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Sniper: Legacy (2014)


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I got a bit eager when I found this one even tho the quality has gone downhill since the original movie. I was very very pleasantly surprised by this one as I think it’s even better than the first. I sure enjoyed this ’cause it had lots of sniper action in cool scenary. I was worried there at the start that it was gonna turn out to be a copy of shooter but with low budget… they prooved me wrong.

I’m glad to have Tom Berenger back into character and in a movie I enjoy. My old heroes tend to do cameos in shit low budget flicks just to pull me in… but this one was pretty awesome. Might not be a high budget flick but it sure made up for it with entertaining content. I can’t say I remember seeing Chad Michael Collins (the son) in anything but the previous Sniper movie (Reloaded).. tho it seems he’s in the upcoming CSI Cyber. I liked him in this one so maybe he’s a guy to look out for in the future. I also liked the female sniper (Sanaa) played by Mercedes Mason (The Finder)… the female villain was cool too.

It’s been 5 sniper movies in this series now right ? So, the first and fifth are worth watching over and over… the other three I barely remember anything from and are less of a consideration… tho who knows, i might watch’em just to review em in my blog at some point.

Director Don Michael Paul previously did Half Past Dead (2002), Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) and Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (2014). He also wrote Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991).

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..

(I might be extra partial as I loooove sniper movies).


300 : Rise of an Empire (2014)


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Not sure which of the movies I like the best but I sure as hell like Artemisia most of all the characters in the two movies. She’s the one that made me want to watch this film and I think Eva Green (Casino Royale/Camelot) is epic as Artemisia… and just about equally as epic is Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo. When the movie ended I just wanted more mayhem so there better be another on the way.

This movie is pretty awesome visually and it has a killer soundtrack as well. It was nice to see Callan Mulvey from the Australian tv-series Rush/Underbelly as well. I like that actor, he was a great fit as Scylias. Of course I also have to mention Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles (one of my favorite tv-series).

Director Noam Murro is kind of new on the scene it seems. He only did Smart People (2008) before this… guess I gotta check that one out too at some point (great cast).

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

 


Gimme an “F” (1984)


gimme-n-fOne of the movies that makes me totally nostalgic, high sentimental value and one of the movies I loved the most in the 80’s…. mostly because of Falcon’s Eileen (Sarah M. Miles). Sarah was only in 3 movies ever and I’ve always wondered where she took off too after this movie (which was her last). I had such a crush on her…

Then there’s Roscoe (Mark Keyloun) who was pretty much my hero. Still can’t believe he gave up acting for I.T (according to trivia). If I had to guess that would be the dude that made the dance genre interesting to me in the first place (now I’m a sucker for SYTYCD and have turned into quite the critic when i watch dance stuff *lol*). I kind of wish that Gimme an F was more about Roscoe and Eileen… Those characters deserved much more attention.

Then there’s Mary Ann (Beth Miller), who’s probably the cutest face I’ve ever seen in a movie (Leader of the Moline Ducks). She also had like a 4 year movie carreer… what’s up with the hey here I am and poof gone actresses in this movie ?? Same goes for Demon’s Janna (Karen Lee Kelly) who was in the movie Hardbodies before this then poof gone from imdb.com and nothing since. Did all the chicks meet mr.right after this movie ? (wouldn’t surpise me at all).

Daphne Ashbrook was the only familiar face to me back when I watched this movie (might be because of Falcon Crest). She’s pretty much the only actress in the movie still active in this decade. I have no clue how many times I’ve watched this movie but it was one of my most treasured movies in my VHS collection back in the day that’s for sure. It has sentimental value for me and I used to rate it a 10 but I’m gonna be a bit more stright this time around… (not much tho, as I still love it).

Director Paul Justman has mostly made music documentaries besides this. E.g : The Doors: Live in Europe 1968 (1991) and Deep Purple: Heavy Metal Pioneers (1991).

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..

(It has a 4,1/10 at imdb.com so it’s obvious it has more meaning to me).

 


Red Scorpion (1988)


Red ScorpionDolph Lundgren seems to be on my radar when it comes to movies to watch lately… and yet again imdb.com managed to annoy me by categorizing this as an action adventure. Sure, he goes on an adventure with a bushman but that doesn’t make it an adventure movie. Red scorpion is an action war movie, it’s that simple… By the way, that bushman was a charming fellow and he made me laugh on occations. I sorta found myself wishing that the movie’s story evolved more around that part of the film than the other stuff… still, it’s an ok movie if you look at it as entertainment.

