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The Expert (1995)


the expert 1995Yep, I’m still in 90’s action karate flick mode and The perfect weapon shipped me to this movie next as I’m in total Jeff Speakman mode. Not to impressed with some of the editing (like the jump from death of sister to poof future.. like what the hell)…

I like James Brolin in this one. He sure is a cold warden but he kinda made me laugh ’cause I sure as hell don’t have empathy with murderers (If it were up to me, people caught in the act of killing/raping/violent acts would have no right to an attourney and shipped straight off to high security prisons in the arctic). Then there’s characters like Dr. Alice Barnes (Alex Datcher) who annoys the shit out of me ’cause she has less reasoning skill and iq than a potato. People like that shouln’t be allowed to be doctors, lawyers or politicians but in the real world all proffessions like that are crawling with them… Alex seem to be typecast ’cause I tend to remember she played an annoying character in Passenger 57 as well. She did a good job annoying me tho which means she played her part well… As did the villain, Kagan (Michael Shaner). The most annoying grin… *giggles* what a douche…

Director Rick Avery only did this movie and Deadly Outbreak (1995) as a director but this man has like 344 credits on imdb.com in stunts. Now that’s insanely impressive. I don’t think I’ve seen that many credits on anyone in anything… (I just noticed he was stunt driver on the movie American Sniper that’s out this year… I just got excited about a movie I’ve never heard of until now… directed by Clint Eastwood… which made me even more excited).

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


The Perfect Weapon (1991)


the perfect weaponYet another of my favorite movies in the western martial arts movie genre. In this one we find Jeff Speakman (which is one of my all time favorite western fighters). Kind of similar to Jeff Wincott with the stick thing. The perfect weapon one of my favorite movies the time it came out. A bit better cinematography than the previous movies I’ve watched the last week from the same time period.

A few more familiar faces too with Mako, James Hong, Seth Sakai and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. They’ve been in quite a few of the movies in this genre in the 80’s and 90’s. We even get a mini cameo of Law and Order’s Mariska Hargitay.

There’s quite a few memorable scenes in this movie, my favorite being the one where he goes to the local korean gym and “ask” for a fight. That and the kata to Snap’s I got the power… The kata’s were quite usual in movies back in the day, like a “look at me, I’m cool doing martial arts” kinda wibe thingie…. and back when i was young it was cool to watch. My favorite thing about my workout was the kata part (I used to do Tae Kwon Do, Shorin-Ryu and Shotokan myself… never any good tho… dicipline, not my strong suit.. i like cake).

The perfect weapon is a movie I pretty much watch every 5 year and it never ever gets old. It’s directed by Mark DiSalle who also directed Kickboxer (1989). He also wrote the script for Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991) and worked as a producer on Bloodsport (1988), Death Warrant (1990) and Street Knight (1993).

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


Martial Outlaw (1993)


Martial_OutlawI’m in total Jeff Wincott mode these days it seems. Youtube has stolen me away from Netflix for about a week ’cause I keep finding the movies I used to watch back in the early 90’s and since I no longer have a working VHS player this is the only way I get to see’em.

Martial outlaw isn’t quite as cool as Mission of Justice but it’s still better than the Martial law movies. No femme fatale in this one tho… instead we got Gary Hudson playing the brother who’s a sleezy greedy douche and not bad at throwing the occational punch. The gauntlet in MoJ has been switched out with a Russian Circle (the gauntlet was way cooler by the way). Jeff is still at it with the sticks and it’s still cool.

I might not bother watch this again ever but I still enjoyed watching it again. There’s just not that many westerners entertaining me in the martial arts genre the last decade (and the 90’s had a lot of em, Jeff being one of the cooler ones besides JVCD and Jeff Speakman). Jeff Pruitt who played in two of the previous Martial arts movies I watched worked as a fight coordinator on this one (weirdly enough not credited for it on imdb.com but hey I can read the intro credits).

Martial Outlaw is directed by Kurt Anderson whome also did Martial Law II : Undercover (which I watched not long ago). This one is better. Kurt worked as a producer on Automaton Transfusion (2006) and Days of Darkness (2007) but hasn’t done anything since.

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


Mission of Justice (1992)


missionofjusticedvdI was a bit sure that this would be Martial Law III but Jeff Wincott played Sean (instead of MacQueen) in the previous movie and in this he’s called Kurt Harris so I guess when they said he came from the Martial Law department in this movie it was another character from another department in another universe. It’s Martialception…

This time they managed to get Karen Sheperd to be the female sidekick. I first noticed her back in the 80’s when my neighbour friend dropped by with America 3000 (1986) where she plays an Amazon woman that kicks ass… I was really hoping to see her in a lot more after that but this is the first time since and I can’t remember seeing her after (well, I bought Terminator Woman but that I never got around to see… or did I… might have been bad).

This time they have to “fight” a female villain played by Brigitte Nielsen. Not her best character and to put her in a martial arts movie is about as logical as putting herrings on a pizza… It’s not that I don’t like her, I did in Beverly Hills Cop and Cobra… but I don’t think she should be cast as the main villain in a martial arts movie. Titus (Matthias Hues) however, now there’s a villain that has been typecast in just about every movie that decade… Him I like in this. Another familiar face in this movie is Jeff Pruitt who plays Sal, the dude with the fast hands that punches in crazy speeds. He’s cool… I like it when he shows up in these kinds of movies.

Mission of justice has some pretty cool fight sequences. I especially love the gauntlet with sticks, it’s THE scene that one would remember from this movie (besides Karen’s eyes.. rawrr). Out of the Martial Law movies this is the one I’d watch again (even tho it’s not really one of em…). Director Steve Barnett usually works as a production manager but he did direct a few movies besides this one, like Mindwarp (1992), Scanner Cop II (1995) and Arrest & Trial (2000).

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


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..


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