are pretty decent but if I remember correctly the sequels are better (’cause I like Jeff Wincott better).

David Carradine as the villain, which is cool. The big douche of the movie tho is Faster Brown (Vincent Craig Dupree). I don’t think there are many characters ever made that can get up to that level of douchyness in a movie ever. I’m pretty sure that if a pregnant woman watched this movie, the baby would seek out and punch Vincent in the face minutes after it got born… Now that would be a sight for sore eyes (picturing the shocked faces of the hospital staff and mother watching a baby crawl in super speed straight out the door with the umbilical cord still hanging on followed by a placenta splash and poof gone). *giggles* sorry, I just hated that character so much I started picturing different scenarios… sorry for the digression. I didn’t have much empathy for the brother either…

It’s been about one and a half decade since the last time I watched this movie. Doubt I’ll ever watch it again… but since I was in a Rothrock mode I had to just this one more time. This is the first movie Steve Cohen directed, he’s also done movies like Tough and Deadly (1995), Devil in the Flesh (1998) and Bar Hopping (2000). He’s also worked as assistant director on Invasion USA, Mission of Justice and Martial outlaw.

..I rate this movie 4/10 stars..

 

Mindhunters (2004)


mindhuntersI’ve seen this 2 times before and still I never remember the ending… It helps having a horrible memory when rewatching thrillers. I do however remember liking this movie back when it came out (which is why I keep watching it like every 5 years). A nifty cast in an exciting atmosphere (stuck on an island and one is a killer, what’s not to like).

The first time I watched this it’s because I was a fan of Christian Slater (well, still am)… the other two is because I liked the movie. These days tho I’m more of a fan of Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary) and Clifton Collins Jr. (who’s pretty much in everything). I also like Cold Case’s Kathryn Morris.

I used to be a big fan of Val Kilmer but I dunno what happend to him the last decade. He’s choice in movies has me baffled. I hate it when actors/actresses i like disappear from my screen and I haven’t seen him in anything good in years. I guess I’m not the stalker type fan that buys or watches movies just because my “hero” is in it… I need to get interested by the plot on top of that… such a prude, I am. See, not I digressed just because of one cast member that isn’t even that much in this even… oh me… so typical.

There’s some cringeworthy scences in this one and I got through it which means yay me… It doesn’t happen often, I’m such a wuzz (one of my many weaknesseses… don’t get any ideas). The cast is what makes this a movie I’d watch again every 5 years. Director Renny Harlin never really disappointed me moviewise… Ford Fairlane (1990), Die Hard 2 (1990), Cliffhanger (1993), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Driven (2001) and 12 Rounds (2009). He’s latest movie on the big screen is The Legend of Hercules (2014)… looking forward to see that one too.

..I rate this movie 7/10 stars..

All Cheerleaders Die (2013)


all cheerleaders dieI was a bit worried when I started watching the movies ’cause it had a rating 1 feel to it with the cam type direction… luckily that was just a intro thing and it went in a better direction from there. 5 hot chicks, 4 douches and an uber douchecunt with karma doing the occational cameo… I ended up liking it.

My favorite cheerleader was probably Tracy (Brooke Butler) but the mascot Hanna (Amanda Grace Cooper) was the cooler of the bunch, kinda Summer Glauish… I’d totally watch a sequel to this ’cause Leena the witch (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) was kind of a cool character and the ending has some potential. The thing that disappointed me however was how easy the villain had it and got it in the end… I ended up letting a disappointed sigh out when the end credits hit the screen. Cool soundtrack tho, specially during the end credits. Probably wouldn’t watch the movie again but I did enjoy it.

The movie has two directors, Lucky McKee whome did May (2002), Red (2006) and The Woman (2011). It’s also directed by Chris Sivertson whome did I Know Who Killed Me (2007) and The Lost (2006).

..I rated this movie 6/10 stars..

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)


Grosse_Pointe_BlankOne of my all time favorite movies and I enjoy it every single time at the same level as I did the first time I watched it. John Cusack is one of my favorite actors of the last 2 decades and besides High Fidelity (2000) this I my favorite.. not just with him but actually both movies are in my all time I pretty much could watch’em once a week queue.

Minnie Driver‘s character Debi is basically my dream woman… I think. Oh well, she’s adorable in this one. I’m pretty much smiling from the second you see her start talking on the local radio to the end of the movie. Then there is the hitman in a reunion story thingie… kinda hillarious and at the same time the movie is a good reminder of why I wouldn’t set foot in a reunion myself (not that I’m a hitman… I’m what 110% of the population’d call a looser so pretty much the same fear of reunions with the “what you doin now” questions).

There’s so many aspects of this movie that makes me enjoy it. Sure Minnie is one of ‘em but then there’s the shrink (Alan Arkin) who’s terrified of his client ’cause he know what he does for a living… hillarious. John’s sister Joan Cusack plays his assistant… adorable. Dan Aykroyd the competing hitman trying to get Martin (John) into a union solution which makes for some pretty funny meetings during the movie. I also dig the fact Benny Urquidez is in this (If I had to guess he’d be having a big hand in the fight cordination). I mostly remember him from Dragon’s Forever with Jackie Chan.

It’s also worth mentioning that Grosse Pointe Blank has an awesome soundtrack on top of the cool characters and story. Great cast, great rewatchability and a premium woman of awesomeness in Minnie Driver.

Director George Armitage previously did movies like Hit Man (1972), Miami Blues (1990) and The Big Bounce (2004).

..I rate this movie 10/10 stars..

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