The things I’d remember from this movie is the Dolph and bushman segment… that and the Hind gunship and awesome soundtrack. Not a movie you watch every year but every two decade or so. Director Joseph Zito also did Missing in Action (1984) and Invasion USA (1985).

 

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


Joshua Tree (1993)


Joshua TreeAlso known as Army of One with Dolph Lundgren. Yet another movie imdb.com has classified as an action adventure (starting to consider shaving my eyebrows cause imdb.com keep making me raising’em). Joshua Tree is definitely one of Dolph’s better movies.

The cops in this movie sure ain’t much when it comes to driving, some of the driving makes no sense what so ever… but hey, at least I got a few laughs out of it. Not much downtime in this movie, it’s action from beginning to end. Some cool driving sequences in great scenary.

I could have sworn that the female sidekick was Amanda Peet but no, I guess she has a clone and her name is Kristian Alfonso (she plays Hope Brady on Days of our lives). Oh, and I really like the musical score on this movie. That theme running in the background is the one thing besides the trees I remember about this movie.

I’ve seen this about 3 or 4 times since it came out. It’s not that it’s awesome or anything, I just like it and it has things that makes me remember it and end up watching it again after a while. Some movies are weird that way… Director Vic Armstrong has 117 stunt creds on imdb.com, a lot of second unit director and assisant director credits (working on the sequel with Statham’s Mechanic 2 at the moment).

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


The Art of War (2000)


The-Art-of-War-2000Yet another movie imdb.com has categorized into some weird box… It’s an action thriller, not an action adventure (adventures to me are Goonies, Indiana Jones and around the world in 80 days.. not an action thriller like this). I’m also kinda shocked over the rating average of this movie at imdb.com (5.7/10) as it’s one of my all time favorite movies in the Action thriller genre… and one of the better movies with Wesley Snipes.

I’ve always liked spy thrillers or the black ops spook type flicks so this movie is perfect for me. I’ve seen it quite a few times already since it came out, it’s like a once every 3 years or so thing for me. I actually watched it right before deleting my old movie blog and starting this one so I got to review it again. A pretty nifty cast in this one… Anne Archer is always welcome on my screen *swoon* and Michael Biehn is always great (not my fave movie with him tho, Aliens is).

The most likeable character in this movie tho is undoubtedly Frank (Maury Chaykin) the cop… even tho you kinda cheer for Snipes’s character you want the cop to get some justice as well… or at least to know what’s going on.

I wasn’t sure if I had seen Julia (Marie Matiko) in anything before, but took a note of her being in The Corruptor with Wahlberg and Chow Yun fat the year before this got made (one of my first movies on DVD but my memory ain’t all there anymore so I don’t remember much from that flick). Anyway, I like her character in this at least so for now I’d state this is her best movie. She hasn’t been in anything since 2009 tho so I guess she got other priorities (In fact she speaks 5 languages and love extreme sports so I’m sure she’s busy doing something… and there I go digressing again).

Director Christian Duguay previously did Screamers (1995) and Extreme Ops (2002) after this one, loved both of those. Haven’t seen much of his other stuff tho, I’m not that much into historic characters and yawny book stuffz (Anna Karrenninannanan or whatever that last thing was).

..I rate this movie 8/10 stars..

 


Cyberjack (1995)


CyberjackAlso known as Virtual Assassin. I decided to check out some of the Michael Dudikoff movies of the 90s… he’s been in quite a few more than the previous actors I’ve checked out the last two weeks. Starting with American Ninja would have been to obvious so I decided to go for this movie instead as I’ve never seen it. It had the word cyber in it so I thought well that sounded interesting and on top of that Brion James makes for such a cool villain in most movies I’ve seen him (He should punch his hairdresser for the character in this movie tho… yeiks).

Don’t think I’ve ever seen Suki Kaiser (Dr.Alex) in anything before tho she looks like a few other actresses that’s around… I always had this thing for redheads so I ain’t complaining. She’s cute… The movie is somewhat predictable but I don’t care.. I actually enjoyed this average movie more than I thought I would. Sure, I’ll never see it again but it was entertaining this one time.

I felt Topaz Hasfal-Schou (Meghan) needed to get mentioned with her awesome breastplate and her epic villainess… imdb.com didn’t even give her a profile picture… that’s sad as she was smokin’ hot. Oh well… Haven’t seen her in anything before either…

Director Robert Lee also did movies like; Act of War (1998), The Silencer (1999), The Operative (2000) and Crackerjack 2 (1997). He’s worked as assistant director on bigger movies tho… the last movie I’ve seen was Pompeii (2013).

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


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